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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Buku Music + Art Project returns March 9-10, 2018

Posted By on Tue, Oct 10, 2017 at 6:10 PM

The Buku Music + Art Project returns Oct. 9-10, 2018. - COURTESY BUKU MUSIC + ART PROJECT
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  • The Buku Music + Art Project returns Oct. 9-10, 2018.

The seventh annual Buku Music + Art Project will return to New Orleans in 2018 on March 9-10 — but without Huka Entertainment, the hard-pressed New Orleans-based events promotion company that has previously co-produced the festival, among many in its portfolio of concerts and events around the U.S. Tickets go on sale Oct. 11.

A statement to Billboard confirmed that "the festival will continue to be operated in New Orleans as a Winter Circle Productions and AEG Presents event with no affiliation with Huka." A report from Pollstar says the company is "on hold."

Headliners and performers on Buku's 2018 bill will be announced at a later date. Past headliners include Kendrick Lamar, Run The Jewels, Future, Bassnectar, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, The Flaming Lips, Passion Pit and Dan Deacon, among others, bridging the latest in hip-hop and EDM with electronic and indie rock artists as well as a diverse sampling of New Orleans scenes.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The unbearable litness of Buku?

Posted By on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM

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Time doesn’t exist inside the float den. It’s always loud, always dark, and it’s only worth checking your phone to see what time the next set starts, though it doesn’t really matter, because you probably aren’t going anywhere. There’s a guy in multi-colored all-over-print spandex pants and Magic Eye cape, another in an Asian conical hat and fitted sweatpants and carrying a white walking stick, and everyone else is bouncing around in Nike Flyknit sneakers and oversized T-shirts. I keep seeing a tie-dye shirt with Rocko from Rocko’s Modern Life, but I think it’s the same person. I’ve definitely seen a zebra cosplayer wearing no pants at all with her bare-chested boyfriend covered in silver glitter several times. Three people in homemade deadmau5 heads haven’t stopped posing for photos. A string of green lights collapses on the crowd like a fountain of water from a lawn sprinkler.

The Buku Music + Art Project’s lineup and precisely executed Vibe™ is anchored explicitly in an eclectic pop culture of that second. Nearly half of 2016’s XXL Freshmen. Some minor viral hitmaker. Non-EDM artists that fit into the chill matrix. But the festival is moored in the reliable, ticket-selling partytime of dance music. Buku is simultaneously a snapshot of whatever is happening in left-of-center pop music and a constant rave, as if nobody left the night before, or had instantly reappeared from last year as if they never left, still just a pulsing mass of neon tank tops and your friend who had to sit down for a minute.

The night before, someone jumped into the Mississippi River. The eternal dance party continued.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Y@ Speak: too lit

Posted By on Mon, Mar 13, 2017 at 6:56 PM

You know what they say: There are two types of people in this world — people who throw eggs at tow trucks, and people who aren't heroes.

Also this week: health care, the Saints, people at Buku who are overwhelmingly lit, and now-former U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite's perfect Friday reference.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Run The Jewels joins Buku 2017

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Run The Jewels performs at Buku 2017. - TIMOTHY SACCENTI
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  • Run The Jewels performs at Buku 2017.

Rap duo Run The Jewels, fresh from a surprise Christmas 2016 digital release for its acclaimed RTJ3, started 2017 with a world tour that will bring El-P and Killer Mike to the 2017 Buku Music + Art Project. Other artists recently added to the festival's bill include Griz and Gramatik's Grizmatik, producers Cashmere Cat and K?D, house duo M.A.N.D.Y., and New Orleans artists Unicorn Fukr and ROAR!. The festival also announced local showcases from Bayou International Soundsystem, Community Records, The New Movement, Upbeat Academy and Techno Club.

The sixth annual festival returns to Mardi Gras World March 10-11. Previously announced performers include Travis Scott, Young Thug, 21 Savage, Vince Staples, deadmau5, Zeds Dead, Lil Dicky, Lil Yachty, Zhu, Tycho, Sleigh Bells, Washed Out, TroyBoi, Thundercat and Clams Casino, among others. Tickets are available online.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

2017 Buku lineup announced: deadmau5, Travis Scott, Young Thug and more

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Young Thug returns to New Orleans for the 2017 Buku Music + Art Project. - RICHARD MARTIN
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  • Young Thug returns to New Orleans for the 2017 Buku Music + Art Project.

Rappers Travis Scott, Young Thug, 21 Savage and Vince Staples lead a lineup with electronic powerhouses deadmau5 and Zeds Dead for the sixth annual Buku Music + Art Project. Returning March 10-11, 2017 at Mardi Gras World, the festival's initial lineup also includes Lil Dicky, Lil Yachty, Zhu, Tycho, Sleigh Bells, Washed Out, TroyBoi, Thundercat and Clams Casino, among more than a dozen other performers spanning electronic producers, dance DJs, R&B and hip-hop artists and rock bands. The festival also will announce more artists on the bill next year.

deadmau5's booking follows his recent self-described "rushed" genre blender of a seventh album, W:/2016ALBUM/, and the festival — continuing its tradition of putting up zeitgeist-y hip-hop artists — doubles down with rap contortionist Young Thug, acclaimed rappers Travis Scott and Vince Staples, and eccentric XXL Freshmen Lil Yachty and Lil Dicky.

New Orleans artists on the bill include R&B's Ambre, producer AF THE NAYSAYER, guitar-and-drum duo Caddywhompus, and a back to back set from DJs Musa and Otto. Solange’s Saint Heron and DJ outfit DOHM Collective will host two local showcases.

General admission two-day passes are $189.99 and go on sale 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. There also are VIP and other ticket packages. A portion of proceeds benefit Upbeat Academy; the festival raised more than $17,000 in 2016.

See the full lineup below.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Y@ Speak: "Buku feast"

Posted By on Mon, Mar 14, 2016 at 3:45 PM


Cheesecake aficionado Future can't get food off his mind.

Uncontested for several years, the #NOLAscanner hashtag for local police scanner coverage — a veritable gold mine of the city's diverse and imaginative criminal activity and children who refuse who go to school — has a critical rival: Jefferson Parish.

Also in this week's edition: collard greens and corn bread with Big Freedia and Friends at the 2016 Buku Music + Art Project, emerging from the 311 Day vape cloud, updates from the New Orleans Saints, and a look at some of the flooding around Louisiana. 

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Buku 2016 adds Purity Ring, Rae Sremmurd and more to final lineup

Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 12:52 PM

Purity Ring has been added to the 2016 Buku Fest lineup. - RENATA RAKSHA
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  • Purity Ring has been added to the 2016 Buku Fest lineup.

Purity Ring, Rae Sremmurd
and producers Deorro, Datsik and Claptone have joined the Buku Music + Art Project's 2016 lineup.

The festival — featuring previously announced artists Pretty Lights, Kid Cudi, CHURCHES, Future, Miike Snow, Fetty Wap and Crystal Castles, among others — returns to Mardi Gras World for its fifth annual event March 11-12. Also announced today as part of the festival's final lineup announcement are Lee Foss, Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals, Break Science and One-man B2B My Nu Leng. New Orleans acts Sunsabetchez and KTRL also are on the bill. 

The “Front Yard” area of the festival will feature a bounce showcase from "Chef" Big Freedia, following the release of Freedia's upcoming cookbook, as well as the Dolo Jazz Suite from New Orleans producer AF THE NAYSAYER and New Orleans dance parties Kompression and Obsession.

Purity Ring's 2015 album Another Eternity follows the band's debut Shrines and dives further into the duo's futuristic electronic pop. Rap duo Rae Sremmurd (Drummers Ear, backwards) exploded in 2014 and 2015 with the ubiquitous hits "No Flex Zone" and "No Type."

Tickets are now on sale via www.thebukuproject.com. General admission is $189.50 for a two-day pass and $399.50 for a VIP two-day pass.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Buku announces 2016 lineup: Pretty Lights, Kid Cudi, Future among headliners

Posted By on Tue, Dec 1, 2015 at 9:45 AM

CHVRCHES performs at the 2016 Buku Music + Art Project. - DANNY CLINCH
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  • CHVRCHES performs at the 2016 Buku Music + Art Project.

Day-Glo ball pit the Buku Music + Art Project returns to Mardi Gras World for its fifth annual event March 11-12 2016, and its first round of announced headliners and performers includes a live set from Pretty Lights, rappers Future, Fetty Wap and A$AP Ferg, and electronic acts CHVRCHES and Crystal Castles, among others.

New Orleans artists on the bill so far include Mystikal, Juvenile and Fly Boi Keno, Louisiana experimental pop band Givers, punk rockers Donovan Wolfington, and DJ Soul Sister. More artists will be announced early next year — check the rest of the lineup thus far below the jump.

Tickets go on sale 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. General admission is $189.50 for a two-day pass.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Buku 2016 dates and tickets announced

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 2015 at 12:35 PM

Crowd shot at the 2013 Buku Music + Art Project. - COURTESY BUKU
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  • Crowd shot at the 2013 Buku Music + Art Project.

The fifth annual Buku Music + Art Project returns to Mardi Gras World March 11-12, 2016. The festival — which focuses on up-and-coming independent electronic, hip-hop, pop and rock artists — opens ticket sales at 11 a.m. this Thursday, Sept. 10.

Two-day general "early bird" admission passes are $149.50; two-day advance general admission is $169.50. VIP "early bird" admission passes are $299.50 and $349.50 for advance VIP passes. Two-day VIP "Too BUKU" passes are $599.50. Tickets are available online.

The lineup will be announced later this year. Previous headliners have included Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Nas, Bassnectar, The Flaming Lips, Skrillex and many others.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Buku Fest and New Orleans' changing festival landscape

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 2:45 PM

Sweet Crude performs at the 2015 Buku Music + Art Project.
  • Sweet Crude performs at the 2015 Buku Music + Art Project.

In March 2013, Kendrick Lamar — on the heels of his masterful 2012 album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City — presided over a massive outdoor crowd at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans as the closing act of that year’s Buku Music + Art Project. It was the festival’s second year, and its headliner couldn’t have performed at a better time. Lamar, who released To Pimp a Butterfly this week, would go on to receive four Grammy Award nominations, including album of the year.

Among the hip-hop heavyweights at this year’s Buku was Run The Jewels, who packed an indoor ballroom with its relentless, breathless raps that have earned the duo unanimous critical acclaim. Killer Mike and El-P performed a near non-stop 45-minute slot blasting through 2014’s monumental Run The Jewels 2 and its self-titled debut, pausing only to hit a blunt from the crowd or smash the Ferguson, Missouri police.

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