Abita Springs invites you to the 10th Abita Springs Busker Festival on Sunday, September 19, 2021. The festival is a full day of free music from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. in beautiful Abita Springs Trailhead & Park, 22044 Level St.
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 as well as restaurants and a grocery just a short walk away.
Sponsored by the Abita Springs Opry and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival & Foundation, the festival features six bands each year, direct from the streets of New Orleans' French Quarter.
Noon-1:00 p.m. Washboard Chaz & the Tin Men
1:15-2:15 p.m. Bad Penny Pleasuremakers
2:30-3:30 p.m. Jackson and the Janks
3:45-4:45 p.m. Gentilly Stompers
5:00-6:00 p.m. Sam Doores Band
6:15-7:15 p.m. Smoking Time Jazz Club
All times are tentative.
Parking in Abita is 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!
This free festival was established to preserve and present Louisiana roots music and has grown in popularity with each passing year. 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, a "busker” is a street performer who performs 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). A big hit with audiences, producers decided to devote an entire day-long festival to this unique style of musical performance.
Tuba Skinny by Sarrah Danziger
Esther Rose by Rush+Jagoe
James McClaskey from band website
Sam Doores, Nick Shoulders, Bad Penny Pleasuremakers from bands' Facebook pages
Couple by Grant Therkildsen, 2016
Crowds and pavilion by George Long and LouisianaNorthshore.com