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

"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." - Ink19.com

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

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

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

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Seriousness

You have to be as good as you can be every single night. https://youtu.be/vDB-Xp2gE3w

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The Sounds I Grew Up With

The sounds I grew up with are on the album "Central City" Get your copy of "Central City" at https://johnpapagros.com/product-category/music/ https://youtu.be/Da-iuVU5KFI

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Central City drops Friday, April 17th

The wait is over, "Central City" will officially release on Friday, April 17th. In the pre-covid world, we would have been celebrating at Snug Harbor and French Quarter Festival.  Instead, on Friday, April 17th at 5:00pm (CST), I will host a "Central City" CD Release...

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