PHOTOS: Papa Grows Funk @ Tipitina’s – 10/21/11

@ Tipitina's | 10/21/11 - Photo by Wesley Hodges

Now that Anders has been discovered by the world at-large and Shorty is a GRAMMY winning household name, Papa Grows Funk has to be New Orleans’ best kept musical secret. Friday night served as a celebration of their great new record Needle in the Groove and a headlining set at Tipitina’s was an excellent platform to perform the Allen Toussaint-produced record in full from front-to-back. Not sure if I was just settling in at the onset of the show but the latter half of the album is what really left an impression. Because of a lack of song titles to reference, I can’t say much more than the fact that this record definitely merits checking out, didn’t seem to be just another NOLA funk record (not that that’s a bad thing), some interesting compositions on there for sure. After wrapping the new tunes, PGF invited Rads’ guitarist Camille Baudoin out to do battle with June Yamagashi for a solid portion of the set, going back and forth several times and proving that these two are undoubtedly on a very short list of the prime guitarists in this absurdly musically talented city. Perhaps Anders Osborne’s presence would’ve completed a mythical holy trinity, but seeing these two work it out together was a truly special occasion. Still have a Monday night at The Maple Leaf on my to-do list and after Friday night, it’ll probably be sooner than later.

Continue on for a photo gallery from the show and

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Wesley grew up in coastal Georgia and is a former resident of The Music City and The Big Easy where he helped get LMB NOLA off-the-ground after launching in January 2011. Over the past few years, he has also contributed steadily to JamBase and Relix Magazine. Recently, Hodges moved on to L.A. where Abita Beer is hard to find, costs about $6 if located and impromptu parading in the streets will most likely get you arrested on the spot.

 
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