"Think of Central City as a feel-good drug that doesn’t require any prescription" - Americana Highways

"...pronounced "Gro" with a silent "s"...

"Central City is the soundtrack to any New Orleans party from Carnival Ball to Crawfish Boil.”

“Gros is steeped in New Orleans music tradition, standing at the intersection of funk, R&B, soul and Americana music.” - NOLA.com

"Central City is John “Papa” Gros’ love letter to his home town, New Orleans." - Ink19.com

The tradition of NOLA piano greats lives on through John 'Papa' Gros." - Glide Magazine

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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

Latest News

New single released: “Please Don’t Bury Me”

"Please Don't Bury Me" the new single from Central City, was released today. I love John Prine's music and have friends in need of kidneys. I thought recording his song was the best way I could bring awareness to the need for organ donors. "Please don't bury me down...

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COVID-19 Show Cancellations

In keeping with following the guideline to keeping everyone as safe as possible during the COVID-19 takeover, these shows were canceled with hopefully a rescheduled date in the near future. Unfortunately, I am expecting to announce more cancellations in the near...

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You Do It

"You Do It" - official video From the upcoming record "Central City". Release date: April 17th, 2020. https://youtu.be/LMbpWjC4Dl0

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Mardi Gras is released!

My brand new single, Mardi Gras is now available for purchase and streaming! Let me know what you think about it. Purchase on Apple Music Stream on Spotify: Listen on YouTube

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New Single, “Mardi Gras” Release Date

I'm excited to announce my new song, Mardi Gras, will be released on Friday, January 10th. Check back, I will post links to purchase and stream. Also on Friday, I will debut the World Premiere of the song on Bill DeTurk's New Orleans Music Party Show on WWOZ 90.7 FM...

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