MEDIA - AO2011-10

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 Pot Luck String Band
Tradition is the trademark of this group. Van Glynn is one of the most talented musicians around. He can play anything that has strings on it at a very high skill level. Van is also very knowledgeable about the history of the songs they perform, and he always provides informative information about them. The rest of the group backs Van up with vocals and instrumentation. The group includes Steve Buckholtz, Barbara Amee, Jerry Hess and David Talmadge. They always come to the stage very well-prepared and keep within the mission of preserving roots music.

Cassie Krebs and Friends
Cassie has been absent from the Opry stage far too long. She has an uncommon voice range, and she is capable of performing a variety of song types. She and her group of musical friends will bring their acoustic instruments and skill to our stage. Cassie promises strong female duet harmonies, music with a country twist and what she describes as "world class" pedal steel. This will be a nice addition to our season.

Rick Ledbetter & The Get Back Trio
Rick is one of those musicians who can fill the hall with his powerful voice without the aid of a microphone. He drives songs hard, and he is another musician whom we have not seen in a long time. His personality and friendly manner are as big as his voice. This group will be real crowd-pleasers.

Jockey Etienne & The Creole Zydeco Farmers
If you like hearing music played in its purest form, these guys are the real deal. This group has performed around the country and in Europe. They hail from the area north of Lafayette around Opelousas where Zydeco music was originated, and they know the traditional songs. The hard-driving soulful sound of Zydeco is a strong part of the essence of the musical gumbo that is pure Louisiana. This group serves it up with gusto.