MEDIA - AO2013-10

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 Petty Bones
Anne and Jerry Crowell both have their own unique style of singing, and they can also produce some great harmonies. The repertoire ranges from Jerry's humorous songs to Anne's sweet ballads and also some very soulful blues. They always bring a solid set to open the show in the middle of the season, and, like the other house bands, they set the bar for musicianship at the Opry.

Drunken Catfish Ramblers
Jug band music is an interesting blend of traditional string music and blues. It is usually played with a unique style and spirit that grabs the listener. Don't think that the name always implies that one of the musicians plays a jug. It describes the style. This group really caught the attention of our audience at one of our outdoor concerts last year. They are well traveled, and have won praises wherever they have played.

Reverend Charlie's Patent Medicine Show
This award winning group hails from central Louisiana near Alexandria. They offer a very smooth and interesting style. They have been in contact with us for some time, and we feel that they will be a great addition to our show. They perform some originals as well as familiar standards. They present an interesting form that blends bluegrass and folk music.

Jockey Etienne and the Creole Zydeco Farmers
These guys are always a treat, and they are the real deal. If you want to hear this unique Louisiana music form performed as it was originally, you want to hear this group. They have brought their great music around the world, and they love to play the Opry. Zydeco is a wonderful genre that integrates Blues and Cajun music and originated in Acadiana, in the area generally north of Lafayette. This group defines Louisiana roots music and it is a privilege to have them at the Opry.