Papa Grows Funk: "Make It Right Now" Live from Jazzfest

Article Contributed by Tijuana Gift Shop | Published on Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Papa Grows Funk recently released their new album Needle In The Groove on Funky Krewe Records and for the 12th consecutive year, the group of all-star musicians performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Papa Grows Funk teamed up with the legendary Allen Toussaint and fellow ‘who dat’ Tom Drummond of Better Than Ezra to create “Mardi Gras in a bottle” with Needle In The Groove.  The album is receiving a warm welcome at radio, currently #28 on the RMR Jazz Report and climbing up the FMQB TripleA albums charts.

Rooted in improvisation and led by Hammond B3 keyboardist and lead vocalist, John Gros, Papa Grows Funk has built its enthusiastic vibe on a long-standing musical tradition that dates back to the hot jazz of the legends, Fats Domino and Louis Armstrong.  Like Dr. John and the Neville Brothers, Papa Grows Funk keeps that New Orleans lineage alive while always funkifying towards the future.

PGF hit Florida at the end of May and will be on the road through the summer with more dates to be added.  A full list of tour dates can be found below.


May 18 – New Orleans, LA – Bayou Boogaloo Festival
May 25 – Boca Raton, FL – Funky Biscuit
May 26 – Miami, FL – The Stage
June 1 – Covington, LA – Columbia St. Tap Room
June 2 – Bay St. Louis, MS – BridgeFest Time
June 10 – Ocean Springs, MS – Treme Fest
June 15 – Houston, TX – Continental Club
June 21 – Baltimore, MD – 8x10 Club
June 22 – Norfolk, VA – Bayou Boogaloo Festival
July 14 – Chicago, IL – Martyr’s Live
July 20 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton
July 21 – Toronto, ONT – Toronto Jazz Fest
July 22 – Annapolis, MD – Ramshead Live
July 27 – Asheville, NC – Bele Chere Festival
July 28 – Tidewater, OR – Blacksheep Festival
August 3 – Atlanta, GA – Smith’s Olde Bar
August 4 – Chattanooga, TN – Riverfront Nights
August 17 – Chenango, NY – Chenango Blues Fest
August 25 – Blain, PA – Kind Roots III Festival
Sept 14 – New Orleans, LA – Aquarium of Americas
Sept 27 – Baton Rouge, LA – PreSonus Seminar
Sept 28 – Baton Rouge, LA – PreSonus Seminar
Sept 28 – Baton Rouge, LA – Chelsea’s Cafe