MEDIA - AO2004-03

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.

Abita Strings

This home town bluegrass ensemble is one of the Opry's "House Band". Setting the pace for every show, the Abita Strings have taken Traditional to another level.


Jude LeBlanc and Abigail Brooks

Jude LeBlanc - Jude was the House Sound Engineer for the Abita Springs Opry for several years. Every other season we get him up on stage to hear a very technical accoustic guitar performance that soothes your soul. In this performance, he is joined by Abigail Brooks and their singing voices really resonated witht he audience.

Red Stick Ramblers

The Red Stick Ramblers play a mixture of Cajun fiddle tunes, Western Swing, traditional jazz of the 1920s and 1930s alongside a steadily growing number of tradition-inspired originals. Based in Southern Louisiana, they build upon the songs of seminal fiddlers like Dennis McGee and Dewey Balfa, along with jazz and country swing bandleaders such as Bob Wills and Django Reinhardt, finding a common thread of danceable rhythms and strong, elegant melodies.

Brothers Apart

Sunpie Barnes and the Louisiana Sunspots

Sunpie Barnes is a former College All American and Professional Football Player and his current day job is as a ranger and naturalist at Jean Lafitte National Park. But what brings Sunpie Barnes to our stage is his tremendous talent on the piano accordion.

A true Renaissance Man - Sunpie has traveled to over 35 countries playing his own style of blues, zydeco, Afro-Caribbean, and Afro-Louisiana music. In addition to being a musician, Sunpie has acted in several feature length films including Point of No Return, Under Cover Blues, The Gates of Silence, The Big Easy series, and several more.