SZA, Smino Top a Tough Year at Buku

Buku 2018 was a bit of a dumpster fire. The new stage layout separated the Power Plant stage from the other stages by a train track which led to extreme traffic when a train passed through. Mid-performance injuries, delayed and disastrous shows, a  strange fire ignited across the river, and cancellations from Lil Uzi Vert, Ski Mask the Slump God, and Famous Dex were sadly part of this year's Buku story. Some artists came out hot; others were tired or sloppy. Here’s our look into the highs and lows of this year's Buku Fest.

Buku News: Jay Electronica was the Prodigal Son on Saturday Night

Jay Electronica was the prodigal son on Saturday night at Buku, and one of the few rappers who performed up this weekend after Lil Uzi Vert, Ski Mask the Slump God and Famous Dex no-showed. The New Orleans native rapper grew up in the “the Magnolia projects in the Third Ward slum,” to quote Electronica. Essentially homeless, he traveled between Atlanta, New York, Detroit, and Baltimore, befriending other hip-hop artists and deejays.

Buku News: Migos Barely Present on Friday Night

Migos were barely present at Buku on Friday night. The Atlanta rap trio has been churning out hits since their 2013 track “Versace" and climbed the cultural ladder to become arguably the most prominent group in music in the past few years. Their triplet rhythms, fashion sense, and dance move (“the dab”) have been adopted globally, making them a staple of American pop culture.

Buku News: Migos, Little Dragon, Ski Mask the Slump God, and Boogie T

Migos play Buku’s Power Plant Stage tonight at 10 p.m. Migos understand that the important thing right now is to be present, and to that end the Atlanta rap trio dropped Culture II before Culture had a chance to go away. The title suggests that the album delivers more of the same, and because it is, Migos continue to pump singles into Billboard’s Top 100.

Buku News: Alison Wonderland, Illenium, and New Thousand

The Buku Project starts Friday at Mardi Gras World with perhaps its most on-time lineup yet. Migos played Saturday Night Live on the weekend, and the band has five songs from Culture II in Billboard's Hot 100 (Little Xan, also playing, has one). Culture II is number three on Billboard's Top 200 album chart, which also includes Buku artists Lil Uzi Vert and SZA.

Lil Uzi Vert, Illenium, Noname Round Out Buku Lineup

The Buku Music and Art Project rounded out its lineup yesterday with the addition of Lil Uzi Vert, Illenium, Noname and another handful of names. The festival takes place March 9-10 at Mardi Gras World, and this year it rolled out its lineup in three phases. Late last year, Bassnectar, Migos, MGMT and SZA were among the dance and hip-hop artists already announced.

Buku Adds Migos, Virtual Self, A Day to Remember and More to 2018 Lineup

A month or so ago, the Buku Music and Art Project announced Bassnectar, MGMT, SZA, and 14 more acts that will be on the lineup when the festival returns to Mardi Gras World March 9 and 10. Today, Buku added Migos, Porter Robinson's Virtual Self, A Day to Remember, Rezz, Little Dragon, a DJ set from Bonobo and more.

Bassnectar, MGMT, Sylvan Esso, SZA Top Buku's First Talent Roll-Out

Now that Voodoo is behind us, the Buku Music and Art Project is ready to start rolling out its lineup. This year, we’ll discover Buku’s lineup in three phases. Today we learned that the festival returns to Mardi Gras World March 9 and 10, 2018 with Bassnectar, MGMT, Sylvan Esso, SZA, Alison Wonderland, Isaiah Rashad, Flatbush Zombies, Borgore, Mura Masa, Bishop Briggs, Hippie Sabotage, Smino, Honey Dijon, Soulection, CloZee, Jade Cicada, Zack Villere and Bouffant Bouffant.

Travis Scott, $uicideboy$, ZHU Made Strong Showings at Backlit Buku

Buku made news Friday night when one patron had to be fished out of the Mississippi River, and I can’t be the only person who was surprised not that it happened but that it hadn’t happened sooner. That and the threat of rain Saturday were the only blemishes on an otherwise strong year, but the prospective rain’s primary impact was the early closure of the Front Porch Stage before the Saint Heron Showcase.

Roar! Starts Buku Today on a Positive Note

When Carly Meyers of Roar! doesn’t have to stay in one place to play a keyboard part, she sings and dances with the easy freedom of someone alone in her room with her favorite records. In conversation, she and bandmate Adam Gertner are similarly enthusiastic, helping each other answer questions and clearly happy to have the rock ’n’ roll adventure and whatever comes with it. They’re big in Tulsa she says, and while that’s not likely the dream that motivated any musicians outside Oklahoma, Roar!