MEDIA - AO2016-Buskers Festival

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.

Bad Pennies Pleasure Makers
Matt Bell and Joy Patterson head up this group. Matt is one of those go-to musicians around New Orleans who performs in many different groups. He and Joy also collaborate in several configurations. The Bad Pennies offer a very unique jazzy sound that is a real audience pleaser.

Loose Marbles
The Loose Marbles is a band of about fifteen musicians who play clarinet, trumpet, banjo, washboard, accordion, trombone, guitars, sousaphone, standup bass, and guitars. However, most of the time the band consists of only seven or eight performers at any given gig. As the configuration of instruments varies from gig to gig, so does the types of songs they play. One thing is for sure, you will always be thoroughly entertained.

Shotgun Jazz Band
The group’s vocalist is Marla Dixon, and she possesses an uncommonly powerful singing voice. It is not a stretch to state that she is one of the best in New Orleans at delivering traditional jazz songs. The members of this group are veteran performers who have played that great traditional jazz on the streets of New Orleans to the clubs on Frenchmen street, the Jazz Fest and the French Quarter Festival. When you hear them, you will understand why they are in demand.

Sluetown Strutters
We have been fortunate to become familiar with the busker or street musician community from New Orleans. These young musicians really put it out there. The streets of New Orleans are the greatest incubator for musicians in existence. This group is a member of the busking community and is a “Jug band.” They perform a distinctive form of music that is high-spirited, bluesy, and infectious. Jug band is a distinctive music genre. It may or not involve someone blowing into a jug, but it is always fun to hear. Our audience has enjoyed the jug bands we have had and this group will be an audience pleaser.