A & E -> A&E THU, MAR 7 9:41AM by Stacey Plaisance, Associated Press
Buku music fest back with bigger lineup
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hip-hop singer Big Freedia (FREE'-duh) and an entourage of booty-shaking "bounce" dancers are using a Mardi Gras float for a stage when the Buku music festival returns to New Orleans this weekend.
The two-day Buku Music + Art Project, a hip-hop and electronic dance music festival launched last year, is back and bigger, with about two dozen more acts and four stages instead of two.
The festival is being held Friday and Saturday at Mardi Gras World, a huge studio and warehouse on the bank of the Mississippi River where Carnival floats are made. The lineup is diverse with Scottish-born DJ Calvin Harris, Ohio rapper Kid Cudi, the British electronic music trio Nero, 1980s rap group Public Enemy and dozens of other acts.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.