Friends, family, neighbors and strangers!
Treefort 6 is just under 4 months away and we are deep into the fort building hustle.
On that note, the Forts are definitely continuing to grow so be sure to dig into all facets of Treefort as our branches expand with age. To get you started, we are excited to announce the FIRST ROUND OF ARTISTS playing Treefort stages in 2017 for you!
Remember that this initial announce is just the Initial Round of Artists and we have a lot more to introduce after the New Year. If you or someone you love are interested in playing at Treefort 2017, you still have time to submit! Deadline is December 18th. Find the Submissions tab under Get Involved or simply go HERE.
Are you Treefort Ready? Visit the TICKETS page to secure your spot in the latest Treefort adventure.
To get you started on your research, we’ve highlighted some of the artists below, but we highly recommend taking digging deeper and spending time with all 75 of the artists that are part of this announce. Get to know them. Love them and share your findings with others. See the full FIRST ROUND of TREEFORT ARTISTS added to the 2017 lineup over on the lineup page.
But first, sit back and immerse yourself in the latest Treefort Video produced by Retroscope Media and call the Treefort Line (for real!) for more details throughout the season TMF-888-2017.
((( los angeles, california / edmonton, alberta )))
((( costa mesa, california )))
((( portland, oregon )))
((( asbury park, new jersey )))
((( san francisco, california )))
((( cincinnati, ohio )))
((( charlottesville, virginia )))
((( baltimore, maryland )))
Hailing from Baltimore, Lower Dens is widely regarded for their psychedelic yet atmospheric sound. Channeling a lo-fi vibe with folk sensibilities, the band beautifully utilizes the haunting vocals supplied by lead singer and Houston native Jana Hunter. In 2010, the band received critical acclaim with the release of their full-length debut, Twin-Hand Movement. Their follow-up, 2012’s Nootropics, was highly praised by major publications including Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and Spin. Last January, the group released their third album, Escape From Evil, which reached No. 3 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart and featured the hit track “To Die in L.A.”
((( detroit, michigan )))
JMSN has built a reputation for himself through his unforgettable live performances and his trademark sounds, garnering nods from R&B legends, such as Puff Daddy and Usher. JMSN’s impressive talents have been tapped by the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Game, Mac Miller, J. Cole, Tyga, Ab-Soul, Kaytranada, Ta-ku, and many more. He came through Boise in June 2016 and he and the band really blew those of us in attendance away. We are looking forward to bringing them back for multiple appearances at Treefort 2017.
((( san diego, california )))
((( portland, oregon )))
“Since 2005, no other artist has been as consistent or prolific as Liz Harris, an artist based in Portland, OR best known for the music she makes under the name Grouper. Her 10th record, Ruins, released this year (2014) on Halloween, is only a capstone on a decade of incomparable work that is timeless and universal. Harris exists outside of any zeitgeist or scene, with no obvious reference points or clues to her influences, stifling music journalists who make a living out of making (up) connections. Frustrating them even more is her reluctance to give more than the minimum amount of interviews required for each new album or special appearance. She never tours and rarely plays live. Outlines of her upbringing and background are known, but she remains largely untapped by a public and press that inevitably suck the life out of anything they love. There are no Instagram selfies with Harris backstage or outside a club after a show, no tweets, confessional interviews, scandals, memes, jokes or jabs—nothing that disrespects the religious purity of her music.” – Nicky Smith, Splice Today
((( florence, italy )))
Clap! Clap!, aka Cristiano Crisci, is an internationally acclaimed producer and performer. One of Italy’s brightest new talents, Clap! Clap!’s music is a unique blend of global dance and timeless sounds drawing from nature, traditional music, field recordings and the electronic savvy of modern centres like Chicago and London. At its core is the inspiration of everyday life, what Crisci calls “the search for new flavours.” This approach anchors Clap! Clap!’s debut album, 2014’s Tayi Bebba, the soundtrack to a tour of an imaginary island. Paul Simon discovered the album through his son, calling it “a masterpiece” and leading him to approach Crisci for help with his latest album, 2016’s Stranger To Stranger. In the end, Crisci provided additional production to three album tracks alongside Simon and Roy Halee.
((( phoenix, arizona )))
For over 30 years, legendary desert punks the Meat Puppets have carved a unique niche for themselves with an unmistakable blend of cosmic country and punk rock filtered through countless acid trips, dog-eared comic books and their eclectic record collections. Along the way they’ve earned the admiration of a pantheon of critics and rock music peers. The certified classics reach back to Meat Puppets I, II, and Up On The Sun and have been book-ended by recent releases Sewn Together and Lollipop. With brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood reunited in 2009 and the 2012 release of the band’s graphic tell-all biography, Too High to Die, the Puppets’ iconic status seems assured. But the drive to create goes on and fire still burns; the band’s live shows and new material, including their 14th studio release, Rat Farm (April 16 release via Megaforce Records), are as colorful, vital and undiluted as ever.
((( boston, massachusetts )))
Jonathan Richman has been writing music, recording and touring for most of his life, gathering the loyalty of fans and fellow artists with his warmth, humor and insightful lyrics. In the early 1970s he formed the Modern Lovers, a major progenitor of punk music. Tommy Larkins was in the groups Naked Prey, Giant Sand and other popular bands in Tucson, Arizona. Jonathan and Tommy continue to record, write music together and tour across the US. Tommy’s drumming along with Jonathan’s guitar and singing create a live experience that is hard to forget. Seriously, if there’s one thing you don’t miss at Treefort 2017, make it be this set. Historical context aside, Jonathan Richman with Tommy Larkins is one of the best shows you may ever see.
((( new york, new york )))
Following the 2012 release of Positive Force, Delicate Steve had cornered the status of ‘your favorite band’s favorite band’, as Steve himself became a fixture in and an on-demand collaborator among disparate scenes, players, and bands, making some of the most celebrated and forward thinking music today: Co-signs and work with David Byrne, Dirty Projectors, tUnE-yArDs, Mac DeMarco, Dr. Dog, and elder statesmen like Lee Ranaldo and Built to Spill. Likely the only guitarist alive who will cut records with Sondre Lerche and Death Grip’s Zach Hill. Handpicked to open a sold out North American tour for Tame Impala. And most recently, providing guitar on Paul Simon’s new record.
This is Steve, Delicate Steve’s first new record in 4 years, and first for the ANTI- imprint, is an articulation of this spirit. Joy. Love. Positivity. Perseverance. Meditation. It’s real. It’s pure. This, is Steve. Out January 27th, 2017. Back at Treefort, March 2017.
((( seattle, washington )))
SassyBlack is a space aged singer/songwriter & producer based in Seattle, Washington. This Goddess of “electronic psychedelic soul” & “hologram funk” explores the concepts of sound through deep compositions. With roots in classical & jazz, her voice is often compared to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Erykah Badu & Georgia Anne Muldrow. Her production value and creativity is reminiscent of Roy Ayers, Pharrell & Herbie Hancock. You may also know Black from her (now defunct) group THEESatisfaction and her appearances on both Shabazz Palaces albums Black Up & Lese Majesty all released on Sub Pop Records.
((( saugerties, new york )))
For more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive resume of composition and collaboration. His albums set forth a vision that connects the dots between MGMT and Tortoise on one side, Brian Eno and Brad Mehldau on the other. In the live setting, his performances reverberate with pulsating dance rock energy, which has led to numerous high profile appearances, ranging from Carnegie Hall to Celebrate Brooklyn, Newport Jazz to Bonnaroo. Benevento has been invited to open for The Books, Ben Folds, and Rubblebucket, while headlining shows from coast to coast.
((( nashville, tennessee )))
Picking and choosing their favorite elements of soul, funk, Motown, and straight up Billboard pop, Alanna Royale has assembled their own unique style out of many. Not quite soul but not quite rock, Royale shines brightest when marrying their dirty rock n’ roll attitude with their smooth, retro roots. Fronted by the larger than life personality of Alanna Quinn-Broadus the band is led fearlessly with quaking vocals and off the cuff sass. Known for her edgy attitude she will steal your heart, sing it a love song, and break it all in one set. While Alanna might draw you in, she is not alone in the act. It is the band as a whole that keeps you there. Backed by a solid rhythm section and a bouncing horn section, Alanna Royale lays down the groove, keeps the beat pulsing, and forces you along for the ride.
((( sheffield, united kingdom )))
65daysofstatic are a noisy instrumental band formed in Sheffield in 2001. Their music has taken them from the club circuits of Northern Europe to the arenas and dive bars of America; warehouses on the edge of Siberia to airstrips, jungles and all-nighters in the Far East and Australia. Ostensibly a touring rock band, 65 have also developed a healthy portfolio of extra-curricular activities. Most recently, the band completed work on the soundtrack for galaxy-spanning phenomenon ‘No Man’s Sky’ – a procedural, open-universe space exploration video game released on Sony Playstation in August 2016. The game has already received high praise, including awards at the 2014 E3 conference for “Best Original Game” and “Best Independent Game” by a panel of game critics, as well as receiving the “Special Commendation for Innovation” title. In addition to their set on a music stage, look for their appearance at Hackfort 2017.
((( los angeles, california )))
Across his many albums, it’s been hard to put Open Mike Eagle into a single box. On his new collaboration record with Paul White—who also worked on Danny Brown’s breakout albums—Eagle has created his most comprehensive album yet. Hella Personal Film Festival sees White’s beats setting the stage for Eagle to rap about everything from repressed, institutionalized racism “Smiling (Quirky Race Doc)” to “Check To Check,” which takes on how anxiety-inducing the landscape of social media can be. The album also features guest appearances from Aesop Rock and Future Islands’ Hemlock Ernst. Eagle exists in the lineage of They Might Be Giants and Richard Pryor, Freestyle Fellowship and his longtime friend and collaborator, Hannibal Burress.
((( sacramento, california )))
Since 2010, the pair had been touring and releasing music under the moniker Sister Crayon. Their travels allowed them to share the stage with The Album Leaf, Built to Spill, Antemasque, Le Butcherettes, and many others. Late 2015, they decided to change their name to Rituals of Mine and soon after, inked a deal with Warner Bros. Records in February 2016. Warner re-released their album Devoted in September of 2016. They also toured with Deftones and Tricky this year.
((( regina, saskatchewan )))
Andy Shauf is a storyteller, a singer of heartbreak and regrets, isolation and loneliness, reflecting his prairie surroundings in Regina, Canada. Meticulously written over four years, Shauf’s The Bearer of Bad News is a warm and welcoming album, bathed in weathered piano, dampened drums, softly-strummed guitars and clarinet, which lends its unique timbre to frequently brighten – or hauntingly underscore – the songs’ darker undercurrents. Fans of Elliott Smith, Nick Drake and Harry Nilsson, take note.
((( boise, idaho )))
Honesty, confidence, and respect permeate Eilen Jewell’s music, dating back to her self-released Boundary County album in 2006. Since then, the Boise native has recorded five studio albums for Signature Sounds with her road-tested touring band, and two more as a member of the Boston-based gospel-charged Sacred Shakers (also on Signature Sounds), which includes that well-oiled band at its core. Her latest, 2015′s Sundown Over Ghost Town, is a masterful culmination of Jewell’s work to date. As hard as it is to categorize Jewell’s music—terms like alt-country, roots-rock, country-noir, and Americana get used a lot—it’s even harder not to become thoroughly enraptured by the singer/songwriter’s powerful versatility, musical stories, and images. And that gorgeous voice makes you feel like she’s singing just for you, out on the breezy back porch or by a crackling campfire.
((( france )))
Carpenter Brut draws its influences from 80s TV shows and B-movies loaded with synthesizers. The mysterious and discreet man behind the pentagon – or the Brutagram as his fans would call it – evokes an encounter between Justice beats and the universe of John Carpenter. Carpenter Brut take the essence of metal that you like, the parts of techno that you used to like and the atmospheric film music of Carpenter / Argento /Goblin that you love, to create a heady, melodic and intense genre. This French outfit is taking synthwave to new and exciting places.
((( oakland, california )))
The Seshen is a San Francisco Bay Area-based seven-piece led by singer/lyricist Lalin St. Juste and bassist/producer Akiyoshi Ehara. Their forward-thinking sound combines synthesizers, drum machines, live percussion, and entrancing harmonies to create an unmistakable fusion of R&B, synth-pop, and electronic music. The Seshen have played with Hiatus Kaiyote, tUnE-yArDs, Thundercat, Petite Noir and many more.
((( los angeles, california )))
KOLARS is a Los Angeles duo that blends rockabilly, disco, glam, and mod sounds with modern rock through minimal instrumentation: guitar and a tap-dancing drummer. As Rob Kolar sings and strums his rollicking guitar, Lauren Brown uses her whole body as a percussive instrument, tapping out the hi-hat rhythm with her feet atop a bass drum while simultaneously playing a stand-up kit, using dance to transform rhythms into natural extensions of her movement. It’s quite the workout and undeniably mesmerizing to watch.
((( boise, idaho )))
Fronted by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Travis Ward, Hillfolk Noir is a trio of neo-traditionalists playing traditional music on traditional instruments for non-traditional times. They call it Junkerdash, and it’s a sound brewed from folk, bluegrass, punk, string-band blues and other influences musical and otherwise. Recommended pairings: Drinking and dancing. /// Hillfolk Noir are a staple in the Boise community, as musicians, but also as active members of the community at large. In recent years, they’ve been exporting their good nature and the soundtrack that accompanies it more and more with continued US tours and fairly frequent visits to a growing fanbase in the U.K. and neighboring European countries.
((( portland, oregon )))
The Delines is: novelist and songwriter Willy Vlautin with Amy Boone The Damnations (TX) and members of Richmond Fontaine, The Decemberists, and The Minus 5. The debut album from The Delines, Colfax, is a stunning collection of songs with the intimacy of a midnight confessional. Like a beat-up Dusty Springfield, Colfax has the skid row heart of Tom Waits, the street-tough weariness of early Rickie Lee Jones, and the dreaminess of Mazzy Star. Uncut gave it 9/10 stars and praised its “widescreen romanticism”, calling it “the richest collection of songs Vlautin has written”.
((( brooklyn, new york )))
From the beginning, The Dig have been a classic band’s band, and a true collaboration: three longtime friends, three songwriters, two singers in a true dual frontman setup, all individuals but all woven more and more tightly together as they have evolved. In a world that rewards drama, reckless moves and often-overwrought narrative twists, The Dig have bucked that trend by focusing on, well, the work:The Dig are a four-piece band from New York who bring a contemporary spin to ’60s and ’70s psych rock via crisp synths and tight songwriting. They put out their dreamy, aqueous second album, Midnight Flowers, in 2013, and their new record, Bloodshot Tokyo, is out soon on Roll Call Records. Today, they’re sharing its playful lead single, “Simple Love.”
((( asheville, north carolina )))
Weaving melodic but downbeat soundscapes with guitars and keyboards accompanied by manipulated sounds and found audio fragments, Elvis Depressedly was formed in Columbia, South Carolina in 2011 by Mat Cothran, who had previously performed and recorded under the banner Coma Cinema. The debut Elvis Depressedly release was a lo-fi digital EP, Save the Planet Kill Yourself, which appeared in August 2011 and featured Cothran handling most of the instruments himself. In time, Elvis Depressedly evolved into a full band with the addition of multi-instrumentalists Mike Roberts (aka Dr. Vink) and Delaney Mills (who was also Cothran’s significant other). The year 2013 brought Holo Pleasures, a six-song EP that boosted the group’s profile and helped bring the band to the attention of Run for Cover Records. The label struck a deal with Elvis Depressedly (based in Asheville, North Carolina) to release the album New Alhambra, which appeared in May 2015. In 2016, Run for Cover released Elvis Depressedly’s Holo Pleasures/California Dreamin’, which combined the 2013 EP with a previously unreleased six-track EP recorded during the same sessions.
((( olympia, washington )))
Cavegreen is the artistic collaboration of Eleanor Murray and GianLuca Bucci, that blends electronic and acoustic music, poetry, and images. Eleanor has been a musician, songwriter, and performer for the past eleven years, releasing five studio albums and touring the US extensively. Gianluca comes from a background of environmental work, photography, and an ongoing interest in the ancient and modern philosophical traditions of the earth.
((( san francisco, california )))
This band represents to me what drives the core spirit of Treefort and our approach to curation across the forts. This band is one of the greatest bands I’ve ever seen. Probably new to most, but held in such high respect amongst their touring comrades from their days on the battlefield. I remember the first time I saw them — playing in an empty retail space in downtown Missoula in 2007. My band had been added to their show at the last minute. They were gracious and loud. From there we would cross paths many more times on the DIY touring scene, from New York to San Francisco, to the several times they joined us for multiple stops in Idaho (Moscow, McCall, Pocatello, Rexburg, Hailey, Tumbleweeds). The last time I saw them play was July 4th, 2012 in the Mission. I believe that was the last time they played for an audience. They are reuniting for Treefort 2017.
There are so many incredible bands that pound the pavement but never find the audience traction it seems that they are capable of. Often either ahead of or behind whatever curve may give them the lift they need. Not catching a wave doesn’t make them any less great. Those of us that live in the trenches know this. The core of Treefort’s mission is to help bring these treasures to the surface, even if they’ve been dormant and buried at sea for several years. Even if the sharing of these underground artists doesn’t lift them beyond relative obscurity for long, it is the opportunity to share in these moments that inspires us, that gives us community beyond our daily lives. — Gilbert
This is just the beginning, over the coming months we’ll have two more rounds of artists to announce, all the additional fort lineups and many more exciting Treefort 2017 happenings and surprises. So grab your 5-day wristbands now so you don’t miss a beat!
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