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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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Headlining Big River Stage at French Quarter Fest

On Saturday, April 14th, JPG will headline the Big River Stage at the 2018 French Quarter Festival in New Orleans, at 7:15pm. Also performing that day on the Big River Stage will be Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Golden Eagles, Higher Heights Reggae Band, Cole...

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John “Papa” Gros to play U.S. Whitewater Center

John "Papa" Gros will play the 2018 River Jam Concert Series at the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC on May 17th. The River Jam is a free concert series running from May through September.  Performances start at 7pm, rain or shine.  This will be JPG's...

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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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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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