John Papa Gros

Post-JazzFest Eastcoast Tour

If JazzFest wasn't enough, I'm hitting the road immediately after JazzFest with some great shows lined up. We are doing three shows in support of The New Mastersounds as well as some great headline and festival shows! The band I have for this tour is something to see:...

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Happy JazzFest 2018!!!

It's great to have the Funk Family back in New Orleans for the greatest time of year...JazzFest! Here's where I'll be. Come say, hello or get a hug and dance away to the great New Orleans grooves! April 28th Rock n Bowl 8:30-10pm April 29th w/ Magnificent 7 @...

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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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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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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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