The Abita Springs Busker Festival returns to the Abita Springs Park and Museum stage on Sunday, April 22, 2018 for a full day of free music!
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, dancing shoes and sunscreen. Also, bring your appetite. The festival includes the Abita Springs Art & Farmers Market and food and drink vendors, and restaurants and a grocery are just a short walk away.
11:30-12:30 - Albanie Faletta and the Southern Gentlemen:
Traditional New Orleans Jazz. A newcomer to the festival. Albanie has performed with other groups, is a very talented musician who will be featuring her own group this year.
12:45-1:45 - The Slick Skillet Serenaders:
“Jug Band" performing catchy rhythmic renditions of vintage blues. It is unique, catchy and fun to hear.
2:00-3:00 - Aurora Nealand and the Royal Roses:
Traditional New Orleans jazz. Aurora is considered one of the best clarinet and saxophone players in New Orleans. It is a treat to hear her playing and displaying complete mastery and ownership of the instruments.
3:15-4:15 - Doctor Bird and the Beak Division:
Big group performing vintage New Orleans Rhythm and Blues originally recorded by the greats, such as Ernie K-Doe, Eddie Bo, and of course our beloved Fats. The horns will be included.
4:45-5:45 - The Deslondes:
A return act to the festival. They left the audience begging for more last time, and will give more of their unique original Country/Americana sounds.
5:45-6:45 - Jumbo Shrimp Jazz Band:
A strong close out featuring a big sound offering our beloved New Orleans Jazz.
The day's events will be hosted by former Abita Springs Mayor Bryan Gowland, who coordinated this event. 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!
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 at www.wwoz.org.
Music is presented by the Abita Opry and 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/.