Treefort Music Festival – #MusicMonday

When you talk with people about Boise, Idaho, you usually hear something about potatoes, blue football fields, or senators that have wide stances.  Very little is mentioned in regards to its music scene.  Other than Built to Spill and Youth Lagoon, little is known of the growing music scene in Boise.  But the folks in Boise decided to answer the question, “Should Portland, Seattle, and the Gorge in George get all the music credit?” and the answer was a resound, “No!”

This past weekend was Treefort Music Festival in Boise.  Reports put the total number of people who attended the 4-day festival in the 10,000 range.  With full-festival passes sold around $80 it was a $20 per day deal for concert goers.  The festival featured bands that have established themselves on the music scene (Of Montreal, Built to Spill, Why?, Blitzen Trapper) mixed with up-and-comers (K. Flay, Sister Crayon, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, Tennis) and newbies (Storie Grubb and the Holy Wars, Teens) and the fans responded with excitement.

The droves of fans filled venues and heard bands familiar and not.  Treefort Festival has potential to be the next big thing in music festivals.  Timed perfectly after SXSW and before Coachella and Sasquatch, it gives music lovers one more option, especially for those who can’t afford some of the pricier festivals.  All-in-all I would deem the inaugural Treefort a success.  Going forward the bigger issue will be the weather.  This winter has been a mild one and Treefort was blessed with great weather.  That can’t always be a guarantee.  It will be interesting to see what lies ahead.

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