Boy oh Boise! Idaho’s capital city is ready to shimmy and shake for five straight days when the Treefort Music Fest takes over Boise’s downtown March 22-26. The festival will feature shows from about 400 performers including sets from recently-announced acts like Angel Olsen, Buku, Chastity Belt, Magic Sword, Mimicking Birds and Y La Bamba.
The Treefort Music Fest takes place at a variety of venues around downtown Boise, which is compact and very walkable. Even the largest of the venues is relatively small and part of the fun at Treefort is being able to get up close to the artists. While the line-up is generally heavy on performers from the Pacific Northwest, bands come from all over the world to showcase in Boise. Some of the performers coming from overseas include Australia’s Alex Cameron, Canada’s Walrus, Swiss act J&L Defer and Happyness from London, England.
The Treefort Music Fest is geared toward showcasing developing artists and Boise’s thriving local scene will be represented by dozens of acts including Brett Netson, El Dopamine, Dark Swallows, Bijouxx, the Love Bunch, Thistledown, Jan Reed, Roo Nostalgia, Ana Lee, Fight, and the amusingly-named the Moody Jews. Some of the acts coming from throughout the country include Gabi, Kowta, Shana Falana, the Mutineers, The Band Ice Cream, Bogan Via, Palo Duro, Jenny Don’t and the Spurs, Tall Tall Trees and Courtney Marie Andrews. The festival even has a band called Gost coming straight from hell; Hell, Michigan that is.
Coinciding with the first week of spring, Treefort takes place at a time when Boise is ready to say goodbye to winter and get out in the streets and party, and a good time is not hard to find during the festival. Besides all of the official Treefort activity, including “forts” focused on food, comedy, film, tech, beer, skating, yoga, storytelling and fun for kids, music can also be heard at lots of unofficial shows that pop up everywhere from record stores to craft brew houses to coffee shops, and these shows generally are free.
Find a complete list of performers coming to the Treefort Music Fest and ticketing options here.
For more information on other fun things to do in Boise go here.