Abita Opry

SCHEDULE AND PERFORMERS

SPRING 2015 SCHEDULE

Our performances are always on the third Saturdays in the Spring and Fall in the months of March, April, and May, September, October, November. The show is from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM.

March 21, 2015

The Steve Anderson Group: Steve Anderson is a local self-taught musician. He is one of the most humble quiet guys you will ever meet, but when he is on the stage playing his guitar and singing, he transforms into a person who can get a song across to an audience as well or better than most performers. He is joined with the other vocalist, Jan Biggs who always transmits energy. The quartet is completed by bassist Bobby Belloni and Anne Hibbs on the fiddle. They deliver true-to-form classics from greats like Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers.

The Long Time Goners: This is another group of musicians who are part of those who have migrated into New Orleans following Katrina and have decided to make the Big Easy their home and are performing traditional musical styles. This group will perform some great originals with a style that has a country twang with some New Orleans spice mixed in. We have been trying to book this group for some time and are very happy that they will finally get on our stage.

Dwayne Doopsie and the Zydeco Hell Raisers: The name of this group should provide more than a hint as to what they will be bringing to the Opry stage. This is Dwayne’s second appearance here. He is one of the hardest working musicians around. He is a member of the famous Doopsie family of Zydeco musicians. Zydeco is a purely Louisiana music form, and it gets inside of the listeners with its hard-driving soulful blues sound with some Cajun influence. Dwayne delivers all of that as well as anyone else in Louisiana.

The Pfister Sisters: Occasionally, we are contacted by a group of musicians who request to be on our stage, and we ask ourselves, why would musicians of their stature want to be on the Abita Opry Stage? We are very fortunate when this happens and we are fortunate that the Pfister Sisters are going to be featured artists on this month’s show. Their fame as New Orleans celebrities precedes them. They have delivered their wonderful harmonies to audiences at just about every important musical event in New Orleans. They will be sure crowd pleasers at our show.

April 18, 2015

The Petty Bones: Our mid-season House Band always brings something a little different, and entertaining. They promise an eclectic repertoire that can range from amusing ditties to some very soulful blues from the principal singers, Anne and Jerry Crowell. Whatever they perform, however, is delivered skillfully and honestly. These well-seasoned musicians always provide a treat to our audience.

Sonic Migration: Cassie Krebs is no stranger to the Abita Opry stage. She has a strong vocal range and can drive a song across beautifully. She is now partnered with one of the leading musicians in the area, David Easley, David is a virtuoso on the keyboard, and provides a great compliment to Cassie’s guitar styling and singing. They have a very broad range of musical styles to draw from and it will be interesting to discover what they will present.

Nola Bluegrass All Stars: Michael Millet was recently on our show, but is now coming back with a different configuration of musicians to give us some bluegrass. Michael is a very accomplished traditional musician who is no stranger to the club scene in New Orleans. It is part of the New Orleans musical tradition that it is not unusual to see musicians performing in several different groups, and that speaks to the versatility and talent of the musicians we are blessed with.

The Wasted Lives: The only way to describe this group is that they are pure fun and talent. Lead guitarist and vocalist Matt Bell is one of the most sought after musicians in the current New Orleans Music scene. Joy Patterson also provides very strong vocals and projects a sweet energy that helps make this country music group a pleasure to watch and hear. They will be double-dipping by performing at the Opry and at the Busker Festival the next day.

May 16, 2015

Last Chance Bluegrass Band: Our most recent house band always shows up with a true desire to please and entertain the audience. Vocalists Eddie Arnold on banjo and Robby Lavigne on mandolin are the principal vocalists. They have that very true bluegrass authenticity in their styling that reminds us that this traditional form of music can be such fun to hear. This ability also comes from watching these guys perform, because it is obvious that they are having fun on that stage. Talented musicians always have a way of making it look easy and are having fun.

Danny Swartz: Danny appeared at the Opry many years as a performer alongside the late great Harold Cavallero. He has a great traditional blues style. We are fortunate to have this gifted musician back here. He has a very soulful style and a broad vocal range. Danny is the real deal and will be true to the roots of the music.

Julio and Caesar: This is another pair of musicians who have not been on our stage for some time. These two musicians are guitar virtuosos, and a joy to hear. They perform in a south of the border style, but have some north of the border influences in their music. They possess magnetic personalities, and the joy they experience comes out in the music they are presenting.

The Tradsters: In the common New Orleans music vernacular, “Trad Jazz” translates to the uniquely New Orleans style of Jazz that was born in the Big easy. It seems that this American classic music form never loses its popularity. It grabs the listener, and hearing the same songs many times never becomes boring. The wonderful improvisation that defines Jazz makes each song an adventure. The Tradsters are yet another group of young musicians who get what New Orleans Jazz is all about, and we are always more than happy to have young people on our stage who are going to keep our important musical heritage alive.

Please don’t forget that following every show, many of our musicians gather at the Abita Brew Pub to jam. Some of the best music performed on Opry nights has been at this after-the-show jam. It allows a blending of some really great musicians to play in an informal atmosphere, and some really great and unique stuff has come out of those jams.


THERE'S MORE MUSIC IN ABITA SPRINGS

In addition to our regular shows that will be performed on March 21, April 18, and May 16, we are very proud of the continuing development and popularity of our annual Abita Springs “Busker” Festival. For those of you who don’t know, “Buskers” are musicians who perform on the streets for tips. The Opry became attracted to these youngsters as guest performers because of their youth, and dead-on renditions of very traditional music forms.

We want to encourage the young people who are maintaining our precious musical traditions. This will be the fifth installment of this event. It is growing each year and we are proud to be partnering with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation to present it. The Festival is on the Sunday between the French Quarter Festival and the Jazz Fest. Some are perennial acts and we also have some first-timers.

Acts will include The Carondalettes, The Smoking Time Jazz Club along with their wonderful dancers, The Wasted lives, Marla Dixon and the Shotgun Jazz Band, The Deslondes, and our traditional close out act, Tuba Skinny. This is a don’t miss. Come early and stay late. Bring your lawn chairs. There will be plenty to eat and drink, and arts and crafts to view. And, of course, it's FREE, there is no admission charge.

Abita OpryLISTEN TO PAST PERFORMANCES

Hi Opry Fans, Here we are again, ready for another season. As usual, we are always grateful for loyal fans like you who make our show possible and assure its continued success. We are always interested in feedback from you about what you see and hear at the Opry. We are open to criticism, and always ready to hear compliments.

Our continuing mission is the "Preservation and Presentation of Louisiana Roots Music." Of course, what constitutes Louisiana "roots music" is sometimes hard to define, we always want to keep it traditional while presenting an entertaining variety of music for our fans and a great environment for our musicians.

Our audience is very important to us, and our musicians always tell us that you are the best audience around. If we continue to show them the love, they will send it back to us. The energy and exchange between the musicians and the audience at the Opry is real.

The vibe that exists in that hundred plus year old building packed to the gills with a great audience listening and appreciating traditional music from some of the best musicians around gives us a musical gumbo that really cooks!

Get your tickets

If you want to get a big serving of our musical gumbo, tickets are presently on sale. We offer season packages as well as single show tickets. The season ticket holders from the previous season get first dibs, but as of August 1, they are sold on a first-come-first served basis. By the day before the show, we are usually close to selling out. We are always trying to make sure that we have as many seats as possible, and very seldom turn away folks who show up the night of the show.

If you happen to make a last minute decision to come to the Opry, The worst case scenario is the big screen closed circuit TV on our front porch. We also have outside seating available. Also keep in mind, that we have a live act on the front porch for an hour or so before the show.

For ticket information, please contact Kathy Armand at 985-892-0711. All tickets are $18. We have not raised our prices for several years, and intend to keep them at that price. Please keep in mind that the choicest seats go first. Nothing pains us more than to turn folks away because of a sell-out. We always try to find a way to get people in.



The Petty Bones
The Petty Bones




Zion Harmonizers
The Zion Harmonizers




We believe this is another season of great traditional music. Please remember that we sell tickets on a first-come-first served basis. All seats are $18.00. We have not raised our prices for several years, and have no plans to do so any time soon. To purchase tickets call Kathy at 985-892-2342 or drop by the Abita Springs Town Hall during working hours.

Y'all Come! See you at the Opry





Anytime Access to the Opry


We always want to remind our fans that most of our past performances are online and can be enjoyed anytime on your computer. All you have to do is visit our home page at www.abitaopry.org. Locate the words;

"LISTEN TO PAST PERFORMANCES"

click on it and the listing of downloaded shows will appear on your screen. From there, you can scroll to any show or pick out any particular act that may appeal to you and enjoy.

We provide the web service and cover the cost of video taping and provide the shows to St Tammany Parish Government access TV channel 10 and Southeastern Louisiana University, channel 18. The channels mentioned are available to Charter Cable TV subscribers in several surrounding parishes.

Our mission to "Preserve and Present Louisiana Roots Music" is taken seriously. Making the Abita Springs Opry available to as many people as possible is a way of fulfilling our mission and gives that much more exposure to these great musicians. We have a valuable musical cultural tradition, and it is worth keeping alive.