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Papa Grows Funk

Live at the Leaf

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The New Orleans quintet Papa Grows Funk has pumped funk out of the Big Easy at a relentless pace. It performs constantly at the Maple Leaf Bar in Uptown, New Orleans. When not in town, it tours to promote its two studio albums. Its third album, a recording of a typical Monday night at the Leaf (conveniently called Live at the Leaf) is a good snapshot of what these guys can do onstage. Their funk is traditional by not blending many outside influences into their music. Their recipe includes only the most essential ingredients of guitar, slap bass, offbeat kicks and snares, sax, and frontman John "Papa" Gros' Hammond B3 organ. Will Live at the Leaf resurrect the funk for a prime-time comeback? Nah, but it will keep it alive for those who can appreciate it. 3 stars

Papa Grows Funk plays Smith's Olde Bar Thurs., Nov. 9.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this review cited the wrong location for the Maple Leaf Bar, which is in New Orleans' Uptown neighborhood.


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