Buku in Review

01:00 January 01, 1970
By: Jason Wood

The fourth year of Buku Music & Art Project has now concluded, and it certainly held up to the #TooBuku expectations of the sold-out crowd. I’ve watched it grow through the years, and this has been the most crowded and most energetic year to date. With bass fans and fiends grooving through the night with perfect weather, the stars of the electronic world shined down on the plot of land along the great Mississippi that Mardi Gras World calls home.

While the electro bass lifeblood of the electronic scene surged through most of the larger acts, such as RL Grime, Flosstradamus, Zomboy, and of course the headliner, Bassnectar, there was also another world within the Buku universe filled with melodic feel goods from STS9, Odesza, Empire Of The Sun, Passion Pit, and Porter Robinson.  Sprinkled in the mix, hip-hop newcomers and stars like Pell, A$AP Rocky, Lil B, and G-Eazy belted out their rhymes, only to hear a reverb from the crowd as they belted the lyrics too.

Judging by the crowd’s enthusiasm and the comments I overheard throughout the two nights, the biggest crowd pleasers of the weekend were Bassnectar, Odesza, Empire Of The Sun, RL Grime, Flosstradamus, Gramatik, and Porter Robinson.

Beyond the artistic eye candy from Buku’s traditional wall of graffiti artists, this year’s project included “pop-up” special events starring fire and sword swallowers, stunning break-dancers, and grooving mobile dance parties. Despite the muddy grounds where the asphalt ceased to be, I’m sure Buku is praising the “party gods” for their blessing of perfectly clear and cool spring weather. As one festivalgoer exclaimed, “The bass gods are smiling down on us!”

Buku, once again, over delivered on their quality of artists and created a higher standard that will undoubtedly set a new peak to revisit (and hopefully conquer) next year.

Photos by Kenneth Lass

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