Papa Grows Funk

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The music of New Orleans has held a special place in my heart ever since seeing my first zydeco group in the French Quarter 10 years ago. Since then I have always been interested in any band that had that crescent city flair. On Thursday, November 15, New Orleans staple Papa Grows Funk rolled into Houston for a gig at the Continental Club.

Continental Club marquee - Papa Grows Funk 


Papa Grows Funk are a five-piece outfit formed in 2000 by the group’s namesake John ‘Papa’ Gros. Gros led regular Monday night jam sessions at the Maple Leaf in New Orleans which eventually led to the forming of what we now know as Papa Grows Funk. They have held the same Monday night residency at the Maple Leaf since they formed, while also making short trips to other parts of the country to gig.

John 'Papa' Gros of Papa Grows Funk
I have been wanting to check these guys out for awhile now. Their name always comes up on websites like Jambase and Jambands.com, and also in festival line-ups. The funk group spent a lot of time warming up…like, too much time. It seemed as if these guys warmed up for 45 minutes before ever playing a song. I digress. They came out with a pretty good sound. It was definitely funky, it had some good licks from guitarist June Yamagishi, the bass was on, the drums were kicking.

June  Yamagishi and Jason Mingledorff of Papa Grows Funk
I never found myself completely enjoying the music. Maybe it was an off night. Who knows? Maybe it was the ridiculously dancing over-fifty crowd. Who knows? Maybe it was the even more ridiculously dancing med-school students. Who knows? It made me want to smoke a lot more cigarettes than I usually do on any given night at any given show. After bobbing my head to a few more songs, I decided to call it a night. I’m Eggs, I got to be sunny-side up in the morning.

Papa Grows Funk onstage at Continental Club
I did enjoy the music, but at the same time I have seen at least 25 acts from the New Orleans area that are better. If you don’t believe me, I will name them for you — just shoot me an e-mail. I am gonna leave you with my breakfast compadre Doughnut’s description of the Papa Grows Funk show: “They were good, just not that good.”
Check out some more pictures from the show here.
Eggs’ Rating: 4.5/10 yolks. An over-fifty, ridiculous dancing, somewhat funky time.
Until the next we talk,
Eat Your Damn Breakfast!
–Eggs
The music of New Orleans has held a special place in my heart ever since seeing my first zydeco group in the French Quarter 10 years ago. Since then I have always been interested in any band that had that crescent city flair. On Thursday, November 15, New Orleans staple Papa Grows Funk rolled into Houston for a gig at the Continental Club.

Continental Club marquee - Papa Grows Funk 


Papa Grows Funk are a five-piece outfit formed in 2000 by the group’s namesake John ‘Papa’ Gros. Gros led regular Monday night jam sessions at the Maple Leaf in New Orleans which eventually led to the forming of what we now know as Papa Grows Funk. They have held the same Monday night residency at the Maple Leaf since they formed, while also making short trips to other parts of the country to gig.

John 'Papa' Gros of Papa Grows Funk
I have been wanting to check these guys out for awhile now. Their name always comes up on websites like Jambase and Jambands.com, and also in festival line-ups. The funk group spent a lot of time warming up…like, too much time. It seemed as if these guys warmed up for 45 minutes before ever playing a song. I digress. They came out with a pretty good sound. It was definitely funky, it had some good licks from guitarist June Yamagishi, the bass was on, the drums were kicking.

June  Yamagishi and Jason Mingledorff of Papa Grows Funk
I never found myself completely enjoying the music. Maybe it was an off night. Who knows? Maybe it was the ridiculously dancing over-fifty crowd. Who knows? Maybe it was the even more ridiculously dancing med-school students. Who knows? It made me want to smoke a lot more cigarettes than I usually do on any given night at any given show. After bobbing my head to a few more songs, I decided to call it a night. I’m Eggs, I got to be sunny-side up in the morning.

Papa Grows Funk onstage at Continental Club
I did enjoy the music, but at the same time I have seen at least 25 acts from the New Orleans area that are better. If you don’t believe me, I will name them for you — just shoot me an e-mail. I am gonna leave you with my breakfast compadre Doughnut’s description of the Papa Grows Funk show: “They were good, just not that good.”
Check out some more pictures from the show here.
Eggs’ Rating: 4.5/10 yolks. An over-fifty, ridiculous dancing, somewhat funky time.
Until the next we talk,
Eat Your Damn Breakfast!
–Eggs

 

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