Festivals & Events:
The Llama Presents: Papa Grows Funk
$13 pre-show, $15 at the door. Tickets available in advance at The Wizard.
Papa Grows Funk's all-star lineup features New Orleans' finest musicians and funkiest characters, all of whom have deep roots in New Orleans music. Anchored around the slinky Hammond B3 grooves of band leader John Gros (George Porter, Jr. and Runnin' Pardners) is internationally renowned June Yamagishi (Wild Magnolias) on guitar, Marc Pero (Smilin’ Myron) on bass, Jason Mingledorff (Galactic) on saxophone and Jeffery “Jellybean” Alexander (Jon Cleary), who replaced Russell Batiste, Jr. in 2005, on drums. Influenced by Dr. John, the Meters and the Neville Brothers, Papa Grows Funk are the guardians of New Orleans funk. PGF continually stretches the bounds of New Orleans music, turning ears and shaking hips wherever they perform.
As the Hammond B3 growls and Jellybean's cymbals ripple in the background, lead singer John Gros entices the crowd with the question, “can you feel the music?” Just as natural as breathing, the band transitions to another groove as Pero's knee-dropping beats hammer through Mingledorff's wailing saxophone. June's guitar riff signals another dynamic shift. What is in store for the crowd is an evening of New Orleans classics, original material, spontaneous jams and hip shaking, funky music that is Papa Grows Funk.
The Llama: 100 West Colorado Avenue, Telluride, 81435