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Papa Grows Funk To Perform at Rives Theatre

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 first 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 Gros.

Papa Grows Funk recently announced that the band intends to go on indefinite hiatus sometime in early summer and that their show at Rives Theatre will be one of the group's last. Don't miss your chance to see "one of the best and most important funky bands in New Orleans."

Papa Grows Funk will hit the stage Wednesday, June 19 at 8 pm. Doors and dinner start at 7 pm.

"Dutch Treat" dinner, bar and music are included in the $60 per couple ticket price. A limited number of "at door" tickets will be available for $15 per person.

For dinner and concert tickets, call Dean Johnston at 276.732.2836. To purchase $15 concert-only tickets, visit Studio 107 or Woodall's Music and Sound.