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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Mardi Gras

When I was writing "Mardi Gras" with my songwriting partner, Mark Carson, I said there are three things I love about Mardi Gras. 1) Catching the parades. 2) Watching Big Chief Monk Boudreaux show his feathers and colors on Mardi Gras day. 3) Parading with the Society...

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When Craziness Becomes The Norm

About the song "Cocaine and Chicken Fricassée" - My previous band, Papa Grows Funk, played on Monday nights for 13 years. Over the course of those years, I saw all kinds of crazy things. I saw so much that that type of craziness becomes the norm. So, when something...

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A Real Live Show Announcement!

The 17 year Bacchus Sunday, FUNK N CHANT tradition continues! John "Papa" Gros with special guest, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, will play live outside at Southport Hall Hall on Bacchus Sunday, February 14th. In lieu of parades, I've got the tunes and grooves to catapult...

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Make People Feel Special

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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