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Music in the Garden Series presents Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes

Fri, October 2nd, 2020 at 6:00 PM

This fall, join the New Orleans musicians you love for intimate, socially distanced outdoor performances in NOMA’s Besthoff Sculpture Garden, assembled by internationally renowned multi-instrumentalist and composer Mahmoud Chouki. Choose the “Music Box” by Café NOMA for an exciting boxed dinner option to enjoy during each performance.

NOMA is excited to present Bruce “Sunpie'” Barnes for the first performance of the Music in the Garden series on Friday, October 2.

Tickets are $20 General Admission | $17 NOMA Members JOIN NOW

A rain cancellation will be determined by 1 pm the day of the event. In the event of a rain cancellation, tickets will be refunded.


Additional tickets may be available closer to the concert date. Join a wait list by contacting us at education@noma.org or (504) 658-4100.

Enjoy a Music Meal Box from Café NOMA

Café NOMA will offer a pre-order option of food and drink for the concert series ready upon your arrival. Concertgoers may not bring items from outside the Besthoff Sculpture Garden. The deadline to place an order is Tuesday, September 29 at 5 pm. A cash-only bar will sell beverages on-site.


About Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes

Bruce Sunpie Barnes is a veteran New Orleans musician, former National Park Service ranger for 30 years, actor, photographer, book author, former high school biology teacher, former college football All-American, and former NFL player (Kansas City Chiefs). Sunpie Barnes’s many careers have taken him far and wide. He has traveled to over 50 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, master accordion and harmonica player, also piano, 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. Sunpie has recorded 6 critically acclaimed CDs with his compositions currently featured in 16 Hollywood film productions.

In addition to this musical work Sunpie is also a member of the Paul Simon band and finished a 58 city arena tour “Paul Simon and Sting Together” which spanned 34 countries (2014-2015). 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. More than 300 of Sunpie’s photographs are featured in this book.

Sunpie is the Big Chief of the North Side Skull and Bone Gang, one of the oldest existing Black Carnival groups in New Orleans. Sunpie is also an active member of the second line parading organization Black Men of Labor Social Aid and Pleasure Club.

Safety Guidelines

NOMA is committed to the health and safety of our community. We require that all registrants to this event wear face masks as per CDC, state, and city guidelines. All staff and participants will be wearing face masks, with the exception of the on-stage musicians. There will be a minimum of 10 ft from the edge of the stage to the beginning of seating.

Per city guidelines, capacity will be limited to 50 people.

No social gathering will be permitted. Please maintain a safe distance of at least 6ft from those not in your party.

NOMA staff will be on site to monitor social distancing and assist with seating spacing. The amphitheater is comprised of grass berms. If you would like other seating, you will need to bring your own outdoor chairs or blankets for this event.

If you are not feeling well, especially if you have a fever, please stay home and plan to attend a future concert. All refunds due to illness will be 100% refunded.


Contact us at education@noma.org or (504) 658-4100


Fri, October 2nd, 2020
6:00 PM
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