BUKU isn’t about letting go of yourself, it’s about embracing what makes you diverse and different and providing an inclusive safe space where everyone can chill together.
Playing on the French word “Beaucoup,” meaning “many,” there are many things to do at BUKU March 10-11. For instance, The Float Den and Ballroom host indoor stages where we can get close to our favorite artists. Think house party, except 21 Savage is actually on the mic. On the other hand, if you want more of a big festival feel, we’ll see you at the Power Plant, BUKU’s largest, outdoor stage where all the headliners hangout.
For those of us feeling “Bad and Boujee,” upgrade to a VIP ticket to get on the S.S. BUKU, a boat docked in perfect view of the Power Plant stage that has its very own exclusive performances. For creative types, the Back Alley has a grown and sexy vibe to match its boutique style stage—and it’s close to a bar.
Besides drinks, the BUKU food vendors highlight local and international cuisine ranging from authentic Greek gyros to locally crafted New Orleans classic po-boys. These come at an additional cost, so don’t forget your coins. If you still have time between shows, it’s good to check out the art portion of the Music + Art project. Everything’s live so you’ll run into live paintings and graffiti showcases on the sides of buildings. There’s also tattoo and henna artist, and, best of all, flash mobs and impromptu dance parties.
New to Buku is the Front Porch area where there will be showcases from Saint Heron and Community Records along with groups. There are hammocks to chill in, water bottle refill stations, phone charging stations, plenty of free and affordable merchandise, and re-entry is an option so don’t overthink it—just immerse yourself in the chaos.
The hip-hop hitters are heavy this year. You can catch 21 Savage and Travis Scott Friday, March 10 on the PowerPlant stage. Also on Friday, catch Lil Yatchy at the Float Den and Sleigh Bells in the Ballroom. March 11, the BUKU Ballroom is the place to be—Vince Staples, Washed Out, and Aminé will be in attendance. On Saturday, you can also see Run the Jewelz and Alina Baraz on the Power Plant, Cashmere Cat in the Float Den, Oshi in the back alley, and Saint Heron at the Front Porch. Don’t worry there’s still time to learn lyrics so you’re not out of place at the concert, but tickets fly fast so get them NOW at thebukuproject.com
How to BUKU:
1. Since BUKU is an open festival, you’ll need to bring the basics like your ticket, ID, spare cash, water, phone charger, and sanitizer. Don’t bring anything that’ll get you kicked out [find the full list at BUKU’s website thebukuproject.com]. Bags are searched.
2. There’s a lot of standing at this festival, so don’t bring a bag you can’t comfortably walk through crowds with or one that takes up too much space and gets too heavy.
3. Make sure to bring a jacket or something you can sit on. Chairs fill up fast and unless you’re comfortable sitting on a stranger’s lap or losing your spot on the front row, you’ll probably be sitting on the ground or on rails.
4. Take a jacket or poncho. This will provide a buffer between you and New Orleans phenomena like five-minute rain showers, human-devouring insects, and intoxicated co-festers. BUKU happens rain or shine. Protect your electronics and outfit by bringing something plastic to put valuables in.
5. It’s crowded and someone in your group will get lost. To keep track of everyone, wear something that will light up or flash. Not only will your friends be able to see you from the other side of the festival, you’ll stand out to your favorite artist during performances.
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