This Week: BUKU and Beyond
Of course, the big news this week is the return of the BUKU Music + Art Project to the grounds of Mardi Gras World. BUKU is one of the truly great festivals on our scene. The organizers do a great job of providing a stage for experimental local artists as well as a showcase for some of the truly outstanding performers on the international scene. The lineup at BUKU never suffers from the sameness that plagues many of the later summer events. This festival has a personality and a vision all its own – where else can you find Death Grips, Lana Del Rey and Kero Kero Bonito all on the same bill? This afternoon and tonight you can catch performances from Toro y Moi, Denzel Curry, Death Grips, Kevin Gates, Lana Del Rey, TOKiMONSTA, RL Grime, Kero Kero Bonito and more. Tomorrow be on the lookout for Papadosio, Earl Sweatshirt, Dashboard Confessional, A$AP Rocky, Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize) and Mersiv. I’ll have photographs and reviews from the festival for you next week so stay tuned.
If you didn’t manage to grab BUKU tickets in time, there are still tickets for the BUKU sponsored From First to Last show at Republic. You can also can catch Helen Gillet tonight at Tipitina’s. Tomorrow the excellent folk ensemble River Whyless drops in at One Eyed Jacks (check out their fantastic Tiny Desk below). While BUKU sets up shop at Tips for a late night meeting of Papadosio and Mersiv.
On Sunday, the legendary Bob Weir (of Grateful Dead fame) drops into The Fillmore with his Wolf Bros project. You can also catch the Hot 8 Brass Band’s standing gig at The Howlin’ Wolf. On Monday, George Porter Jr. is down at the Maple Leaf while Charmaine Neville does two sets at Snug Harbor. On Tuesday, legendary folk singer Patty Griffin is playing at Tipitina’s. Griffin released a new record just a couple of weeks back and it is really fantastic. On Wednesday, Seth Walker is at Chickie Wah Wah while Hozier stops by The Fillmore with the outstanding Jade Bird – this will be a great show. On Thursday, Dangermuffin will jam at Tipitina’s with Yonder Mountain
String Band while Surreal Estate will be over at Gasa Gasa. If you’re interested in something a bit more traditional Thursday, Tom McDermott and Aurora Nealand will be down at the Backroom at Buffa’s while Shamar Allen and the Underdawgs hold court at Bullet’s.
To Listen This Week
- Karen O and Danger Mouse have released a masterful record together – Lux Prima – check out the track “TURN THE LIGHT” via Youtube
- Grimes has released a demo from an augmented reality musical she is working on via Youtube
- Carly Rae Repsen has released a great video for her track “Now That I Found You” via Youtube