Papa Grows Funk Nominated for Best of the Beat Award

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Papa Grows Funk - photo by Rick Olivier

New Orleans, LA—New Orleans band Papa Grows Funk has been nominated for Offbeat Magazine’s Best of the Beat Award for Best R&B/Funk Artist.   In addition to the nomination, Papa Grows Funk (PGF) keyboardist John Gros has also been nominated for Best Piano/Keyboardist.

PGF recently hired industry veteran Stephen Klein as its manager.  Klein’s artists, which have included Cowboy Mouth and Deadeye Dick, have combined to sell well over a million records, and have to their credit two gold records, as well as numerous singles charting in Billboard Magazine.
PGF is currently working on new material and planning to release a new CD in the first half of 2011.
“Picking the best R&B/Funk band in New Orleans is like picking the city’s best gumbo,” said Klein.  “It’s impossible, because they are all great.  And that’s also what makes these nominations such an honor for the band and for John.”
About Papa Grows Funk
Step into New Orleans’ Maple Leaf Bar on a Monday night and through the smoky atmosphere emerges Papa Grows Funk.  There are no playlists, no rehearsals; the only constant is the free and easy spirit of the Crescent City.  Papa Grows Funk embodies the soul of New Orleans—fun, funky, unpredictable and energetic.  From sultry summer nights, to Mardi Gras revelry, to the heart pounding Jazz Fest weekends, New Orleans follows PGF whether it is at their regular gig at the Maple Leaf Bar or Club Quattro in Tokyo, Japan.   What started as an all-star jam session eight and a half year ago on a Monday night at the Old Point Bar on Algiers Point has blossomed into one of New Orleans’ most successful funk bands.  In 2001, the Monday night residency moved uptown to the Maple Leaf Bar, where it has continued to this day.   Without the help of a record label or distribution deal, the group has sold an impressive 30,000 combined copies of their four albums.  Over the years, the band has accumulated a huge fan base through extensive touring averaging about 100 shows per year and producing fresh, original music.
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