MEDIA - AO2011-04

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 Petty Bones
Featuring Jerry Crowell and Anne Langston Crowell performing backwoods roots music, from soulful blues to foot stompin bluegrass, from old time country to modern folk, they have it all covered. One of the Abita Opry "House Bands".

Acoustically based multi-instrumentalists, with emotionally charged songwriting and vocals, The Petty Bones continue to deliver a variety of rootsy original, traditional & cover tunes to an ever increasing group of loyal listeners from all ages and backgrounds.


Hazel and the Delta Ramblers
Anyone who is familiar with bluegrass music in the New Orleans area knows about Hazel Schleuter. She has played and promoted bluegrass in this area for many years. Fans of bluegrass have been listening to her radio show on WWOZ every Sunday morning for a long time. She has performed on our stage in the past and has featured some of our musicians on her radio show. We are glad that she in comming to perform for us.

Tony Green
Tony is one of the most gifted guitarists you will hear anywhere. He performs a style of music referred to as "Gypsy Jazz." This style made famous by musicians like Django Rinehart requires some expert guitar picking to do it justice, and Tony has mastered that musical form. He will be backed up by some friends from Italy. Tony is always a big hit at the Opry, and he will also be here to sign the Opry posters he designed and will be unveiled at this show.

Jonno and the Bayou DeVille Cajun Band
When you hear some of the best Cajun music in Louisiana, you are hearing the best in the world. Jonno is one of the best there is and promises to present the unique Louisiana-bred sound of the combination of accordion and fiddle accompanying French vocals. Cajun music is one of the forms that define Louisiana roots music and that is what we present at the Opry.