"There's no culture in the United States like New Orleans," says Papa Grows Funk's John "Papa" Gros. And he would know. Since forming in 2000, the quintet has been a fixture on the New Orleans music scene, drawing raves for its relentless jams, boundless energy, and Meters-quality funk. On tour during Hurricane Katrina, PGF was one of the first acts to get back to the Big Easy to perform. "Music is going to be the leading edge of the city's revival," he says. "For a while, there's going to be a big void in New Orleans musically, but the musicians will return." And for those who don't, PGF is picking up refugees. Each gig of PGF's current tour features sit-ins by relocated musicians. "Ain't nothing like playing some funky New Orleans grooves with your displaced brothers."
Papa Grows Funk performs with Mofro at 10:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, at the Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $20. Call 954-564-1074, or visit www.cultureroom.net.