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This page is updated around the second Sunday of each month or as info comes in. Drop us a mail us at NIBGA, 5034 Wapiti Court, Ft. Wayne, IN 46804-4946 or call 260-918-4790 or (don't forget a subject) about your event if it is within 150 miles of Fort Wayne, Indiana. We sometimes list events that are further away. Always check to be sure the event is still being held. Call listed numbers for more information.

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"Many summer festivals that are run by clubs or associations offer a $2 discount on a weekend ticket to members of Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association. Show your membership card and ask if they will give you a discount. As noted, some festivals sell advance (adv.) tickets. Call the event producer for details. Be sure and tell them where you saw their event!"

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Bluegrass Events by state, by date

Indiana

1st Thurs. Wakarusa Jamboree, Northwood Middle School, 301 N. Elkhart St., Wakarusa, IN 46573 6:30-9p (Sept. - May) 574-862-2200

1st & 3rd Fri. Bluegrass jam, Bacon's Rhythm & Brews, 7954 S Wayne St., Hamilton, IN 46742 7pm 260-488-4001

1st, 2nd, & 3rd Tues. Jam 6:30-8:30 Old Jail Museum jam, 121 N Indiana St., Warsaw, IN 46580 Come to back door. 260-403-5067

Every Tues. Old Timey jam; Fiddler's Hearth, 127 N. Main St., South Bend, IN 46601 574-232-2853

2nd Wed.  11/11 Jam, CrossRoads Inn, 5975 S SR 9, Columbia City, IN 46725 260-396-2144 6:30-8:30p

3rd Fri. Bluegrass, Country, Gospel Jam 7-9pm SR 14, Community Center, North Akron, IN 46910

3rd Sat. 02/20, 03/19 Bluegrass Gospel Folk Old Country, One mic for vocals, no amps except bass. Out of respect for Eagle Quest please no cheating or drinking songs; Eagle Quest Church, 1120 N SR 109, Columbia City, IN 46725 260-244-5955 2p Raymond Desrosiers, rjd@locateus.com

3rd Sun jam; Sheridan Public Library 103 W. 1st St., Sheridan, IN 46069 1-5p

01/27 The Matchsellers w/ Sean Ellsworth-Hoffman; JK O'Donnell's, 121 West Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802 260-420-5563 7-10pm  (The Matchsellers is a bluegrass duo that began in the streets of former East Germany and now crisscrosses the US Interstate system year-round. In 2012, Julie Bates and Andrew Morris met while working as English teachers in Leipzig, Germany. Bates is a classically trained violinist from Kansas City, Missouri, and Morris grew up playing electric blues guitar in the dive bars of Warsaw, Indiana.
They found common ground in the music of their homeland and developed a tight yet gritty bluegrass style. In the summer of 2013 they left their jobs and hit the road.)

The Matchsellers have become known for their excellent musicianship, tight vocal harmonies and an entertaining, high-energy stage show best experienced live.

01/28 The  Matchsellers; The Fiddler’s Hearth, South Bend, IN 9pm

01/29 The  Matchsellers; Chicory Cafe, South Bend, IN

01/29 Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers; Roberts Park, Connersville, IN 47331

01/30 The  Matchsellers; Folkie’s, Marion, IN

02/02 The  Matchsellers; People’s Brewery, Lafayette, IN 6pm

02/14 Central Ind. Bluegrass jam; Jonesboro, IN Community building, Fairmount Ave, Jonesboro, IN 46938 1p 765-674-5117

03/05 Central Ind. Bluegrass jam; Jonesboro, IN Community building, Fairmount Ave, Jonesboro, IN 46938 1p 765-674-5117

03/13 MIPSO; The Arts Place, 131 E. Walnut St. Portland, IN 260-726-4809  4p

03/19 Ma Crow & the Lady Slippers; Metamora Opry Barn, 19189 Pennington Rd., Metamora, IN 47030 7p

03/25 Ma Crow & the Lady Slippers; Connersville Bluegrass Music Assoc., Roberts Park, 30th and Park St., Connersville, IN 47331 7-9p

04/03 Central Ind. Bluegrass jam; Jonesboro, IN Community building, Fairmount Ave, Jonesboro, IN 46938 1p 765-674-5117

03/26 Paul Bryant & Kentucky Border; Opera House, 7th & Brook St., PO Box 37, Mitchell, IN 47446 812-849-4447

06/09 The  Matchsellers; Coffee on the Piazza, Elkhart, IN 5pm

06/12 The  Matchsellers; Mentone Alumni Association, Menton, IN

06/17 The  Matchsellers; Scenic View, Bloomington, IN 6pm

06/18 The  Matchsellers; The Trailhead, Bloomington, IN 6pm

06/19 The  Matchsellers; Mallow Run Winery, Bargersville, IN 2pm

10/15 Rhonda Vincent; Blue Gate Theatre, 175 N Van Buren St, Shipshewana, IN 46565 888-447-4725 

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Bluegrass events in Michigan Like us on Facebook!

Every Tues. Jam/dance, Scotts Community Center, 8450 36th St S, Scotts, MI 49088 6-9p 269-388-3839 free

Every Tues. jam; Senior Center, Main St.,  E. Jordan, MI 49727 6-10p  231-434-9153

2nd Tues. slow jam, Public Library, 6260 92nd St., Caledonia, MI 49316 616-891-8825

2nd Tues Jam ; 3rd Floor Van Deusen Room, Kalamazoo Public Library, 315 S. Rose St., Kalamazoo, MI 7-8:30pm

3rd Thur jam; Elderly, 1100 N Washington, Lansing, MI 48906 517-372-7880 7-8:30p

3rd Fri Jam/Dance, Ostemo Grange Hall, 3234 North 3rd Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49009 6:30-9p 269-388-3839 free

3rd Sun Nov 15, Dec 20, Mar 20, Apr 17, May 15 Mid-Michigan jams, Woldumar Nature Center, 5739 Old Lansing Rd., Lansing, MI 48917 517-482-2382 $4 donation

4th Sa except May, Michigan Bluegrass Music Assoc. open stages & jams (02/27, 03/26, 04/23, 05/21) 6-10p Armstrong Middle School, 6161 Hopkins Drive, Flint, MI 48506 810-736-5332

Last Mon. Slow jam, Public Library, 3943 W. River Dr., Comstock Park, MI 49321 616-272-8815

Last Tues. thru 03/39 Boatyard Brewing, 432 E. Paterson, Kalamazoo, MI 269-226-0300 7-9p

01/22 Bridge County; Kentuckians of Michigan, 28391 Bredow Rd., Romulus, MI 46174 734-782-0132 $7

01/23 New County Grass; Huron Valley Eagles #3732, 13636 Telegraph Rd (US 24 & Telegraph Rd.), Flat Rock, MI 48134 8 - 11:30 PM $7

01/23 Mountain Heart w/ Molly Cherryholmes on fiddle; Ark, 316 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2108 734-761-1800 $35

01/29 Marvin Webb & friends; Kentuckians of Michigan, 28391 Bredow Rd., Romulus, MI 46174 734-782-0132 $7

01/30 Ry Cooder, Sharon White & Ricky Skaggs; 39th Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Ann Arbor, MI

01/30 Roy Cobb, Dana Cupp & The Coachmen; Huron Valley Eagles #3732, 13636 Telegraph Rd (US 24 & Telegraph Rd.), Flat Rock, MI 48134 8 - 11:30 PM $7

02/05 Ottawa County; Kentuckians of Michigan, 28391 Bredow Rd., Romulus, MI 46174 734-782-0132 $7

02/05 RFD Boys; The Ark 316 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2108 734-761-1800

02/06 Grasskickers, Gary Ritter, Bobby Hutch, Fulton County, New River, Danny Cook; fundraiser for William “Bill” Farmer, Kentuckians of Michigan, Liberty Park, 28391 Bredow Rd. Romulus, MI 48174 734-782-0132 $5 3-11p

02/05-06 Joshua Davis and his Trio, The SteelDrivers, The Steel Wheels, Josh White Jr., The Red Sea Pedestrians, Ten Strings and a Goat Skin; Cooper's Glen Music Festival, Radisson Hotel, 100 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007 Hotel: 269-343-3333 and mention the Cooper’s Glen Music Festival

02/12 Clark Brothers Band; Kentuckians of Michigan, 28391 Bredow Rd., Romulus, MI 46174 734-782-0132 $7

02/13 Mich. Fiddlers; Barry County Comm. on Aging, 320 W. Woodlawn, Hastings, MI 49058 269-795-3143 1-4p fiddlers, 4-5:30p open jam, 5-6p dinner, 6-7:30p square dance

02/19 North Back 40 Bluegrass w Matthew Thacker; Kentuckians of Michigan, 28391 Bredow Rd., Romulus, MI 46174 734-782-0132 $8

02/21 The Claire Lynch Band; Ark, 316 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2108 734-761-1800  7:30 pm, $20

02/26 TBA; Kentuckians of Michigan, 28391 Bredow Rd., Romulus, MI 46174 734-782-0132

02/27 BLUE WATER RAMBLERS; Zellie’s Opry House, 230 E. Edgerton St., Howard City, MI 49329 2p

02/28 Mipso; Ark, 316 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2108 734-761-1800 7:30 pm, $15

03/05 Schlitz Creek; Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival, Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 N. Rose St., Kalamazoo MI 49007

03/13 Rhonda Vincent; Temple Theatre, 201 N. Washington Ave., Saginaw, MI 48607 989-754-7469 $20 & $25 3p

03/18 Schlitz Creek; Library, 212 N Paw Paw St, Lawrence, MI 49064 269-674-3200

03/19 Mich. Fiddlers: Jamboree & Square Dance, Gaelic Ball Room, 2068 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48216 fiddlers 3-6p, potluck 6-7p, square dance 7p 269-795-3143

03/19 Schlitz Creek; Zellie’s Opry House, 230 E. Edgerton St., Howard City, MI 49329 2p

04/09 Mich. Fiddlers: Barry County Comm. on Aging, 320 W. Woodlawn, Hastings, MI 49058 269-795-3143 1-4p fiddlers, 4-5:30p open jam, 5-6p dinner, 6-7:30p square dance

04/15 April Verch band; Ten Pound fiddle concert at MSU Community Music School, 4930 S. Hagadorn, East Lansing, MI 48823 8p $15

05/07 Mich. Fiddlers: Hopkins HS, Clark St., Hopins, MI 49328 269-795-3143 1-4p fiddlers, 4-5:30p open jam, 5-6p dinner, 6-7:30p square dance

08/12-13 Mich. Fiddlers Convention, fairgrounds, 115 S. Broad St., Hillsdale, MI 49242 269-795-3143

10/08 Mich. Fiddlers; Barry County Comm. on Aging, 320 W. Woodlawn, Hastings, MI 49058 269-795-3143 1-4p fiddlers, 4-5:30p open jam, 5-6p dinner, 6-7:30p square dance

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Bluegrass events in Ohio  Like us on Facebook!

1st Sat - Traditional, bluegrass, country music with acoustic instruments - Three rooms of jammin' for your musical pleasure. Nettle Lake United Brethren Church, 18560 County Road 5-75, Montpelier, OH 43543 6p 517-270-2870 or 419-485-4112

01/22 Strung Up Bluegrass; Byrne’s Pub, 1248 W. Third Ave., Columbus, OH 43212 614-486-4722 7-9p 

01/22 Wayfarers, Fox & Hounds; Woodlands Tavern, 1200 W. Third Ave., Columbus, OH 43212 7p01/30 Strung Up Bluegrass; Sunroom at the Brick, 113 E. High St., Frankfort, OH 45628 740-998-4060 7-9p

02/01 Ma Crow & the Lady Slippers; Miami University Hamilton Downtown Center, 221 High St., Hamilton, OH 45011 7-8:30p

02/06 Planet Riders, Hocking River String Band, Strung Up; Woodlands Tavern, 1200 W. Third Ave., Columbus, OH 43212 7p $10

02/06 Sugar Creek Bluegrass; Cabin Fever Bluegrass Concert, Church of the Ascension, 555 S. Main St., Johnstown OH 43031 6:30p

02/12 The Steel Wheels, Shedd Theater, 549 Franklin Ave, Columbus, OH 43215 8p

02/13 Strung Up Bluegrass; Boondocks Restaurant, 2987 State Route 61, Fulton, OH 43315 419-864-4446 9-12p

02/19 Ma Crow & the Lady Slippers; Byrne’s Pub, 1248 W. Third Ave., Columbus, OH 43212 614-486-4722 7-9p

02/20 Strung Up Bluegrass; Sterling Bluegrass Concert, 26 E. Main St., Mt Sterling OH  43143 614-323-6938 7p

02/22 Ma Crow & the Lady Slippers; Washington-Centerville Public Library, 111 W. Spring Valley Rd., Centerville, OH 45458 937-610-4419 6:30-8:30p

02/26 Ma Crow & the Lady Slippers; Reflections@PMG Restaurant, 3377 US-35, W. Alexandria, OH 45381 937-839-4500 7-9:30p

02/27 Anna Allen & Traditional Plus; Sterling Jamboree, 26 E. Main St., Mt. Sterling, OH 43143 7p

03/04 Anna Allen & Traditional Plus, Audie Blaylock and Redline; Penny Royal Opera House, Fairview, OH 7p

03/04 Strung Up Bluegrass; Byrne’s Pub, 1248 W. Third Ave., Columbus, OH 43212 614-486-4722 7-9p

03/05 Sawmill Ridge; Sterling Bluegrass Concert, 26 E. Main St., Mt Sterling OH  43143 614-323-6938 7p

03/06 Ma Crow & the Lady Slippers; Leo Coffeehouse, Church of Christ, 2301 Indian Mound Ave., Norwood, OH 45212 513-531-5400 8:15-9p

03/11 Anna Allen & Traditional Plus; Southern Ohio Opry, 4459 Henley Deemer Rd, Lucasville, OH 45648  740-259-4085 7p

03/26 Ma Crow & the Lady Slippers; Reflections@PMG Restaurant, 3377 US-35, W. Alexandria, OH 45381 937-839-4500 7-9:30p

03/26 Sugar Creek; Sterling Bluegrass Concert, 26 E. Main St., Mt Sterling OH  43143 614-323-6938 7p

04/02 Kevin Prater, Wood & Strings; Sterling Bluegrass Concert, 26 E. Main St., Mt Sterling OH  43143 614-323-6938 7p

04/16 The Steeldrivers; Miami University Artist Series, 1601 University Blvd.. Hamilton OH 45011 Parrish Auditorium 513-727-3412

04/16 Ma Crow & the Lady Slippers; Sterling Bluegrass Concert, 26 E. Main St., Mt Sterling OH  43143 614-323-6938 7p

04/23 Anna Allen & Traditional Plus; Coshocton Village Inn, 115 N. Water Street, Coshocton, OH 43812

05/02 Vernon McIntyre's Appalachian Grass; Miami University Downtown Downhome, 221 High St., Hamilton, OH 45011 7-9p vaughnjh @ gmail.com

05/21 Anna Allen & Traditional Plus; Hwy. 57; Lincoln Way Rec Center, St Rt 602 , Bucyrus, OH 44820 7p

06/10 Strung Up Bluegrass; Byrne’s Pub, 1248 W. Third Ave., Columbus, OH 43212 614-486-4722 7-9p

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Bluegrass events in Illinois  Like us on Facebook!

01/29 Ry Cooder, Sharon White & Ricky Skaggs; Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St., Chicago, IL 60608 312-526-3851 $39/$59/$67/$100

02/27 Becky Buller Band; Chicago Bluegrass, American Legion, 1030 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201 8p

03/03-06  11th Annual Shorty’s Strickly Bluegrass Festival. Stony Creek Hotel, 101 Mariners Way, E. Peroria, IL 61611 Shortysblugrass@comcast.net (See Flyer) Great Bands, Great Jamming!

03/12 Rhonda Vincent w/Gene Watson; Performance Center, 1325 Outer Belt W., Effingham, IL 62401

05/14 The Gibson Brothers; Brashler Barn, 17560 S. Gougar Rd., Lockport, IL 60441 815-838-1549  7p $40

05/25 Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper;  Brashler Barn, 17560 S. Gougar Rd., Lockport, IL 60441 815-838-1549 5p $35

08/06 Art Stevenson and High Water;  Brashler Barn, 17560 S. Gougar Rd., Lockport, IL 60441 815-838-1549 6p $30

09/09 The Special Consensus;  Brashler Barn, 17560 S. Gougar Rd., Lockport, IL 60441 815-838-1549 7:30p $30

09/24 Frank Lee, Allie Burbrink, workshops & show;  Brashler Barn, 17560 S. Gougar Rd., Lockport, IL 60441 815-838-1549 6p concert $20 concert

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Bluegrass events in other places Like us on Facebook!

02/04-07/2016 SPBGMA; Sheraton Music City Hotel, 777 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

02/20 Sierra Hull; Stoughton Opry; 381 E. MAIN ST. STOUGHTON, WI 53589 608-877-4400 7:30p $25

03/04-06/2016 ITCHINtoPICK Blugrass Jam; Galt House, 140 N 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202 $10 

03/10 Dell McCoury; Stoughton Opry; 381 E. MAIN ST. STOUGHTON, WI 53589 608-877-4400 7:30p $40

03/11 Rhonda Vincent; Stoughton Opry; 381 E. MAIN ST. STOUGHTON, WI 53589 608-877-4400 7:30p $35

03/12 Big Thaw, Badgerland Bluegrass festival, Unitarian Church North, 13800 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon, WI 53097

Kentucky Friends of Bluegrass, 303 A Bluegrass Lane, Clay City, KY 40312 606-663-9008

01/23 Billie Rene & Cumberland Gap, Scott Fields & Kentucky Blend $10

01/30 Gary Brewer & the Kentucky Ramblers, Autoharp Master Bryan Bowers $12

02/06 Marty Ravbon & Full Circle, the Kirby Knob Bovs $20.00

02/13 Ralph Stanley II, Crossroads $15

02/20 Tommy Webb, The Price Sisters $2.00

02/27 Custom Made Bluegrass $12

03/05 Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers, Southland Drive $20.00

03/12 Tommy Brown & County line Grass, Blue River $ 12.00

03/19 McLain Family, Morehead State Mountain Music Ambassadors $12

03/26 The Moron Brothers, The Dean Osborne $12

04/02 Rick Wasson, New Balance w Ronnie Deaton $12

04/09 Rickey Oldfield & Curnie Lee Wilson $12

04/16 TBA

04/23 New Coon Creek Girls, Ma Crowe & the Lady Slippers $12

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Clubs with Bluegrass venues for bands to get gigs

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Indiana Bluegrass Clubs:  Like us on Facebook!

Contra Dance, First United Methodist Church, 215 South 5th St., Goshen, IN 46526; 1st Sat., General Public: $7, Members $6, Students: $4, Student members $3, Children under 12: free, Family maximum cost: $18. 7:30p beginner lessons, 8-11p dance 574-533-9906 year around

Fiddler's Hearth is South Bend's local public house -- a gathering place for Celtic artists and the public at large, regular weekly jams, acoustic and Irish. 127 North Main Street, South Bend, IN 46601 574-232-2853 Old Timey jam every Tuesday evening year around

Front Porch Music, 505 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN 46383 8 PM 219-464-4700 year around

Opera House, 7th & Brook St., PO Box 37, Mitchell, IN 47446  812-849-4447

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Bluegrass Opry Barn, 9461 OH-66, Oakwood, OH 45873-9357 1 mile N of Oakwood, OH in Paulding county or 14 miles south of Defiance, OH  419-594-2816 shows 7p with opening band. Price is around $10. Jam every Tuesday at 6 pm until ? winter series

Kent Stage, 175 East Main Street, Kent, OH 44240330-677-5005 See web site for times and prices no bluegrass generally winter series

Pennyroyal Opera House Bluegrass - The Place Where Bluegrass Happens!! Located on Interstate 70 at Fairview, OH 43736 Exit 198 between Cambridge, OH & Wheeling, WV - Rich or Carol Smith 740-695-6291 Cafeteria opens at 5p Shows start at 7p $10 winter series

Harry Whiting Brown House CC, 34 Village Sq., Glendale, OH 2nd Sa - Midwest Bluegrass Assoc., 7p, $5 member $6 n-member M. Couch 513-772-1595 year around

Miami University Artist Series, 1601 University Blvd.. Hamilton OH 45011 Parrish Auditorium, $3 charger per order 513-785-1968 (new number) or epsteihr at muohio.edu, season pass, seniors & student/children tickets available; single event tickets sold after season tickets, prices vary $18-22, season tickets senior $150, regular $160 winter series

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Corsair Concert Series, Tawas United Methodist Church Family Center, on highway M-55, in Tawas City, MI 48763 Showtime 7:30p. Gary Nelkie 989-362-2001 Presented by the Corsair Trail Council, proceeds from the concert series are used to maintain and operate the Corsair Skiing and Hiking Trails in the Huron National Forest winter series

Huron Valley Eagles #3732, 13636 Telegraph Rd (US 24 & Telegraph Rd.), Flat Rock, MI 48134 8 - 11:30 PM Dana Cupp Jr. President, 586-754-6955, Roy Cobb (VP - Entertainment & Booking Agent) 313-381-7751. $10 except as noted The bluegrass program on Saturdays will be discontinued for the summer until September.

Kentuckians of Michigan, 28391 Bredow Rd., Romulus, MI 46174 S I-94 at Bredow Rd between Middlebelt and Inkster Rds near Romulus, MI 734-782-0132 $8 buffet @ 7 PM, admission varies. Keith Jason 734-484-1480 or Jean Campbell 734-269-6602 to play; winter series

Niles Riverfront Park, Downtown Niles, MI 574-272-2001 Wednesdays 6p opening act 7p main act; free (not all bluegrass)

Oakland Community College, Royal Oak Campus, 739 S. Washington Royal Oak, MI 48067 248-246-2400 7:30p $20 winter series

Ten Pound Fiddle, 431 Gainsborough Dr, East Lansing, MI 48823 517-337-7744

The Ark 316 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104-2108 734-761-1800 doors open 7:30 PM, show at 8 PM unless noted year around

Zellie’s Opry House, 230 E. Edgerton St., Howard City, MI 49329; mailing address: Zellie’s Opry House, PO Box 332, 230 E. Edgerton, Howard City, MI 49329 zelliesopryhouse@gmail.com 616-260-3032 reopened fall 2015

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American Legion, 1030 Central St., Evanston, IL 847-573-0443shows at 8 PM $20 donation adults, $15 seniors, kids 16 & under Dates may change (and have). Check their web for latest info.

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Miramar Theatre, 2844 N. Oakland Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53211 414-967-0302 (progressive to traditional)

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Updated Tuesday, January 26, 2016 20:42

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