meet the pianoman, bruce barker
Bruce Barker Grew up in Romney, IN. Graduated from McCutcheon HS 1986 and Purdue University, 1994. Major: Recreation Management. Minors: Theatre, Supervision and Meteorology.
Previous jobs before Cactus piano bar . . . McDonald's, chimney sweep, fire extinguisher checker, used car salesman. Love . . . babies, color purple, anything 80?s, my cubbies, fishing, poker, traveling, Purdue. Don't love . . . haters, bad drivers, heartburn, having my cubbies lose. One thing you may not know about me? I have the smallest ears for an adult male in North America . . . just take a look next time you see me.
I have been lucky enough to be one of the few people who really LOVE their job. I play in my hometown, my home university, and feel very blessed to do so. "It's entering my 17th season of playing at the Neon Cactus this October 2012, and it's flown by. Conservative math would go like this...17 years x 50 weeks per year (taking in a vacation and holiday close down)...that's 850 weeks! 3 shows per week is 2,550 shows times 300 (conservative number estimate) people per show...YOU GET 765,000 people, GIVE OR TAKE!...that have enjoyed the longest running LIVE act in town in the Rusty Bucket; a combination of comedy, karaoke, calling out and some very talented guest singers! And we are NOT done yet, folks! Thanks for a great 17 years, here's looking forward to more to come, and of course...SOCIAL!"