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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The Exciting Part

You play a song one day. Then you go to the next town, set up your stuff, and play the same song. But for whatever reason you started it faster tonight and it has a different kind of energy to it. Or you started it slower and all of a sudden it just changed the whole...

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Friendships

It’s a thrill just to be able to play great music with great friends, and having solid friendships is really what makes the music even better.

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Shaky Frank

"Shaky Frank" - Musically, that song comes out of the Fats Domino rock 'n' roll sound with a little bit of Dr. John added to it. Lyrically, it tells the true story of a real New Orleans character, Shaky Frank, the house painter.

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The Central Force In My Music

New Orleans as a city and a culture is the central force in my music. It is the sound that shaped my childhood memories of family celebrations. I have been hearing the sounds and rhythms of Fats Domino, Dr. John and the Meters since I was a young boy. So when I began...

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Sights

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