• The Shadows is the first National Trust for Historic Preservation site in the Gulf South. The home and garden are as breathtaking as the history preserved here.
Nov 10, 2018

Bunk Johnson Out of the Shadows: A Blues Poem

Saturday, November 10th at 3pm

Admission: $35 for reserved seats; $25 for general admission seats

The Shadows-on-the-Teche and the Bunk Johnson Jazz Arts and Heritage Festival invites you to attend the theatrical performance of "Bunk Johnson Out of the Shadows: A Blues Poem" on Saturday, November 10th at 3pm in the gardens of The Shadows. Following the performance, attendees will second line down historic Main Street to the Sliman Theatre for the Performing Arts with New Iberia’s own Bunk Johnson Brazz Band for a concert featuring music by Bunk Johnson.

Written by award-winning theater artist and novelist Ifa Bayeza, Bunk Johnson is a one-act dramatic work that focuses on William G. “Bunk” Johnson (c. 1880-1949), an accomplished jazz trumpeter, who performed in concert halls and on stage from California to New York with the Charles “Buddy” Bolden band and jazz legends Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, and Louis Armstrong. After his travels, Johnson always returned to his chosen hometown of New Iberia where he was known to practice his trumpet and work odd jobs including as yardman at the Shadows-on-the-Teche.

Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.showclix.com/event/bunk-johnson-out-of-the-shadows and at the Shadows Visitor Center (320 E. Main Street). Advance purchase of tickets are encouraged.

"Bunk Johnson Out of the Shadows" is funded through a grant from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Creative:  Playwright-Ifa Bayeza; Director-Carl Hancock Rux; Choral/Musical Director-Shawn Wallace

Cast:  Bunk Johnson-Dr. Baron Kelly; Young Maud: Aname Rose