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Review: Buku Music Festival (Day 1)

Alex Dixon

Thu April 21, 2016 4:52 pm

Buku Music Festival has created an atmosphere that is all its own and cannot be replicated by just any festival. In the heart of New Orleans right off the Mississippi River lies an event that encompasses music lovers of all shapes, sizes, and ethnicities under multiple warehouse roofs. This has become an event that deserves it’s quick sell out rate with rants and raves to follow. On my journey to New Orleans this year I didn’t know what to expect besides heaps of talent and a solid discovery of new school music. 

Starting the day off was a chance of rain that never came, followed by a performance from the “White Iverson” himself, Post Malone. If there’s one melodic, R&B singer that has blown up beyond what was expected, it’s Post Malone. With the crowd assisting him with his lyrics and me catching the tail end of his show as I entered the venue, he enthralled the crowd with his stage presence. Quickly moving over to Anderson Paak. and the Free Nationals, his full band, I secured a front and center spot to get the full effect of his set. As the band and DJ began to sooth the crowd accompanied by some truly high powered speakers, Anderson Paak. made his way to the stage using every inch of it to sway the crowd and leave them eating out of the palms of his hands. As the singer / rapper showed everyone what Soul is really about he slid over to the drumset to reiterate his roots as a drummer, playing the kit and singing at the same time and excelling at both. 


Moving into the more mainstream tunes to be heard, I got to catch the entire Remy Boy gang as Fetty Wap tore through an energetic, trapped out performance. Fetty Wap got the crowd moving as he cruised through the airwaves with his anthemic voice, playing “Trap Queen”, “My Way”, “RGF Island” and many other bangers for the masses. This was my first time experiencing Fetty Wap live and it was much more of a production than I’d expected. After having his hype man take it away for about 20 minutes until the crowd was fiending for the 1738 ring leader to take the stage. When Fetty Wap finally made his way to the stage the crowd boiled over into a twerk heavy Trap induced frenzy. 

As the first day of Buku Music Festival started to come to an end Griz decided to run his smooth sax riffs & hard hitting bass infused Electronic sounds late into the night. With Muzzy Bear accompanying him on the guitar, Griz held down the true ravers, bassheads, and hip-hop fans in attendance with an array of sounds from heavy Bass to mellow instrumentals with a funk twist. As Griz won over the crowd with his performance to the point where they were eating out of his hands he finished off with a huge Bernie Sanders endorsement, followed by a few words on why it is so important to vote this election. 

New Orleans seems to never fall short of providing an incredible weekend that naturally unfolds into a memorable time and Buku was just that. If you’ve never experienced the beautiful madness that is Buku Music Festival take next year to make it out to New Orleans. 

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