A music festival that should never be missed is right here at LuLu's. LuLuPalooza brings in the most talented musicians from around the Gulf Coast to entertain at this daylong event. It all starts at 11am, June 8, 2013 and trust me you don't want to miss a beat...Stay tuned for an updated list of musicians who will be here to keep your toes tapping and your head bobbing - you may even get up out of your seat and groove right along! We will also have planet of surprises in store so stayed tuned as more information becomes available on our website!

"One of THE best and most important funky bands in New Orleans. We couldn't be prouder." Quint Davis, producer of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

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 initial 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 John Gros. "We still love playing together and that comes through in our music."

The band plays over 100 shows a year for its international and growing fan base. From the Highline Ballroom in New York City to the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, from the Nancy Jazz Festival in France to the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, Papa Grows Funk has brought their “Mardi Gras in a bottle” music to iconic clubs from coast to coast and renowned festivals worldwide.

With no play lists and no rehearsals every Papa Grows Funk performance is its own masterpiece of funk. On any given night, the band might change songs or grooves. But one thing is certain: whether it is jam band college kids or seersucker wearing professionals, five folks or 100,000, after John Gros announces "We’re Papa Grows Funk from the great city of New Orleans," the crowd is going to go wild.

Papa Grows Funk
John Gros - Hammond B3 organ and lead vocals
June Yamagishi- Guitar
Marc Pero - Bass
Jason Mingledorff - Sax
Jeffery "Jellybean" Alexander - Drums

 

I've been on the road for many years. It really has been a long, strange trip. But such a good one. I had reached the time in my life when I needed to get back home and be with my parents and my sister more, so I started looking for more shows to play on the Gulf Coast. Then I played my first Frog Pond show. It was with Grayson and Corky, with Sugarcane Jane. I knew about Grayson. I had been listening to Corky play since I was a kid. I knew all about Anthony, and maybe we had met once or twice over the years. Then it was show time at the Frog Pond. Within the first five minutes, we were all playing together. Within ten minutes, we were all singing together. It went on all afternoon and into the evening. We were inspired. The crowd was mesmerized. There were drums and tambourines and banjo and mandolin and steel guitar and fiddle and lord the guitars and the voices! Then we had another show. Maybe another one. Suddenly, we were a band folks were asking us to show up and play at festivals and music conferences. At concert series and good music clubs. All we did was sit down and play together. And that's why I love it so much: it's organic. It just sprung up natural.

And it's never exactly the same.

So here we go, into the mystic: Willie Sugarcapps.

 

Austin-based indie rock band Uncle Lucius is set to release its new studio album, "And You Are Me," on August 28, 2012. Recorded in Austin and Nashville, "And You Are Me" finds Uncle Lucius stretching their musicianship and reeling in eleven songs that punch with a fullness reminiscent of The Doors to early Black Crowes to the current new blues sound of The Black Keys. Uncle Lucius takes rock and roll from its deep roots, pushes it onward by putting their own honest interpretation of new rock sounds with elements of r&b and blues added. The band includes Kevin Galloway on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Hal Vorpahl on bass, Mike Carpenter on lead guitar and vocals, Josh Greco on drums and percussion and Jon Grossman on lead vocals, and keys. The first single and video for "Pocket Full of Misery" will be serviced to radio and video outlets shortly. The new album comes on the heels of a three-year run of tour dates that took Uncle Lucius across the continent strapped with 2009's "Pick Your Head Up," a self-released album hailed for bringing rock and roll back to its heyday sound. Packed into their van the band toured everywhere from the corners of both coasts and throughout the Midwest from their Austin TX home pushing their rock and soul shows into late nights throughout the country. Songs from this 2009 album were featured on TV shows such as Castle and Friday Night Lights. The band continues to tour leading up to the release of And You Are Me, and they pride their live show as a sacred and energetic experience, with a belief that this is still the truest form of communication with their fans.