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Renowned New Orleans Pianist John “Papa” Gros on U.S.Tour, Comes To Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland

"Sharing New Orleans with the World Is My Calling" - John "Papa" Gros

John “Papa” Gros is a bedrock New Orleans artist, a keyboardist, singer and songwriter who draws on funk, rhythm and blues and Americana song-craft. He also knows his way around the Mardi Gras music repertoire about as well as anyone.” – The New Orleans Advocate

Renowned New Orleans pianist John “Papa” Gros is embarking on a U.S. Tour, with a local performance at the Beachland Ballroom and Tavern, 15711 Waterloo Road, Thursday, March 2. Show: 8pm. Tickets: $17. (advance), $20. (door). All ages. Info: (216) 383-1124 or visit 

New Orleans has its fair share of musical ambassadors; but few are more rooted in the cracked sidewalks and popping speakers of the Crescent City than John “Papa” Gros. Born and raised in the city, Papa Gros melds funk, rock, jazz, and blues to deliver a sound that is both innovative and unmistakably New Orleans.

Papa launched his career as a solo performer in the early 1990s, quickly gaining attention from marquee artists such as George Porter Jr. and Snooks Eaglin, both of whom brought him on board as a supporting musician. As he sat behind the keys, backing up some of the city’s most iconic musicians, he soaked in a lifetime of experience and continued to develop his craft. He released his solo debut, Day’s End, in 2004. The next dozen years would be dedicated to leading and recording six albums with his band, Papa Grows Funk. He returned to solo work with 2016’s River’s On Fire and cemented his legacy as a part of the direct lineage of New Orleans music with 2020’s Central City. The complete self portrait of John “Papa” Gros has been revealed.

In keeping with the energy and spirit the Big Easy is known for, Papa Gros is a consummate live performer. His infectious band shows have been the highlight of festivals and venues across the U.S. and Europe, showcasing versatile musicianship, relentless grooves, and eclectic song-craft of the highest order. Drawing on the full breadth and depth of his extensive catalog, Papa’s live performance marries style with substance, bringing that unique, can’t-put-your-finger-on-it magic of New Orleans and infusing the audience with a joyous energy few artists can match.

Tour Dates

March 2 (Thur)      BEACHLAND BALLROOM                   Cleveland OH

March 3 (Fri)         MOONDOGS PUB                                Pittsburgh PA

March 4 (Sat)        THE CAVE@SPORTSMENS TAVERN      Buffalo NY

March 6 (Mon)       CITY WINERY                                      Chicago IL

March 7 (Tue)        THE BUR OAK                                    Madison WI

March 8 (Wed)       DAKOTA JAZZ CLUB                            Minneapolis MN

March 10 (Fri)        OFF BROADWAY                                St. Louis MO

March 11 (Sat)       ROUTE 51 BREWERY                         Carbondale IL

March 31 (Fri)        TIPITINA’S                                        New Orleans LA

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