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Fall back - November 7, 2018

- Big thanks to the Unitarian Church for having me. It went very well.
- CD release for the Songs of Our Sea coming up should be a great show.
- Solo Bojo Music out in the world; hope it fares well. Let me know if you want a copy
- The Irish Seisiun starts up this Sunday, 11/11/18. Always a good, talented crowd.
- And as always I have a bunch of projects in various stages of disrepair; should make for a fun new year.

Whew... busy - September 28, 2018

-lots of stuff to report
- my new EP/CD, Solo Bojo Music, is done and the release date is 10/1/19. Look for it on my bandcamp page: www.bobwright-harbortown.com. Six songs, just me and my Waterloo. Or pick one up at the next gig.
- the NY State Canal Conference is happening and Harbortown will play a small part in it. Check the calendar. Very proud to have this event, not only in NYC for the first time, but hosted on Staten Island. Big deal.
- Always a privilege to do a service for the Unitarian Church and we have a really nice program set for 10/21. All are welcome.
-Still planning a new Harbortown project and a new one with Bill Doerge and Bob Harris. Songs are written, rehearsals are happening, and new music is in the air.
- A couple of other very cool collaborations are in the offing. Details as they unfold
- Looking forward to the brand spanking new (for Staten Island) Highland Games coming up. Should be a blast and we hope to see you there.
- always seem to miss the IBMA in Raleigh every year andI do really miss it. Hopefully next year.

dog days - August 22, 2018

- the new EP is done and mastered and I just need to get it packaged and ready to roll. Solo Bojo Music is the title. Six new songs solo, just me and a guitar.
- The Unitarian Church has kindly asked me back to do one of their Sunday services. Looking forward to that.
- The Highland Games of Staten Island has asked Doug, Linda, and I to bring the Irish Seisiun there. Details to follow.
- Del Val next week on the kids stage and I am really looking forward to it; have a really nice program planned... just need some kids to make it all work. If you are there bring your kids by on Saturday afternoon.
- Planning to start earnestly on an new recording project with Bill Doerge and Bob Harris and a new Harbortown project at Moon Studios with Bill, Bob Conroy, and Jan Christensen. Can't wait.
- and the Erie Canal Conference is in October on Staten Island. I will be involved with some aspects of that and I believe Harbortown will do a set at some point.

Summertime and the livi... what... what... it is July already - July 20, 2018

- I have been super busy with different things and thought I was only a month behind... but 3 months!!$!$!$
- Where to start: was back at the Harborview school a couple of times. So honored that they use The Oyster Aristocracy as a part of their curriculum. Music and environmental awareness in one package. Cool
- Played again for Fleet Week overlooking the entrance to New York Harbor. Spectacular view and event.
- The Irish Seisiun just gets bigger and better. Done for the Summer but we will be back in the Fall. Doug Barr just got a big grant to go and study concertina in Ireland; he will be even better than ever.
- Back again at the Alice Austen House for their Community Day speaking of spectacular locations on the harbor. Always a thrill to sing the Alice Austen song in the exact same spot the photo it is based on was taken. Chills and thrills. Sweet.
- July found me back at Frets and Refrains music camp run by Nancy Covey and the great Richard Thompson. My 3rd time although I had not been back in 5 years. Lured back by the chance to study with the brilliant Celtic guitar player Tony McManus. He is mind blowing and, more importantly for this old teacher, he can teach. I have enough stuff to keep me busy for a very long time. And hopefully I will also sound better at the Seisiuns.
- And... I have been back in the studio starting to work on several projects. A couple with Bob Harris at Ampersand Studio and one with Harbortown and Henry Falco at Moon Studio. Details to follow but the 1st one is an EP of 6 solo songs; just me and my Waterloo guitar. That is just about done and I can sell those for a great price. The others are going to take time and involve about 20 more songs including a Christmas song based on a true story my Grandmother told me. Sorry, not this year but next year it will be ready... fingers crossed. All the songs are original and I am fortunate to always get great feedback, input, and old fashioned help from Bill Doerge, Bob Conroy, and Jan Christensen... the other guys in Harbortown
- Super psyched to be doing a couple of sets on the children's stage at the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival this year. I have worked backstage for years and am excited to get a chance to perform. Such a great festival. I expect to see you there.

April come what will - April 12, 2018

Busy busy busy.
Nice time with Linda Hickman’s MS people. Shared songs and stories about Staten Island and talked writing.
Doing a guitar presentation for Guitar Month at the local Gay Pride Center for their senior members. Hope they like what I have planned.
Very happy to be asked to do a couple of performances for kids at the next Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival. Kids keep you honest.
The Irish Seisiuns have been fantastic and really well attended; enjoying them.
Harbortown played to two sold out shows at Historic Richmondtown Tavern and had a really fun evening with very receptive audiences. Such a great place to play.
Enjoying my time as a ‘new’ member of Stout... I have played with them quite a bit over the years but always as a substitute; great fun and they are great guys.
The shanty sessions are also doing amazingly well. A lot of people show up to listen but more and more people work up the nerve to join in and that is really what it is all about.
Heading back up to NEFFA in a week or so with Jan and Bill to do a Saturday night set. We are locked, loaded, and primed. Don’t miss it.

clocks ahead - March 8, 2018

- wow. Daylight Savings is back upon us and I missed the whole month of February... been pretty busy with stuff and March is proving to be just as busy
- working up lots of new songs and hoping to get some of them recorded in the Spring
- with the shanty session, the Irish Seisiun, Stout, and Harbortown, things are popping. Check out the calendar.
-don't forget to check: bobwright-harbortown.com to purchase music. Lots of stuff on there and more is coming so check often
- looking forward to returning to NEFFA again this year but was so sorry to hear about the passing of Linda Leslie. She always took good care of us and kept us updated on what to do and to expect. Big shoes to fill.
- heading down to North Carolina in April for an IBMA Leadership Retreat and am looking forward to seeing what is new in that world.
- am also returning to Richard Thompsons wonderful camp in the Adirondacks this July and a chance to study with Tony McManus... and yes, of course, with Richard and the other great instructors they have like Sloan Wainwright...
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2018!#!$!#! - January 3, 2018

- The Seisiun is back in full force- see the schedule and then get there and join in
- heading back to NEFFA this year with Harbortown and it will be fun... we promise
- honored to be a new member of the fabulous long-running folk group Stout and have some shows lined up with them already
- shanty session as always on the 3rd Sunday of the month
- more stuff in the line but can't say yet

Thanksgiving - November 20, 2017

- turkey in a couple of days and a lot else going on
- Irish Seisiun back up and running
- shanty session going strong
- planning to go back to NEFFA this year in April
- a bunch of new songs getting wrung out before they are hung out
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Fall... ahh... - September 12, 2017

- heading to the UK and a spot at the Everyman Folk Club in Liverpool and a chance to hang with our wonderful friends Chris and Hughie Jones.
- Sang a few songs in my Folk Fellow role for SI Arts brewery event. Great turnout and the event was very well received.
- we will be doing a vacation road trip to Kentucky the first week of October. Always available along the way if anyone wants to hear me. Heading to the track at Keeneland.
- Had a great time at the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival again as part of the back stage crew. Been doing it for about 12 years and I always learn something.

where did the year go - August 29, 2017

- Had a bit of a health thing to deal with which kept me close to home for several months but all is well now and I am getting things back on track
- so much has happened since I last wrote-the showcases at FAI went great and I did a couple of school programs that were very well received and very rewarding.
- one after-school program was a CASA grant funded program with Naomi Sturm and SI Arts at the Harborview School on Staten Island; got to teach the kids my songs about their local history. They took to them right away and it is a thrill to hear.
- the other program was sponsored by the Noble Museum and run by Dawn Daniels. That was done at a number of schools and we were teaching the kids about the Robbins Reef Lighthouse. I taught them my song about the lighthouse. Very cool.
- Bill and I did the Austen House Community Day event again; spectacular place
- a big thanks to Nick Dowen at the Noble who consistently sells my CDs in the gift shop; greatly appreciated
- I received a grant to do a live recording at the monthly shanty session at the Noble. The CD is done and only available in their gift shop. We donated the CD to the Noble and they get all the proceeds. Very proud of that
- am still a Folk Fellow for the Working Waterfront Project; we will see where that leads
- the Irish Seisiun had some rough spots but we are hoping to have it back this coming season. Stay tuned.
-got a brand new custom Okie open-back banjo from Rob Bishline. Fantastic! Now I need to start dropping some thumb.
- Heading back to Liverpool soon and that is always a fun time. Fun audiences and they keep you honest and on your toes.
- still writing and always striving to be better; pretty picky about what you get to hear but that is definitely for the best
- and, as always, if anyone has a gig to offer it would be greatly appreciated
- oh yeah, I have a new Bandcamp page with music for sale if you care to check it out: www.bobwright-harbortown.com

Happy New Year! - January 3, 2017

- I hope y'all had a safe and Happy New Years eve and are all set to take on the new year and whatever challenges it presents
- Very happy to be given a slot to showcase at the Folk Alliance by Si Kahn. I mean, c'mon. its Si Kahn.
- Been writing a ton of new stuff that I am hoping to get out there; probably play some of it at the Tavern concert in a few weeks.And that is great venue to play. Hope to see some of you there. Too cool.
- The Working Waterfront Project went very well and we hope to continue it in the new year. I am also doing a school program with Dawn Daniels, from the Noble Maritime Collection. I get to teach the kids my Kate Walker song; always get shivers when kids join in on the song.
- the Doerflinger CD is moving along and we are trying to record a bunch of it live at the session. So far so good.
- and as ever... send us your venues and we will try to get there...

What?!?!? - November 9, 2016

- Wow. It has been a while since I had a chance to write. Some stuff came up that needed doing and taking care of and it took me out of the game for a bit but all is back on track now.
-The shanty session is still going strong and we are putting together a plan to get the Doerflinger CD recorded.
Look for a release concert in April with a special guest from Liverpool joining in. And he has donated a track for the CD... yessss... Hughie Jones will be back with us and that is always and honor and a delight.
- adn yes, the Irish Seisiun is back! All the dates are on the calendar and we hope you come and listen and take part in it. Always fun.
- I have a boatload of new songs that I am hoping to get demoed up in the next few months. Really torn about doing a whole CD as CDs don't sell anymore... but that is what the DJs want.
-did some traveling for pleasure... couple of weeks up on the Cape and then a couple of weeks in Sicily and Rome... great times.
- spent a couple of days on jury duty; had some surgery done. lots of stuff to deal with like I said
- I will be more on top of this now that things are settled
- and yes, as always, if you know of someplace you think we should play give us a holler...

June tunes - June 17, 2016

- Back at the Ocean County Artists Guild tonight (June 17)in Toms River, New Jersey with Bob C and Bill. Always a great crowd and we have some new songs in store.
-LUMEN- June 25- be there! We have a set of original songs about the Staten Island waterfront and are delighted to take part in this amazing event. It gets better every year and it is always especially good when it is hosted by Atlantic Salt. It has to be seen to be believed.
- Bill and I are back in New Jersey at the Blueberry Fest on the 26th. First time there; sure do love blueberries... either high or low bush...
- The Soundscape for the opening installation at SI Arts Culture Lounge on July 14th is done and sounds (in my humble opinion) awesome. Those Henry Falco ears were essential to it and he came through big time. Moon Studios... just go there.
- The shanty session is back this Sunday (June 19) 2-5 and just gets better and better.
- Missing Liverpool and Ireland this year so far but am hoping to get back over soon. Give us a shout if you have a venue for us.
- last Seisiun for the season done and we look forward to coming back strong in September.
- visited with Nancy and Donald Nitchie on the Vineyard a few weeks ago and it was wonderful to see them and to catch up on the news.
- Humbled to be asked again to sing Cobh of Sorrow at the AOH golf outing next to the famine victim memorial.
- Alice Austen House Community Day, 150th birthday celebration on July 23. Best view in the city.

June tunes - June 17, 2016

- Back at the Ocean County Artists Guild tonight (June 17)in Toms River, New Jersey with Bob C and Bill. Always a great crowd and we have some new songs in store.
-LUMEN- June 25- be there! We have a set of original songs about the Staten Island waterfront and are delighted to take part in this amazing event. It gets better every year and it is always especially good when it is hosted by Atlantic Salt. It has to be seen to be believed.
- Bill and I are back in New Jersey at the Blueberry Fest on the 26th. First time there; sure do love blueberries... either high or low bush...
- The Soundscape for the opening installation at SI Arts Culture Lounge on July 14th is done and sounds (in my humble opinion) awesome. Those Henry Falco ears were essential to it and he came through big time. Moon Studios... just go there.
- The shanty session is back this Sunday (June 19) 2-5 and just gets better and better.
- Missing Liverpool and Ireland this year so far but am hoping to get back over soon. Give us a shout if you have a venue for us.
- last Seisiun for the season done and we look forward to coming back strong in September.
- visited with Nancy and Donald Nitchie on the Vineyard a few weeks ago and it was wonderful to see them and to catch up on the news.
- Humbled to be asked again to sing Cobh of Sorrow at the AOH golf outing next to the famine victim memorial.
- Alice Austen House Community Day, 150th birthday celebration on July 23. Best view in the city.

Whew... - May 8, 2016

-Been super busy and that is always a good thing
- Big thanks to the New Jersey Folk Festival for inviting me. We had a blast and got some great feedback from folks. Always appreciated.
- The Working Waterfront project is kicking... I have a lot of the sound files I need for the soundscape and we ( Bill and I)are recording a bass and banjo track tomorrow as an underlay of the whole thing. An original new tune entitled Duffy's Cut. And we will be doing a short set at Lumen. You have to check out Lumen!
- Can not believe Summer is nigh.
- Had a meeting at McSorleys (highly recommended meeting place) for the shanty CD; should begin recording in July and everyone is psyched to get going. It will be fun to do and, with the talent available, will be a great thing to take away from the Museum shop when we have the monthly shanty sing at the Noble Collection.
- and a big thank you to Erin and Dawn at the Noble for allowing us to record a video for my song Out in Michigan there. What a backdrop. If you have not been to the Noble you need to get there now! It is beautifully maintained and drop dead gorgeous. Jan's son Eric Hebert did the videography and I am waiting to see how it turned out. Again... we had fun...
- had a chance to catch up a bit with my old banjo teacher, Tony Trischka, at the NJFF. Nice to see Skyline reunited.
-and as always... send us your venues and your desires to see us and maybe we can make it happen.
ciao

Wow! - March 29, 2016

-Double wow! Just found out that I am one of 6 folks selected for the singer-songwriter showcase at the New Jersey Folk Festival. This is a long running, well attended and well run event and I couldn't be more honored or more pleased.
- Had a fun time at Pat Salmons book release signing. Nice of her to ask me to do my Stapleton Beer song for the release of her book about Staten Island Breweries. We used to have a lot of them; maybe that is how we became the forgotten borough
- New England Folk Festival coming up soon and Harbortown is all dressed up and ready to go. See you there on Friday night.
- Have some ideas for my working waterfront project and am itching to start piecing them together.
- putting together a recording project for the shanty session; should be a great time and a CD that will mean a lot to a lot of people; stay tuned. The session has been getting better and bigger and you should try to make it to it.
- Irish Seisiún going strong as well.
- speaking of which, a big thanks to Mike and Mary McVey for having Doug, Linda, and I to play at their St Patrick's party
and also to play for a memorial to the Uprising at the RANDALL TAVERN on 4/ 24/16
- heading back up to Ashokan for the Local 1000 Retreat again this year and looking forward to seeing folks I don't get to see too often and to learning from those that are there
- some other gigs in New Jersey in the works this year; a couple are listed and some are still not confirmed

March madness - March 13, 2016

-Had a super busy week and had a great time. Big thanks to the venues: Flagship Brewery, College of Staten Island, SI Arts, The Noble Collection, and Historic Richmondtown Tavern Concert Series. And, of course, to the folks who came out to see us... it was our privilege.
- Working Waterfront in progress and will be a fascinating trip. Hey I am a Research Fellow!
- Several new things in the works for the coming months; will post them as soon as I have confirmation.
- The Irish Seisiún has been going great and we have been getting other gigs from it. Sweet.
- Submitted the stage plan for NEFFA today so that is a go at the end of April.
- Will be doing some school programs with Dawn Daniels from the Noble Maritime Collection teaching kids some harbor
lore and songs that they should know. Always great to work with her. We have done many programs both at the Museum and at her dance school together so it should be great.
- We are always on the prowl for new venues and welcoming audiences. Keep us in mind and give us a shout if you think you might want us to stop in and sing a few for you, or maybe do a songwriting workshop.
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exciting stuff planned - January 23, 2016

- blizzard outside so it is a good time to try and catch you up
- Had the first meeting yesterday for the new Working Waterfront Project with our local arts council, Staten Island Arts. It is a very exciting project that will unfold over the next couple of years and I am honored to be included in it as one of 4 research fellows. Can't wait to get started and will flesh it all out as time goes quickly by
- Harbortown in back at the Tavern on March 12; thanks to them for having us back again. Great place to play acoustic music. It'll be a good'un with lots of new stuff and some very talented band members.
- writing a lot lately and am very pleased with some of the songs; I write a lot but it in't all... mostly isn't all... for for human consumption. Stay tuned
- the Seisiun will take place on Superbowl Sunday, 2/7, but from 1-4 instead of 2-5. Still plenty of time to get in a few tunes and see the game afterwards.
- The shanty sessions have really been getting a nice turnout with some really fine singers in attendance lately.
- this Wednesday night, 1/27, I will be at the ETG with a bunch of other fine folks paying tribute to Pete Seeger. I'll be doing two songs that Pete did... not hard to pick as he has done pretty much every song...
- Bill and I are very proud to go back again to a VA hospital in New Jersey to play for veterans with PTSD on 2/5. Thanks to Frank Glaz for organizing it and for doing this for over 20 years. We went last year for the first time.
as always, if you want to hear us check out the calendar or give us a call about a gig you might have for us

HAPPY NEW YEAR! - January 1, 2016

- it is shaping up to be a great year and I really look forward to meeting some of the folks out there who want to hear what we are up to.
- the next Seisiun is this Sunday and they have been taking off so it should be a happening place to be
- working on some new songs and I think I like them... stay tuned...
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banjo hohoho - December 14, 2015

-Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday to all!
- Congratulations to Naomi Sturm for the grant she received for the Working Waterfront Project. Proud to say that I will be a research fellow for the project. It promises to be amazing.
- Played some Irish Trad yesterday for a SI Arts Folklore project, Trouble The Water, which is now an online database with victims of Hurricane Sandy telling their stories.
What a great time at the Toms River Library a couple of weeks back. Bob and Bill were in top form and I just went along for the ride; big thanks to all who came and to the library for having us back again. And... we got to do all songs about Staten Island!
- Another big shout out to Joe Pszonek at WMSC to having Bill and I on to chat and play a couple of things live in the studio. It was a great time and he was impressively prepared for us; the man knows how to run an interview.
- got another recording project in the very preliminary works; all shanties from Snug Harbor with an all-star cast... stay tuned...
- and still working on some new tracks of some new songs for a new year...
- very happy to be back in the Tavern concert series this year... it'll be a goodun'
- and the shanty session in this Sunday (12/20)... you need to come...
- and very happy to say that the Irish Seisiun is back up and running at the very accommodating Flagship Brewery... psst... the beer is really really good ... next up is January 3, 2-5 pm
- and as always... send us your gigs... thanks

where oh where did October go? - November 9, 2015

- was sidelined for a few weeks in October but all is well and I am back up and running
- spent the day with the wondrous Bill Doerge and the magnificent Bob Harris at Ampersand Studios recording ten new tracks.
CD or not CD... that is the question
- Harbortown is back at the Toms River on the 30th of November. Stop by, say howdy, and give us a listen. You may even like what you hear.
- the monthly shanty session continues to grow and to attract attention. You are not there because... ?
- trying to get the monthly Irish Seisiun back up and running on a more reliable schedule. Should know tomorrow.
- and, as always, we are open to offers of gigs. Can't hurt to give us a call and see.

Yikes...time flys - September 9, 2015

- can not believe I have not posted since June but I have not been home that much and a lot of good stuff happened but that is old news
-August we were honored to play at the grand opening of the National Lighthouse Museum right here on sunny Staten Island. The Museum has a ways to go but it is a miracle that it is there at all to visit and to enjoy. Greatness will follow.
- Bill and I also played at the Alice Austen House again and I never get tired of singing the Alice Austen song on the porch that inspired me to write the song... and the location and the view... WOW.
- speaking of wow... ended August at the Borderline Cafe's annual tribute picnic. This year the honoree was the legendary Tom Paxton who was there in the flesh, did a short set like everybody else, and got to hear what we do. Got to meet him and hang out a bit and he was wonderful both onstage and off. What a treat. And I had to take over running the jam this year as Roger Sprung couldn't be there as he had another gig. Fun time.
- lots of meetings with museum and arts folks happening... stay tuned for what could be some very cool future projects. I'm excited.
- and now September... where to start... well we are doing a Hughie Jones show this Saturday night as he is here for the 20th anniversary celebration for the shanty session. Check the calendar for details.
-And filmmakers Leia Grossman and Gabriel Baron are making a documentary about the session. I have seen the trailer and it looks amazing; can't wait for the final product.
- might be going back in the studio in the late Fall if things work out... Should I do another CD or sell single track... CD or not CD that is the question
- Bill and I will be back at the Toms River Library with Bob Conroy in November. Wonderful venue.

and the livin is easy - June 18, 2015

- can not thank Chris and Hughie Jones enough for the friendship, hospitality, and artistry. They are wonderful.
- and a big thanks to Mick and Do Groves for putting us up, putting up with us, and for sharing the talent in such an open way.
Great stuff.
- lots of things happening with more to come in the Fall. Working on the details and will post them as soon as things get confirmed
- Ocean County Artists Guild next week... be there... it will be fun...
- Lighthouse Museum gig in August; stay tuned
- Borderline's Tom Paxton tribute in August; hope he is there.
- More thanks to the Everyman Folk Club; Alan Bell and Fleetwood Maritime Day; the good folks of Exeter who filled the Village Hall and had such nice things to say afterwards, greatly appreciated; the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival for doing yeoman's work to help support the RNLI.
- this weeks shanty session at the Noble will be filmed by filmmaker Gabriel Baron. Should be interesting.

My, my, May... - May 13, 2015

- heading to the UK in a few days and have a few gigs lined up. Details to follow, but I know at least one will be in my old haunt in Liverpool.
- Borderline Tribute to Tom Paxton in August... the man has written some songs I hear...
- Thanks again to the folks at the New England Folk Festival. We had a blast.
- Keep my buddy and bandmate Jan Christensen in your thoughts as he tackles some health issues. We need more people like Jan around.
- Ocean County gig coming up after I get back and it will be hard to top last years turnout but it will be fun to try.
- The Irish seisiun will be back at the Flagship in September... stay tuned.
- Shanty session at the Noble this Sunday and it just keeps getting better and more people keep showing up. You should too! Might even try out a new song this week.
- Had a great time at the yearly Local 1000 Gathering/ Retreat at the Ashokan Center. Heard a lot of wonderful songs and players and am proud to be part of the musicians union.
- Thanks to Ridgefield Park for having Risky Business back again this year for the annual Earth Day event. Lots of familiar faces and a chance to play bluegrass at the waters edge.
- some other stuff in the offing but nothing I can discuss just yet
- and, as always, if you want to see and hear us let your local venue know and maybe we can work something out.

April finally Spring... - April 5, 2015

- great fun last night at the ETG Cafe for my 50th anniversary show. Full house and enthusiastic. Just a pure pleasure.
- next up is NEFFA; happy to be back again and hoping to bring in some new fans to the Harbortown boathouse
- spent a week in L.A. and had perfect weather and climbed lots of stairs... ask me when you see me
- heading over to the UK the end of May and will be at the Everyman in Liverpool around the 27th of May; looks like there might be some other gigs too; will keep you posted when I know for sure
- Local 1000 retreat coming up in a few weeks; pretty close to home this year
- back at Ridgefield Park soon with Risky Business; always a nice day there
- The Irish Seisiun will return to the Flagship Brewery the first Sunday in September
- the Shanty session continues every third Sunday of the month, 2-5 pm, at the Noble Collection
- hope to see some of you and, as always, if you want us in your town give us a holler or tell your local venue about us
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