John Papa Gros

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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I’m Excited About Music…

In 2005, I was totally focused on keeping Papa Grows Funk together after Hurricane Katrina. There was grave uncertainty about the future of New Orleans as a city. I made a commitment to the guys that we would keep working and find a way through the worst scenario New...

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New Orleans is My Home

Being a native New Orleanian has been an honor and a responsibility, especially as a musician. As a child, I grew up in Baton Rouge, 80 miles upriver from New Orleans. I was lucky enough to have New Orleans as a second home, because my Mom would bring me to stay at my...

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Playing Live

It's fun exploring these songs live. They have to live and breathe every time. We can't just play them by rote. The search to find new ways to make them fresh each and every night is a reward in itself. I'm constantly finding new ways to present these songs.

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Musical DNA

I grew up in the 70s and the 80s, so I consumed everything from Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, ZZ Top, Yes, Journey, Peter Gabriel, Ohio Players, Sly and the Family Stone… all of that thrown in with Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Huey Piano Smith, Allen Toussaint, Dr....

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Reggae Mon!

I was in Jamaica for a week and came back with a little Reggae melody. which became "Why'd You Do It"  I told the guys, "I hear this as Reggae but I don’t want to make it sound Reggae. Let’s do something different with it.“   Brian Stoltz said, "Look. This is a Reggae...

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New Tour Dates added….

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...

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2017 JazzFest Performance Schedule

JazzFest is my favorite time of year. I'm looking to see many great friends and fans over the course of these two weeks. John Papa Gros Band Shows Thursday, April 27th Chickie Wah Wah 11pm Get Tix Sunday, April 30th dba  10th Anniversary of Funk n Chant featuring Big...

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