MEDIA - AO2007-11

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.

Jerry Hess

This performance features one of the best known guitar pickers in the area, Mr Jerry Hess.

Jerry has performed at the Opry a number of times. He will be presenting various guitar finger picking styles with accompanying vocals. Jerry is a virtuoso on the guitar and always is a treat for his audiences.

Tony Green and Friends

The archetype of the gypsy -- romantic, free spirited, colorful, vibrant, intense -- is reflected in the musical genre known as Gypsy Jazz. Django Reinhardt was its most famous proponent and Tony Green is one of the master's disciples. The New Orleanian is well known as both a musician and a painter. Green's luminous watercolors and oils grace many galleries and private collections. His murals can be seen from the home of classical music, the Orpheum Theater, to the zydeco mecca, Mid-City Bowling Lanes. Green brings the musical colors of the gypsy to life as well, performing with his trio in venues such as the French Quarter Festival, the stately Columns Hotel, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

The Steve Anderson Group

Steve Anderson and his group will get you going with some traditional country music. Steve performs in the tradition of greats like Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers. Steve is supplemented by other accomplished vocalists like the group's leader, Bobby Belloni, and Jan Biggs who always pleases the audience with her trademark high-spirited energetic "Jan Songs."

Mike Pace & the Alabama Gentlemen

Sit back and enjoy some great bluegrass performed by some of the most talented musicians in the South.