Experience John “Papa” Gros: This Week’s Nightfall Headliner

john papa gros nightfall chattanooga headliner posing in house

John “Papa” Gros brings New Orleans flair to Miller Plaza this Friday, June 7, at 8 PM for the third week of the Nightfall Music Series.

For more than three decades, New Orleans native John “Papa” Gros has shared his hometown’s musical heritage with the world. Born and raised in the Crescent City, Gros embodies its musical spirit, melding funk, rock, jazz, and blues into an unmistakable sound.

Gros’ career began as a sideman for iconic New Orleans musicians like George Porter Jr. and Snooks Eaglin.

In 2000, he formed the acclaimed funk group Papa Grows Funk, which performed weekly at the Maple Leaf Bar and released six albums.

John “Papa” Gros “Cocaine and Chicken Fricassee” (Official Music Video)

After the band’s dissolution in 2013, Gros resumed his solo career, releasing River’s On Fire in 2016 and Central City in 2020. Central City features contributions from legendary musicians and fellow New Orleanians Ivan Neville, Herlin Riley, and George Porter Jr.

Gros’ solo records underscore his prowess as a songwriter, while his live shows have become legendary showcases of his funky musicianship that captures the energy and joy of night out in New Orleans

Don’t miss the chance to experience John “Papa” Gros for free at Nightfall!

The show kicks off with opening band Tropic Sol at 7:00 PM.

Remember, Nightfall offers happy hour drink specials from 5:30 to 6:30, making it the perfect start to your weekend.

Join us at Miller Plaza for an evening of great music, food, and community.

Friday, June 7 Nightfall at Miller Plaza, 850 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 7:00pm // See our Nightfall Music Series spotlight for more info.

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John Papa Gros 2024 Tour Dates

June 7Nightfall Concert SeriesChattanooga, TN
June 8The CampHuntsville, AL
July 3Telluride Concert SeriesMtn Village, CO
July 4Stranahan’s Concert SeriesSteamboat Springs, CO
Aug 17Chenango Blues FestivalNorwich, NY

Find more concerts in and around Chattanooga at our concert calendar.