MEDIA - AO2015-10

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.

Three Rivers Cooperative
This group is the latest edition to our house band lineup. Chris knows just about every superior musician in this area, and has performed with them at one time or another. The group he has assembled for the Opry has Bluegrass instrumentation, but what they do is Bluegrass and beyond. What can be guaranteed with any group Chris assembles is superior vocal and instrumental musicianship.

P-Town Ramblers
This is a local group of fine musicians and friends who got together to perform music. They are all former members of various other groups and all superior musicians. It seems that bands have a life span and “break up” for one reason or another. Many of the members drift into other groups. The P-Town Ramblers is one of those groups. Their musicianship is superior, and they are a group of friends who are having a good time. They will present a mix of country, bluegrass and some folksy type songs.

Tom Fisher Jazz Band
We are fortunate to have a musician of Tom’s caliber at the Opry. Jazz was born in New Orleans and the finest traditional jazz musicians perform here. Some of those musicians are “go to” guys. They can sit in and contribute or elevate the level of musicianship of almost any group of jazz musicians. If you go to the Economy Hall tent at the Jazz Fest or to the French Quarter Festival, you will likely see Tom Fisher and his clarinet many times with various groups during the course of those events. We can always trust Tom to bring something solid. This is an opportunity to hear an example of the finest traditional Jazz played anywhere.

Slew Town Strutters
We have been fortunate to become familiar with the busker or street musician community from New Orleans. These young musicians really put it out there. The streets of New Orleans are the greatest incubator for musicians in existence. This group is a member of the busking community and is a “Jug band.” They perform a distinctive form of music that is high-spirited, bluesy, and infectious. Jug band is a distinctive music genre. It may or not involve someone blowing into a jug, but it is always fun to hear. Our audience has enjoyed the jug bands we have had and this group will be an audience pleaser.