Tag Archives: Russ Broussard

John Papa Gros and Friends to Play d.b.a October 4

John “Papa” Gros and Friends will be playing a must-see show Saturday, October 4, at d.b.a. on Frenchmen St. at 10:30 p.m. Gros, leader of longtime New Orleans funk mainstay Papa Grows Funk, is a top-notch keyboard player and singer whose grooves are always soulful and compelling. He exemplifies the spirit of New Orleans, serving [...]

Papa Grows in a New Direction: John “Papa” Gros Finds Balance

In the year since Papa Grows Funk disbanded, John “Papa” Gros has managed to find something that eludes most working musicians: balance. “I’m able to work enough,” he says. “I’m able to spend enough time with my family, spend time with my friends, spend time on me. I’m as close to balanced as I’ve ever [...]

John Gros and Gristle Candy Bring Something New to d.b.a.

Although it has a somewhat unusual name, when the new roots rock band Gristle Candy takes the stage at d.b.a. on Friday, April 18, the audience will see a lot of familiar faces. The band, led by John “Papa” Gros of Papa Grows Funk fame and featuring Alex McMurray of the Tin Men, Jake Eckert [...]

Clark Vreeland Tribute Concert at the Old U.S. Mint: April 9, 2014

The memory of late funk-rock guitar player Clark Vreeland will be celebrated at an all star tribute concert at the Old U.S. Mint on April 9, 2014. Organized by guitar wizard Jimmy Robinson, the concert will feature a long list of notable musicians Vreeland played alongside, inspired, or influenced. Ed Volker, Tommy Malone, Dave Malone, [...]

The Film, the Dirt & Other Things: The Cowsills Story on Showtime

Late last year, the Cowsill family revisited their old New England stomping ground for an advance screening of their documentary Family Band: The Cowsills Story, which is showing through this month on Showtime.  When the movie ended that night in Gloucester MA, the siblings’ first question to the audience was, “Is everybody OK?” It was [...]

Susan Cowsill Joins Another Family Band

Susan Cowsill is well-known as a member of the Cowsills, but she is now also a Hobart. Last year during South by Southwest, Cowsill, Jon Dee Graham and Freedy Johnston got together and started writing songs drawing on the earlier days of their careers, then recorded a CD under the name the Hobart Brothers featuring [...]

YouTube du Jour: Spencer Bohren

Tonight, blues guitarist Spencer Bohren plays his annual Christmas show at Snug Harbor at 8 and 10 p.m. He’ll be joined by guests Susan Cowsill, Russ Broussard, the Iguanas’ Rod Hodges and Joe Cabral, Jimmy Robinson, Tom McDermott, Darcy Malone, Chris Boye, Jerry Giddons, Andre Bohren and Corinna Bohren. Here he is performing a solo [...]

Not a Typical Record Label

Music seems to be played around the clock and all year long in New Orleans, imbuing this city with a constant beat that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Even so, the Big Easy can be a hard place to be a musician. With that in mind, a group of die-hard New Orleans [...]

Decisions, Decisions

She doesn’t have to do this. As a member of the Cowsills, Susan Cowsill performed on Playboy After Dark, countless talk shows, the Dean Martin Variety Hour, and the family band had hits with “The Rain, the Park and Other Things” in 1967, “Indian Lake” in 1968 and “Hair” in 1969. But tonight it’s Mardi [...]