Keep On Hangin’ On – 12″ Out Now!

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New 12″ of edits out now on Diggin Deeper France! Many thanks to my good friend Jay Airiness for putting this out and for tossing two of his edit gems on the B-side as well. Happy to be splitting an EP with him after all these years.

This record is pressed in limited quantities, so get it while it’s hot!  It’s arriving at more retailers each day, so I’ll try to keep this updated.  For now it’s not being sold at US outlets – Juno has the cheapest Trans-Atlantic shipping.

Michael The Lion / Jay Airiness – Keep On Hangin On

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Michael The Lion feat. Amy Douglas – Get It On (Soul Clap Records) – Free DL

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“Positivity, tolerance and love are in short supply right now. When Amy sang this song, she was going through a really tough time. The creation of this song was a therapeutic process. It has served that purpose several times. The first time we performed it live, during a Pride-related event, unbeknownst to us, the Orlando nightclub massacre was taking place across the country. The next day I thought about that moment and listened back to the song and wondered where to find hope.

This song was supposed to come out several months from now but Eli [from Soul Clap] contacted me on Wednesday morning and we agreed, we need to share our therapy with you sooner, rather than later. In Amy’s words, “for all of the songs that have come before, begging and pleading with our humanity to be better to each other, it would seem it’s not enough, so we wrote one more.” – Michael The Lion

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Hooked Returns For Halloween

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This weekend, we’re back up to our old tricks – Del, Shawn and I will be bringing you disco classics and the music they inspired at FB’s. Get ready to “walk the night!”  Free entry if you dress up like DEL from 1978!

///HOOKED Vol. 8

MICHAEL THE LION (Soul Clap Records, Razor-N-Tape)
DEL (Do You Wanna Boogie, 5 Magazine)
SHAWN RYAN (Universal Cave, Superprince, Razor-N-Tape)

Playing the classic sound – from past to present.

Saturday, October, 29th
at Franky Bradley’s
1320 Chancellor St.

*From here on out we will be doing parties during the last weekend of any month with 5 (count-em five) weekends – so still four times a year, just irregularly.

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Friday October 21st – Too Many Radios (Brooklyn, NY)

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I’ll be joining Razor-N-Tape label chief and all around good guy JKriv as part of this amazing top-to-bottom lineup in Brooklyn this Friday. Not to be missed!

Too Many Radios: JKriv’s Bday Jam!
JKriv & The Disco Machine (LIVE)
Escort (DJ set)
Michael The Lion
Free Magic
Aaron Dae

Friday October 21st

C’mon Everybody
325 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238


$8 adv/$10 doors

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Saturday – Hooked Returns To Philly

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After a hiatus of almost three months, Hooked is back at Franky Bradley’s. This is a night of disco classics and the music they inspired – truly one of the best parties I have the honor of playing.  We will soon be moving to a “5th Saturdays” date – so this is the last one in the middle of the month – stay tuned for news on that.

If you haven’t been,  I did an interview about Hooked last year with the Philly Weekly – check it out if you wanna learn more about the things that inspired Del, Shawn and I to get down like this!

///HOOKED Vol. 7


MICHAEL THE LION (Soul Clap Records, Razor-N-Tape)

DEL (Do You Wanna Boogie, 5 Magazine)

SHAWN RYAN (Universal Cave, Superprince)

Playing the classic sound – from past to present.

Saturday, September 10th

at Franky Bradley’s
1320 Chancellor St.

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Michael The Lion Feature in Jump Magazine

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I had the pleasure of playing Red Bull Sound Select at The Fillmore last night. It was curated by Jump Magazine, a free glossy pub that can be found at most coffee shops, record stores and other fine establishments around Philly.  I’m featured in the summer issue, and until now, it was only available in print.  It’s been made available online – and it’s a little bit of a biographical stub that tells a bit of the story about the creation of the Michael The Lion project.

JUMP Magazine – Michael The Lion: “What Was Old To Me Became New To Everyone Else”

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This Saturday – The Funk Train Returns to DC featuring lil’dave

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This Saturday, my Funk Train residency returns to the Eighteenth Street Lounge in Washington, DC. With me will be lil’dave. Dave, as many of you know, is a man who wears many funky hats – he rolls with the legendary Illvibe Collective, holds down a decade-plus residency on WKDU’s Friday nights, rocks Philly’s Motown on Monday’s franchise, runs a super-slick new podcast Excellent Reception, produces tracks as Osage. The man does it all and he does it all with style. Very excited to rock with one of my favorite cats in the nation’s capital.

Michael The Lion’s Funk Train - featuring lil’dave
Eighteenth St. Lounge
1212 18th St N W.
Washington, DC
Saturday, July 16th, 10PM-3AM.

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Hooked Returns for Pride With Amy Douglas (Live!)

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06.16-Hooked (1)

Special Pride Edition

JUNE 11th, 2016
Michael The Lion (Soul Clap, Razor-N-Tape)
f/ Amy Douglas (Live!)
Shawn Ryan (Superprince, Universal Cave, Razor-N-Tape)
DEL (5 Magazine, Do You Wanna Boogie)
Franky Bradley’s
13th and Chancellor, Philadelphia

I’m very excited to once again return to Franky Bradley’s for #Hooked – Philly’s soiree for the disco classics and the music they inspired. This is one of my favorite parties the world over, and it’s gonna be smack-dab in the middle of Pride weekend in the Gayborhood. Shawn Ryan and Del will be alongside on the wheels as we bring you the heat!

But I’m doubly excited because Amy Douglas will be coming down from Boston to join me and sing our Soul Clap Records hit Funk Train. Plus we will be debuting “Get It On,” a tune from my upcoming vinyl EP which will be out this fall. This is the first live performance at Hooked and the first live performance of either of these songs anywhere!

If you haven’t heard Funk Train yet, here’s the legendary Francois K (Prelude Records, Studio 54, Paradise Garage) dropping it in one of his Deep Space sets (@ 28:10):

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909s And Herb On Boiler Room

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Check the above teaser video for Mister Saturday Night’s Boiler Room soiree, featuring my tune 909s And Herb (featuring Sammy Bananas). If you don’t have the song, you can grab it on Juno, Beatport, Traxsource and also there are still some vinyl copies available.

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re/Birth Tour, Hooked Returns To Philly

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The #FunkTrain just keeps on rolling, with stops in Pittsburgh, Philly, Toronto and DC.  Check the above flier for dates….

and yes…Hooked is coming back to Philly at Franky Bradley’s this Saturday!  Philly’s disco party returns with the spirit of the boogie. DEL and I will be bringing you disco classics and the music they inspired.  My favorite, favorite night!


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