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There's always something going on at the Rockfish Grill and Anacortes Brewery. Check out our calendar for upcoming special events. Visit the Rockfish Grill for live entertainment including the best in jazz, blues and beyond.

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DINNER AND A MOVIE EVERY MONDAY
Monday, July 2, 2012

DINNER AND A MOVIE EVERY MONDAY


Join us for Dinner and a Movie! Every Monday night, stop by the Rockfish Grill, order any food item and get a ticket to the Anacortes Cinema located right across the street for only 5 bucks! Movie tickets are good for any day of the week.
 
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JUNKYARD JANE
Friday, July 6, 2012

JUNKYARD JANE


The four-headed love child named Junkyard Jane rose by night in the tide flats of Tacoma, Washington from a deadly mephitic brew of blues, swamp gas, rockabilly, old engine parts, country, motor oil, folk, funk and used kitty litter. Like all true originals, they display a Creole blend of influences that they affectionately call “Swampabilly Roots Music”.

With five critically acclaimed, all original CD’s under their belt and over 1000 live performances since their 1997 debut, the band decided to expand it’s musical horizons by relocating to the tour fertile South, landing in the Americana friendly city of Louisville, Kentucky.

Junkyard Jane, a BEAM Grant recipient (Benefiting Emerging Artist in Music), was one of only eight groups from a pool of thousands to make the final round at the International Band Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee; and their briefcase full of awards over the years includes the prestigious Washington State BB Award for “Best Band”.

Rooster Hooch, Junkyard Jane's newest release, finds the band coming into their own with raw arrangements, scaled down production and some of their best songwriting to date. Ductape & Sagebrush, showcases a journey into the rootsy, acoustic side of the band; while their third album, Swampabilly Snake Oil Freakshow, serves up a steamin’ plate of corn fed, swampy, jug band blues. JJ’s sophomore effort, Milkin’ the Frog, was voted BB Award winner for “Best Northwest Recording” and features all original music as does the debut CD Washboard Highway, which was named one of the top 10 NW recordings by KPLU radio.

Four-time “Best Songwriter” nominee and Summy Award recipient for “Female Performer of the Year”, Leanne Trevalyan entices the listener with her smooth, sultry vocal styling and acoustic guitar picking. Lea’s washboard scratchin’, slide whistle wailing and occasional kazoo solo ads a touch of whimsy to the show.

Billy Stoops, a BB Award winner for “Entertainer of the Year” as well as "Best Male Vocalist", delights and amuses audiences with his rich, soulful voice and on stage antics. Billy’s distinctive guitar style, both electric and acoustic, along with his groove-oriented songwriting garnered him a Summy Award for "Male Performer of the Year".

Louisvillian Alex Featherstone, the newest member of the clan, provides melodic bass lines on electric, acoustic and fretless basses, and his funk/rock origins compliment the bands rootsy tone. And finally, steady thumpin’ drummer Tom Sunderland, whose world beat rhythms can be heard on various TV soundtracks, keeps poundin’ down the groove so your butts can move!

“…as entertaining and uninhibited as anything you will ever see on stage!” John Allen Briscoe, WBS Newsletter
 
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IAN McFERON BAND
Saturday, July 7, 2012

IAN McFERON BAND


The Ian McFeron Band exploded onto the Seattle music scene shortly after releasing their debut album, Don't Look Back (2003), when they were discovered by "The Mountain" in Seattle (AAA-formatted KMTT at 103.7 FM). Within months, the first single, Love Me Twice, edged out songs by Modest Mouse, Bob Schneider, The Bo Deans, and Ray LaMontagne in The Mountain's "New Music Throwdown," a weekly competition where listeners vote for their favorite of two new songs. The band went on to share the spotlight with international and national artists such as Patty Griffin, Nanci Griffith, Shawn Mullins, Amos Lee, Sister Hazel, Missy Higgins, Julia Fordham, Carbon Leaf, The Hothouse Flowers, and Jars of Clay. The Ian McFeron Band continues to tour the western United States including WA, OR, ID, CO, UT, NM, AZ, TX, OK, and CA.

A prolific songwriter whose lyrical prose and fervent work ethic has drawn comparisons to Bob Dylan and Ryan Adams, McFeron has released a steady stream of albums: Don't Look Back (2003), A Long Way To Freedom (2005), and Fistfight With Father Time (2006). Let It Ride (2007) marks the band's fourth full length LP- a fourteen-track narrative spanning themes of love and heartbreak, faith and despair, political corruption and hope. Released on March 3rd, 2007, Let It Ride was celebrated with back-to-back shows at the Triple Door in Seattle, both of which sold out in advance.

In live performance, McFeron (vocals, guitars, piano) is joined by the Texas fiddle of Alisa Milner and the backbeat rhythms of Jon Markel and Mark Bateman. The band has also performed with well-known Northwest lead-guitar players such as Alice Stuart and Rod Cook, and with slide-guitar virtuoso Dan Tyack. The diverse musicianship of its members allows the Ian McFeron Band to shift smoothly through a variety of roots-Americana styles, ranging from acoustic folk rock to gritty alt-country blues, from heartfelt, soulful ballads to driving, danceable backbeat groves.
 
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KIDS EAT FREE EVERY TUESDAY
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

KIDS EAT FREE EVERY TUESDAY


Don't feel like cooking? Bring the family to the Rockfish Grill on Tuesday where kids twelve and under eat free all day (One child entree complimentary with each adult entree purchased).
 
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STILLY RIVER BAND
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

STILLY RIVER BAND


Performing together for decades, the Stilly River Band delivers an exciting range of music, from bluegrass to progressive folk, Latin, Irish, rock and rhythm 'n blues. Their bluegrass arrangement of Sam & Dave's soul classic, Hold On, I'm Comin' will put a smile on your face for the rest of the day.

Known by some as “the bad boys of bluegrass”, the Stillys play and eclectic mix of music from traditional bluegrass to other less conventional styles played in a bluegrass format that the band labels “rude grass.”

The band features John Amber-Oliver on lead vocals and guitar, Jonathon Schneider on tenor harmonies and banjo, Stuart Torgeson on dobro and accordion, John Daugherty on vocals and stand up bass, Steve Stolpe on vocals and mandolin and Mike Schway on fiddle.


The Stilly River Band delivers accomplished musicianship, excellent vocal harmony and an always entertaining and unpredictable show. Looking for a cross between Earl Scruggs and the Tempations? These are your guys!

 
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TRISH HATLEY
Thursday, July 12, 2012

TRISH HATLEY


Vocalist Trish Hatley is one of the most beloved and enduring figures on the Northwest music scene.

Known for her easy sense of swing, beautiful tone and innate sensitivity to the music, she effectively balances technical mastery with genuine accessibility, making her extremely popular among jazz fans everywhere she performs.

Hatley is also one of the hardest working musicians around. She performs and records with her own band, the Trish Hatley Quintet, as well as the vocal jazz trio Trish, Hans & Phil. She has appeared in several Pops concerts with the Everett Symphony and has also been a frequent guest vocalist with Jim Kerl’s Swing Session Big Band.

Trish has recorded five CD’s to date and has also produced four shows: “A Fifth of Jazz,” “Women in Song”, “Isn’t It Romantic” and “The Great American Songbook.” Her latest CDs, “I Remember” was released in January 2010, and released in March 2010, “Sing, Ask and It Is Given,” a collection of affirmations set to original jazz melodies that she composed.

Trish performs regularly at festivals, nightspots and concerts throughout the Northwest. Showtime for Trish's Rockfish performance is 6PM.

"When I think of Trish, the first word that comes to mind is dazzling. Her ability to captivate the audience while inspiring the musicians has made Trish one of our most requested soloists."
—Dr. Paul Cobb, Conductor, Everett Symphony

"This slim brunette does it all with a style and energy suffused with a self effacing wit and possesses a soulful soprano voice!"
—Nancy Wollbeck, Anacortes American
 
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SISTER WIVES
Friday, July 13, 2012

SISTER WIVES

Sister Wives was named one of the Best New Bands of the Year in the SLAMMy's (Salt Lake Music Awards) voted by the readers of Salt Lake City Weekly Magazine.

They get a lot of questions about the name Sister Wives. Just to clear things up, none of them are sisters at least to each other. Some of them are wives, but that's really beside the point. "Sister Wives" is a term used to describe the relationship of wives in a polygamous relationship and is generally considered a term of endearment. And no, none of them are in a polygamous relationship either. It's just a great band name! Here's some insight into the members:

Mona Stevens [lead vocal, rhythm guitar, harmonica] ASCAP songwriter; studied classical, folk and blues guitar. Spent four years in Nashville as singer/songwriter: experiences include lead singer/songwriter for the "Mona Rae Stevens Band" regularly headlining at clubs such as Bluebird Cafe, Douglas Corner, Diamond in the Ruff. Studied Music Business and song writing in Nashville for 3 years. Numerous guest appearances performing on the “Merchants Radio Show” and television shows “American Magazine” and “Be A Star.” Over 13 years experience in Utah clubs and restaurants as member of trio, duet, and a soloist.

Jani Gamble [bass, vocals] Singer/songwriter/guitarist/lyricist for over ten years; co-produced several local recording projects as well as an annual musical production. Co-founder, writer, and lead vocalist with local band “Twist of Faith.” Experience includes duo and band work (vocal and instrumental) at public and private functions along the Wasatch Front, as well as studio work. Recent presenter at Minnesota, Rhode Island and Colorado musician conferences. Background consists of classical and contemporary work including blues, rock, folk, and bluegrass. Classically trained; studied folk and blues on both guitar and mandolin.

Amy Boettger [drums, vocals] Diverse background ranging from nightclub band venues to symphonic and orchestral to drum & bugle corps. Professional playing experience includes over 10 years in rock, jazz, blues, punk, big band, and country music bands. Drum and percussion instructor for individuals and high school, college, and drum & bugle corps drumlines. Percussionist of the Year for Suncoast Sound Drum and Bugle Corps. Music scholarship recipient; associates degree in percussion studies; music education coursework at Florida State University.

Jesse Luckett [lead guitar, vocals] As the newest Sister, Jesse joined the band and made her first public appearance with the Sister Wives in August of 2003 and has been adding her screamin' blues licks and subtle slide riffs to the Sister Wives sound since then. While primarily playing lead electric and acoustic lead, she has been stepping up more with that sultry bluesy voice as well. Born in Amish Pennsylvania, Jesse has lived all over the country. She is currently a full-time student at the University of Utah, majoring in Anthropology. Jesse loves songwriting and hopes music plays a big part in her future. Her blues influences are Johnny Winters, Ry Cooder, Deborah Coleman, Blues Roots, Rory Block, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Eric Sardinas.

 
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THE TWISTERS
Saturday, July 14, 2012

THE TWISTERS

br>The Twisters, one of Canada's best jump blues acts, blow into town featuring some of the top talent in the Pacific Northwest.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Twisters leader, David Hoerl was originally tutored by Rick Estrin in the art of Blues Harmonica. He has since played with some of the best blues musicians in the U.S. and Canada, including: Mike Bloomfield, Albert Collins, Percy Mayfield, Big Mama Thornton, Little Joe Blue, Freddie Roulette, Big Joe Duskin, Pee Wee Crayton, Steve Freund, Carl Weathersby, Phil Guy, Sonny Rhodes and Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne. In 1982 David came to Canada with Kenny Wayne, and became a landed immigrant in 1986.

As the founding member and sole remaining original Twister, he has received numerous accolades and awards for songwriting, vocals and harmonica playing, including being nominated in 1997, 1998, 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2007 for "Harmonica Player of the Year" by the Toronto Blues Society's "Maple Blues Awards". According to West Coast Blues Review (1995) and Real Blues Magazine (1996-2006) David Hoerl is "Canada's Top Harp Blower".

Young guitarist, Brandon Isaak, has monster tone and technique. He moved from his hometown of Whitehorse, Yukon to Vancouver, BC in 1999, where he joined the Twisters. He has shared the stage with many great blues artists, including Taj Mahal, Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials, Robben Ford, Canned Heat, Jeff Healy, Big Dave McLean, Rusty Zinn, Colin Linden just to name a few. Brandon toured all over Europe with Joe Louis Walker, Willie Hayes and Ken Faltonson on numerous festivals and TV shows.

Unforgettable is what a performance by stand-up bassist Keith Picot is. Whether singing and leading his own band, or supporting the talent of such bands as The Twisters, Cousin Harley, Joe Dollar and Juno Award winner Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, he always gives 110 percent. With a hard hitting slap style all his own he can drive a beat like the devil, then equally and effortlessly draw out the sweet tones of a saint.

Matt Pease credits his hard swinging style to his early influences Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. Matt grew up in a musical family with a large record collection on Vancouver Island. He moved to Vancouver in 1997, after which he toured with the Michael Kaeshammer Trio in the DuMaurier Jazz Festival. Shortly thereafter he hooked up with Juno Award winner Lee Aaron for three years. He has shared a stage with Edgar Winter, the Wailers, Green Day and the Cherry Poppin' Daddies. Matt studied with the great Canadian drummers Claude Ranger and Don Leppard. He joined the Twisters in early 2005.
 
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3.99 HAPPY HOUR MENU EVERY DAY
Monday, July 16, 2012

3.99 HAPPY HOUR MENU EVERY DAY


Check out Anacortes' best Happy Hour, 3-6PM everyday. Enjoy pizzas, calzones, flatbreads, fish and chips, nachos, hot wings and more all for only 3.99 plus get $1 off all drinks.

Besides 16 handles of house brewed craft beer including year round cask and an extensive wine selection, the Rockfish Grill now serves your favorite cocktails!
 
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SPOONSHINE DUO
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

SPOONSHINE DUO


The Spoonshine Duo featuring Jacob Navarro and William Cook of the popular group, Spoonshine, perform their own brand of home grown roots music the third Wednesday of every month.
 
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DINE FOR 9.99 EVERY THURSDAY
Thursday, July 19, 2012

DINE FOR 9.99 EVERY THURSDAY


Every Thursday, order any one topping pizza or burger and a pint of your favorite Anacortes beer for only 9.99!
 
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ERIC MADIS and BLUE MADNESS
Friday, July 20, 2012

ERIC MADIS and BLUE MADNESS


Eric Madis is a Pacific Northwest guitarist, singer, composer, recording artist and internationally recognized guitar instructor whose music has been described as “a mosaic of blues, jazz and folk styles”. His electric music blends his rich Chicago and Texas blues experience with jazz, swing and rock. His acoustic music is an original blend of Piedmont and Delta blues, jazz, country and Hawaiian music.

Eric grew up surrounded by music, from the Sons of the Pioneers to Broadway show tunes to the operas of Puccini and Verdi. His mother, an accomplished opera singer named Isabelle Bellis, started Eric on piano at the age of 9. Eric took up guitar at the age of 10, inspired by the great country guitarist Grady Martin, and that same year performed “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore” for hundreds of youths at a Denver theatre. His first band the Phynx of Babylon, formed in 1966, played music of the Byrds and other popular groups.

Eric lived in Chicago from 1969 to 1978, where he performed in coffeehouses and was an active player in the blues scene, becoming friends and/or playing with some of Chicago's blues greats: Willie Dixon, Big Walter Horton, Sunnyland Slim, Otis Rush and more. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1975, led Open Road and the Madis-Johnson Band and backed up bluegrass musicians Pat Burton and Halbert Thornberry. Eric lived in Dallas 1979-1981, working as a session guitarist and arranger and performing with Deacon Jones, Willie Willis, and Faded Red. He was a finalist at the Kerrville National Folk Festival in 1981. Eric lived in Denver from 1981 to 1984, where he led Ukiah and Don’t Go No Further, did an extended solo acoustic gig at the Mercury Café and taught blues guitar at Denver Free University.

Since relocating to Seattle in 1984, Eric has led the BluesCast, Blue Madness and the Eric Madis Trio/Quartet. He has also worked with many of the finest in Seattle’s blues, swing and jazz scenes, including Little Bill Englehart, Seattle Swing Trio, Paul Anastasio, Steve Bailey, Ryan Burns, Mike Lynch, Runaway Train and many more. He has also performed with Hawaiian musical greats Irmgard Aluli, Kekua Fernandez, Emma Sharpe and jazz ukulele legend Bill Tapia. Eric has also opened concerts for Robben Ford, Little Charlie and the Nightcats, James Cotton and others.

Eric’s five CDs on Luna Records have received excellent reviews, regional airplay and nominations from NAMA and Washington Blues Society (WBS). His most recent, "The Dues Will Never Be Paid in Full", was released in November 2009. Eric has received 16 Best Blues nominations from WBS, his music has appeared on five film soundtracks, and he was a finalist in the 1991 Seattle Guitar Starz competition sponsored by Guitar World Magazine. A respected guitar instructor since 1976, Eric has taught for the National Guitar Workshop, Guitar Workshop Plus of Canada, Northwest Folklife, University of Washington Experimental College, Denver Free University, Dusty Strings and JamPlay.com.
 
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HOLMES SHEA BAND
Saturday, July 21, 2012

HOLMES SHEA BAND


In 2004, John Holmes and Jamie Shea joined forces to create The Holmes Shea Band as a vehicle for their energetic original rock, ballads and jazzy rhythm & blues. Jamie's vocals and keyboard and John's guitar and vocals are augmented by the solid rhythm section of Michael O'Neal on drums/vocals, Mark Gowan on bass, and Oscar de la Rosa on latin percussion/vocals and often features the flute & saxophone acrobatics of Mark Kelly and John Anderson.

Jamie Shea has been performing as a singer and keyboardist for most of her life. She began singing folk songs in a coffee house when she was 14 and soon thereafter joined the first of many rock and pop bands. In the 70's she toured extensively with the bands Potbelly, Burning Ground, Apricot Brandy, and the Wayne Bell Revue while sporadically studying voice and music theory. Raising a family kept her closer to home in the Pacific Northwest with bands Chrome Dinette. What the Chelm and The Walrus (with whom she also currently performs).

Although throughout her musical career Jamie had occasionally written her own songs, meeting up with John Holmes in 2003 was instrumental in opening the songwriting floodgates! Jamie enjoys exploring various musical genres writing songs ranging from the middle-eastern feel of "Sacred Money" to the New Orleans style blues whimsey of "Knocking on My Door."

John Holmes started writing songs in the late 60's and played in Seattle in the 70's performing with the bands Lost Continent and Spectacle. After having a family and moving to Mount Vernon his focus became more towards writing music and lyrics and he established his own recording studio (Wired Homes Studio) in the mid 90's as a tool for recording his songs and those of many friends and songwriters in the Northwest. The studio collective has thrived on the creative energy and friendships of local musicians. There have been recording projects by Rick Epting, Ira Fein, Li Gold, Wedge Michaels as well as 2 projects with Ron Weyers, Sunrise and Caught Up In A Web, and 2 projects with John Savage, Walkin' In The Sand and Old Moonshine

Philosophy: The creative process is one that enables us all to communicate what we're feeling and experiencing each in our own unique way. When we are allowed to indulge in this creative process in an uninhibited and non-judgmental manner it becomes a therapy of a kind in that it allows expression of anything in any way that we feel like.
 
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FIDALGO SWING
Wednesday, July 25, 2012

FIDALGO SWING


Join us for some great Django inspired tunes performed by local favorites Fidalgo Swing. Guitarist and host Allen Lewis will be joined each month by special guests to kick off our very own Djangofest right here at the Rockfish.
 
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GERTRUDE'S HEARSE
Friday, July 27, 2012

GERTRUDE'S HEARSE


The sound of gravel crunching beneath the tires of the hearse as it rolls through the iron gates. In the distance a lone fiddle cries to the grey dawn. An alabaster stone marks the spot where the hearse pulls to a final stop. After all, who called for the undertakers?

Gertrude’s Hearse is a band hailing from Skagit Valley, Washington. The band was formed atop the hill by a bunch a good fellas and guitarist Raymond John: adding Yusuf Kilgore, Matt Clausen, Keith Stone, Tim Daniels and a plethora of other players to become one of the areas hottest bands. In a three year period, they have built an outstanding repertoire of music ranging from folk, country, and rock, to bluegrass, R&B, and punk. No one else has their style, their energy, or their theme. Gertrude’s Hearse has the flexibility and versatility to perform with some or all of its members. They can readily cater to the more intimate as an acoustic-style duo/trio or elaborate with an all-out rock & roll 7+ piece grandstand-style band.

Gertrude (grrr-trood)
An old-time name representing the style of music from which the band bases its sound. They are equally comfortable playing acoustically, around a single can microphone, or plugged into a PA on-stage. Versatility has been an important factor in their early success as a band.

Hearse (her-sss)
A car used to transport a coffin to a burial site. It is also a somewhat taboo word in the English language, not often used and retaining a sort of mystery. The name of the band is hard to get out of the heads of those who have said it aloud or read it in print. It also offers a theme for the band's logos, artwork, and trademark. This too has played a key role in the band's early notoriety in the area.

The undertakers and country-rock-folk-grassin' singers gaining quite a reputation in the Pacific Northwest are commonly known as Gertrude's Hearse. They are fast becoming legend, often imitated, and never reproduced. Look for them makin their way through your town soon. Mothers watch yer daughters, fathers git yur guns, brothers watch yer tongues, and everyone git ready for a shin splittin good time when Gertrude's Hearse rolls into town.
 
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SONJA LEE BAND
Saturday, July 28, 2012

SONJA LEE BAND


Riding high on the release of their first CD, Telling It Like It Is, The Sonja Lee Band is gaining momentum and gathering fans nationwide. Sonja Lee is one of the Northwest’s most powerful voices, and her band delivers a polished mix of jazz-flavored blues.

Sonja Lee’s singing can be both sweet and powerful, a mixture of Etta James, Joan Osborne, Diana Krall, with maybe a little Janis Joplin thrown in to sharpen the edge.

“Blues songstress Sonja Lee has a voice that ranges from passionate and earthy fire to fun-loving teases. From playful tunes like "He's a Tramp" to the vibrant "I'm Feeling Alright," Sonja is bound to bring down the house and get her audience up and dancing.” - Margaret Bikman, The Bellingham Herald.

“Lee is a new artist with an amazing voice that captures and expresses all the nuances and inflections of seasoned Jazz and Blues singers from bygone eras who didn’t have the studio gimmicks and gadgetry overused by many vocalists today.” - Daryl Davis, Artistic Director, Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival

Sonja’s smoky vocals are backed by a combination of veteran musicians and astounding young talent. Robert Goldtooth Ray on upright bass has played for more than 45 years. He is a master of his craft, adding a uniquely mellow flavor with the big bass. Grant Wilson is another seasoned musician who has played drums pretty much since birth, anchoring the solid rhythm section.

The others are much younger, each gifted with remarkable talent and classically trained. Thomas Harris blows a smooth, sultry sax, adding tremendous emotional depth to the music while Matthew Ray van den Heuvel calmly cranks out incredible riffs on the guitar.

Official website with music samples: www.sonjalee.com.
 
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