Rhythm N’ Roses Concert Series (Marty Peters & Party Meters))
Start: May 04, 2023 12:00 AM
End: May 05, 2023 12:00 AM
BK Historic House and Gardens, 1113 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
KICKING OFF FESTIVAL SEASON AT VIEUX CARRE TREASURE
Sponsored Rhythm N’ Roses Concerts & Louisiana Creole Culture Highlighted
The Historic BK House & Gardens is pleased to announce the Rhythm N’ Roses Concert Series in the Parterre Garden on the corner of Chartres & Ursuline, using the Ursuline entrance. Presented by The Land of Dreams Foundation as mini-fundraisers for the BK House, the diverse Thursday night concerts will take place April 6, 20, 27 and May 4 from 6-9 pm with a pause for French Quarter Festival. Featured performers include:
Participants are invited to move around the garden during the cocktail-inspired musical showcase or be seated in the adjacent space next to the historic house. Light refreshments are included in the $25 ticket which should be pre-purchased at www.bkhouse.org
On Sunday, April 23, BK House will feature an Evening of Louisiana Creole Music with Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes performing songs from Le Kèr Crèole. The prolific historian-musician co-authored the book focusing on the rich history of Louisiana Creole, now one of the most endangered languages in the world. Throughout his performance, Sunpie will focus on original and traditional Creole songs that cross time and musical genres such as blues, zydeco, and traditional jazz. African spirits, maroon villages, Congo Square, southwest Louisiana dance halls, and the Northside Skull and Bone Gang all serve as inspiration for this musical journey.
The performance is scheduled to take place in the beautiful Courtyard in the rear of the historic property at 1113 Chartres Street. Tickets are $40 and $30 for museum members. Light refreshments will be available with doors opening at 5:30pm and the event beginning at 6:00pm. This is a Bring Your Own Beverage event. We recommend that guests bring along extra cups with beverages of choice! Due to the popularity of this theme and positioning between FQF & JazzFest, we expect this event to sell out. Tickets should be pre-purchased at www.bkhouse.org.
May events will include a Mother’s Day Lecture & Book Signing with Cathy Graham, author of “Full Bloom” which focuses on floral design and entertaining and an exclusive Dining by Design Evening Supper throughout the beautifully restored home on Sunday, May 21. Summer will feature week-long arKIDtecture Camps for children ages 9-13 in June and July.
Details about upcoming BK House events and membership information are available at www.bkhouse.org for those who want to support the Museum and take advantage of future programming discounts.
About: The Historic BK House & Gardens: Now distinguished as a National Historic Landmark, the house was built in 1826, purchased by noted author Frances Parkinson Keyes in 1948 and restored under her loving care. Programming has evolved in the last several years to focus on the seven families who lived on the property, as well as influences of the French Quarter neighborhood. A new interpretative program is underway to better reflect the heritage of the site. Membership, events, grants, donations, and fundraising activities generate revenue needed for on-going restoration and future capital improvement projects.
About: Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes: A multi-instrumentalist, Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes playes piano, percussion, and harmonica and learned to play accordion from some of the best, including Fernest Arceneaux, John Delafose and Clayton Sampy. He is a world-renowned New Orleans musician. Along with his musical group Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, he has performed and promoted Afro-Louisiana Creole music and culture across New Orleans and the US and has traveled to more than 40 countries. Sunpie has collaborated, recorded and toured with such groups as The Willie Dixon Blues Band, The Lowrider Band, Paul Simon, Sting, Trey Anastasia, Carlos Vives and many more. He is a veteran musician, park ranger, actor, former high school biology teacher, former college All-American, and former NFL player (Kansas City Chiefs). He also serves as L'Union Creole Series Curator and NEH Landmark Workshop Co-Director.