I need to go in reverse order on this one. Spent the last night at Maple Leaf Bar near Tulane’s campus listening to Papa Grows Funk. Monday regulars for the past 4 years. For anyone who has ever played in a band and really tried to funk, you know how hard it is to really funk.
Papa Grows Funk could FUNK…

It’s an incredibly difficult thing for a band to find. The drummer needs to have impeccable time, but also have the perfect organic sloppy groove to make it hum. The bassist needs to be telepathically connected to the kick drum and know just how long to hold notes. The guitarist needs to skank like a madman, and know when not to play… and everyone else needs to know how to stay out of the way. And the soundguy has to have the mix dialed in. When it all comes together it’s pretty magical. John Gros, bandleader and B3 player, got a performance degree on French Horn, but gravitated to big band and funk after college. These guys are out continuosly – all over the US.
Earlier that afternoon hung out on the Tulane campus for a battle of the bands final, after chatting with Jeremy on WTUL.
Also visited the legendary Tipitinas jazz club – now part of a non-profit. It was first built to create a venue for Professor Longhair – Blues great. Cool layout with a wrap-around balcony overlooking the stage and mainfloor.
First night I saw some great bluegrass at Check Point Charleys. Mountain Sprout jammed – lead by Grayson on Banjo (who plays on the streets for tips all day). The dexterity of these banjo players is amazing. And while I listened to music I did my laundry. Really. Check Point boasts a self-service laundromat!!
So much of the city was wrecked by the storm, and many are nervous about the exodus that has really undercut the whole economy. But every hall had music, even on Monday and Tuesday.
On to Biloxi…


  1. Kevin Daste
    January 19, 2009 at 1:35pm
    A stop in Cajun country is a must for any music road trip.
  2. MiMeMe
    March 18, 2009 at 7:32am
    I am confused! why is it Pandora is free to listen via web, but when i try to listen via web on my mobile I will be charged $8.99 per month. Confused
  3. Samantha
    May 09, 2009 at 6:35am
    I'm from New Orleans and I suggest the next time you're there hit up the Dragon's Den, The High Ground and try to catch some homegrown ska, punk, indie and instrumental bands. Bands to check out: Smiley with a Knife, Antenna In, A Living Soundtrack, Fatter than Albert, Caddywhompus, Stereohype, and Glasgow. There are a ton more but these bands have the best shows and will rock your socks off.
  4. Bill
    June 25, 2009 at 11:44am
    As to New Orleans funk, please tell you programmers that Snooks Eaglin was the greatest ELECTRIC funk guitarist to come out of New Orleans. The single batch of recordings you seem to play are from "Snooks Eaglin: Street Folk Singer", his only acoustic album when he was trying to cash in on the folk craze of the sixties. To program him with Leadbelly and various Mississippi delta soloists is absurd. Get funky with Earl King, Bobby Parker, Walter Wolfman Washington, Bobby Radcliff, and so many more.
  5. Michael Zapruder
    June 29, 2009 at 2:04pm
    hey bill - duly noted - we do have several other records by snooks eaglin, all in his usual genre, so you just happened to hit his street folk record. was that on a snooks eaglin station? if so, we'll have to look into that... and I'm happy to say that we have all those other funksters (except bobby radcliff - and we'll remedy that asap). cheers, mz
  6. Alan Beers
    June 08, 2010 at 2:59am
    Great site!! Have u been to Shreveport,La? We have some pretty good local talent! Kenny Wayne is just 1 of many Artists here. Chek out the local band scene here when your passing through!! Keep up the good work!!

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