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Coldplay At The Super Bowl by Bob Lefsetz

Bob LefsetzAnd the winner of the night?

HONDA! For offering free Uber rides home, at least in SoCal, where I was watching.

You make the most of an opportunity. The advertisements were so busy being clever that they missed their target. You want to make us believe in your product and want to use and buy it. But in an era where fame is everything and substance goes out the window it’s no surprise that Madison Avenue demonstrated cluelessness.

But the truth is our nation is in a mass upheaval. That’s the essence of both Trump and Sanders. We want the truth, authenticity and credibility, we want to be respected, and when you see only dollar signs we shrug and move on.

Sometimes you have to say no. All exposure isn’t good exposure. What was the chance casual Coldplay fans would be infected by the band’s performance and purchase tickets to their show? Close to nil.

Now the band has a stink upon it, relegated to second tier status in their own supposedly shining moment, they appeared to be smiling nitwits in a sea of humanity that resembled nothing so much as Up With People, the lame, safe, halftime show the NFL used to employ, when musicians abhorred the rules and regulations of sports, when they were all about rejecting cultural norms as opposed to embracing them for profit.

It’s a violent sport. What’s up with all the wimpy music?

Lady Gaga stretched out the national anthem to the degree there was barely time for football. She’s gotten a publicity pass she does not deserve, her last album was a stiff and her trek with Tony Bennett a sideshow. It’s a hits business, and she hasn’t had one in eons and probably will never have one again, why is she considered a national treasure?

Because the NFL and CBS don’t have their ear to the street. They don’t know there’s a generation gap. They just believe everyone will buy the crap they serve them. As if nobody under thirty wants to cut the cord, as if football deserves a spot in America’s heart along with apple pie and religion. Did you see the MVPs walk out at the beginning of the game? Terry Bradshaw could barely amble out. How could Goodell let this happen? How come everybody in the 1% has lost touch and perspective, not knowing their success depends on the little guy, who is arching his eyebrows and judging what they’re seeing?

Chris Martin looked like a dork. And although the video stage was cool, he and his band’s music never lit up the joint. And the diversions looked like something from the June Taylor Dancers, but Jackie Gleason would want nothing to do with them. You could barely hear the vocals and you had the nincompoop teens running out to swarm the stage, even though they were barely conscious the last time the band had a hit. It was a celebration the audience was left out of. You could do nothing but sit there and wonder why anybody cared.

Until Bruno Mars took the stage.

Bruno knew it was not about music so much as show, and he delivered. Slinking around on stage with his backup singers you were energized and enticed. It may have been meaningless, but at least it was satisfying. Music is like porn, you know it when you see it. And Mars was the only person on stage who seemed to come from the music business.

Beyonce came from the gym. She was working so hard that when she aligned with Chris and Bruno in the finale she was nearly exhausted. She too missed the message, 2016 isn’t about reveling in your excellence, adoring you from afar, but embracing you when you get down in the pit with us, your audience. I’m not in that good a shape and most Americans aren’t either. Watching Bey was like watching an Olympian, you could respect her, but you just could nor warm up to her.

Never mind the chutzpah of doing her new song. I give her credit for that actually, most of the audience was unfamiliar with most of Coldplay’s material so what difference will it make? Did it help her sell tickets?

Not much.

Not for Coldplay either.

You see we’re inundated with marketing messages. And we choose what to pull in, what to embrace. We have no problem watching entertainment and then discarding it nearly instantly. I mean who at home is sitting there saying…I didn’t know Beyonce was going on the road, let me fire up my credit card and drop $100+ a ticket. No, the decision to go is much more considered these days. Sure, it’s hard to get the message out, but it’s not hard to say no if you’re a customer.

So why is it so hard for a manager to say no?

Come on, you see witless actors whoring themselves out, everybody from Anthony Hopkins to Christopher Walken to Helen Mirren. But they’re chameleons, filling roles. We don’t believe in their personalities, we don’t even really know who they are!

But musicians touch our souls. They’re consistent. They stand for something.

But the only thing Chris Martin and company stood for is promotion. And we know hype when we see it.

It was a strange game, dominated by defense. It may have been Peyton’s last, but one wonders if Brock Osweiler could have done just as well. Still, it was riveting to see Cam Newton, the biggest star on the gridiron according to the industrial hype machine, be completely hamstrung. Not so much by any individual, but a team, the Denver defense.

After losing the Super Bowl two years ago, Elway retooled. Threw out what didn’t work. He didn’t put new paint on an old edifice, he got a clean piece of paper and started over. Kudos to him, it worked!

We need a clean piece of paper in music. We need musicians who have some self-respect, who think they’re bigger than the game, who are willing to turn down promotional opportunities because they make them look small, like Coldplay.

But the NFL knows nothing about music. It wants something entertaining, but not edgy. But in music, that’s death. Then again, we’ve got so much of that on today’s scene. It’s almost like the string-pullers don’t want to champion anything outside the box, they want it safe.

But the world is dangerous.

Music used to reflect this.

The only peril on the field today was to the players.

Coldplay was immune.

No, that’s not true. By refusing to turn down this promotional opportunity they revealed the band to be the sham that it is. Four blokes who should have stayed in college who appeal to white people afraid of edge.

Sid Vicious is rolling in his grave.

Remember, you win in music when you’re outside, when you play by your own rules, when you behave like the rock star you are, not a tool of the man.

It wasn’t quite Billy Squier territory, but Coldplay’s career was stopped in its tracks today. Now fans will be subjected to hatred for their choice. We all saw the show and said HUH?

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Jo Dee Messina and Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency, Alright Together

Jo Dee Messina and Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency, Alright Together

for Meetings, Conventions, Special Events, Club, Concerts, Collegiate and Festivals

Jo Dee Messina 202-369-1063Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP and Chief Entertainment Officer at Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency is proud to announce that his award winning 30 year old international company has booked Jo Dee Messina for one of its clients this week.

Jo Dee is a country music artist who crosses over to pop and works fine for special events.. She has charted nine number one singles on the Billboard country music charts. She has been honored by the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. She was the first female country artist to score three multiple-week Number One songs from the same album. To date, she has two Platinum and three Gold-certified albums by the RIAA.

Hit songs you can expect to experience at her up to 90 minute show:

  • Jo Dee Messina 540-636-1640“I’m Alright”
  • “You’re Not in Kansas Anymore”
  • “Heads Carolina, Tails California”
  • “Bye Bye”
  • “Bring on the Rain”
  • “Because You Love Me”
  • “He’d Never Seen Julie Cry”
  • “Do You Wanna Make Something of It”
  • “Downtime”
  • “Burn”

From established to upcoming, from country, rock and pop to world music Mark Sonder Productions books them all, all over the country and abroad for meetings, conventions, events, collegiate and facilities.

About Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency:

Created in 1985 to fill a growing need for music, entertainment, speakers, headline entertainers and supportive production in corporate and association meetings, conventions and special events plus facilities, clubs, casinos and concerts, the company in its 30 years, has worked in the US, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, South America, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Contact: +1-540-636-1640 or msonder(at)marksonderproductions(dot)com to book this great contemporary artist for your event today and see what Mark can do for you!

 

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At Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency We Are “Proud To Be An American,” so we hired Lee Greenwood

At Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency We Are “Proud To Be An American,” so we hired Lee Greenwood

Lee Greenwood 202-369-1063Mark Sonder Productions just acquired Lee Greenwood for one of our client’s events.

When you are deciding what entertainment to have at your themed meeting, convention, event, or collegiate function, think of Lee Greenwood.

From a theme of country, pride, nationalism, The US, God, leadership, stars & stripes, the flag, July 4th, Independence Day, Washington DC, to praise, workship and motivation, etc. Lee can answer all those calls with his special brand of music and entertainment.

Lee is a country music artist that has released more than twenty major-label albums and has charted more than 35 singles on the country music charts. He is best known for his single and signature song “God Bless the USA”, which was very popular back when it was originally released in 1984, and became popular again after the September 11, 2001 attacks (becoming his highest charting pop hit, reaching No. 16 on the Hot 100). He also has charted seven No. 1 hits in his career.

From established to upcoming, from country, rock and pop to world music Mark Sonder Productions books them all, all over the USA and abroad. God Bless The USA!  Call today to book him as well as your other favorite artists 202-369-1063.

About Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency:

Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency Logo 540-636-1640Created in 1985 to fill a growing need for music, entertainment, speakers, headline entertainers and supportive production in corporate and association meetings, conventions and special events plus facilities, clubs, casinos and concerts, the company in its 30 years, has worked in the US, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, South America, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Contact: +1-540-636-1640 or msonder(at)marksonderproductions(dot)com.

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Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency Hits a Double-Header This Week with The Outlaws and Blackhawk

Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency Hits a Double-Header This Week with

The Outlaws and Blackhawk

The Outlaws 540-636-1640Buying entertainment for meetings, conventions, trade shows, expositions, special events, festivals, casinos, clubs, collegiate, and concerts, the 30 year old award winning national entertainment agency has acquired both The Outlaws and Blackhawk for its clients this week.

The Outlaws are a Southern rock/country rock band best known for their 1975 hits “There Goes Another Love Song” and “Green Grass and High Tides.”

Blackhawk, with their musical ties to The Outlaws, are best known for their hits, “Goodbye Says It All” and “There You Have It.”

Blackhawk 540-636-1640So there you have it, from its classical and jazz roots to pop, rock, world and Southern rock/country Mark Sonder Productions books it all, all around the country!

Call today and ask, “What can Mark do for you?”

+1-540-636-1640

msonder@marksonderproductions.com 
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Blinddog Smokin’, Bobby Rush and Gerardo Contino All In One Week!

Mark Sonder Productions booked Blinddog Smokin’, Bobby Rush and Gerardo Contino All In One Week

Entertainment Takes a Bow at Nationwide Event Entertainment Agency

Logo of Mark Sonder Productions, Inc.Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP and The Chief Entertainment Officer at the award-winning national entertainment agency Mark Sonder Productions had the trifecta of events last week booking headline entertainment.

This run of three grand special events has chosen Mark Sonder Productions to book their entertainment.  Sonder actually combined two great artists, Bobby Rush, whose style incorporates elements of blues, rap and funk and on June 6, 2015 Rush was inducted into the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame in Clarksdale, MS with the 2015 Grammy Award nominee Blinddog Smokin’.  Also last week Sonder acquired Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros to perform. Named, “El Abogado de la Salsa,” Gerardo is a Cuban singer and songwriter, featuring an elite lineup of some of New York’s most highly regarded Cuban and Latino musicians.

From established to upcoming to world music Mark Sonder Productions books them all, all over the USA and abroad.

For all bookings of music, entertainment and production call on Mark Sonder.

540-636-1640

www.marksonderproductions.com

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The Platters for your next Special Event

The Platters will not be Pretending when they perform at your Event

presented by Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency

The Platters 202-369-1063Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP and the Chief Entertainment Officer at the award winning worldwide entertainment agency Mark Sonder Productions, Inc. is proud to acquire for your club, casino, festival, meeting, convention or special event the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer group The Platters.

Their debut hit single “Only You (and You Alone)” that launched The Platters as superstars on the world stage was actually an error. A popular DJ, Alan Freed, accidentally played their Mercury Records debut single on air during a “prime” time that was traditionally reserved for white artists. The ballad, based on the then groundbreaking Tin Pan Alley sound, became an instant hit with the public and would eventually reach number five on the Pop charts. Soon after, The Platters released “The Great Pretender,” which propelled them to the number one spot on the charts, providing the launch pad for their meteoric rise. As a result, they became the first African American group to achieve international superstardom. Both songs have since been declared important musical works of the 20th century by the Grammy Foundation. After decades out of the spotlight, The Platters have restarted the evolution of the group with their well-known crisp, vocal stylings. Don’t miss their timeless performance.

Mark Sonder Productions has booked The Platters, the tenth in a series of special musical presentations, at the 500 seat Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club this Friday evening (7/26) in support of the agency’s 30th anniversary celebration.  Other shows that are or have been featured in the company’s 30th celebration year are: Jo Dee Messina, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Eddie Money, Lee Greenwood, The Outlaws, Rare Earth, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Tito Puente Jr., The Hit Men, Larry Carlton, Blackhawk, The Drifters and many more.

Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency 202-369-1063About Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency:

Created in 1985 to fill a growing need for music, entertainment, speakers, headline entertainers and supportive production in corporate and association meetings, conventions and special events plus facilities, casinos and concerts, the company in its 30 years, has worked in the US, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, South America, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Contact: +1-540-636-1640 or msonder(at)marksonderproductions(dot)com

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Martha Reeves Creates Media Frenzy in Nation’s Capital!

Martha Reeves Creates Buzz in Washington DC

presented by Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency

Martha Reeves 202-369-1063Martha Reeves and The Vandellas are a wonderful musical addition to any meetings, conventions, fairs, festivals, casinos, clubs and events around the US. Call today to book this legendary artist 202-369-1063.

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Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP and the Chief Entertainment Officer at the award winning worldwide entertainment agency Mark Sonder Productions, Inc. is proud to announce that Martha Reeves and The Vandellas will be performing for one night only in the Washington DC metro area, this Friday, June 12 at The 500 seat Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club in support of the 30th Anniversary Celebration of his company.

In anticipation of the sold out crowd, Martha has created a huge buzz in our nation’s capital as she will be on:

Jason Fraley’s show on WTOP radio to air Thursday (6/11) as his cover story
— WTTG-TV. Good Day DC Interview is at 10:45am Thursday
— ABC morning show for Friday (6/12), at approximately 8:30am
— WJLA-TV, Good Morning Washington, Friday morning

These media shows are generally reserved for top headline entertainers, which is why when Martha visits the Washington DC metro area people take note.

“Here in DC we will be ‘Dancing in the Street’ and having a ‘Heat Wave’ with Martha coming into town,” said Mark Sonder.

This is the ninth in a series of special musical presentations set up by Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency at this supper club in support of the agency’s 30th anniversary celebration.  Other shows that are or have been featured in the company’s 30th celebration year are: Jo Dee Messina, Eddie Money, Lee Greenwood, The Outlaws, Rare Earth, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Tito Puente Jr., The Hit Men, Larry Carlton, Blackhawk, The Drifters and many more.

Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency 202-369-1063About Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency:

Created in 1985 to fill a growing need for music, entertainment, speakers, headline entertainers and supportive production in corporate and association meetings, conventions and special events plus facilities, casinos and concerts, the company in its 30 years, has worked in the US, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, South America, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Contact: +1-540-636-1640 or msonder(at)marksonderproductions(dot)com

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Mary Wilson of The Supremes Reveals Set List

Mary Wilson of The Supremes Reveals Set List for Friday Night

presented by Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency

Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP and the Chief Entertainment Officer at the award winning worldwide entertainment agency Mark Sonder Productions, Inc. is proud to announce that Mary Wilson of The Supremes has just revealed her set list that she will be performing for one night only in the Washington DC metro area, this Saturday, June 5th at The 500 seat Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club in support of the 30th Anniversary Celebration of his company.

Mary Wilson of The Supremes 202-369-1063Set List for The Mary Wilson Show

1st Set

1. Here’s To Life

2. Smile

3. Body And Soul

4. Spring Is Here

5. I Remember You / Girl From Ipanema / Mas Que Nada

6. I’m Changing

7. My World is Empty

2nd Set

8. Love Child

9. You Keep Me Hangin’ On

10. You Can’t Hurry Love / Come See About Me / Back In My Arms

11. Don’t Know Why

12. Baby Love / Stop Medley

13. Bad Case Of Lovin’ You

14. Walk The Line

15. Someday We’ll Be Together

16. Satisfaction / Brown Sugar

17. Last Dance

In anticipation of the sold out crowd, Mary will be performing, “My World is Empty,” tomorrow morning, Thursday June 4th on TV’s “Let’s Talk Live.”  “Let’s Talk Live” airs live on Washington DC’s NewsChannel 8 from 11:00am until noon. NewsChannel 8 is a sister station of WJLA/ABC 7.

“We are both thrilled and honored to have Ms. Wilson perform for us this Friday evening,” said Mark Sonder.

This is the eighth in a series of special musical presentations set up by Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency at this supper club in support of the agency’s 30th anniversary celebration.  Other shows that are or have been featured in the company’s 30th celebration year are: JoDee Messina, Eddie Money, Lee Greenwood, The Outlaws, Rare Earth, The Hit Men, Larry Carlton, Blackhawk, The Drifters and many more.

Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency 202-369-1063About Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency:

Created in 1985 to fill a growing need for music, entertainment, speakers, headline entertainers and supportive production in corporate and association meetings, conventions and special events plus facilities, casinos and concerts, the company in its 30 years, has worked in the US, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, South America, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Contact: +1-540-636-1640 or msonder(at)marksonderproductions(dot)com

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The Hit Men former stars of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

The Hit Men, booked by Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency

Bring their concert tour to Washington DC this Sunday, May 31st!

The Hit Men 202-369-1063Mark Sonder, Chief Entertainment Officer at Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency, is delighted to be working with Gerry Polci and Lee Shapiro. They may not be household names but back in the 70’s, you bought all of their records. You heard them on the radio. Saw them on TV. Went to their concerts. So who are they? They’re the former stars of the hit-making factory known as Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

These guys toured the world with Frankie. Recorded numerous hit albums with him. And sang the lead vocals on songs like “Oh What a Night” – the biggest Seasons hit of all time. When they met in 1973, they were two boys from New Jersey barely out of their teens, and the Four Seasons hadn’t had a charted hit record in years. Along with Valli and songwriter/ producer Bob Gaudio, Gerry Polci and Lee Shapiro successfully transitioned the group’s sound from ‘60s doo-wop to ‘70s pop with mega-hit songs like “Who Loves You” and “Oh What a Night”.

Spurred by the runaway success of “Jersey Boys”, the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical based on the Four Seasons’ career, these former Seasons, who are now in their late 50s and early 60s, decided to re-unite — along with an A-list group of musicians who wrote, recorded and performed with Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, Elton John, Jim Croce, Chicago, Luther Vandross, The Ramones, Carole King, and other mega-star acts of the era — and give touring one more shot. They now call themselves The Hit Men, and their next tour stop will be at The Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club in Bethesda, MD (just outside of Washington DC), for one show only at 7:30pm this Sunday, May 31st.

Their show is an amazing look back through rock and roll history, including fascinating back stories of what it was like being on the road and in the recording studios with Frankie, Tommy, Carly, Cat, Jim and Elton. And, of course, there are all those amazing hits…with The Hit Men performing great songs from the Four Seasons songbook (from “Rag Doll”, “Dawn”, and “Walk Like a Man”, to “Can’t Take My Eyes Of You”, “Marianne” and “Sherry”), plus other mega hits that members of The Hit Men helped make famous back in the day such as Cat Stevens’ “Peace Train”, Jim Croce’s “Leroy Brown”, Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” and Tommy James’ “Mony Mony”.

Says music director and former Four Seasons member Lee Shapiro, “This show is a chance for everyone to relive the glory days of rock and roll with a great group of guys who actually lived and breathed the experience. You’ll walk out of the theatre exhilarated, excited and wanting more. We guarantee it.”

Tickets for The Hit Men in concert are on sale now at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club box office. Call 240-330-4500 or go to http://www.instantseats.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.event&eventid=084DAA23-026D-B1F3-7DE826B26D8C4DE6 before they sell out.

The Hit Men, from left, and a very partial list of credits include: Jimmy Ryan (Carly Simon, Elton John, Jim Croce, Paul McCartney); Russ Velazquez (The Ramones, LL Cool J, Chicago); Lee Shapiro (Four Seasons, Barry Manilow, The Shondells); Larry Gates (Bon Jovi, Carole King, Phoebe Snow ); Gerry Polci (Barry Manilow, Four Seasons and lead vocalist on “Oh What a Night”)

Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency 202-369-1063About Mark Sonder Productions Entertainment Agency:

Created in 1985 to fill a growing need for music, entertainment, speakers, headline entertainers and supportive production in corporate and association meetings, conventions and special events plus facilities, casinos and concerts, the company in its 30 years, has worked in the US, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, South America, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Contact: +1-540-636-1640 or msonder(at)marksonderproductions(dot)com

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Special Events Institute Appoints Mark Sonder

 

The Special Events Institute Welcomes To Its Faculty

Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP

SEIlogoThe Special Events Institute (SEI) is pleased to welcome industry leader Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP of Mark Sonder Productions, an award-winning worldwide entertainment agency, to its faculty beginning with this term. Mark will be instructor and course contributor of the Event Marketing course, which is one of the essential program elements of the five-course Certificate Program.

“We are pleased to have Mark join us,” said Jill Moran, CSEP, founder and executive director of SEI. “Mark has made a huge impact on the industry creating a successful entertainment company, a premier NYC-based Destination Management Company and sharing his wealth of information through his book, Event Entertainment and Production. He has already provided a new and innovative perspective to our program by sharing his expertise in events and business management and we look forward to his tenure with us at SEI and the impact he will make on our students,” continued Moran.

Mark Sonder 202-369-1063Sonder serves as a mentor to professionals enrolled in the program and helps guide them through the eight-topic course, which covers the impact of marketing on the event management process. Sonder was named “Meeting Industry Guru” by Successful Meetings and Meeting News Magazine and has lectured worldwide. He has also contributed to the programs at Harrah’s Hotel School at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and Master of Tourism Administration at The George Washington University.

“I applaud a higher education organization like The Special Events Institute for their role in instructing the meeting and event planners of tomorrow and they honor me by their appointment to their faculty,” said Sonder upon learning of the invitation to instruct at SEI.

Contact Information for the Special Events Institute
Jill S. Moran, CSEP
Executive Director

Special Events Institute
671 Main Street
Medfield, MA 02052
Ph: 508-359-7778 Fx: 508-359-7808
Email: jill@specialeventsinstitute.com
www.SpecialEventsInstitute.com

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