Winner of OffBeat Magazine’s Best of the Beat Award for Best Piano/Keyboardist

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Like Dr. John, Art Neville and Allen Toussaint, John Papa Gros is a proud New Orleanian who carries on the tradition of New Orleans music, both honoring its past and helping to shape its future.

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Do U Want It? at New Orleans Film Fest Oct 18th

It's been four years since Papa Grows Funk's final historic show at Tipitina's on June 29th, 2013. Filmmakers Josh Freund and Sam Redutsky wanted to make a simple "Thank You YouTube" video to commemorate our thirteen years of Mondays.  That video evolved into a 92...

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Papa joins Little Feat in Jamaica

Dreams do come true! Bill Payne, Little Feat's legendary keyboardist, called me and asked me if I would fill in for him with Little Feat for a week long event in January.  He was contractual obligated to play with The Doobie Brothers that same week and was unable to...

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A nice quote…

It's nice to be recognized for the hard work that gets put in year, after year, after year. John “Papa” Gros is a bedrock New Orleans artist, a keyboardist, singer and songwriter who draws on funk, rhythm & blues and Americana songcraft; he also knows his way around...

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I am very energized ….

I am very energized with the new band because I am able show a more complete picture of who I am as a musician. There are funk songs, rock n roll songs, heart-breaking ballads, and even a reggae tune. With Papa Grows Funk, I was known for playing the Hammond B3, but...

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Announcing the Official Video for Cocaine and Chicken Fricassée

“Cocaine and Chicken Fricassee” collects narratives from Papa Grows Funk’s long-running Monday night residency at the Maple Leaf. John offers that the song is “13 years of Monday nights rolled into one song; the good, the bad, the ugly.” This notion is represented...

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