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2018 BUKU Music + Art Project

Get the scoop on BUKU Music + Art Project, happening at Mardi Gras World from March 9-10.

The BUKU Music + Art Project returns to Mardi Gras World March 9-10, 2018 for its seventh incarnation, featuring headliners like Bassnectar, Migos, SZA, Lil Uzi Vert, and MGMT. With a focus on EDM and hip hop, the lineup features some of the biggest names in music today and draws both locals and visitors to the event. The under-ground house party vibes combined with its’ unique location makes BUKU unlike any other experience in New Orleans.

A stage at BUKU Music + Art Project. (Photo courtesy of aLive Coverage)
A stage at BUKU Music + Art Project. (Photo courtesy of aLive Coverage)

Acts are spread across five stages plus a river-docked steamboat VIP stage, with pop-up music performances and visual art installations interspersed throughout the grounds over the course of the weekend. After the main venue shuts down each night – as well as the night before it kicks off,  BUKU hosts ticketed, late-night after parties at various downtown locations.

BUKU’s main art attraction is a live graffiti gallery that brings together New Orleans graffiti artists to create 10×8 canvas panels live on-site. The panels are all slated to be auctioned off once they’re completed to raise money for Animal Rescue New Orleans and Upbeat Academy, a program that offers at-risk kids the chance to learn fundamentals of EDM and hip-hop recording and production. Students from Upbeat Academy, along with a handful of indie labels plus sketch and improv comedy outfit The New Movement, are also featured in a series of showcases on the Front Porch stage. Check out the official BUKU Spotify playlist here to get you in the BUKU mood.


Some of the acts to look out for: Migos, SZA, MGMT, A Day to Remember, Bishop Briggs, Virtual Self.


Bassnectar, Lil Uzi Vert, Sylvan Esso, Gryffin, Jai Wolf and so many more. For complete schedule and ticket information, visit BUKU Music + Art Project.

Jennifer Odell is a freelance music writer. Her work appears regularly in DownBeat, Jazz Times, Offbeat and the Gambit, among other publications, and she leads the New Orleans chapter of the Jazz Journalists Association. In her spare time, she enjoys second lining to the Hot 8 or TBC, costuming, and eating all of the crawfish.

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