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19Oct
John Papa Gros Band
9:00 PM - 11:59 PM The Funky Biscuit
Date: October 19, 2018 to October 19, 2018
Where: The Funky Biscuit, 303 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton, Florida, United States, 33432
Phone: N/A
Event Type: Concerts & Music
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roll, funk and rootsy Americana into a genre-bending gumbo that carries on the tradition of New Orleans, both honoring its past and helping to shape its future.Inspired by hometown hero and longtime colleague Allen Toussaint, who passed away while Gros was recording the album on the Vermilion bayou in southwest Louisiana, Rivers on Fire is Johns first release since his former band, Papa Grows Funk, disbanded in 2013. The quintet held down a weekly residency for more than a dozen years at the famous Maple Leaf Bar in Uptown New Orleans, mixing the smooth sophistication of a jazz quintet with the wild, anything-goes spirit of Mardi Gras. Papa Grows Funk released six critically-acclaimed albums along the way, including Needle in the Groove, which was co-produced by Toussaint with Gros leading the charge as the groups front man, songwriter and organ player.Rivers on Fire finds John shifting his songwriting focus back to the instrument that started his lifelong musical journey the piano. The album reaches far beyond Papa Grows Funks groove-based sound and offers listeners a bit of everything party songs, melancholy numbers, funk tunes and upbeat rockers. The record even finds Gros putting a new spin on House of Love, which was originally released on Papa Grows Funks Shakin album. This time, he revises the tracks groove and focuses more on its sharp, nuanced songwriting.Before Rivers on Fire, it had been a long time since I had done any songwriting on the piano, John explains. 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 create more sophisticated compositions. With the keys I can focus on a balancing act- juggling between complexity and simplicity, while keeping the priority on the lyrics and melody.Working with top-shelf collaborators like Grammy award winning co-producer Tracey Freeman (Harry Connick, Jr., ReBirth Brass Band), Grammy award winning
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