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

"...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

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

There are a couple songs that Allen Toussaint wrote where he'd have a certain, uplifting chord at the end. I remember asking him one time, "Why'd you choose that chord?" He said, "That offers hope. We could all use some hope."

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I Can't Believe I'm Playing Tipitina's Friday, April 2nd John "Papa" Gros TRIO with Matt Booth & Russ Broussard Live at Tipitina's! Two Shows: 7pm & 9:30pm Early show tickets Late show: tickets After 13 months and 31 GroSTREAMS, I am finally playing an indoor...

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On The Record

Talking with "On The Record" about creating music, music education, and strangely enough... the sound of a cow. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8I1RE2PbbA

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Exploring Songs Live

It's fun exploring songs live. They have to live and breathe every time. We can't just play them by rote. The search to find new ways to make them fresh each and every night is a reward in itself.

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Songwriting With The Piano

Before "River’s on Fire", it had been a long time since I had done any songwriting on the piano. Previously, I had done most of my songwriting on guitar. I found that it forced me to focus on simpler chord choices and arrangements. The piano allows me the luxury to...

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