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

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

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

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

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

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

get papa’s latest scoop, join the elist

“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

Soak In The Sounds

You kind of get the New Orleans sound by osmosis. You're at the Mardi Gras parade; you're 5 years old, you're catching beads. You're not paying attention to the sounds of the rhythm, but yet, they're there. When the marching bands are rolling through, the drums are...

read more

Music Challenges

My dad played piano, so there was always a piano at the house. I was in a band in 4th grade and had friends back then that are still close friends now — we were all into music. We all took piano lessons. We all loved the same styles of music. We got into high school...

read more

The Commitment

I call my Hammond B3 organ “The Commitment.” I bought it about a year (maybe two years) after I bought my first brand new car, a Honda Civic Hatchback. I could pack all my keyboards, speakers, really my entire rig in that car. My two daughters were young at the time...

read more

Yeah Yeah Yeah

"Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" is a song written to honor Huey "Piano" Smith, the famous early New Orleans rock 'n' roll artist, pianist, songwriter and bandleader. Huey wrote the timeless songs "Rockin' Pneumonia" and "Sea Cruise". Huey Smith and the Clowns were the house band...

read more

Do What You Do Best

After college, I was very much into the New Orleans funk thing. But all I was playing was wedding & tuxedo high-society gigs, where you played a little of this and a little of that - some jazz, some dance music, and then you went home. I was doing well and making...

read more

Featured Video

Sounds