Papa Grows Funk will play at Riverfront Nights on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 8 p.m. at the 21st Century Waterfront. The show is free.
Papa Grows Funk will be on tour all summer hitting Chicago, St. Louis, Atlanta and New York while also bringing their live show to multiple summer festivals including the Cajun Festival, Bayou Boogaloo Festival and NOLA Funk Summer Jazz Fest. For the 12th consecutive year, Papa Grows Funk performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
All Riverfront Nights shows are child and pet friendly, although coolers are not allowed. Doors open and beer sales begin at 6:30 p.m. Local opening bands start around 7 p.m. and headliners kick into high gear promptly at 8 p.m. and play till 10-ish.
Review for Papa Grows Funk:
With no play lists and no rehearsals, every Papa Grows Funk performance is its own masterpiece of funk. On any given night, the band might change songs or grooves. PGF will play hits from the new album, which is climbing the FMQB Triple A album charts, is currently #28 on the RMR Jazz Report and #3 on the Relix/Jambands.com radio chart.
Papa Grows Funk teamed up with the legendary Allen Toussaint and Tom Drummond of Better Than Ezra to create “Mardi Gras in a bottle” with Needle In The Groove. 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.