Buku Music + Art Project Festival Images (And A Model For Future For DC Festivals)


David Everett

While many of us were dealing with an unbearable cold front this past weekend, thousands of festival go-ers were partying down in New Orleans for the 6th Annual Buku Music + Art Project. Located right in the heart of New Orlean’s Lower Garden District, the festival is a boutique event that combines the vibes of an underground house-party with the impact of a big festival. The intimate industrial location is the perfect fit for the sonic vibes of a festival lineup that always fuses EDM, hip-hop and indie rock seamlessly together. From the famous BUKU Graffiti Wall to the classic local food to the pop-up street performers and art exhibits brought on-site, the festival blends New Orleans traditions with the progressive attitude of the creative, youthful culture that is fueling the new New Orleans. And in BUKU festival, one can see the possibilities of a fusion between mainstream, “national” art, and the local art and music of different places and cities.

It’s one thing to build stages and invite huge artistic names to a city for an awesome music festival. And make no mistake – these festivals are incredible and fun. But when a festival such as BUKU embeds itself in the local culture and uses these huge artistic names to elevate local art and music, it makes a festival have so much more life and character. Not only does this make the festival experience feel intimate and different, but it simultaneously broadcasts local culture to the rest of the nation. It is no stretch to imagine a festival of this nature taking flight in DC in the future. Between the musical talent (have you checked out our Collective?) and the graffiti artists and the painters and the poets there’s enough here that can and should be shared with the world. How cool would it be for a national arts and music festival to take place here in the nation’s capital and show the rest of the nation how much more this city is than politics and government. But make no mistake: there will only be one BUKU. The festival presents an to intriguing model to follow, but never copy. So mark your calendars for next year – the 7th edition of the BUKU Project is sure to be just as amazing.

The following artists are featured: Deadmau5, Tyco, Juvenile, Sleigh Bells, Roar!, Amine, Vince Staples, Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, Kaiydo, Carseat Headrest, Thundercat, $uicideBoy$, Big Wild, Ambre, Rezz, Alina Baraz and lido.
All photos courtesy of ALive photography.

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