ABOUT THE ABITA SPRINGS OPRY

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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 Abita Springs Town Hall is a perfect setting for this show. The hundred-plus year old wooden building serves as a community center for the small town of Abita Springs. Abita Springs is a one stoplight rural suburban community located north of and less than an hour's drive from New Orleans.

The Town Hall has walls lined with pecky cypress and the wooden floor provides an aesthetically and acoustically satisfying environment for the "old style" music. Audiences often clap their hands and tap their feet in rhythm to the sometimes sweet and sometimes energetic sounds that emanate from the stage. The hall has a capacity of slightly less than four hundred and provides an intimate setting that allows close communication between the musicians and the audience.

Town Hall

Abita Springs Town Hall

Abita Springs Opry - Featuring Big Daddy-O and The Pettibones Recorded in May 2007.

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The Krewe of The Abita Springs Opry

Stage Manager/MC: Bryan Gowland
Back Stage Mgrs: Jan Biggs and Bobby Belloni
House Audio Engineer: Kent Birkle
Broadcast Audio Engineer: Rob Bentley
Assistant Engineer: Jerry Hess
Video Mixer: Danny Zechenelly
Camera: Jamie Hooper & Shannon Drinkard
Tickets: Kathy Armand
Concessions: Lisa King

Abita Springs Opry Board of Directors

Bryan Gowland - President/ Producer
Lisa King - Treasurer
Kathy Armand - Secretary General
Kent Birkle - Technical Director/Assoc. Producer
Bobby Belloni- Music Director
Jan Biggs - Publicity and Marketing

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