Buku Banter

written by Danny Smith

As updates continue to flow BUKU looks more and more lively.  Daily lineups have at least split the performers between Friday and Saturday.  Additional artists have not been announced, but post festival performances have been confirmed.  The art aspect of the festival is going to display several talented artists of various styles; some of which will be hometown influenced.  The project is set to produce a proper dance in New Orleans.

Alongside the music, art will be flourishing right before your eyes.  The Live Graffiti Gallery will be returning to BUKU this year providing 14 artists from New Orleans.  Auction proceeds from the gallery will benefit New Orleans’ youth and animal community via Upbeat Academy and Animal Rescue New Orleans.  Graffiti will see a major display but it is just one of the many art forms to look forward to at BUKU.

Friday and Saturday artists have been separated for those who settle for single day tickets.  Not bad options if you are pressed for time, money, etc.  Each day is filled with plenty of diverse music performances and enough art to get a bang for your buck.

Some Friday March 10th highlights: Zeds Dead, GRiZMATiK, Young Thug, Troyboi, Sleigh Bells, San Holo, Nora En Pure, Whethan, Unicorn Fukr, and Shiba San B2B Justin Jay.

Some Saturday March 11th highlights: deadmau5, Run The Jewels, Zhu, Washed Out, Cashmere Cat, The Floozies, Tycho, 21 Savage, Vince Staples, Rezz, and Minnesota B2B Space Jesus.

BUKU Late was announced bringing two nights of extended sets to two local venues.  Entry is 18+ and tickets range from $35-$50 per night for the extended dance parties.  Zeds Dead is sharing the stage at Republic Nola Friday night March 10th with Andrew Luce, Nebbra, Pusher, and RedBarrington b2b KTRL.  Saturday night March 11th Joy Theater is scheduled to host Gramatik, Ganja White Night, Josh Pan, Space Jesus and local support to be announced. BUKU Late could be a nice add-on considering many of the artists performing are only VIP accessible.  Stellar late night options if you are not ready to wind down.

From doing research I can picture the skyline of New Orleans looking remarkable behind the festival.  It is not an everyday image for most people to see the sunset over the gulf in New Orleans. Let alone you are having an amazing time dancing, listening to music, eating, looking at art, giving back, meeting new people, living and so much more.  Just saying. If possible, experience new things at BUKU.

See you at Buku Music + Art Project March 10th-11th at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans, LA.  Grab your tickets here!

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