Five Reasons You Can’t Miss NOLA’s Buku Festival, March 8-9
Festival announcements for 2013 are in full swing, and though another boss line-up full of uhntz-uhntz and check one-twos seems to emerge every other day, we’d like to to take this moment to talk to you about something very special.
The second-annual BUKU Music + Art Project is back in beautiful New Orleans, taking over the muddy waters from Friday to Saturday, March 8 and 9. It may be a young voice in the crowd, but BUKU’s got so much going for it, we can see it’s beacon of possibility radiating from our house.
But because we know motherfuckers like to count, we’re going to break it down for you in easy-to-digest morsels of undeniable necessity. These are the five reasons missing BUKU Music + Art Project makes you a buster.
1. The Line-up
What in the actual fuck? That list of 53 bands, DJs, rappers and all-around musicians contains some of the most relevant names in the world of popular music. Headliners Kid Cudi and Passion Pit have us excited. We’re intrigued to see the classic Public Enemy. And Kendrick Lamar? Of 2012′s shining album of the year, Good Kid/ M.A.A.D. City? AND fucking EARL SWEATSHIRT. We’ll go ahead and claim him as the best rapper in almost ever.
But it’s not a hip-hop festival. Primus, STS9 and Big G will get your rocks off for those higher moments. Lots of bass coming from Nero, Flux Pavilion and Datsik. Totally Enourmous Extinct Dinosaurs are one of our all-time faves, and Big Freedia’s bringing some local bounce to the stage. Not to mention, trappin’ out with Flosstradamus or getting sexy with Aeroplane.
Related Reading: Interview with Big Gigantic at Hangout 2011.
Related Reading: Interview with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs.
2. Location, Location, Location
Always welcome any chance to go to New Orleans. It’s a magical, old-world kind of place, and it really is as interesting as they say. Everywhere you look is culture and character. Come party with some great musicians in one of the country’s most soulful destinations. Even if you’re out on the town during a break from festivities, or stay an extra day or two checking out local sights, there will be great local jazz, calypso, ragtime, blues, contemporary and traveling street musicians to enjoy. Plus, the food is world-class. Definitely make sure you taste some of that local seafood, coffee and creole cooking.
3. Art to Heart Experience
Soooooo, these crafty organizers are keeping their specific plans for their art installations a secret until doors open, but we can glean a bit of information from what we know, and take notes of last year’s fun goodies.
Firstly, we know they’ve added a new stage inside the warehouse where all Mardi Gras floats are stored. Just so you know, those are huge. Like, almost 18 feet tall. And colorful and beautiful. We’re not sure they’ll actually be in the warehouse, considering it will be filled with music and heaving bodies, but it’s something to keep in mind.
Last year saw a number of cool laser displays, interactive installations for resting and relaxing, a live graffiti display, ambient light backdrops and burning man imports. No doubt they’re going even crazier with it for this second year. Things like this can only get bigger.
4. No Separate Tickets for Late-night Functions – FINALLY!
Can we get a round of applause for BUKU right here! We at Fresh Wet Paint have bemoaned the unfair separate ticket practices for years! Part of the festival experience is time’s transition from the heat of a feisty day into a cool and magical evening. Kicking kids out and making them pay more money to keep playing along kills the vibe and is just plain greedy. But BUKU organizers aren’t out to squeeze out every last dollar you bring, just engage you in one helluva cool, culturally-aware party.
5. You Can Afford This
Speaking of your bank account, this is one of the fare-friendliest festivals we’ve come across in a while. In the era of $600 double-weekend passes and $400 desert parties, BUKU Music + Art Project are packing two days with some of the most stellar names in music, and the price tag is a relatively light $150. You can find nearby hotels with great rates, especially if you plan to shack up with some close friends. (My party is looking at $70 per head for three nights, and that’s just about the tits.)
So, basically, there’s almost no reason not for you to go. Will we see you there?