SCHEDULE AND PERFORMERS
SPRING 2013 SCHEDULE
Our performances are always on the third Saturdays in the Spring and Fall in the months of March, April, and May, September, October, November. The show is from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM.
March 16, 2013
The Steve Anderson Group: Steve and his friends kick off every season. Steve’s very distinct voice blends well with harmonies and back up instrumentation provided by Jan Biggs and Bobby Belloni.
Joe Barbara: Joe is one of those artists that can offer a complete sound with just himself, his vocals, and some great picking. Joe’s musical style can only be described as eclectic. He knows what seem to be a million songs and he performs every one of them to perfection. Joe performed on our front porch last fall, and we had to ask him to quit playing, because the audience did not want to come inside while he was performing, and we did not want to delay the show.
Jackie Coyne and Mama’s Family: This was another very well received act that performed on our front porch last year. They are very traditional, performing old time gospel, bluegrass and country music. Their sound and vocals are very authentic and heartfelt. They are a local group that have been performing and jamming in this area for years and will be a great fit for the Opry.
Linnzi Zaorskiand her New Orleans Jazz band: Linnzi is a regular in the New Orleans club scene. She has a very unique voice that is a real audience pleaser. She is backed up by some of the best traditional Jazz musicians in this area. This group will be closing out our inaugural show for 2013, and will perform at our Earth Day festival the following day. We are very much looking forward to this act.
April 20, 2013
The Petty Bones: These are long-time Opry regulars and serve as our house band in the middle of each season. Anne Crowell has a great voice that can croon out some very sweet ballads and change gears to a great blues styling. Her husband, Jerry has a unique sound of his own and they can harmonize perfectly. Their acoustic mix can only be described as Americana. They always bring a surprise to the Opry stage.
The Storyville String Band: This group, named after a very famous, or infamous depending on your outlook, area of New Orleans. The locale was probably the greatest incubator for New Orleans Jazz during that red light district’s heyday around the turn of the twentieth century. The name for this band is well chosen because they perform traditional New Orleans Jazz exclusively on acoustic string instruments reviving the way this great music form was performed as it developed into what it is today. This is truly roots music.
Double Date: Joel Savoy and Linzay Young are arguably two of the finest and most versatile young musicians in the State of Louisiana. They are both members of the famous Red Stick Ramblers and Joel is a member of one of the premier family of musicians in Louisiana. They have both appeared on the Opry stage numerous times in other configurations and can be seen all around the state and country performing at some major festivals. For this act, they are teaming up with their wives, two equally talented young ladies: Kelli Jones-Savoy and Emma Young. This is a don’t miss.
Bobby Lounge and the Recliners: Bobby is a very famous local Louisiana musician who is a regular at the Jazz Fest, and can rock the keyboard as well or better than many in a city where piano artistry is revered. For this act Bobby has teamed up with a Gospel singing group promising to offer some traditional gospel tunes. Bobby’s virtuosity on the keyboard promised to provide a very unique twist to drive some old standards. This group will also be featured at the New Orleans Jazz Fest this season.
May 18, 2013
Pot Luck String Band: Van Glynn is a musical virtuoso who is adept at playing any instrument that has strings or keys. He heads up this month’s house band that features Bluegrass and other and traditional country music. They have been a regular house group at the Opry for several years and, like our other house bands, sets the tone for the level of musical talent at our shows.
The Lucky Dogs: If you like old time New Orleans Rhythm and Blues, then you will love this band. This is yet another group that mesmerized our pre-show audience when they performed on our front porch last year. They know and can knock out some of those great old New Orleans standards and will prove to be real crowd pleasers.
Delta Reign: They are returning to the Opry for a second visit.
Kim Carson: This well-traveled musician has been all over the world presenting her country music to happy fans who groove on the universal language of music. She will be bringing some Honky Tonk style country to our stage for this set. Our audiences love this kind of old time country music and Kim can put it out there better than most. She is a veteran Opry performer all the way back to the old piney Woods Opry and is always a great way to close out the show.
Please don’t forget that following every show, many of our musicians gather at the Abita Brew Pub to jam. Some of the best music performed on Opry nights has been at this after-the-show jam. It allows a blending of some really great musicians to play in an informal atmosphere, and some really great and unique stuff has come out of those jams.
As they often say on those corny pitch ads on TV: Wait, That’s not all! Besides our regular performances of the Abita Springs Opry, our organization sponsors music for the outdoor festivals in Abita Springs that benefit our local groups. We have a wonderful venue at our Trail Head and we love to entertain audiences while promoting the work of our town organizations.
March 17: The Abita Springs Earth Day Festival
This event is sponsored by the Abita Springs Friends of the Park.
The musical lineup is:
Covington High Jazz Band: A regular at the Earth Day Festival and these youngsters will surprise you with the level of musicianship they deliver.
Linnzi Zaorski and her Traditional New Orleans Jazz Band: The same group that will perform at the Opry the night before this festival.
Fontainebleau High School Jazz Band: You will not want too miss the performance of this award winning group.
The high school jazz bands directed by Neal Naquin and Lee Hicks respectively offer up some great big band jazz and are a pure pleasure to listen to.
April 21: The Abita Springs Music & Arts Festival
Hi Opry Fans, Here we are again, ready for another season. As usual, we are always grateful for loyal fans like you who make our show possible and assure its continued success. We are always interested in feedback from you about what you see and hear at the Opry. We are open to criticism, and always ready to hear compliments.