The massive lineup of after-parties for the BUKU Music & Art Project is proof positive that New Orleans is the perfect backdrop for the festival.
Sure, New York can share a claim to be the “city that never sleeps”. But New Orleans has no peer on this side of the Atlantic when it comes to the “city that never stops partying”.
In the days leading up to BUKU 2017, festival organizers ramped up the number of official after-parties from 3 to a grand total of 7. No weekend, even BUKU weekend, has ever been this stacked with heart-breaking choices as to which event you will attend. Tickets to each event can be purchased online; just click on the specific event link included below. So, let’s see what your choices are for BUKU LATE 2017…
FRIDAY, MARCH 10
Who: GRiZ (DJ Set), SunSquabi, Muzzy Bearr, AF THE NAYSAYER
Where: Joy Theater | When: Midnight till 4 am, 18+ admission
The Joy Theater, the venue for this after-party, is a versatile spot featuring a standing room floor and a seated balcony area. This show is ideal for fans who don’t want to stray too far from New Orleans’s bread and butter – jazz, funk, and blues. Don’t forget your dancing shoes, either. The high-energy lineup almost requires the crowd to groove. Expect some unbounded synergy for this show.
To get a feel for GRiZ’s sound, check out “Rather Be Free” from his latest release Good Will Prevail (2016). The track is a collaboration featuring Muzzy Bearr, another artist in the after-party lineup. We can only describe this track as something reminiscent of a high-energy Black Keys song where digitally charged drops replace the hooks.
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Who: Zeds Dead, Andrew Luce, Nebbra, Pusher, RedBarrington b2b KTRL
Where: Republic NOLA | When: Midnight till 5 am, 18+ admission
An absolute staple in New Orleans’ electronic music scene, Republic NOLA is the perfect venue to host a BUKU LATE party. No matter the occasion, the crowd at any show hosted by Republic is ready to keep the party going ‘til the sun rises.
Atop this roster of heavy-hitters, Zeds Dead will certainly tear the roof off of Republic and blowing away the expectations of every attendee in the process. Feeding off the residual energy from their BUKU set earlier in the night, fans can expect this set to be nothing short of unstoppable, explosive, and monstrous–what Zeds Dead does best.
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Who: Walter Jones, Paul O’Neill, Tego
Where: Techno Club | When: 11 pm till 6 am, 18+ admission
Hoisted upon the admirable Techno Club brand, Walter Jones will perform for this intimate crowd. Unique to “Goodlife Fridays,” this after-party has no cover charge, but with limited capacity will hold a certain exclusivity, and targets a more diverse audience than any of its other BUKU LATE counterparts. Walter Jones has been producing music since the 70s. As is expected for an artist of his era, he brings an old-school, heavily disco-influenced sound that pays homage to the origins of house music. To get a feel for his style, listen to his epic 17-minute composition “All God’s Children”. Trust us; it’s more than worth the time commitment.
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SATURDAY, MARCH 11
Who: M.A.N.D.Y., DJ T., Unicorn Fukr, Herb Christopher, Lomax the Grey, Sty, Jordan Whaley
Where: Dragon’s Den | When: 11 pm till 7 am, 21+ admission
The style of house music duo M.A.N.D.Y. is the archetype of European house, which features consistent series of hard, thumping beats. Their label “Get Physical” is an apt description for their dance-worthy mixes. To get a feel for M.A.N.D.Y.’s music, listen to their recent M.A.N.D.Y. Radio episode below:
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Who: Gramatik, Ganja White Night, josh pan, Space Jesus, Savej
Where: Joy Theater | When: Midnight till 5 am, 18+ admission
Gramatik, a member of Pretty Lights Music and founder of Lowtemp Records, brings his brand of innovative blend of dubstep/glitch-hop, live instrumentation, and hip-hop roots. Take a listen to the instrumental included below from his latest, “Epigram: Deluxe Edition,” and you’ll see what all the fuss is about.
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Another act not limited by genres, Ganja White Night is known for bringing their unparalleled energy to each and every performance. Along with newcomer josh pan and the powerhouse, festival-favorite, Space Jesus, this BUKU after-party won’t just ooze energy; it’ll blare that energy for all of New Orleans to hear.
Who: Deadmau5, REZZ, Atlas, No Mana, Tristan Dufrene
Where: Republic NOLA | When: Midnight till 5 am, 18+ admission
This late-breaking after-party came as a huge surprise to River Beats. But Deadmau5 needs no introduction. The legendary artist continues to tour, produce, and push the envelope while staying relevant as one of the top acts in electronic music.
Recently, he made an entrance into techno music under the alias testpilot. Last week, he released “stuff i used to do”, a free album full of past unreleased works from 1998-2007. You can download the album via this link. You can check out a mini-mix of the tracks on “stuff i used to do” below just to hear for yourself how diverse this album’s sound is.
Need we say more? This show is for fans that want to see the legendary Deadmau5, whether it’s the first time, second time, or tenth time.
SUNDAY, MARCH 12
Who: The Widdler, Chimpo, Unicorn Fukr, Zander, Subset and Boogie T b2b Kidd Love
Where: Dragon’s Den | When: 10 pm till 6 am, 18+ admission
Brought to you by Horn & Tail, The Widdler, Chimpo, Unicorn Fukr, and Zander will all perform in Room 1. Meanwhile, River Beats presents Room 2 for bass-heavy artist Subset and a special b2b set from Boogie T and Kidd Love.
River Beats has a detailed preview coming in soon. Stay tuned!
All event images provided by BUKU Music + Art Project.
Staff writer Cam Woods contributed to this preview.