A native of New Orleans, John “Papa” Gros has spent more than a quarter-century championing the music of the Big Easy, and is best know for his band Papa Grows Funk. With a bevy of genres at his disposal – New Orleans funk, rock n roll, jazz, blues, Americana, pop and rock, Gros will combine these styles into a genre-bending gumbo while paying tribute to his influences and pushing ahead into new territory. Much like his New Orleans forefathers Allen Toussaint and Dr. John, Gros is a proud local who carries on the tradition of New Orleans music, honoring its past and helping to shape its future.
Swatkins, a joyful prophet of positivity, joins with The Positive Agenda for feel-good funk made by and for real human beings. Steve Swatkins makes raw, fresh soulful music without relying on computers or backing tracks and is a master of the talkbox, the old-school analog effect using his larynx to shape the sound of his keyboard synthesizer sent through a vinyl tube. Think about “California Love” for a moment and combine that with a throwback dance party with a killer live band playing the deepest grooves imaginable – now you’ve got a taste of what The Positive Agenda is all about.
John Gros Band will take the stage at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16 with Swatkins and the Positive Agenda following around 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door. More event info can be found here.