Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes
Bruce Sunpie Barnes is a New Orleans musician, book author, and ethnographic photographer. He is also the Big Chief of the Northside Skull and Bone Gang, one of the oldest Afro-Creole carnival groups in the United States, which began its traditions in 1819. He is an 18-year member of the Black Men of Labor Social Aid and Pleasure Club and the bandleader of the popular New Orleans musical group, Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots. His latest book and DC project is entitled Le Kèr Creole (The Creole Heart), co-authored with Rachel Breunlin and Leroy Etienne. Sunpie has currently recorded 7 critically acclaimed CDs with his compositions featured in 19 Hollywood film productions. 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,” featuring over 300 of his photographs.