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April 6, 2018
April 6, 2018
Buku Music + Art Project in New Orleans, Louisiana goes down this weekend and to say I’m excited would be a vast understatement. Let me start by saying that narrowing this list down to just five sets was no easy feat. This festival fusion of electronic, hip-hop, soul and alternative is a lineup made specifically for me; I couldn’t compile something better if I tried. My festival schedule is full from open to close, but the following are my top-five must-see sets.
Virtual Self – Ghost Voices (Official Music Video)
This one was a no-brainer for me. There’s been a lot of Virtual Self talk in the dance community lately, as everyone is excited to see what Porter Robinson is going to do with this alternate ego. He’s making his US festival debut as Virtual Self this weekend and I’d be silly not to be in attendance and witness this piece of history.
A Day To Remember
Full disclosure: A Day To Remember is one of my favorite bands, so there’s no way they weren’t going to make this list. This booking is particularly interesting, though, as I don’t typically see them headlining alongside Bassnectar and Lil Uzi. They’re currently on a 15 year anniversary tour so I’m expecting something great from these guys.
Soulection (Sango b2b Esta b2b The Whooligan)
nothing like a soulection party.
celebrating seven years 🎆
— Soulection 👁🗨 (@Soulection) January 20, 2018
B2B’s are always fun, but this one is particularly special. Bringing together all forms of progressive music, Soulection is an independent music platform, radio show, and artist collective that was founded in Los Angeles in 2011 and this weekend they’re bringing three of their star players (Sango, Esta, and the Whooligan) for the set of a lifetime. Expect major vibes.
Mura Masa has been escaping me for two years now, always scheduling performances right under my nose yet right outside my grasp. His self-titled album, Mura Masa, is still one of my favorites. I hear nothing but good things about his sets and I’m looking forward to finally seeing the young star in action.
Illenium (Awake Live)
I always make it a point to see at least part of Illenium’s set at any festival we’re both at. His sets always bring a different, refreshing energy than his music releases. This will be especially true at Buku as he’s bringing his full Awake production for a special live show.