This weekend, Auxford Wave will be heading down to the Big Easy to cover Buku Music and Art project. Like other festival patrons, we’ve taken a long, hard look at the line-up and schedule to plan our best festival experience. For a full schedule, visit Buku’s webpage.
Here are the shows we can’t miss this weekend:
Roar! – 3 p.m. @ Power Plant
We’re excited to kick off this festival with this New Orleans-based duo that combines electronic influences with indie and beach rock sounds. We look forward to seeing how Roar! combines their electronic sounds with their acoustic live.
Car Seat Headrest – 5:15 p.m. @ Ballroom
Car Seat Headrest enamored patrons at their show in Oxford around the same time they began to blow up in the realm of indie rock. If we learned anything from Car Seat Headrest’s album “Teens of Denial,” it’s that Will Toledo gets what it means to be young in this world. It’ll be interesting to see how their show translates from a small, packed bar to a large festival stage.
Young Thug – 6 p.m. @ Power Plant
Last year was the year of Young Thug. As a rapper, he claimed his unique perspective and crossed boundaries others haven’t. One of those most notable steps he took: the gender-bending cover of his album “Jeffrey,” which also contained all kinds of references to pop-culture and Thugger’s influences. Young Thug will be a can’t-miss for hip-hop fans at Buku.
Thundercat – 7 p.m. @ Ballroom
We’ve been a fan of Thundercat since his 2013 banger “X.” But since his February 2017 release,”Drunk,” we’ve been obsessed with Thundercat’s musical twists and turns, funky collaborations and sometimes stream-of-consciousness lyrics. Seeing Thundercat live will be a transcendent experience, as well as high-energy and indefinitely funky. Thundercat is a frontrunner in the recent emergence of neo-funk and neo-soul styles seen on records like Childish Gambino’s “Awaken, My Love!” and Chance the Rapper’s “Coloring Book.”
Travis Scott – 9:45 p.m. @ Power Plant
After releasing albums for two years in a row— “Rodeo” and “Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight,” respectively — Travis Scott is showing no signs of stopping. His signature sound, accented with a hip-hop-ified guitar, has shown up on some of our favorite artists’ records. We can’t wait to see the energy Scott shares with his audience at Buku, and hopefully we’ll hear some of what he’s been working on lately. It seems he’s always working on a new project or collaboration.
Lil Yachty – 10:45 p.m. @ Float Den
Lil Yachty walked into the rap world, and people easily opened their ears to his quirky rap style. Yachty, who seemed to shoot into stardom out of nowhere, played at Ole Miss last year. We can’t wait to see how he’s grown, and we really want to vibe to “Minnesota.”
Ambrè – 4 p.m. @ Ballroom
Ambrè Perkins is a product of New Orleans, and her album “2090” came out just last year. She joins a crop of young, female R&B artists who stand alone with their unique sounds and production styles. We’ll look out for her at Buku, especially because she’s performing in her home city.
Aminè – 6:30 p.m. @ Ballroom
Adam Aminè Daniel’s single “Caroline” put this young artist in the spotlight last year when it hit No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2017, we are definitely watching this energetic and sunny hip-hop artist.
Yeasayer – 7:30 p.m. @ Ballroom
Seeing Yeasayer will most likely make our young indie-pop hearts burst with joy. Yeasayer’s colorful and quircky sounds will be scintillating to see translated on a festival stage.
Run the Jewels – 8 p.m. @ Power Plant
The Run the Jewels duo is at the top of our shows to catch at Buku. It’s not their first performance here, so we expect Run the Jewels to absolutely kill it. We can’t wait to hear songs from their third album, “Run the Jewels 3,” and get big dose of their rap style that somehow sounds both dark and quirky.
Vince Staples – 9 p.m. @ Ballroom
Vince Staples’ album “Prima Donna” was a hit in 2016. And it hit all of us hard with beats Staples made with James Blake and other producers. “Prima Donna” was such a cohesive album for Staples, focusing on issues like street violence and racism. And Staples just released a single, “Bagbak.” Could it be that there’s another album in the works? Maybe Staples will drop some hints at his performance this weekend.
Saint Heron Showcase – 9:30 p.m. @ Front Porch
Saint Heron, the New Orleans label created by Solange, will be entertaining guests with DJ Zo and Kyle Woods on the Front Porch Saturday. Solange and her cohorts at Saint Heron have proved they have a knack for spotting cool artists before they blow up. Plus, Saint Heron’s clean, natural aesthetic will be a welcome environment in the midst of a hip-hop and electronic-heavy festival.
21 Savage – 12 a.m. @ Ballroom
The last performance of Buku Festival is fittingly the most savage. 21 Savage has become popular for his dark and abstract style of rap. His lyrics take the darkness and violence of his past and twist it into hit songs like “No Heart” and “Savage Mode.” He’s bringing a sound all his own into the hip-hop world, and we certainly don’t want to miss this artist, because he’s only going to get bigger.