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May


Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, May 21 2019, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, May 22 2019, 5:00pm
Classic cocktails with a modern twist every Wednesday in the SideBar -- a perfect complement to our Sidebar Sessions jazz series!

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SideBar Sessions with Steve Duke Trio

Wed, May 22 2019, 8:00pm - $10 suggested donation
Acoustic jazz and classic cocktails in the SideBar. Thanks to our Media Sponsor: WDCB-FM (90.9) – Chicago’s Jazz Station! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Phil Angotti and Friends (SideBar)

Thu, May 23 2019, 8:00pm - $8 suggested donation
Phil’s original music plus some choice rock/pop - guaranteed to raise a smile!

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Mario Abney

Thu, May 23 2019, 8:30pm - $10 - Tickets
Chicago born and raised jazz trumpeter Mario Abney, now of New Orleans, fuses traditional and extended trumpet techniques in inventive way. Doors open at 7 pm.

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The Zimmermen with special guest Cathy Richardson

Fri, May 24 2019, 9:00pm - $20 - Tickets
The Zimmermen perform the music of Bob Dylan and celebrate the legendary singer-songwriter's 78th birthday. Doors open at 7 pm.

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New Heartaches, Woolly Rhinos (SideBar)

Sat, May 25 2019, 8:00pm - $5 donation
Honky tonk plus some rock 'n' roll.

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The Belvederes (CD release), Bart Alonzo

Sat, May 25 2019, 9:00pm - $10 - Tickets
A record release party for one of our favorite local bands. Doors open at 7 pm.

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British Buddy Alumni Big Band with vocalist Frieda Lee

Sun, May 26 2019, 6:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big Band Sunday! Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9). Doors open at 5 pm.

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Open Mic in the Club

Tue, May 28 2019, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, May 29 2019, 5:00pm
Classic cocktails with a modern twist every Wednesday in the SideBar -- a perfect complement to our Sidebar Sessions jazz series!

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SideBar Sessions with Bill Overton Quartet

Wed, May 29 2019, 8:00pm - $10 suggested donation
Acoustic jazz and classic cocktails in the SideBar. Thanks to our Media Sponsor: WDCB-FM (90.9) – Chicago’s Jazz Station! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Country Night in Berwyn with John Ballantyne's Crazy Heart and Decoy Prayer Meeting

Thu, May 30 2019, 8:00pm - $5
We're roundin' up the best country bands in the city! $2 PBRs, $3 Whiskey shots -- yahoo! Doors open at 7 pm.

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The Collection, Bronte Fall

Fri, May 31 2019, 8:30pm - $10 in advance, $12 at door - Tickets
Indie-folk plus edgy pop-rock/Americana. Doors open at 7 pm.

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June


Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound; The Claudettes

Sat, Jun 01 2019, 8:30pm - $15 - Tickets
Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound bring forth a funky, lyrically charged racket that is explosive, yet intimate. The Claudettes fuse Chicago piano blues with the full-throttle energy of rockabilly and punk and the sultriness of ’60s soul. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Ralph Covert's Acoustic Army (SideBar Music Room)

Sat, Jun 01 2019, 9:00pm - $10 - At the door only
Bad Examples frontman in a solo acoustic show — you're invited to bring your instrument and join in! Doors open at 8 pm.

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Chicago Grandstand Big Band

Sun, Jun 02 2019, 6:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big Band Sunday! Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9). Doors open at 5 pm.

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Bluesday Tuesday with Wayne Baker Brooks

Tue, Jun 04 2019, 7:00pm - $10 - At the door only
The best blues bargain in town — WDCB's Blues Time with Tom Marker presents a monthly show showcasing Chicago's best blues artists. Doors open at 6 pm.

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Jun 04 2019, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Jun 05 2019, 5:00pm
Classic cocktails with a modern twist every Wednesday in the SideBar -- a perfect complement to our Sidebar Sessions jazz series!

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Them Coulee Boys

Wed, Jun 05 2019, 8:00pm - $10 - Tickets
"An equal dose of punk-folk calamity and Americana balladry, 4-part harmonies learned in dive bars and church basements, and a banjo stomp so infective you are sure to join with abandon. — Mid West Music Fest. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Ken Partyka Organ Quartet

Wed, Jun 05 2019, 8:00pm - $10 suggested donation
Weekly jazz series in the SideBar. Sponsored by WDCB, 90.9 - Chicago's Jazz Station. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Chris Knight

Thu, Jun 06 2019, 8:00pm - $25 - Tickets
The singer/songwriter whose work has been compared to Prine, Cash and Nebraska-era Springsteen. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Bitters (SideBar)

Thu, Jun 06 2019, 8:00pm - $5 donation
A power quintet of music improvisation and live music mixology.

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Acoustic Friday with Jenny Bienemann & Friends (SideBar)

Fri, Jun 07 2019, 6:00pm - $5 donation
These sessions will feature family and friends including Jenny's husband Robin Bienemann, and a rotating cast of local and national singers, songwriters, and instrumentalists.

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SideBar Closed for a Private Party

Sat, Jun 08 2019, 5:00pm

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Tom Russell

Sat, Jun 08 2019, 8:00pm - $35 in advance, $38 at door - Tickets
FitzGerald's welcomes back Tom Russell for a two-set show and a celebration of his new album "October in the Railroad Earth." Doors open at 7 pm. (THIS IS A SITDOWN SHOW. EVERYONE WITH A TICKET WILL GET A SEAT.)

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Bill O'Connell's Chicago Skyliners

Sun, Jun 09 2019, 6:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big Band Sunday! Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9). Doors open at 5 pm.

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Jun 11 2019, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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VoiceBox with Cathy Richardson

Tue, Jun 11 2019, 8:00pm - $10 - At the door only
An evening of spoken word hosted by Maureen Muldoon with featured storytellers and musical improvisation by Cathy Richardson. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Jun 12 2019, 5:00pm
Classic cocktails with a modern twist every Wednesday in the SideBar -- a perfect complement to our Sidebar Sessions jazz series!

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SideBar Sessions with Chicago Latin Jazz Collective

Wed, Jun 12 2019, 8:00pm - $10 suggested donation
Acoustic jazz and classic cocktails in the SideBar. Thanks to our Media Sponsor: WDCB-FM (90.9) – Chicago’s Jazz Station! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Exposure Local Music Showcase

Thu, Jun 13 2019, 8:00pm - $5 donation
John Fancher hosts this monthly evening of up-and-coming local artists. Doors open at 7 pm. PBR's $2!!

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Bunkertown (SideBar)

Fri, Jun 14 2019, 8:00pm - $8 suggested donation
A mix of folk, rock, blues and country.

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An Evening with the Andersons

Fri, Jun 14 2019, 8:30pm - $10 in advance, $12 at door - Tickets
A singer-songwriter in the round evening featuring Mark Anderson, Ryan Joseph Anderson, Edward David Anderson & Matthew Francis Andersen. This is a seated show; everyone with a ticket will get a seat. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Keep Dad Weird

Sat, Jun 15 2019, 1:00pm - $10, $5 for 12 and under - Tickets
From 1-5 pm, music by FLIRTING WITH TIME: A TRIBUTE TO TOM PETTY, kids programming by BUDDHA BELLY KIDS YOGA, food by BIG GUYS SAUSAGE STAND + lil' gourmets, at home gardening display & informational workshop by KALIKALÉ and A DAD BOD CONTEST!

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A Night of Rock 'n' Roll for St. Jude Children's Hospital

Sat, Jun 15 2019, 7:30pm - $20 in advance, $25 at door - Tickets
With performances by Matthew Scharph, Poolhouse Noize, Jameson Shakes. Doors open at 7 pm.

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The Real Pretenders (SideBar)

Sat, Jun 15 2019, 8:00pm - $5 donation
Real Pretenders is 4 Chicago music scene veterans with a passion for hard driving rhythm’s, catchy melodic hooks, soul tortured lyrics, and back alley sex appeal. The Pretenders have it all and the Real Pretenders capture that essence and deliver!

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Jazz Community Big Band

Sun, Jun 16 2019, 6:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big Band Sunday! Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9). Doors open at 5 pm.

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Teen Artist Open Mic (SideBar Music Room)

Sun, Jun 16 2019, 7:00pm - $5; children under 8 free
The spotlight is on teens in this open mic. Doors open at 6 pm; sign up begins at 6:30 pm.

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Open Mic in the SideBar

Tue, Jun 18 2019, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Jun 19 2019, 5:00pm
Classic cocktails with a modern twist every Wednesday in the SideBar -- a perfect complement to our Sidebar Sessions jazz series!

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SideBar Sessions with Jarod Bufe Quartet

Wed, Jun 19 2019, 8:00pm - $10 suggested donation
Weekly jazz series in the SideBar. Sponsored by WDCB, 90.9 - Chicago's Jazz Station. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Fletcher Rockwell (SideBar)

Thu, Jun 20 2019, 8:00pm - $5 donation
A mix of Americana and classic rock & roll of '70s.

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The Tillers

Thu, Jun 20 2019, 8:30pm - $10 - Tickets
The Tillers have been thumping their own distinctive sound of string band style folk music. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Expo '76 & the Total Pro Horns 10th Anniversay Show

Fri, Jun 21 2019, 8:00pm - Free - Just hit the tip jar
Sponsored by Brickstone Brewery, Bourbonnais IL. $4 Brickstone APA pints! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Ian Leith (SideBar)

Fri, Jun 21 2019, 8:00pm - $5 donation
Ian Leith is on a "quest of endless possibilities with these here fingers."

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16th Street Theater BASH

Sat, Jun 22 2019, 1:00pm - Advance tickerts: $50 single/$95 couple; at the door: $55 single/$100 couple - Tickets
From 1-4 pm, Celebrate and imagine with us as we are on-the-move to Harlem Avenue. Enjoy live music and special performances, relish delicious bites provided by our official Season 12 sponsor Lavergne's and win exciting prizes and experiences in our raffle, silent and live auction.

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John Fullbright Band, Brian Dunne

Sat, Jun 22 2019, 8:30pm - $20 in advance, $25 at the door - Tickets
A Grammy-nominated FitzGerald favorite returns with a full band for an evening of Americana, folk and blues. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Open Mic in the Club

Tue, Jun 25 2019, 8:00pm - Free
Every Tuesday, sign-up at 8:00!

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Classic Cocktail Wednesdays in the SideBar

Wed, Jun 26 2019, 5:00pm
Classic cocktails with a modern twist every Wednesday in the SideBar -- a perfect complement to our Sidebar Sessions jazz series!

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SideBar Sessions with Samuel Mosching Quartet

Wed, Jun 26 2019, 8:00pm - $10 suggested donation
Weekly jazz series in the SideBar. Sponsored by WDCB, 90.9 - Chicago's Jazz Station. Doors open at 7 pm.

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The Summer of Shams with The Shams Band

Wed, Jun 26 2019, 8:00pm - Free, just hit the tip jar
Drawing heavily from their Kinks, Rolling Stones, and Wilco influences, songwriters Donnie Biggins and Paul Gulyas create whiskey-driven blues, complete with four-part harmonies. Performing the last Wednesday of the month through August. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Tribute 2019: DPOP Fundraiser

Thu, Jun 27 2019, 6:00pm - $75
From 6 to 8 pm, The Democratic Party of Oak Park's annual fundraiser features a salute to Committeewoman Emeritus Jerry Delaney. With food by Daniel Vogel, Obsessed Kitchen and Bar.

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Jazz Couples (SideBar Music Room)

Thu, Jun 27 2019, 8:00pm - $10 - At the door only
An evening of jazz with Judy Roberts & Greg Fishman, Jeannie Lambert & Russ Phillips. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Country Night in Berwyn

Fri, Jun 28 2019, 8:00pm - $5
We're roundin' up the best country bands in the city! $2 PBRs, $3 Whiskey shots -- yahoo! Doors open at 7 pm.

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Cannonball (SideBar)

Fri, Jun 28 2019, 9:00pm - $5 donation
Good time rock and roll!

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Webb Wilder & the Beatnecks, David Quinn

Sat, Jun 29 2019, 8:00pm - $15 - Tickets
Southern-fried roots and rockabilly. Doors open at 7 pm.

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British Buddy Alumni Big Band with vocalist Frieda Lee

Sun, Jun 30 2019, 6:00pm - $10, $5 (17 & under)
Big Band Sunday! Sponsored by WDCB-FM (90.9). Doors open at 5 pm.

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July


FitzGerald's 38th American Music Festival

Wed, Jul 03 2019, 4:30pm - $50 - Tickets
JD McPherson, Sarah Shook & the Disarmers, Waco Brothers, Robbie Fulks & Redd Volkaert, Joel Paterson Organ Trio, Fox Crossing String Band, Sunny War, Chicago Farmer, The Commonheart, Coyote Riot, Alewife, Cannonball, Bunkertown and more

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FitzGerald's 38th American Music Festival

Thu, Jul 04 2019, 1:00pm - $50 - Tickets
Tributosaurus becomes Bruce Springsteen, The Cactus Blossoms, Nikki Hill, NRBQ, Blackfoot Gypsies, Kevin Gordon, Jon Dee Graham & the Fighting Cocks, Katy Guillen, Hannah Wicklund & the Steppin’ Stones, Donnie Biggins & The Shortcuts, The Heavy Sounds Stax Revue, South City Revival, Peter Joly Group, Curtis McMurtry, Mike and the Moonpies, Wild Earp, Matt and the Natural Disasters and more

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FitzGerald's 38th American Music Festival

Fri, Jul 05 2019, 4:30pm - $50 - Tickets
Tab Benoit, Zenith Sunn featuring Eric Lindell and Anson Funderburgh, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, The Suffers, Michael McDermott, Brave Combo, Dead Horses, Jenny Bienemann & Friends, The Dozen Buzzin Cousins, Gerald Dowd, Girls of the Golden West and more

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FitzGerald's 38th American Music Festival

Sat, Jul 06 2019, 1:00pm - $50 - Tickets
Alejandro Escovedo, Marcia Ball Band, Walter Trout, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Cedric Burnside, Lindsay Beaver, Edward David Anderson, Nora Jane Struthers, Kory Quinn, The Zimmermen, Bill Bloomer, The Belvederes, Ron Lazzeretti and more

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Club and Sidebar Closed

Sun, Jul 07 2019, 5:00pm

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Terrapin Flyer

Sat, Jul 20 2019, 9:00pm - $10 - On sale May 24 - Tickets
Grateful Dead music from some of the top performers on the Chicago jam scene. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Paul Thorn, Alice Drinks the Kool Aid

Fri, Jul 26 2019, 8:00pm - $25 - Tickets
Paul Thorn has created an innovative and impressive career, pleasing crowds with his muscular brand of roots music – bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern American, yet also speaking universal truths. Doors open at 7 pm.

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New Duncan Imperials

Sat, Jul 27 2019, 8:30pm - $15 - Tickets
The band's fierce, frantic stage show and love for the seamy side of things is stronger than ever. This is a rare chance to see one of rock and roll's great live shows. Doors open at 7 pm.

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August


Eilen Jewell

Fri, Aug 02 2019, 8:30pm - $20 in advance, $25 at door - Tickets
Jewel is known for what allmusic.com describes as a “country-flavored and blues-infused version of contemporary folk (which also can include healthy doses of rockabilly and surf).” Doors open at 7 pm.

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Parker Millsap

Wed, Aug 14 2019, 8:00pm - $15 in advance, $20 at door - Tickets
Ann Powers of NPR says: "I wasn’t prepared for the wild, vast power of his voice and his remarkable charisma. This guy can yodel, he can sing a soul song for real, he can preach and he wiggles his leg like Elvis. A star in the making.” Doors open at 7 pm.

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September


Tim O'Brien Band

Fri, Sep 06 2019, 8:30pm - $25 - On sale May 10 - Tickets
Classic bluegrass with a master player. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Black Joe Lewis & the Honey Bears

Fri, Sep 20 2019, 9:00pm - $15 in advance, $20 at door - Tickets
Sonically inspired by the Hill Country blues, cowpunk and the Southern soul of Stax. Presented by Harmonica Dunn. Doors open at 7 pm.

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Reckless Kelly

Sat, Sep 21 2019, 8:30pm - $20 in advance, $25 at door - Tickets
The Austin-based band were Americana before there really was such a term, combining roots, rock and country influences into an uncompromising musical approach that has earned the Grammy-winning group a very steadfast and loyal following. " - A Taste of Country. Doors open at 7 pm.

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