Abita Opry, Inc. presents its fall concert series for 2017 with acts performing New Orleans R&B, Bluegrass, Country, Honky Tonk, Traditional Jazz and more. Fall shows are September 16, October 21 and November 18.
Show are 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. In addition to the main stage lineup, a live performance will also be held on the front porch for an hour before each show.
Some General Admission tickets will be available at the door but advance purchase is highly recommended, as the Opry has many season ticket holders. Purchase tickets at Abita Springs Town Hall, 985-892-0711. 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.
FALL 2017 LINEUP
The Steve Anderson Group: Traditional classic Country music. Anderson has been leader of the Opry's house band for several seasons and has a lot of fans. Steve sings and plays in the style of some of Country music’s greats including Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and others who are all noted for that classic “honky tonk” style.
Coobie Joe Cajun Band: This group performed recently at the Opry's monthly Cajun dances at the Town Hall, and their genuine traditional style belongs on the Abita Opry stage, solid young musicians maintaining a great Louisiana tradition.
Julio and Caesar: These two very popular local musicians are outstanding performers presenting Hispanic music. Their singing, engaging personalities, and remarkable musicianship are real audience pleasers. They make a return trip to the Opry where the last time they played, they brought the house down.
King James and the Special Men: If you want to hear New Orleans style Rhythm and Blues played the way it is supposed to be played, you will not want to miss these guys. The inclusion of a great horn section adds to the richness of their music.
Chris Talley Band: Chris has proven to be a hit as the leader of one of our house acts. We are never quite sure of what Chris will bring to the Opry stage. He has performed Bluegrass, Country and Western Swing, and has done it all to perfection. Besides being remarkably talented himself, he know a lot of very talented musicians who assist him in performing the sets.
The Trustys from Davo Crossing: If you are wondering, Davo Crossing is a community in Mississippi. It’s close enough for these talented musicians to journey to Abita Springs to reappear on the Opry stage. They perform a very smooth style of traditional music and will be joined by Robby Lavigne, who has been missed as a performer.
Ric Robertson Band: If you love country music, you love what is known as Honky Tonk Country. You know, those crying-in-the-beer, lost love songs that are a mainstay of Country music. While we associate New Orleans with Jazz and Rhythm and Blues, there is a very vibrant Country music scene in that great musical city. Hailing from New Orleans, the band is a newcomer to the Abita Opry stage.
The Gentilly Stompers: The Opry audience has shown a fondness for traditional New Orleans Jazz. The Gentilly Stompers were a big hit at the Abita Springs Busker Festival last spring, performing this great musical style with lots of energy and contributing to the resurgence of New Orleans' wonderful traditional musical heritage. The Opry is proud to provide an opportunity for musicians to keep that traditional music style alive.
Last Chance Bluegrass Band: One of the Opry's regular house bands, Last Chance performs pure traditional Bluegrass. Eddie Arnold is a fine banjo picker, and has surrounded himself with other fine bluegrass musicians. They have proven to be a mainstay at the Opry, and provide the energy necessary to start the show and set the bar for the other acts.
Pat and Benita Murphy: It has been a long time since these talented people have been on the Opry stage. They were principal members of the former Delta Reign. After having taken a musical sabbatical, they are back performing as a duet. As Delta Reign took Bluegrass to another level, and drifted beyond the traditional style, these two remarkable musicians are sure to provide the audience with a real musical treat.
Choupique Cajun Band: For those who don’t know proper Louisiana pronunciation, it’s pronounced shoo pick. Jesse Brown and his family have appeared on the Opry stage previously, but recently at the Abita Cajun Dance, they included their teenage son Beau on fiddle. He did a remarkable job, and the Opry decided to have them back so he could perform with them. When a young boy plays the Cajun fiddle and is learning to sing in French, he needs encouragement. His sister is also scheduled to play fiddle.
The Tradstars: This is yet another group of young New Orleans musicians who are performing and keeping alive one of the greatest musical forms in existence, New Orleans Jazz. Jazz was born in New Orleans, and never gets too old to enjoy. That’s what makes music classic-- the test of time. This is the first appearance for them on the Opry stage, joining the very rich pool of musicians that Southeast Louisiana is blessed to enjoy.
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. Learn more about the Abita Opry and current performing artists, and watch past performances online, at www.abitaopry.org.