Songs from the Underground Railroad – Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots
The Maryland Park Service, National Park Service, and the National Council for the Traditional Arts are proud to be offering a free performance by Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots. Join them on Thursday, September 5 from 3pm to 4:30pm, under the pavilion at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park.
Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, a former professional football player and National Park Service park ranger for 30 years, is an acclaimed accordionist, harmonica player, and researcher. Sunni is known for performing his own style of Afro-Louisiana music that combines Zydeco, Blues, Gospel, and Caribbean Traditions.
One of Sunpie’s areas of expertise is the deep wellspring of traditional songs, African American spirituals in particular, that contained hidden meanings for enslaved Africans who dreamed of reaching freedom on the Underground Railroad. Joining Sunpie will be LeRoy Etienne on drums and Michael Harris on bass.
The event is free of charge for and seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.