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

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“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 the Mardi Gras music repertoire about as well as anyone.” – Keith Spera The New Orleans Advocate

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Enjoying It

I don't know how long all of this is going to last, but I sure am going to enjoy it.

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Lost In The Moment

The older I get, the easier it is to get lost in the moment during a show. By opening yourself to it, you invite your band mates and the audience to join in. They leave a lasting emotional impact. It’s another reason why people come back for...

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New Orleans Music Is Always Relevant

This is what's important about New Orleans music: It's always important. It's always relevant. No matter what age group. Today's kids are still going to Mardi Gras parades and hearing second line rhythms and songs like “Hey Pocky Way” in the streets. It is a part of...

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Each Song Has What It Needs

When we were recording "River's On Fire", I wasn't worried how we would play the songs live. I just wanted to make sure each song had everything it needed and then we would figure out how to perform it live later.

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