New Orleans is a Louisiana city on the Mississippi River, near the Gulf of Mexico. Nicknamed the “Big Easy,” it’s known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene and spicy, singular cuisine reflecting its history as a melting pot of French, African and American cultures.
Embodying its festive spirit is Mardi Gras, the late-winter carnival famed for raucous costumed parades and street parties. A short couple of weeks later the party continues with with one of the country’s elite music festivals. I mean, we did mention a vibrant live-music scene.
Buku Music & Art Festival has made its mark as a stand out music festival going strong for the 8th consecutive year. The constant delivery of huge musical acts, traditional Louisiana cuisine, and culture has allowed Buku to expand in venue space and attendees. 2019, Buku’s biggest year to date, consisted of super stars of all levels. Established artists like A$AP Rocky, Lana Del Ray, Dog Blood (Skrillex & Boys Noize) topped the bill. The lineup also included greats like Playboi Carti, Ella Mai, Gunna, Kevin Gates and J.I.D.
Buku is well known for their unique blend of mostly Hip-Hop and Electronic Dance Music, the most popular live music genres in the world. The 2 seem to mesh well as rappers these days are recruiting EDM artists to assist on production more frequently. The music flourished across multiple stages; The Power Plant stage, The Ballroom, The Float Den, The Wharf and The Switch Yard. High volume and heavy bass surged throughout the weekend. Noticeable acts were A$AP Rocky who impressed fans with visuals similar to his ‘Injured Generation Tour’ with slight differences.
Other included Ella Mai who sounded absolutely angelic performing live and J.I.D who almost seems to have become a star overnight. This year’s sold out event was also heavily contributed by Lana Del Ray’s only announced American show of the year. The dream pop singer delivered a beautiful and melodic performance in front of thousands of adoring fans.
Buku will continue to thrive as one of the first festivals to start each year. The outlandish and expressive fashions from fans, attractions and all around fun will certainly bring more festival lovers from all over the country. The Buku experience is one-of-a-kind and they will continue to produce for years to come. 2019’s installment set the tone for festivals set to take place this year. We look forward to seeing what the future holds.
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