The Abita Springs Busker Festival returns to the Abita Springs Trailhead Park and Museum stage on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 11:30-7:00 PM.
Now in its seventh year, the Busker Festival was established to preserve and present Louisiana Roots music and has grown in popularity with each passing year. With support from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Foundation, the festival will again be sreamed live by the listener-supporter, commercial-free radio station in New Orleans, WWOZ, a central promoter of Louisiana music around the world at www.wwoz.org.
The music lineup is presented by the Abita Opry and Abita Springs Trailhead Museum coordinates food, crafts booths, and festival fun. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and don’t forget your dancing shoes.
In order of appearance:
11:45 The Hokum High Rollers
1:00 The Gentilly Stompers
2:15 The Wasted Lives
3:30 The Shakemup Jazz Band
4:45 Jackson and the Janks
6:00 Tuba Skinny
Jackson and the Janks: A group of newcomers to the Busker festival. They will bring the variety music style commonly known as “Americana” which includes a variety of songs played acoustically with vocals. It can be compared to country with some blues thrown in. It is sometimes hard to pin down as a specific genre, but always entertaining.
The Gentilly Stompers: Another one of the great traditional Jazz bands in New Orleans. Traditional Jazz has been adopted by many of the young people who have gravitated to the New Orleans music scene. They represent the next generation of performers who are keeping that wonderful tradition alive. This group is highly talented and has been performing around the Big Easy. They possess that strong drive and energy that captivates the listeners. We are looking forward to their performance.
The Wasted Lives: The leader of this group, Matt Bell is most gifted and versatile musicians currently in New Orleans. He can be frequently seen in other groups playing Jazz and other forms of music. He heads up three configurations besides the Wasted Lives. His other groups are the Bad Pennies Pleasure Makers, and the Western Sweethearts. He is always accompanied in those groups by the love of his life, Joy Patterson. If you look up the word “sweet” in the dictionary, there is a picture of Joy. She has been an invaluable asset in organizing this festival. The Wasted lives is a pure “honky tonk” Country band and a real treat to hear.
Shake em Up Jazz Band: This group energized the Abita Springs opry stage. We have had more compliments about their performance that any of the other groups we had this past Fall. It is comprised of all females, and their musical talent is powerful. This band is comprised of musicians who perform in other groups, but that is very common among Jazz musicians in New Orleans. You do not want to miss this performance. If you like New Orleans Jazz, you will love the Shake em Up Jazz Band.
The Hokum High Rollers: Jug band music is a very entertaining style that is an audience pleaser. The opry audience always responds to the jug bands. It is bluesey, very rhythmic, and catchy. It is hard to sit down while it is being played. If you want a preview, most of our musicians can be seen on YouTube. This group will be a lot of fun to listen to.
Tuba Skinny: This is our perennial close out act for every Busker Festival. They were the first group of Buskers who we invited to perform at the Opry. It has been a pleasure watching their progress. They have grown in fame and popularity and we developed the first Busker Festival around them. They introduced us to the drive, superior musicianship, and adherence to tradition among the busking community in New Orleans. We are proud to have them close out our festival. And we would be proud for you to come and be our guests for some of the best music you will hear.
All events are free and open to the public, and parking is free. Proceeds and donations go to support the Abita Springs Museum. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Abita-Springs-Busker-Festival-869236539765849/.