Buku Music + Art Project
March 8 & 9, 2013
Taking its cue from the French word "beaucoup," meaning "plenty," the Buku Music + Art Project has plenty of everything you would want from a New Orleans-style festival. Plenty of music, art, food and – best of all – fun!
Begun in 2012, Buku Fest was well-enough-attended and innovative in its approach to art and entertainment to encourage its producers to continue it into a second year. The 2013 Buku Music + Art Project will be held over the weekend of March 8-9 along the Mississippi Riverfront in the vicinity of Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World.
The festival's music specialties are EDM, hip-hop and various sub-genres of indie rock. More than fifty musical acts have been booked, featuring some of the top names on the contemporary music scene. Plus there will be large-scale art installations, exotic culinary specialties and special VIP packages that include rides on the Mississippi aboard the Creole Queen, an authentic paddlewheel riverboat.
Here are some of the details for the 2013 Buku event:
The producers of this year's event promise that, "For those tired of the mega-festival and wanting an intimate setting with close stage views and clear/loud audio, Buku fills that void." Live and pre-recorded music will be offered on four separate stages, each within easy walking distance of each other but far enough apart that the sounds won't clash with each other.
Two of the festival's four stages will be outdoors, along the Riverfront and adjacent to an old, no-longer-functioning power plant. The other two stages will be indoors; one inside the "den" where Mardi Gras floats are built and the other inside an adjacent, Southern, antebellum-style ballroom. The Riverfront stage will feature changeover sets and late night nu-disco. On each day the gates will open at 3 p.m. and music will go from 4 p.m. until approximately 3 a.m.
Recently added to this year's bill are Public Enemy, Sander Van Doorn, Flying Lotus, Japandroids, Trinidad Jame$, Icona Pop, Action Bronson, Birdy Nam Nam, Dragonette, Daedelus and Ryan Hemsworth.
Here is a partial lineup of the other acts booked for this year's Buku Fest:
- Big Fredia
- Kid Cudi
- Calvin Harris
- Primus 3D
- Passion Pit
- Kendrick Lamar
- STS9 (2 sets)
- Flux Pavilion
- TEED (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs)
And more...For a more complete musical lineup go to http://thebukuproject.com/lineup/.
During last year's inaugural festival, there were about half a dozen colorful and imaginative public art installations on display. In a statement released by the festival organizers, their mission was spelled out as follows: "Buku was born in the dirty docks of the Mississippi and resides in its forgotten industry. Art emerges of its own accord, reusing its context. Buku is no 'art gallery,' it is an 'art project,' its landscape in a constant state of change. Through innovation and adaptation the site has been revived, an evolving mutation of New Orleans' muddied past."
For its 2013 event, the festival's producers are keeping the art installation details under wraps until the event itself. Unveilings will take place as the festival opens its gates.
In a city world-renowned for its unique, multi-layered cuisine, the Buku event will once again feature a wide variety of food choices for all tastes. Last year's offerings included everything from breakfast to dessert, including "womelettes" (a waffle-omelet combination), fish tacos, barbecue specialties, vegetarian specialties, crepes and New Orleans-style "snowballs" (flavored, shaved ice in a plastic cup).
Vendors for the 2013 event have not yet been announced. More details will be made known as the event draws closer.
Festival organizers are again teaming up with CID Entertainment to offer expanded VIP and Travel Package programs for Buku 2013. VIP Tickets include a weekend pass to the festival, access to the S.S. BUKU (the temporarily-rechristened Creole Queen riverboat) with open bar, main stage viewing area and VIP-only secret performances.
VIP guests will also receive limited edition Buku swag, a VIP entrance, VIP viewing areas at each stage and VIP parking close to the festival site. New this year, "TOO BUKU" VIP passes offer all the perks of VIP, plus your group's own private section with an elevated view of the main stage, bottle service, waitress service for drinks and food, access to the TOO BUKU massage parlor and more.
More details on VIP packages are available at http://thebukuproject.com/v-i-p/
Accommodations and Tickets
For fest attendees coming to New Orleans from out of town, Travel Packages by CID Entertainment are the simplest way to stay for Buku. Packages include one hotel room for two nights at the Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center (a 5-minute walk from the Buku site) and exclusive Buku merchandise. Packages can be paired with either general admission, VIP or "Too Buku" VIP tickets. A 40-percent deposit is due immediately on all hotel packages.
Single tickets may be purchased at the gate if Buku is not sold out by the weekend of the event. Box office hours have not been set yet but check back with their website to see when they are announced.
Click here for package pricing and more ticket information: http://thebukuproject.com/tickets/.
Up to two parking lots adjacent to the New Orleans Convention Center, on Convention Center Boulevard, will be open for Buku Project attendees. Approximately 1,000 spots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. These lots will be controlled and staffed by New Orleans Convention Center security personnel.
No overnight camping or tailgating will be allowed.
Festival attendees must be 16 years of age or older and able to prove it with ID at the gate. And, as a reminder, 21 is the legal age for drinking alcoholic beverages in Louisiana and it is 18 or older to buy or use any tobacco products.
ATMs will be on-site, both near the box office and inside the festival grounds itself. The box office will take credit and debit cards, but the bars and all vendors will most likely be on a cash- only basis.
For all other information about Buku visit their website at http://thebukuproject.com