March 2014 in New Orleans is going to be a month of pure mayhem. Not only do the annual Mardi Gras festivities begin on the 4th, but this is the first year that perhaps the cities second biggest party falls in the same month as the world-renowned Carnival. The Buku Music and Art Project will be put on for its third straight year on March 21st through the 22nd, flaunting an extremely impressive and diverse lineup consisting of talents from The Flaming Lips, to David Guetta, to Nas, who will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of his album “Illmatic”, considered to be one of the most influential albums in hip hop history. Those planning on going will not only face the struggle of deciding who to see out of this elite group of performers, but they will also be faced with a selection of five incredible stages the show provides for attendees. Will you enjoy the show as you watch barges float down the Mississippi River at the Power Plant stage? Or will you decide to rage in the enormous warehouse that is the Float Den stage, built primarily to manufacturer floats for Mardi Gras? That is up to you.
The festival’s name, Buku, is derived from the Vietnamese word for “a lot of”, and that’s with good reason. The festival caters to a variety of tastes for anyone looking to enjoy a weekend they will never forget. While the music aspect of the project is nothing to scough at, it is equally matched by an unbelievable display of all genre’s of art, inluding a massive Graffiti wall, collages of recycled materials, and street artists taking advantage of the opportunity to display their individuality. If music and art aren’t exactly your thing, you will have the ability to get a real taste of New Orleans cuisine without hurting your wallet. Local beers, everything Cajun, and perhaps a fluffy beignet to top it all off will all be making appearances.
Given the experience this festival is providing its attendees, it would be hard to imagine it won’t surpass last years count of a sold out weekend of over 12,000 people. The festival’s website describes this production as the perfect blend of “the rich culture of New Orleans with the progressive attitude of our attendees”, which cannot be questioned after reviewing all that they provide for those fortunate enough to be in the audience.
Written By: Matty Campbell