"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

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

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

"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

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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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When I was in college, I played at a neighborhood bar called Bonne Terre's Lounge in New Orleans East with Rockin' Jerry & the Spice of Life Band. And we covered everything from Elvis Presley to Led Zeppelin, Prince, all the hits of the day, classic New Orleans...

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Central City Vinyl is HERE

John "Papa" Gros Central City Vinyl LP Central City vinyl is a 12" LP, 33 1/3 rpm, 180 gram record pressed locally at New Orleans Record Press. With each purchase, you will receive a FREE link to download the Central City Digital Booklet, containing song lyrics and...

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GroSTREAM #8: Back Room Session

I'm GroSTREAMing.... John "Papa" GroSTREAM Saturday, May 30th 8pm (CST). I'll be in the Back Room doing the do. The stream will be broadcast from the John Papa Gros facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/JohnPapaGros/live/ This week I would have been playing a solo...

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