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Posted: Friday, 21 March 2014 8:25AM

Can BUKU Music + Art Project keep the noise down?

Another big music festival in New Orleans this weekend -- the BUKU Music + Art Project takes over Mardi Gras World next to the Convention Center.  While fans of the musicians featured at the show will be thrilled, residents in the surrounding area may not share their enthusiasm.

Last year's BUKU show as so loud, residents from as far away as Algiers Point and even the French Quarter said it almost sounded like the concert had been set up in their own yards.  The concert venue sits in Council District B, and Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell says she wanted to make sure the noise issue was addressed.

"Right after the BUKU fest, I convened a meeting with the producers, with the owners of Mardi Gras World, as well as NOPD, and as a result of that, there were some requirements that I put in place if the producers were going to convene BUKU fest for this year," Cantrell said.

Listen to LaToya Cantrell's interview with WWL:

Cantrell says BUKU will be required to pull the crowd in at 11:00 p.m. They also reconfigured the speaker arrangement to prevent the sound from spreading out across the river.

"They did an engineering assessment" said Cantrell, and they found the speakers were placed very high.  "They had to make sure they brought them down."

Cantrell says based on other shows at Mardi Gras World since the 2013 BUKU event, the new setup should work.

"All of these changes, we tested them out during Mumford and Sons this fall.  Now, although Mumford and Sons is a different type of music genre, we found after Mumford and Sons we had no complaints at all," said Cantrell.

Nonetheless, Cantrell says if neighbors have any problems, she wants to hear them.

"I will have information on the council's web site.  They can always call me," Cantrell said. "I told the community that after we get through this weekend, we will again reassess and reevaluate."

This year's BUKU Music + Art Project includes The Flaming Lips, Ellie Goulding, David Guetta, Big Freedia and many more.  Click here for more from the BUKU Music + Art Project website.

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