Going through all of the pics, tweets, snaps, vids and memories makes us tear up. So many hugs, high-fives and unforgettable memories were had at Treefort V. It’s safe to say we’re still beaming from all of the positive energy and amazement that it was; THANK YOU for being a part of it.
As we recoup and refresh, we wanted to take a minute to reflect on some special Treefort moments, albeit only touching on a few of the many memories — we hold each festival goer, band member, volunteer, sound person, presenter, beer pourer (and spiller), filmmaker, craft brewer, storyteller, yogi, dancer, performer, kiddo, chef and participant at Treefort 2016 near and dear to our hearts.
[insert largest group hug ever here]
We cannot forget about the first night of the festival, with Thick Business and Ballet Idaho teaming up to kick off TreefortV in a spectacular way at Mardi Gras, another addition to the Treefort venue family. Followed by the sweet groovy tunes of Logan Hyde, and the endearing songs of Lucy Dacus. After that Your Friend displayed intensifying, textural, nostalgic, and overall powerfully beautiful songs off their new album, Gumption, as well as a couple older songs requested from fans at Treefort. Porches picked up the party vibe with angsty synth pop songs and Alex G closed the night. We walked down memory lane over at El Korah for the third History of Boise Rock showcase which featured local faves Lovey, Low-Fi, Doublewide, The Swiveltones and many more! We went into a psychedelic trance at Neurolux with Japan’s Acid Mothers Temple late night and Fatty’s got things grooving for the week-long party with J. Phlip and Urple Eeple who kept the crowd dancing til 2am.
Sidenote: Thank you to the person who returned the flag from the first night; we’re happy you felt the Treefort spirit once all those ingested spirits wore off.
Thursday started with a lineup of feel good indie rock over at Mardi Gras with the sweet sounds from LA’s TUFT and (what is now tourmates) longtime Treefort band Holiday Friends with locals Hollow Wood and The Crookes getting the party going before the place filled with fans of Treefort Alums, Geographer. The Rose Room was buzzing with energetic performances despite the lag in start times, everyone was having a blast with Vancouver’s Bear Mountain before being captivated by local dance company LED and over at The Knitting Factory, Wolvserpent took us to a different dimension and then Mammifer took over before Chelsea Wolfe rolled through the ether of the building and enthralled us with an intense, deep, and dark beauty. Meanwhile some were bouncing, jumping in the friendliest moshpit ever with double-drummers in Thee Oh Sees over at El Korah, others discovered the greatness of Methyl Ethyl — their set at Neurolux was unforgettable and definitely confirmed a spot on our lists of favorite shows! Not long after, the venue was packed to the brim for local unicorn band, BAD90s closing out the Thursday night dance party.
On Friday the Main Stage opened and Stonefield kicked off the festivities with a beautifully rockin’ set, followed by the rockin’ surf vibes of Portland’s La Luz and mainstays Built to Spill then rushing to the Radio Boise Campfire stage to fill our ears with pounding drums and lively vocals from Slang (Janet Weiss and Drew Grow) before the exuberant Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires took the Main Stage. AHHH Charles Bradley, Boise loves you oh so much! We’re pretty sure every Treeforter who had the chance to experience Charles Bradley’s set was feeling the love on Friday evening. For those who didn’t, think: red leather, glitter, costume changes, and pure, honest, soulful sounds.
Bijouxx reminded us that life IS f*cking terrifying if we think about it, at Boise Contemporary Theater, a new venue at Treefort this year. We were all feeling quite contemplative and introspective after that beautiful performance, which was followed by Like A Villain, who graced us with personal stories and a variety of pieces that made us tremble before our minds were blown away by the soulful art from Willis Earl Beal and then brought back down to earth by a captivating set from ambient genius (and multi-fort performer) Christopher Willits.
Later on, we scattered across multiple venues to party with Bud Bronson and The Good Timers, The Rich Hands and of course the four-guitars in Diarrhea Planet that shredded our minds at Neurolux. Over at Hannah’s crowds were pleased with the rockin’ badassery that is female band Thunderpussy and dazzled by Portland’s Orchestra Pacifico Tropical at the Reef followed by 8-piece cumbia band La Misa Negra. Some of us were delighted to experience Cotillon and Athens’ Mothers along with catching the one of three badass set from Madrid’s Hinds at Linen Building, the sexy psychedelica from locals Thick Business and getting your face melted into a smile by 6-string bass guitar virtuoso Thundercat at El Korah or experience the key-bashing dark synths from Street Fever, followed by a surprise Magic Sword set at Mardi Gras.
Saturday at El Korah Shrine was a huge deal for many, starting with a cozy crowd cuddle while Tisper took us somewhere magical and otherworldly, followed by groovy noise pop locals, Transistor Send. After that, the crowd was swaying along with soothing tunes from Mimicking Birds until it was time for Florida’s Sales to steal our hearts. We all got pumped up listening to Sister Crayon as we anticipated the well adored and seemingly superhumans CocoRosie. During the day we were treated to the incredible multi-band experience that is known as Band Dialogue in the middle of the street in front of Modern — what a welcomed intensity of sonic vibrations. Later on, Australia’s DZ Deathrays and Head Wound City had the crowd psyched at The Shredder late in the night while crowds danced to the grooves of Christopher Willits and Nosaj Thing at Rose Room and even sneaking in fun party times with Mystery Skulls (it was like reliving the Retroscope Media video IRL) and welcoming back to Boise Brooklyn’s French Horn Rebellion over at Hannah’s with a lot of dance jumping!! Scooting down to Knitting Factory where festival goers had the awakening that came from Oddisee and stayed to hear brand new raps from Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic who had the crowd jumpin’ and popping. And who can forget the debut of the eight-legged large scale puppet named Gertie during the magically mind-blowing set by Magic Sword atop a flickering gem-encrusted vehicle? Then YACHT convinced us all to join their electro-pop cult, to which we happily obliged by shaking all we got.
Sunday started strong with a 3-on-3 band vs. band basketball tourney called Rigsketball — it’s like Treefort’s take on March Madness along with Food Truck Brunch along Grove St.. Bands cranked up the Main Stage and other venues later in the afternoon in time to shake our keisters for Easter! Filmfort’s Resurrection Cinema at The Owyhee offered a getaway from the overcast or you just danced it off inside Neurolux with a bloody mary to the sounds of Boise’s Godly Hemlines and Up Is The Down Is The or indie tunes of Dana Buoy before Cy Dune took us into a desert trance before Mild High Club and Quilt chilled us out. Over at Olympic the foiled animals of Decollage got us grooving before we got wild with aka Belle, Cat Hoch, Animal Eyes and ending on a high note with Chuck Ragan. Chanti Darling dazzled us not once, BUT TWICE, and got all da booties shakin’ at The Reef the night before. Rumor has it the sun breaking free during their set on Sunday was their elaborate plan.
A poignant end to the Main Stage with Youth Lagoon’s final US performance on Sunday night was a memorable moment, to say the least, but we cannot wait to see where Trevor’s talented powers take him next. As we wiped away our tears we hustled over to catch another Boise long-time love, Built to Spill for the second time this week before we danced our sweaty bodies away until 2am to the magical tunes that YACHT was creating in the DJ booth at Neurolux — we’ve asked them if they recorded it because the entire Treefort team wants to have it in our back pockets, but we’ll have to just remember that perfection.
It was certainly a festival to remember! What were your favorite memories? Favorite discovery of Treefort? How are your dealing with the post-fest blues? Relive the memories on the Treefort Flickr Photostream and the Treefort YouTube Channel (see below) where you can remember how much fun each day was. Also, keep your eyes peeled for a recap video to come out later this year!
Listen to the bands that played Treefort 2016 on our Spotify and Soundcloud playlists and donate to Boise Rock School Scholarship Fund when you download the 2016 Trail Mix. Like and follow the Artists of Treefort on Facebook and Twitter and support them when they tour through your town…psst if you’re in Boise, get in on Duck Club shows.
From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU again for all of your support and we cannot wait to host the next edition of Treefort in 2017 with you — mark your calendars March 22nd – 26th! See you next year!!
Your Treefort Music Fest Crew
p.s. beyond the music and the forts, we loved it when hardcore bands (we won’t name names) would endearingly say “Awww” when picking up their one-of-a-kind artist bag designed by Boise Rock School kiddos. Makes our hearts smile.