Abita Opry, Inc. presents the second of its Fall 2018 concert series on October 20 with acts performing Bluegrass, Traditional Jazz, Jug Band music, New Orleans R&B and more.
Shows are 7:00-9:00pm and doors open at 5:45pm. In addition to the main stage lineup, catch a live performance outside by the "Porch Players," one hour before the show. Town Hall provides a concession counter offering gumbo, hot dogs, desserts, soft drinks and water. After the concert, join the evening's performers, along with local musicians, for an Open Jam at the Abita Brew Pub just up the street, around 9:30pm. Enjoy an Abita Beer or coffee and dessert!
Tickets are $18 for all seats, all ages, and season tickets (three concerts) are $54. Purchase tickets at Abita Springs Town Hall, (985) 892-0711.
Some General Admission tickets will be available at the door but advance purchase is highly recommended, as the Opry has many season ticket holders and seating is limited to 400 for each performance. In case of sell-out, the concert can also be seen on closed circuit TV on the front porch, and some outside seating will be available. The last concert of the fall season will be November 17.
October 20 Lineup:
with descriptions by Abita Opry's Bryan Gowland
Chris Talley and the Three Rivers Cooperative
Chris is one of the Opry's house band leaders and a member of its board of directors. Opry volunteers never quite know what he will bring to the stage. Besides being an accomplished musician himself, Christopher D. Talley (Mandolin and Vocals) surrounds himself with other very skillful folks. The band consists of Christopher D. Talley (Mandolin/Vocals), Marcia Ferguson (Vocals), Fritz Mayers (Banjo), Daniel William (Guitar/Vocals), Jeffrey Boone (Fiddle), Steve Stewart (Bass) and Charles White (Dobro). This band sets the bar for musicians who follow to bring their “A” game.
The Slick Skillet Serenaders
This is a ‘Jug Band.” That term refers to a time when a person blowing into a jug provided the bass for the group. Although that is not too commonly practiced today, it has become the name for a style of music. Jug Band music is high energy, bluesy, catchy, and very rhythmical with a lot of personality. The Serenaders have been audience pleasers in their previous appearances at the Opry. Last winter they reconfigured somewhat but wowed the audience of the Abita Springs Busker Festival this past May.
The Affordable Bluegrass Act
Affordable is always a good word and probably the reason this group adopted that name. However, this group of out-of-state musicians are a tour group. With a large number of Bluegrass festivals around the U.S., they usually feature groups that are very high level and appear at various events. The Abita Springs Opry is proud to have them consent to appear on the humble Town Hall stage.
The New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings
One of the greatest places to hear music in the world is on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans. The New Orleans Cottonmouth Kings are one of the most popular gropus to perform regularly in Frenchmen Street clubs as well as in other locations in the area. They have not been on the Opry stage in some time and the Opry is glad they are returning.
ABOUT THE OPRY
The Abita Springs Opry is produced by the nonprofit organization, Abita Opry Inc. whose mission is to preserve and present Louisiana "Roots" music, with music being played primarily acoustically, in its original form. Concerts are held six times a year with performances on third Saturdays in March, April, May, September, October and November.
To purchase individual or season tickets, call Kathy Armand at Abita Springs Town Hall, (985) 892-0711 or visit the Hall's Utilities Office, 22161 Level Street, open 9am - 5pm Monday through Friday. Tickets are also available by mail; send payment to Abita Opry Inc., P.O. Box 461, Abita Springs LA 70420.
Learn more about the Abita Opry and current performing artists, and watch past performances online, at www.abitaopry.org.