With the third annual Buku Music and Art Project less than two weeks away, organizers have announced the latest addition to the festival: late-night after-parties scheduled to go well into the wee hours at Republic and the Howlin’ Wolf in the Warehouse District, walking distance from the festival grounds at Mardi Gras World.
The festivities begin Thursday, March 20, with dubstep producers Doctor P, Cookie Monsta, Mizuki and Kthulu Prime at the Howlin’ Wolf, from 9 p.m. until 3 a.m.
On Friday, March 21, Buku proper kicks off. At midnight, fans with more dancing hours left in them can head to Republic for Carnage, Paper Diamond, New Orleans’ Kid Kamillion, Kemistry and Jessie Slayer, plus special guest Just Blaze – or to the Howlin’ Wolf for the Buku Disko, featuring DJ sets from Poolside and Holy Ghost! plus Paul B and Tiger & Woods.
The Republic party, scheduled to end at 6 a.m. Saturday, is co-sponsored by Mad Decent, the record label founded by bounce fan and frequent New Orleans visitor Diplo. The Howlin’ Wolf party ends at 5 a.m. Saturday morning.
Finally, on Saturday, March 22, the action ends at Republic with sets from “Harlem Shake” instigator Bauuer, Cashmere Cat, Jacques Greene, Obey City, Shanook and special guest Young Chop, from midnight until 6 a.m. Sunday. Between midnight and 5 a.m. Sunday morning, Zeds Dead, Trippy Turtle, Klutch and more acts to be announced close out the Buku after-party at the Howlin’ Wolf.
This year marks the third year of the Buku Music and Art Project. The event features a mostly dance-driven lineup of pop, hip-hop and electronica on four stages (plus a V.I.P.-only fifth stage on a riverboat docked at the edge of the festival grounds) in and around Mardi Gras World on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22 from 2 p.m. until 2 a.m. Headliners for the festival proper this year include the Flaming Lips, French house DJ David Guetta, Explosions in the Sky, Detroit rapper Danny Brown, Odd Future ringleader Tyler, the Creator and Nas, performing his landmark 1993 album “Illmatic” in its entirety.
Tickets to Buku 2014 start at $169.50 for a two-day pass. Tickets to Buku Late after-parties range from $20 to $60 (VIP). To purchase, or for more information, visit Thebukuproject.com.