"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

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

"...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

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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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A Special Connection

Being a native New Orleanian has been an honor and a responsibility, especially as a musician. As a child, I grew up in Baton Rouge, 80 miles upriver from New Orleans. I was lucky enough to have New Orleans as a second home, because my Mom would bring me to stay at my...

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There Is Always Music

You can't escape it here. Birthday parties. Funerals. Family gatherings. Mardi Gras. You name it, there's always music circling around whatever we're doing in New Orleans.

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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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