MEDIA - AO2014-09

The Abita Springs Opry is a series of music concerts held six times a year and is produced by a nonprofit organization, Abita Opry Inc. The show has the mission of preserving and presenting Louisiana "Roots" music. Our music is played primarily acoustically, in its original form.

Our main thrust is old-time Country, Bluegrass, and traditional Southern Gospel music, but we often present other forms of traditional Louisiana music such as Cajun, Zydeco, Irish, or other types that reflect the many different groups of people who are part of our diverse culture.

The Last Chance Band
They will be performing as a fill-in house band at this show. If you like bluegrass, you will love this group. They know their way around the Opry. They have performed on the front porch before the show, as a guest group on the main stage, and have filled in as the house band in the past. They are some of the nicest people around as well as fine musicians. We are fortunate they agreed to serve as the house band for this show.

The Messy Cookers
New Orleans is blessed to have a large number of very young musicians who have gravitated to New Orleans post-Katrina. Most of them started on street corners, and have gravitated into the club scene in the Farbourg Marigny and Bywater areas of the Big Easy. This is another one of the groups that perform traditional New Orleans Jazz with energy and drive that comes from performing on street corners. These youngsters and others like them are part of the great musical revival that is taking place in what can be considered one of the greatest musical cities in the world.

The Rambling Letters
Michael Millet is no stranger to the Opry stage, and it has been too long since he has appeared here. This time, he will appear with a different group. The Rambling letters have been performing in New Orleans for some time, and we always want to keep bluegrass music as an element in our show.

The Gerald Craddock Band
The piano was a key instrument in the earliest days of Rock ‘N Roll. People like Jerry Lee Lewis entertained us with their hard driving, personality filled sound that was an integral part of the styles of music that gave birth to that genre. Those of us who were there are blessed to have witnessed that great musical phenomenon. Gerald will deliver some of that to the audience as well as some good ‘ol Honky Tonk.