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Ogden After Hours Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes

/// April 20, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Ogden Museum of Southern Art is excited to announce the return of Ogden After Hours on April 20, 2023 in celebration of our 20th anniversary. The monthly event will take place on every third Thursday of the month and will feature a diverse lineup of programs reflecting and celebrating Southern art and culture. The relaunch event will feature Bruce Sunpie Barnes’ Afro-Louisiana music, which incorporates blues, zydeco, gospel, Caribbean and African influenced rhythms and melodies. Food by The Gumbo Man will also be available for purchase.

Free for Members & Magnolia Ball Patrons / $13.50 Non-members


Magnolia Ball Kickoff: Ogden After Hours attendees will also have the opportunity to buy discounted Magnolia Ball Patron Tickets. Although they normally sell for $200, Patron Tickets will be on a flash sale for $100! A purchased ticket will provide you with free admission to Ogden After Hours as well as a drink ticket for the O Bar.

About Bruce Sunpie Barnes

Bruce Sunpie Barnes is a New Orleans musician, former park ranger with the National Park Service, actor, photographer, book author, former high school biology teacher, former college football All-American, and former NFL player (Kansas City Chiefs). Sunpie Barnes’ many careers have taken him far and wide. He has traveled to over 53 countries playing his own style of what he calls Afro-Louisiana music incorporating blues, zydeco, gospel, Caribbean and African influenced rhythms and melodies. He is a multi-instrumentalist, mastering accordion, harmonica, and piano along with rubboard, talking drum, and dejembe. He learned accordion from some of the best Zydeco pioneers in Louisiana, including Fernest Arceneaux, John Delafose, and Clayton Sampy. Along with his musical group Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, he has performed at festivals and concerts across the US and around the globe. He has collaborated with music gurus such as Harold Brown (WAR), Willie Dixon (Father of Chicago Blues),and Trey Anastasio (Phish). Sunpie has recorded seven critically acclaimed CDs with his compositions currently featured in 16 Hollywood film productions.

Film acting has also been a important part of his busy career. Sunpie’s work has appeared in such Hollywood productions as Point of No Return, Deja Vu, Under Cover Blues, Jonah Hex, Treme, The Big Easy, Skeleton Key, Heartless, The Gates Of Silence Odd Girl Out, The African Americans, Sesame Street, NCIS New Orleans, Queen Sugar and Mayfair Witches.

He is deeply involved in New Orleans parade culture and co-authored the 2015 critically acclaimed book “Talk That Music Talk” – Passing On Brass Band Music In New Orleans “The Traditional Way”. Over 300 of Sunpie’s photographs are featured in this book. Le Kèr Creole is his latest book that also has a 15 song disc of music composted in Louisiana Creole.

He is the Big Chief of the Northside Skull and Bone Gang, one of the oldest existing Black Carnival groups in New Orleans. Sunpie is also a member of the Black Men of Labor Social Aid and Pleasure Club.


April 20, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street
New Orleans, 70130 United States
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