Winner of OffBeat Magazine’s Best of the Beat Award for Best Piano/Keyboardist
Music that is distinctly New Orleans - nola.com
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.
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
“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...read more
JazzFest has passed and my sites are set on the Summer Festival and Touring Season. I'm excited about all these new dates on the horizon and anxious to meet new friends. June 2nd Baltimore, MD 8x10 June 4th Augusta, NJ Michael Arnone's Crawfish Fest June 7th San...read more