Buku Music + Art Project’s low key must-sees


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Attendees explore BUKU Music + Arts Project. This year, the annual festival runs Mar. 10 through 11 at Mardi Gras World.

It has been more than four months since Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, and to say that Tulane students are eager for the next music festival would be an understatement. Walking among the crowds of students heading to and from class, the Buku Music + Art Project seems to be all that’s on anybody’s mind.

Gates will open at 2 p.m. and the music will end at 1 a.m. on both days of the event, Mar. 10 and 11, held at Mardi Gras World.

Buku was founded in 2012 by Winter Circle Productions, a New Orleans-based independent promotion and production house which also sponsors Tulane’s own WTUL New Orleans. Local artists, including street artists, provide a cultural element to the non-stop craziness of the festival. Buku’s alternative vibe attracts fans of EDM, rap and pop alike — between the graffiti, music and miscellaneous performances, attendees will have plenty to enjoy.

There are four stages spread out around the venue — the main stage is Power Plant, which sits in front of the abandoned Market Street Power Plant. The Float Den is located in Mardi Gras World’s float manufacturing warehouse, allowing guests to enjoy the music with a view of past parade floats. The Ballroom features a balcony overlooking the stage, while the Back Alley resembles an underground dance party overlooking the Crescent City Connection.

There are many artists to look out for among this year’s lineup, but many may not be names that initially jump out. Clams Casino, who has produced for Lil B, is one such artist, having recently released his own work. He will be in the Back Alley Friday night, presenting his abstract and complicated beats.

Run The Jewels, a hip-hop duo featuring El-P and Killer Mike, will bring its unique critically-acclaimed sound to the Power Plant on Saturday. Killer Mike received a significant amount of press in 2016 for his interviews with Senator Bernie Sanders, endorsing him during his primary campaign. More recently, Run The Jewels has released its third studio album “Run The Jewels 3.”

Caddywhompus is a local group that has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe. The pair has been playing together since they were in middle school. For their chaotic live shows a wall of guitar amps is set up as they deliver abstract pop to the masses. Caddywhompus will perform Saturday on the Power Plant.

Matt and Mark Hill make up The Floozies, a band that goes on stage with no set list and no verbal communication. The brothers deliver a raw, intense performance that combines influences from current electronic artists with that of past rockers.

Thundercat is a bass guitar player and singer who, in producing his own albums, has worked alongside Flying Lotus. Thundercat also worked with Kendrick Lamar for the album “To Pimp a Butterfly,” winning a Grammy for the track “These Walls.” His eclectic mix of sound that draws upon hip-hop, funk, rhythm and blues, and jazz can be heard Friday at the Ballroom.

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