Review: BUKU Music & Art Project

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In 2014, I discovered my happy place: music festivals. Music festivals are places people can dress how they want, dance like they’re in front of their bathroom mirror, and not just listen to the music, but feel it.

This month, I was reminded of why I love festivals so much. On March 10 and 11, I attended BUKU Music & Art Project. Despite a few technical difficulties and artist cancellations, it was such a positive and feel-good experience. Whether I was singing “Tomboy” with Princess Nokia and the rest of the audience or stuffing my face with curly cheese fries, it was a weekend to never forget.

The Atmosphre


The festival is held at Mardi Gras World, a 300 thousand square-foot working wearhouse where Mardi Gras parade floats are made. It’s a cool, outdoor space on the bank of the Mississippi River with multiple stages both outside and in large empty warehouses.

Throughout the festival grounds, there were clothing, jewelry, gift, food, and drink vendors. The crowd was a diverse mix of free spirits in their 20s. From topless women draped in woven scarves to tall men in Where’s Waldo shirts, everyone got to be who they wanted to for the weekend.

The Music

The lineup had headliners like Lil Uzi Vert, Migos, and SZA. However, Uzi was a no-show, Migos flew in late and SZA ended her performance early due to an ankle injury. Luckily, my musical favorites Princess Nokia, Hippie Sabotage and esta., Sango and The Whooligan from Soulection had me forgetting all my worries. Artists like Kidd Love, Flatbush Zombies, Illineim, and Bassnectar also had the crowds jumping.  

The Food


Seafood tacos, New York-style pizza, dessert nachos, chili cheese fries, crawfish beignets and fried fish were just a few of the food options at the festival. While the pizza and curly cheese fries were my favorite, I could’ve attended the festival just to eat.

 The Green

For the weekend, I smoked a hybrid cannabis, Strawberry Diesel. Sweet in smell and intense in effect, this strain is perfect for enjoying the vibrations from booming speakers and devouring some killer fried food. While not as much of a feel-good strain as Girl Scout Cookies, Strawberry Diesel kept my vibes high and my body moving.

~ Sunflower Cyn ~