Abita Springs has more than just water and beer. The annual Abita Springs Music and Art Festival is in its third year, and is fortuitously set on April 22, the weekend between French Quarter Fest and Jazz Fest. The Abita Springs Opry, an organization that devotes itself to preserving and presenting Louisiana roots music, hosts the admission-free event, which specifically features young, up-and-coming local groups.
Bryan Gowland, a representative of the Abita Opry and former mayor of Abita Springs, says, “A lot the musicians have been or still are buskers. They travel around and play on streets.” Erika Lewis and Tuba Skinny, the Smoking Time Jazz Club, Stale Bread Scottie and Kitchen Men, Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, and Johnny Dilks and His Big Country Band are part of the line up for that Sunday. “We are always ready to encourage and provide venues for musicians who perform traditional forms of music,” Gowland says.