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Bruce Sunpie Barnes is a veteran New Orleans musician, former park ranger with the National Park Service (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' 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 he is also a current member of the Paul Simon Band and recently finished a 58 city arena tour “Paul Simon and Sting Together”, which span 34 countries (2014-2015). 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 and Odd Girl Out.

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.

He 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 a active member of the secondline parading organization, Black Men of Labor Social Aid and Pleasure Club.

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rocky16-Mar-2019 17:26
Amazing street scene, warm tones and what a thrill it must have been to be caught up in the reverie. =V=
MarcViskens23-Jun-2018 13:45
nice shot Jeff
Graeme11-Jun-2018 09:26
A fine candid of this street scene, Jeff. Your processing brings so much atmosphere of the day into it. Well done.VV!!
Zoltán Balogh10-Jun-2018 05:01
Superb street scene. V
George McCarten09-Jun-2018 23:43
A fine image of an apparently special man. Thank you for providing essential narrative here.
bill friedlander07-Jun-2018 18:37
From the crowd around him looks like he is really appreciated. Love the costume. V
Pierre07-Jun-2018 10:53
Une scène de rue absolument formidable, une atmosphère incroyable dans cette magnifique photo! V
Dan Greenberg06-Jun-2018 23:20
He is a very talented and accomplished person. How fun it must have been to meet him during this kind of event. Love the scene and processing! ~BV~
Julie Oldfield06-Jun-2018 02:28
Awesome! Quite the atmosphere! V
joseantonio05-Jun-2018 21:11
fascianting scene so nicely presented.V.
Walter Otto Koenig05-Jun-2018 19:04
Very cool street shot. Really like his costume and of course your processing work. "V"
Frank Brault05-Jun-2018 18:38
A fanatic street candid of this marvelous parade. Thanks for the biography. He is an amazing person who has accomplished so much. V
Colin Storey05-Jun-2018 16:10
Fantastic street scene focussing on this interesting character.
Pieter Bos05-Jun-2018 15:57
Fantastic street shot! ~V
Tomasz Dziubinski - Photography05-Jun-2018 14:49
Excellent street shot and fascinating story, love NO and Zydeco, Voted.
Fong Lam05-Jun-2018 14:20
Marvelous street the color tones and costumes...V
Blandine Mangin05-Jun-2018 12:50
de très beaux costumes ! v
Neil Marcus05-Jun-2018 12:50
Your New Orleans pictures have always been fantastic. I learned from them. The people AND the locale are so interesting. "Big Vote"
Yvonne05-Jun-2018 11:35
Is that him in that scary outfit leading the parade? v
Nirvan Hope05-Jun-2018 03:49
That's quite a CV! What a talented man. Love his parade costume here. A great candid and love the mostly muted shades.
Carol How05-Jun-2018 02:53
Amazing scene and fascinating information Jeff... V
Nick Paoni05-Jun-2018 01:11
Wonderful shot of this interesting and talented individual. Love your commentary.
Helen Betts05-Jun-2018 00:37
Excellent capture of this versatile and accomplished man, and interesting information as well. V.
Tom Munson04-Jun-2018 22:55
Outstanding capture, Jeff.
Frank Tran04-Jun-2018 22:33
Superb street candid shot. V+
Jim Coffman04-Jun-2018 22:33
Wow, what a cool shot, Jeff..
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