Abita Springs welcomes you to the 9th annual Abita Springs Busker Festival, Sunday, March 24, 2019. The festival is a full day of free music from 11:30am to 7pm in beautiful Abita Springs Park, 22161 Level St. The rain date is March 31.
Bring the whole crew, 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.
All events are free and open to the public. Parking is also free but limited; parking is permitted at Abita Middle School and throughout neighborhoods. Or, park outside town and bike to the festival on the Tammany Trace!
11:30 - Zach Bryson and the Meat Rack
12:45 - The Bad Penny Pleasure Makers
2:00 - Crazy Arms
3:15 - Shake 'Em Up Jazz Band
4:30 - Dr. Bird & The Beak Division
5:45 - Tuba Skinny
Music is sponsored by the Abita Springs Opry and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival & Foundation. New Orleans' central promoter of Louisiana music, WWOZ, will likely broadcast or stream the event as it has 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.
Proceeds and donations from the Abita Springs Busker Festival go to support the Abita Springs Trailhead Museum, which works in concert with the Town of Abita Springs to produce numerous free events for the community and visitors. 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, and began performing at the Abita Opry (held six times per year at Abita Springs Town Hall). Having been a big hit with audiences, producers decided to devote an entire day-long festival to this unique style of musical performance.