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24th Annual JTG Music Extravaganza At Giuseppe’s, Meredith, May 6, 2018: Another Resounding Success.

by Anura Guruge



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Attribution will be STRICTLY enforced!

Joey Gnerre, Julie Gnerre-Bourgeois’ brother.

Billy Gnerre — Julie’s cousin.

Michael Bourgeois — Julie’s husband.

Paul Luff.

Paul Warnick.

Paul Hubert.

Friend of Paul Hubert.

Another friend of Paul Hubert.


Another OUTSTANDING JTG. It is just amazing. Such a wonderful, warm, fun evening.

Very rewarding and fulfilling both in terms of food, music and bonohime.

We had reservations at 7pm. Usually that is when we leave. But, now Teischan is older and being homeschooled to boot. So, we could stay later. That was good because the acts we like, and have enjoyed over the years, have got pushed back later-and-later as new acts are added earlier in the day.

So, we got to see and listen to our perennial favorites — and they are listed above and below.

We were there till past 9pm when Michael Bourgeois finished his set.

So here are SOME of the pictures I took.

With SINCERE apologies to Rick Page. I just couldn’t reach you behind the drums. Sorry. I TRIED. Honest.


Joey Gnerre.


Michael Bourgeois.


Billy Gnerre.


Paul Luff.


Paul Warnick.


Paul Hubert & Friends.


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Giuseppe’s, Meredith, Sunday, May 6, 2018: 24th Annual JTG Music Extravaganza Is Now Happening.

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Today is the DAY and it has begun and will continue till close to midnight.

A good time will be had by ALL. That is a guarantee.

Yes, of course, we will be there. I have probably been to at least 17 of the 24.

See you there. I gather that there might still be SOME seating available.


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Just In Case You Hadn’t Heard: ‘Winnie Mandela’ Died April 2, 2018 (Aged 81).

by Anura Guruge


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I will readily confess that I am conflicted when it comes to Winnie.

There was a long period of my life, pre-1991, where I just absolutely ADORED her. I thought she was the cat’s whiskers. She did so much to fight apartheid, help the oppressed and help her imprisoned husband. She did a lot of good.

Then, yes, there was also the BAD and I never forgave her for divorcing Nelson — or how she initially fought to get a huge monetary settlement for him. But, from what I can piece together, Nelson continued to think of her kindly. But, he was an extraordinary man.

Anywho …

She is now dead. What we have to balance is whether she did more good than bad.

While I am not going to suddenly forgive her for her betrayals, I am willing to conceded that there was a 30-year period during which she was the “First Lady of Anti-Apartheid“, and I, for obvious reasons, was always passionately against apartheid and a HUGE fan of Nelson Mandela.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, RIP.


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24th Annual JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza, Giuseppe’s, Meredith, Sunday, May 6, 2018 — Program/Schedule.

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Initial heads-up … MAINLY because the JTG, normally held in April, has been pushed back to May because one of the key Bourgeois family members is serving abroad — ‘Bourgeois’, of course, referring to Julie Gnerre-Bourgeois, as in the owner of Giuseppe’s and the daughter of ‘JTG’.

I will keep you posted. Stay tuned.

As always this should be a blast.


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Pope St. John Paul II (#265) Was Born This Day 97 Years Ago; May 18, 1920.

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He died April 2, 2005 — just 12 years ago.

Much has happened since. We are into his second successor.

He was quite the pope. Probably will be considered one of the 10 greatest popes in time.


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The Flavor Of JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza 2017 At Giuseppe’s, Meredith: ‘No Limitz’.

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Short 2 minute YouTube video
just to let YOU enjoy the flavor.


The annual JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza 2017 on Sunday, April 2. The 23rd! Wow. It was good. These are the ‘No Limitz‘. They were good, as you can hear. Taking videos is not my forte — and something I am not partial to doing. So excuse poor quality. Shot with my Sony a6000.


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Pope St. John Paul II (#265) Died This Day 12 Years Ago; April 2, 2005.

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From my book “The Next Pope 2011”. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Click on book cover image below for more details.


Quite the momentous day.

He was 84 and had been in ill health for years. So this was not a surprise.

He, as far as we know, had the 2nd longest papacy — at 26.46 years, Pius IX (#256) exceeding that with 31.65 years.


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23rd Annual JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza, Giuseppe’s, Meredith, IS TODAY — Already Started!

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Yes, of course, we will be there.

See you there. If you mention this post I will BUY you a drink.



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Charlemagne, The ‘Holy Roman Emperor’, Was Born This Day, April 2 — Some 1,270 Years Ago.

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Charlemagne (top left) and his eldest son, Pepin the Hunchback.


He was a man who, with the help of the papacy, changed the course of history.

Quite the man.

We know he was born on April 2, but not exactly on what year; whether it was 742, 747 or 748. No matter.

King of the Franks and King of the Lombards.


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23rd Annual JTG Music Memorial Extravaganza, Giuseppe’s, Meredith, Sunday, April 2, 2016 — Program/Schedule.

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