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BUKU: Must-see acts for 2016

The annual BUKU Music + Art Project is finally, and DIG Magazine has the inside scoop on who’s a must-see this weekend. This hip-hop and indie rock festival is housed in the Warehouse District of New Orleans and is much more than a music festival. BUKU is one of the only places in the city to see fire breathers, break dancers and stilt walkers all in one venue. Also, art exhibits will be displayed throughout the area and the infamous BUKU Graffiti Wall and Fort BUKU. This interactive festival has something for everyone and a top to-do this weekend.

March 11

Chvrches
This Glaswegian trio recorded their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, in 2013, which has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide. The band made their US debut on Jimmy Fallon and has also made guest appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Late Show with David Letterman and Carson Daly. They’ve played numerous festivals since 2013, including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch and Lollapalooza. Every Open Eye is Chvrches’ latest album and features songs such as, “Leave A Trace,” “Never Ending Circles,” and their latest single, “Clearest Blue.”

Fetty Wap
This Trap&B artist is best known for his breakout hit, “Trap Queen,” which hit No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 13 on iTunes in 2015. It’s even sparked remixes from some of his idols, including French Montana, Yo Gotti and Rick Ross. Fetty Wap was also nominated for the 2015 XXL Freshman Class, an honor for up and coming rap stars. Despite this new found success, this New Jersey native’s goal is not only to have a successful hip-hop career but to also use his fame and fortune to help those in his community to overcome their hardships and struggles.

Kid Cudi
Grammy Award-winning artist, Kid Cudi, is set to perform on Friday night. This artist is not only famous for his rapping ability, but also an actor, producer and songwriter. Kid Cudi is set to release his third solo album, Indicud, later this year. He’s best known for his 2008 single, “Day’n’Nite,” which received two million in digital download sales and affirmed Kid Cudi’s position as a hip-hop artist. Since then, the rapper has skyrocketed into the spotlight with appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live, as well as being featured on the covers of Complex and URB magazines.

March 12

Nero
Grammy Award-winning trio, Nero, is celebrating the release of a new album that’s centered on “a sense of love among the ruins.” This new album comes after their No. 1 album from 2012, Welcome Reality. Nero headlined the Coachella festival last year and was best known for songs like “Me & You,” “The Thrill” and the band’s No. 1 hit, “Promises.”

Givers
This group formed in 2008 out of Lafayette, Louisiana. Their unique sound fuses together both Cajun and zydeco sounds with new wave funk and world music. They released their first album in 2011 and have performed on Jimmy Fallon and alongside Preservation Hall Jazz Band at the prestigious Carnegie Hall.

Louis the Child
This up and coming duo produces electronic music and will be playing on the VIP Stage at BUKU Fest. They’ve received endorsements from the likes of Taylor Swift and Lorde and have also toured with Madeon, Kaskade and The Chainsmokers last year. This group plans to gain more traction and momentum in 2016, so stay tuned.

For tickets and more information about BUKU Music + Art Project, check out their website, thebukuproject.com.

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