WASHINGTON, DC's LIVE MUSIC - FRIDAY, JANUARY 12, 2018

This day's live music events are listed below. A MAP of the day's concerts is at the bottom of the page. If you would like more information about how we describe the concerts, an explanation is also at the bottom of the page, as is a description of our live music categories. You can scroll through this page or click on the following links to jump to a specific music category:  Jazz & Blues,   Classical,   Rock & Pop,   Americana,   Potpourri  (note that not every day has music in every category).

Jazz & Blues


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Jazz saxophonist Lionel Lyles heads The Lionel Lyles Quintet (LLQ). LLQ was formed in 2000 in Baltimore, Maryland. The band started out playing small engagements while still in college at Morgan State University,gaining more and more acclaim for their creativity and courage — so much so in fact once they graduated they started performing professionally. Although faces have come and gone throughout the years, the Spirit and LOVE still remain.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $5.00   -♪-  Local Musician!



6:00 PM   -♪-  

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Enjoy the lovely sounds of pianist Michael Price, DC's own jazz phenom.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



6:00 PM   -♪-  

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Latin Jazz - on Friday nights, JoJo hosts a variety of the area's top Latin jazz musicians from 6:00 to 8:00.

  -♪-   FREE



6:30 PM   -♪-  

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Enjoy fine dining set to the sweet sounds of live piano by local jazz artist Gary Rowe. Gary performs until 9:30.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



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Kevin Cordt was born in Kansas but raised in the Washington, DC area. He studied trumpet at the University of Michigan, and became interested in jazz, pop and other forms of more contemporary American music while working as a ceremonial bugler with the United States Air Force.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



8:00 PM   -♪-  

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In a career that took flight with immediate commercial success and critical acclaim, guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan has consistently displayed a chameleonic musical persona of openness, imagination, versatility and maverick daring. Be it bold reinventions of classical masterpieces or soulful explorations through pop-rock hits, to blazing straight ahead jazz forays and ultramodern improvisational works—solo or with a group—Jordan can always be counted on to take listeners on breathless journeys into the unexpected. ¤ Key to Jordan’s fast-track acclaim was his mastery of a special technique on the guitar’s fretboard. Instead of conventional strumming and picking, Jordan's innovative "touch technique" is an advanced form of two-handed tapping.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $35.00   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   Get Tickets



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For the past 25 years Brian has built a reputation and following in the DC vicinity and across the country. He has a total of five independently produced CDs to his credit. His 2006 solo project 'Inspirations Volume 1' showed off a decidedly spiritual side of his musical persona. 'A Saxy Christmas' followed in 2008 with a holiday flavor that is simply Brian. He stepped center stage and took the jazz world by storm with 'Eye Of The Storm,' which charted to number 14 on Billboard - unheard of for an independently-produced project.

...More artist info...   -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples



9:00 PM   -♪-  

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Peter Edelman, bandleader and pianist, accompanied by bass and drums, forms the nucleus of jam sessions at Columbia Station. They feature the finest local and national musicians, some of whom have performed with such greats as Butch Warren, Dexter Gordon, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Sonny Stitt, Herbie Hancock, Roland Kirk, Barney Kessel, Bobby Timmons, Benny Goodman, Red Norvo, Shirley Horn, and Philly Joe Jones. Peter Edelman Trio performs a repertoire of jazz and American standards, Latin, originals, jazz/rock and blues, and regularly features guest horn players, guitarists, jazz vocalists, and percussionists.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



9:00 PM   -♪-  

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Quill in-house pianist, Peter Robinson.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



9:30 PM   -♪-  

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On Friday nights, JoJo hosts a variety of the area's top jazz and blues artists from 9:30pm-1:30am

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



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In operation for nearly 50 years, the New Vegas Lounge is a DC institution preceded by its reputation for great music. The Out of Town Blues Band is comprised of lead vocalists Jimmy Johnson and the venerable Dr. Blues as well as a 7-piece rhythm and blues band that includes a saxophonist, trumpeter, keyboardist, percussionist, and a bass & lead guitarist. It is comprised of an eclectic group of professional road musicians who have worked in the past with the likes of the late great Wilson Pickett, Gene Chandler, The Delfonics, Solomon Burke, Heat Wave, and Johnny Taylor, just to name a few.

  -♪-   $10.00   -♪-  Local Musician!



10:00 PM   -♪-  

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Skyla Burrell performs hard-drivin' blues. Burrell and her three cohorts deliver unpretentious blues in which strength and understatement unite in an easy, fluid balance without sucking up to rock.

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In a career that took flight with immediate commercial success and critical acclaim, guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan has consistently displayed a chameleonic musical persona of openness, imagination, versatility and maverick daring. Be it bold reinventions of classical masterpieces or soulful explorations through pop-rock hits, to blazing straight ahead jazz forays and ultramodern improvisational works—solo or with a group—Jordan can always be counted on to take listeners on breathless journeys into the unexpected. ¤ Key to Jordan’s fast-track acclaim was his mastery of a special technique on the guitar’s fretboard. Instead of conventional strumming and picking, Jordan's innovative "touch technique" is an advanced form of two-handed tapping.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $35.00   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   Get Tickets



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The Donvonte McCoy Quintet is a DC-based music group with roots deeply influenced by hard-bop jazz. Headed by trumpeter Donvonte McCoy, the band plays all styles that groove!

  -♪-   $10.00   -♪-  Local Musician!



11:00 PM   -♪-  

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Joe Falero's mind is full of new ideas. The clave, rhythms and melodies provide him with the musical ingredients to take any tune and apply his personal touch. "Innovator" is the word that better describe this musician. You can feel it in every performance where his band delivers an electrifying show. Their music makes you dance and enjoy every single tune that they play. On his new CD you will hear the magic of his original tunes and his way to take a classic tune and put it on the next level. Joe uses all the Latin flavor's to create his own mix of Salsa and Jazz. That it is why he is !Mr. SalsaJazz!

...More artist info...   -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples



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Classical


8:00 PM   -♪-  

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Founded by the brilliant violinist and conductor Fabio Biondi, Italy’s Europa Galante is one of the world’s most admired period performance ensembles, particularly known for masterly performances of the music of Antonio Vivaldi. The concert highlights two of his dazzlingly imaginative Concerti dell’ Addio, the Farewell Concertos written in the final year of his life, and works by Venetian and Viennese contemporaries who may have influenced him. (Note - if event is Sold out, a limited number of RUSH tickets will be available, at no cost, 2 hours before the performance.)

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-   Get Tickets



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Rock & Pop


Doors: 7:00 PM   -♪-  

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SoundCloud star Yung Gravy, a.k.a Lil Steamer, a.k.a Mr. Butter/Mr. Clean is this new generation of rap’s next superstar—or at least we can all hope so. This dude is absolutely hysterical, consistently delivering some of the funniest bars we have ever heard on every track. Just to provide a few examples: “Yung Gravity, I pull yo bitch, I got all these hoes revolving ’round my dick.” “Outer space trappin’ I was born on Venus, all these women dog-piling on my wooahhh.” “She think I’m real charming, Gravy gon’ get up in that ass like Charmin.” #BARZ But don’t love this dude simply for his whimsical delivery and lyrics, the beats he raps over are innovative and outstanding.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $13.00 - $70.00   -♪-   Get Tickets



7:00 PM   -♪-  

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The Disco Biscuits.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $80 - $95 2 show package (with ticket to 1/13 at The Anthem)   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   Get Tickets



8:00 PM   -♪-  

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The Rock-A-Sonics are a rockabilly band from the Washington, DC/Maryland area. They first got together intending to play a single show -a Buddy Holly tribute in early 2014. But things went so well they decided to become a band and The Rock-A-Sonics were formed. The rhythm section, upright bassist Louie Newmyer and drummer Tom Bowes, had played together for years in various bands including The Peashooters and J.P. McDermott & Western Bop. Looking for talent for their annual Buddy Holly show, Louie and Tom had heard about a gifted "rockabilly kid" outside of Frederick, Maryland and eventually tracked down nineteen year old singer/guitarist, Willie Barry.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $10.00   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Get Tickets



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Born in a Brooklyn warehouse in 1997, 12-piece ensemble Antibalas is credited with introducing Afrobeat to a wider global audience, influencing countless musicians and developing a live show that is the stuff of legend. The group has performed everywhere from Central Park to Carnegie Hall to Rikers Island Prison, and that's just in New York. On the heels of the hit musical FELA!, which several members collaborated on, Antibalas has reunited with former member and producer Gabe Roth, who was at the helm for their first three albums. Daptone Records released the band's first album in five years, self-titled, on August 7, 2013. Inspired by economic meltdowns and global uprisings, Antibalas piled into two rooms at Daptone's House of Soul Studios in Bushwick, Brooklyn to cut an explosive new set of afrobeat classics.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $20.00 - $25.00   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   Get Tickets



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Ohio’s WALK THE MOON have been captivating audiences with their energetic live shows for the better part of a decade. The band first made a name for themselves by touring relentlessly in support of their self-titled debut, which featured the indie classic “Anna Sun.” The alt-rock-pop quartet were then catapulted into the spotlight when 2014’s “Shut Up and Dance” became a multi-platinum global smash, crossing sonic barriers to top three different Billboard charts. After two years of performing countless sold out shows in twenty five countries across five continents, the band returned to the studio to craft their third major label release, 2017’s What If Nothing.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $35.00 - $99.00   -♪-   Get Tickets



9:00 PM   -♪-  

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Ben Folds presents the second in his special LIVE concert series, featuring performances by Grammy-nominated pop singer-songwriter and Broadway musical composer Sara Bareilles and Pulitzer prize-winning composer and singer Caroline Shaw with the NSO. Each artist will perform several songs with the orchestra, which will include their hits as well as new music. Folds will host, with Edwin Outwater conducting. Shaw , a standout among modern classical composers, won the Pulitzer Prize for Music for an a capella composition with critcally-acclaimed vocal ensemble 'Roomful Of Teeth.' Bareilles , is a six-time Grammy nominated, platinum-selling, chart-topping musical artist, who also is a New York Times Best Selling author, and Tony-nominated hit Broadway musical composer.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $25 - $75   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Get Tickets



9:00 PM   -♪-  

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Go Mod Go! 60s Mod meets 60s Go-Go Girls = GO MOD GO! Go Mod Go! is DC’s 10-piece all-star band featuring the crafty vocal skills of Jake Starr and Mundy Spears. GMG delivers a high-energy outing of the hippest music from 60’s genres of Mod, French Yé-Yé, American Psychedelic/Garage, Swinging Go-Go big band, & wild Tiki-punk!

...More artist info...   -♪-   $12.00   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Get Tickets



10:00 PM   -♪-  

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Mike Servito is from a very special yet temporary and partially lost fertile crescent of techno / house / party DJing. It was a time when raves were still a fresh idea, almost felt like a revolution, and DJs like Claude Young, D Wynn, Derrick Carter and Mike Huckaby were informing an upcoming generation. If you look directly to that inspired generation you will find the lost threads of Detroit Techno, House and beyond, you will find a group of DJs with insanely deep mixing skills, the ability to rock almost any kind of party with an improvisational approach that is so skilled it makes everything seem so well thought out that even they don't know where their set will go.

...More artist info...   -♪-   $12.00   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   Get Tickets



11:00 PM   -♪-  

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A DJ based in DC.

...More artist info...   -♪-   FREE   -♪-   Get Tickets



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Americana


8:00 PM   -♪-  

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Praise for Glenn Yoder & the Western States' new album "Javelina": "No Depression magazine take notice! Glenn Yoder & the Western States may have just made one of the finest alt-country albums of 2013 ... This creepy backwoods beast of a record is full of huge pop hooks and muscular Drive-By Truckers-style rock. Yoder's songwriting has never been sharper." -Eargazms, album review (4 out of 5 stars) "The former Cassavette rocks out a bit more than in past turns, but still retains the charm that made his former band one of Boston's brightest." - The Phoenix, "10 records that will set the tone — and soundtrack — of what could be the best year ever" "Yoder [is] a talented songwriter and singer." -Boston Globe "There is a certain familiarity to the sonic qualities that draw a listener into each track, however, the music is undoubtedly an original blend and Yoder’s exciting and unique use of time in his song structure keeps the listener on their toes." - Red Line Roots "Glenn Yoder & Western States includes some topnotch players ...

...More artist info...   -♪-   Free!   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples



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Larry Keel is described by music critics and reviewers as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flatpicking guitarist performing today. Keel has absorbed the best lessons from his Bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. From there, he has always integrated that solid musical grounding and natural-born talent with his own incomparable approach to playing amplified, acoustic guitar and composing original music. He's also got a knack for choosing interesting and appealing material from all realms of music with guts, whether it's a tune written by a fellow song-writer/musician friend, or a surprise cover from any number of musical acts all over the map.

...More artist info...   -♪-   Advance $15/ Day of Show $17 + Fees   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples   -♪-   Get Tickets



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Scott Kurt wears many hats. Singer, songwriter, producer, and frontman for his hard charging Country band Memphis 59. "I love playing different roles in my music," says Kurt. "Some nights it's great to walk onstage with nothing but my acoustic guitar and voice to entertain an audience. But there are also nights when I plug in my Telecaster to a cranked up Vox amp - and when the band is playing at full throttle, there is no bigger rush."

...More artist info...   -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples



10:30 PM   -♪-  

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Bess Greenberg didn’t begin playing music until the age of 33, but talk to her and it will be clear she believes everything happens for a reason. Growing up in Upstate New York, with three older brothers and a basketball coach for a father, it was on a basketball that Greenberg developed her sense of rhythm. Bess was born into a basketball family and spent her childhood years dribbling and running . She loved every second of it. “We were introduced to many things growing up ~ including music ~ but basketball was a way of life for us." But while the Greenberg's hustled around to games, camps and basketball tournaments, Greenberg's mother, singing and playing guitar, was always the soundtrack in the forefront, and the love she had of music was shared with her children.

...More artist info...   -♪-   Free!   -♪-   Buy Music/Hear Samples



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Potpourri


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The Georgetown Piano Bar offers live piano from 7pm until closing 7 days a week. The primary performers are DC-based Hunter Lang and Spencer Bates, but a host of guest pianists/singers also take turns on the stage. A piano duel begins at 9:00.

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The Dubliner offers live Irish music 7 nights a week. This night's artist is TBA, but is likely to be one of the Dubliner's "house musicians" - singer/songwriter Brian Gaffney; singer and member of Smoke and Mirrors Conor Malone; fiddler Morris Minor; former member of The Gaels and Brendan's Voyage Pat Garvey; or guitarist and sound-artist John McGrath.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



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Penn Social offers live music on most Friday and Saturday nights, but rarely offers much advance notice about who's playing. So... if you wanna roll the dice, head on down. Otherwise, you might wanna see if they've provided some last-minute info via social (click on "TBA" for their Facebook page) before you pop over.

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10:00 PM   -♪-  

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Join Mr. Smith's superstar "Piano Man" Jon Adelson for a sing-along piano bar.

  -♪-   FREE   -♪-  Local Musician!



10:30 PM   -♪-  

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Alfredo Mojica is a cornerstone of the DC salsa community. Born in Central America, he is a consummate percussionist and vocalist who began performing at a tender age with such legends in the field as Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, Willie Colón, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, El Gran Combo, Ray Barretto, and others. Watching Alfredo move flawlessly between timbales, congas, or bongos while belting out salsa classics in his own amorous and heart-jolting style is quite a thing to behold.

  -♪-   $5.00   -♪-  Local Musician!



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Map of Today’s Live Music

Click on a map pin to get information about that event.

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Our Music Categories:

Each day’s concerts are broken down into five categories – “jazz and blues,” “classical,” “rock and pop,” “Americana,” and “potpourri.”  Now and then we’ll probably accidentally toss stuff into the wrong category (sorry about that!) – some acts are hard to categorize, and some acts will be new to us and we’ll simply mislabel them.  So if you aren’t finding anything to your liking in your category of choice, be sure to look in all of the categories.   Our categories are as follows:
  • “Jazz and Blues” includes all styles of jazz, blues, R&B, soul, and gospel.
  • “Classical” includes orchestral music, chamber music, opera, etc.
  • “Rock and Pop” is a pretty wide-ranging category, covering everything from lite rock to heavy metal – rock, pop, punk, ska, alternative, hip-hop, rap, grunge, funk, metal, etc., etc. – it’s all in here.
  • “Americana” includes Americana (duh), bluegrass, folk, country, etc.
  • “Potpourri” is our polite way of saying “other.”  It’s music that isn’t prevalent enough in the District to warrant its own category, and that doesn’t really fit in any of the other categories.  This includes world music, holiday music, marches, sing-alongs, throat singing, etc., as well as open mic nights (since open mic nights are like a box of chocolate).  Some incredible music falls into this category, so don’t skip over it.

Some notes about the daily map:

  • If you click on one of the map "pins," it will pull up information about that event.
  • The title for each pin is the event name or headlining artist's name.
  • Sometimes HTML formatting that looks fine on a webpage winds up in the map table & looks funny.  So if strange text pops up in the map table, it's probably HTML coding.  Sorry about that.

Some notes about the listings:

  • "Free" ain't necessarily free! Naturally, if you're seeing a band at a bar or restaurant, there's an expectation that you buy something (and some venues do have minimums). And if the band has a tip jar, PLEASE TIP GENEROUSLY!!!!
  • The prices that are listed are the base prices. For some large events, the prices for the premium seats may be quite a bit higher.  Occasionally, fees will be added to the ticket price that is listed.  On the other hand, some venues may offer discounts for seniors, youths, students, military, and/or members of the organization, or may offer a lower price if tickets are pre-purchased.
  • "Local musicians" means that at least one of the acts on the bill is from the DC metro area. It's not always the headline act.
  • If we become aware that a concert is sold out, we’ll update our information (we usually just remove the event), BUT – some of these events are added to our calendar weeks ahead of time, so for popular performers you should check to make sure that the event is not sold out.
  • ALL of the listings are in Washington, DC, itself – at this point we are not listing events that take place outside of the District.
  • We only list live music events – this can get a bit fuzzy with DJs. If we know that DJs are creating something new and unique with their mixing, we'll list them; if we know that the DJs are playing the music of others without significant reinvention, we won't list them; if we're clueless (which is too often the case), we'll usually default to listing them.
  • Not all of the live music events that we list are solely concerts. If there is an activity, such as a festival, that includes live music as one of its components, we're gonna toss it into the mix, even if the music is not the primary focus of the activity.
  • Each listing includes a link to an artist or event page, and most include a link to either the venue's website or the venue’s description on the District Concerts site.  Some events include links to external sites for buying tickets or music by the artist.  WE NEVER ADD ANY FEES VIA THESE LINKS - any additional fees that are added are added by the venue or the ticket vendor and are inescapable unless you buy the tickets at the box office.  Please note that we try to link to an artist’s most recent album, but it’s not always the music that will be performed at the event.  For classical music, the link may be to either music by the artist or to one of the pieces that is to be played that night.
  • Some musicians aren’t really clock-watchers.  For some concerts, a “7:00” start time means that the first note is played at 7:00 or 7:01.  For other concerts, a “7:00” start time could mean 8:00 or later.  If a venue lists both a "doors open" time and a "music starts" time, we'll list the latter.  If a venue lists only a "doors open" time, we'll list that, even though it could be a while before the music actually starts.
  • We rely on the information that is provided by the venues – if a venue makes a mistake, we’ll probably pass that mistake along to you.  (Oh, boy!)
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