Papa Grows Funk

Farewell Tour - Last Shows in SF

Papa Grows Funk

JeConte Band, Roux the Day

Sat, April 6, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Brick & Mortar Music Hall

San Francisco, CA

$20 advance/$25 door

This event is 18 and over

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Papa Grows Funk
Papa Grows Funk
“One of THE best and most important funky bands in New Orleans. We couldn't be
prouder." Quint Davis, producer of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Booty shaking party music best sums up the inimitable Papa Grows Funk, one of the
most successful funk bands to emanate from New Orleans. Rooted in improvisation,
the group of all-star musicians led by Hammond B3 keyboardist and lead vocalist, John
Gros, 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.

Papa Grows Funk has fused the individual talents of its members into one unique sound,
but still retains the initial spark they ignited in the beginning while jamming together
at the Old Point Bar. “While we throw in New Orleans classics, now our songs and our
groove are all our own,” says John Gros. “We still love playing together and that comes
through in our music.”

The band plays over 100 shows a year for its international and growing fan base. From
the Highline Ballroom in New York City to the Great American Music Hall in San
Francisco, from the Nancy Jazz Festival in France to the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan,
Papa Grows Funk has brought their “Mardi Gras in a bottle” music to iconic clubs from
coast to coast and renowned festivals worldwide.

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.
But one thing is certain: whether it is jam band college kids or seersucker wearing
professionals, five folks or 100,000, after John Gros announces “We’re Papa Grows Funk
from the great city of New Orleans,” the crowd is going to go wild.

Papa Grows Funk

John Gros - Hammond B3 organ and lead vocals
June Yamagishi- Guitar
Marc Pero - Bass
Jason Mingledorff - Sax
Jeffery “Jellybean” Alexander – Drums
JeConte Band
JeConte Band
Inspirational Northern California Rock 'n' Roll at its best. JeConte brings an energy level and performance that gets the crowd rocking and keeps it rocking. This energy, combined with a deep soulful New Orleans Blues, Jazz & Funk influence, along with JeConte's non-stop lightening harmonica chops, makes this high energy music experience what live Rock, Blues, and Funk music is all about.

Throughout the years singer, songwriter, and harmonica player JeConte has played in multiple projects and with multiple bands throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The current band features Mattey Cohen, Mike Sugar, Lex Razon & JeConte. In addition Chris Haugen, Glenn Hartman & Alan Williams help to round out this eclectic wheel of performers, perfecting a sound that is sure to keep em on their feet.

JeConte has been singing and playing harmonica all of his adult Life, his style is his own and features his soulful, bluesy vocals and a Texas Blues/Jazz/Funk Harmonica style that is one of a kind. He plays his harmonica's through a vintage 1940's Vega Amp and multiple customized and modified microphones: a custom turner, and a modified JT30.

Over the years JeConte has played with a number of musicians throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, New Orleans, Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, Europe, Latin America and South America. He has been a member of many projects including, THIC, The Push ( and Citronica Muse.

Launched in early November 2009 JeConte's self-titled debut album 'Sweet Northern California' has received rave reviews. Featured ReviewYou can purchase the album direct from the iTunes link above. The Album features Mattey Cohen on Vocals and Guitar, Lex Razon on Drums, Mike Sugar on Bass and JeConte on Vocals, Harmonica and Guitar. All tunes are written by JeConte and Mattey Cohen except for 'Macaroon' (JeConte & Chris Haugen) and 'Run to the Sea'(JeConte & Mike Sugar). Special guests include: Derek Brooker, Robin Coomer, Chris Haugen, Glenn Hartman, Wally Ingram, Sean Leahy & Alan Williams.
Roux the Day
Roux the Day
In Louisiana you don't have many gatherings where food is not the focal point. Seafood is plentiful there but the native Louisianian understands how unique it is and they spend a lot of time celebrating what nature has to offer. Today New Orleans cooking extends well beyond the classic dishes while at the same time retaining the unique flavors from the region. In keeping with that trend I love to please with the classic dishes but my greatest satisfaction comes when I create something new and have you come back for more.
Venue Information:
Brick & Mortar Music Hall
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103