Newborn Opry revived, renamed Dixie Jubilee
Local musician Steve Biggers has revived the Newborn Opry, the semimonthly country and gospel music show at the Old Schoolhouse, and renamed it the Newborn Dixie Jubilee. The Dixie Jubilee held its first concert Saturday, featuring gospel acts Dennis Hyde, Halls of Glory Renewed, Drew Parker and the house band, the Dixie Ramblers.
The Opry ended its original 10-year run in December with a Christmas celebration, but Biggers plans to keep the group going as long as he can.
“So many came and enjoyed the show. It was only twice a month, but it gave people a chance to see local entertainment. So many people asked me to keep it going,” said Biggers, a member of the house band. “It’s not a money making thing, just something we wanted to for everyone… it’s a good family place.”
The Dixie Jubilee will maintain the same schedule as the Opry, a gospel concert on the first Saturday of the month and a country gospel on the third Saturday of the month. The doors open at 5 p.m., and the concert takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is a kitchen that service hot dogs, barbecue sandwiches, snacks and drinks and a dining room.
The show now requires a $3 donation, to cover rent and food costs, but children 15 and under receive free admission. Any money above the rent and food costs will be given to visiting acts to help cover gas costs. Biggers said 200 to 250 people attend on average.
The next show is on Jan. 15. The Old Schoolhouse is located just south of Newborn’s main intersection on Ga. Highway 142.
Different bands will attend every performance and the Old Schoolhouse is already booked up through February, Biggers said.
The house band will take requests and welcomes people to join them in singing during the performance. The house band includes acoustic guitars, bass guitars, dobros, drums and a keyboard.
To see a schedule for the Dixie Jubilee view the Covington News calendar or friend Steve Biggers on Facebook. TO get more information or get a booking, e-mail Biggers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (770) 786-8662.