Bring Mom and the whole crew to Abita Springs on Mother's Day, Sunday, April 7, 2019, for a full day of free music at the Abita Springs Busker Festival!
The festival returns to the Abita Springs Park and Museum stage in May after some springtime storms put a damper on things in April. Bring your lawn chair, dancing shoes and sunscreen, as well as your appetite: the festival includes the Abita Springs Art & Farmers Market with its food and drink vendors, and restaurants and a grocery are just a short walk away.
The day's events begin at 11:30am and continue through 7:00pm. Hosting the event is former Abita Springs Mayor Bryan Gowland. Music is presented by the Abita Opry.
The music lineup will be announced as the event nears.
The Abita Springs Trailhead Museum coordinates food, crafts booths, and festival fun. All events are free and open to the public. Proceeds and donations go to support the Museum. For more information and to view photos from previous years, visit http://www.trailheadmuseum.org/busker-festival/.
For those who may not be familiar with the term, "buskers” are musicians who perform on the streets for tips. A community of these musicians flourished in New Orleans following Katrina. Several years ago, the busking group Tuba Skinny was asked to perform at the Abita Springs Opry (held six times per year at Abita Springs Town Hall). The audience loved them and their renditions of vintage New Orleans Jazz, so more busking groups were invited to perform in subsequent concerts. Audiences loved them, too.
It became apparent to all that these young musicians had something special to offer. Abita Opry producers decided to devote an entire day-long festival to them. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation loved the idea, and has supported it every year since. WWOZ, New Orleans' central promoter of Louisiana music, also liked what was happening, and began live-streaming the event, and continues to do so each year. The listener-supported, commercial-free radio station can be found locally at 90.7-FM and around the world at www.wwoz.org.
Sit back, relax, pop a cold one and enjoy the day in beautiful surroundings in Abita Springs, and be prepared to hear some of the best music ever. Parking is free but limited; park outside town and bike the Tammany Trace to the park!