Buku 2017 Stage Focus: 5 Must-see Acts
Coming in hot for another round of fun in the notoriously naughty New Orleans, LA, the sixth annual Buku Music and Art Project is looking as promising as ever in 2017. The excitement is building for this 2-day dance party, which is taking place March 10-11 at the Mardi Gras World Convention Center (which will still be freshly buzzin’ from the Mardi Gras Parade that concludes roughly a week before the festival). Headliners for 2017 include the legendary Deadmau5, rapper Travis Scott, Canadian dubstep duo Zeds Dead, funkmasters GRiZMATIK and more, and the supporting talent on the bill makes the lineup truly original.
Each of Buku’s stages is hand-picked for every performing act, offering a plethora of artists strewn across 5 unique areas, all with state-of-the-art sound and visuals.With so many exciting acts to look forward to, the only bad thing about the Buku 2017 will be deciding when and where to be when the music is at it’s prime. It wasn’t easy, but we’ve narrowed some things down to help you decide which artists from each stage that you can’t afford to miss:
Power Plant Stage – GRiZMATIK
The Power Plant Stage is a hauntingly beautiful scene come sunset, the silhouetted towers casting stretched shadows over the sea of dancers huddled together. This area serves as the main stage of Buku, so it’s only fitting that dynamic duo GRiZMATIK are set to funk things up come night time. Two of the most essential label-founders in the , Gramatik (Lowtemp Records) and GRiZ (All Good Records), are coming together once again in a funk-fused power-duo. Simply put, it would be a downright silly move to miss this set. GRiZ’s live sax and soulful sound merged with the downtempo dankness that is Gramatik makes for an unforgettable LIVE electronic experience, so yeah – don’t miss it.
Float Den – Minnesota b2b Space Jesus
There’s only one spot within Buku’s spacious grounds where you can get down among the spectacular Mardi Gras structures placed just a few feet away from you, and this magical spot is called the Float Den. The warehouse vibes combined with the kinda freaky yet totally trippy Mardi Gras decor sets an inviting tone for some of the biggest space cadets in bass music to join forces and bring the house down. By fusing full-sounding futuristic melodies with devious drops, Minnesota has a distinct style of trap and dubstep that has been widely praised and supported by some of the largest names in electronic music. His intergalactic partner-in-grime goes by the name of Space Jesus, and if you’ve been even remotely in the loop with up-and-coming music within the last year, you’ve definitely heard of the waves he’s been making. The Brooklyn basshead is known for his wildly original underground bass music, which combines elements of dubstep, trap, grime, and downright celestial sounds. There is no real way to describe his style to a tee, but it’s gained him a massive following and loyal fanbase in the relatively short time he’s been around.
Ballroom – Big Wild
Okay so, this may not be your ordinary ballroom. But when it comes to Buku, nothing is ordinary, and that’s a really really good thing. Nonetheless, this stage is classy in a different kind of way, and it’s intimate environment creates precisely the type of setting fit for producer Big Wild to have all eyes on him. Alternating from one of his many drums used on stage to the keyboard, xylophone and beyond, this California native brings meaning to the term “one-man-band”. His sensual future-bass is energized through tribal melodies and rich vocals, and witnessing him dazzle a crowd is a highly-hypnotizing journey.
The Back Alley – Shiba San b2b Justin Jay
If you’ve ever attended Buku Music and Art Project, you’re well aware that s*** pops OFF at the Back Alley stage. Nestled upon the Mississippi River, this sweet little spot is a paradise for all things dance music – especially when it comes to tech and deep house. Dirtybird labelmates Shiba San and Justin Jay will duke it out in what will be a surefire house music hurricane, all while the cubicle visual projections on the stage play mind tricks on the crowd. We highly suggest practicing your shuffle, ’cause the boots and pants will definitely be in full force for this set.
VIP S.S Buku – Ganja White Night
If you decided to ball out for Buku this year by going all in with a VIP ticket, congratulations. You’re in for some real exclusive beats, and oh yeah – FREE DRINKS. Free. All weekend. I understand if you stopped reading this to upgrade your GA tickets. Aside from the booze and views of the boat, some amazingly talented performers will be doing their thing in an interactive house-party vibe, so this is your chance to get up close and personal with some of the best in bass music. Hailing all the way from Brussels, Belgium, wobble masters Ganja White Night are all up in the festival circuit lately, garnering extensive popularity from their tour throughout North America. An unmistakable sound, this diabolical duo is a force to be reckoned with due to their massively wonky, crunchy dubstep, which is often infused with oldschool ragga dub melodies, thus creating an irresistible dance party wherever they throw down. We guarantee you’ll be feelin’ sublime with your drank and your twostep at this highly-anticipated set.
Tickets are flying fast for Buku 2017, so snag your GA or VIP tickets here and see what all the #TooBuku hype is about!