Treefort 2017 Schedule

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We’ve once again expanded our venue offerings with a new kid on the block — Boise All-Ages Movement Project will have its own pop-up spot on 8th & Main (next to Bittercreek) for all five days of the festival in addition to familiar venues like Main Stage, El Korah, Mardi Gras, Neurolux, The Olympic, Knitting Factory and many more….and Treefort attendees will live out the final nights of the bar known as Crowbar.

The official kickoff show of Treefort 2017 will happen at 6pm on Wednesday, March 22nd at a Treefort favorite location El Korah Shrine! Following will be stacked lineups in several other venues, designed for various tastes for what is to become another hot humpday before the Treefort world expands as Thursday morning expands with additional fort programming ++ buzzing venues all over the Treefort footprint.

In the coming weeks, you’ll find the schedule on our website PLUS you’ll be able to build your entire schedule on the official Treefort app! 

Stayed tuned as our teams work hard to bring you the most up-to-date information in all the right ways, but for now, dive in to the schedule, print it, circle it…start your planning! 

SCHEDULE

PASSHOLDERS VS. SINGLE SHOWGOERS

Treefort’s philosophy is to always strive to maintain an ideal experience for our wristband holders while simultaneously offering à la carte solutions for those with time limitations. The best value at Treefort is definitely found through our wristbands, which give you the opportunity to take in multiple layers of the festival and discover new loves at one low price. However, for those that need a more bite-sized taste of the festival, we offer very limited day-of-show sales at the doors of most venues. Those tickets are priced between $10 – $40 depending on the venue. We also offer limited pre-sale tickets to our Treefort Main Stage shows and two shows at Knitting Factory and the Egyptian on Friday. Details below.

In all cases, we reserve 75% or greater of the venue capacity for our wristband holders. The best way to guarantee entry into most Treefort shows is to be a wristband holder and to show up early. Even better odds of entry can be obtained by upgrading to a ZIPLINE Pass, which gives you front-of-the-line access. There is a very limited quantity of ZIPLINE Passes so we highly recommend buying sooner than later.

Be the first to know of any additions, awesome playlists and more — download the Treefort app.

THE LOW DOWN ON SINGLE DAY + MAIN STAGE + VENUE PASSES

All of the passes below will be available for pre-sale* on March 1st and at the Treefort Box Office when open, if available.**

SINGLE DAY PASSES (festival wide)

Wednesday 3/22: $65.00
Thursday 3/23: $75.00
Friday 3/24: $85.00
Saturday 3/25: $95.00
Sunday 3/26: $85.00

MAIN STAGE (only)

Friday 3/24: $35.00
Saturday 3/25: $45.00
Sunday 3/26: $35.00

Knitting Factory (only)

Friday 3/24: $15.00
Saturday 3/25: $30.00

Egyptian Theatre (Friday 3/24 only)

Nate Silver: $25.00***
Magic Sword + Boise Philharmonic with LED: $25.00

The above Knitting Factory and Egyptian Theatre tickets will guarantee your entry with or without a 5-day or 1-day wristband. Limited quantity available. Remaining capacity will be reserved for wristband holders on a first-come-first-served basis.

GET YOUR 5-DAY PASS BEFORE THEY GO UP!

Zoom to the the front of every line with your ZIPLINE pass; with the growth of Treefort, we are anticipating selling out of this exclusive wristband. Those who procrastinate get “Bed Head” prices — 5-day GA will go up to $185 on March 1st.  We want to see all your faces out in the crowd so don’t snooze...grab them now while you can save!

All prices listed don’t include any applicable taxes or fees.

* Individual venue shows will only be available at the venue, day-of show, unless otherwise listed above.
** Walk-up sales are only available based on number of tickets pre-sold, age restrictions and limited to legal capacity.
*** Cost is included in the Hackfort wristband price. Hackfort wristband holders have priority.

Kidfort 2017 Lineup + Events

Big kids, little kids and everyone in between – Kidfort has planned two days packed with tunes, plays and puppets for Treefort 2017! Kidfort will be happenin’ Saturday and Sunday at the Nest Stage located in the Idaho Power parking lot, except for Oregon Shadow Theatre shows, which will be a ticketed event and held at El Korah Shrine. All ages are welcome to take part in the Kidfort fun!

SHAKESPERIENCE – A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM – Idaho Shakespeare Festival
“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”
A girl has a crush on a boy who has a crush on another girl who is the girlfriend of another boy. Add to that a group of amateur theater performers preparing a play for a marriage party. Then mix it all together with a group of mischievous fairies. Shakespeare’s comedic triumph A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of the most popular plays in the world and with good reason. Romance, madcap comedy and magic transformations will surprise and delight you! Recommended for grades 7-12.

SHAKESPEARE IMPROV WORKSHOP – Idaho Shakespeare Festival
Idaho Shakespeare Festival performers will work directly with younger Treeforters during these open workshops. All ages can join the fun at the Nest Stage. No registration necessary, just be there 10 minutes prior to the workshop to join!

STUART LITTLE – IDAHO THEATER FOR YOUTH – Joseph Robinette
“Size has nothing to do with it. It’s temperament and ability that count.”
Joseph Robinnette’s play adapted from E.B. White’s classic novel, Stuart Little, tells the story of Stuart, a mouse, born to the Little family and his adventures in New York City and beyond! Snowbell the cat, Margalo the bird, the boat race in Central Park, Dr. Carey the dentist, Stuart’s car and his journey north to find his friend. Five actors will perform more than 20 roles in this charming and inventive production of this beloved tale. Recommended for kindergarten – grade 6.

SOUND SAFARI – Charlie Williams, The Noise Guy
Lord of the microphone, czar of sound Charlie “The Noise Guy” teaches kids to read out LOUD! Charlie is a vocal sound impressionist, illustrator and author who shows how to use onomatopoeia to enhance reading, writing and storytelling. Do your kids love noise? Charlie uses amazing vocal imitations that will inspire them to become roaring readers. Imagine the story of the Tortoise and the Hare being told with the sound of cars racing past or Jack chopping down a beanstalk using a chainsaw! Hear the sounds of Lewis and Clark paddling upstream, and practice the ABC’s of Onomatopoeia! Guaranteed to please children of all ages!

BOISE ROCK SCHOOL INVITATIONAL
In collaboration with Boise Rock School, Boise’s best young talent will be rocking out at the Nest Stage. The headliner band will be Phonetic, an advanced Boise Rock School teen band on the Treefort lineup.

PLAY DATE – Greg Attonito & Shanti Wintergate
Play Date is an award-winning kindie music band that consists of husband-and-wife duo Greg Attonito, lead vocals and founding member of punk rock legends, The Bouncing Souls (1989-Present) and singer/songwriter Shanti Wintergate. Inspired by their love of music, creativity and adventure, Greg and Shanti have created top-drawer music for the whole family with their album, Imagination. These upbeat, euphonious, well-crafted songs will delight your ears and have you singing and dancing with or without your kids in no time.

THUMBELINA PUPPET SHOW – Oregon Shadow Theatre
Thumbelina is one of Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen’s most delightful characters, a miniature girl born from a flower who has to find her own way in the world of nature. In this Oregon Shadow Theatre production, Thumbelina journeys through a series of natural habitats to discover her home in the land of the flower fairies. Through the seasons of the year, Thumbelina has adventures with frogs in a pond, flying beetles in a tree, a swallow in the woods, a mouse in a field and a mole in his underground home. The live music is performed on hammer dulcimer, electric guitar, and an assortment of percussion and sound effects devices. Oregon Shadow Theatre’s production of “Thumbelina” has been awarded the UNIMA-USA Citation of Excellence in the Art of Puppetry.

Kidfort’s Thumbelina Puppet Show will be held at 12:30 p.m. at El Korah Shrine on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26. Tickets for kids of all ages and non-wristband holders are $8 at the door.

FORTCRAFT
New in 2017, Fortcraft is an open interactive building experience for kids, parents and anyone in between. Like a real world Minecraft, you can use cardboard, tape, markers and chalk to build the fort of your dreams, add on to other forts, decorate existing structures or make something else entirely. Throughout the event, structures will be made, taken down and remade again into something new. There is no wrong way to Fortcraft.

Under the direction of Travis Olson, challenges will be suggested. Kids can choose to participate in them or ignore them completely. Examples: Connect Four Forts Challenge, Tall Fort Challenge, Robot Costume Challenge, Dinosaur Challenge.

FILM + KID – MUSIC VIDEO LAB

During Treefort Music Fest, 12 lucky students will work with Boise Rock School for a hands-on opportunity to learn filmmaking skills and collaborate with two Treefort Music Fest bands to film and produce a stellar music video! Much like a takeaway show, participants will shoot in studio and on location in downtown Boise to learn all facets of filmmaking including pre-production, camera, lighting, sound and post-production. The workshop commences with a public screening of two completed music videos at Filmfort.

Music Video Lab will take place March 21-24 from 4:15-6:30 p.m. at Boise Rock School and both of the videos will be screened for public viewing during Filmfort on Sunday, March 26. MORE INFO

STORY + KID – THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT, A READING PARTY
It took a lot of guts, pencils and snacks, but Kidfort and Storyfort have collaborated to bring you the very best poetry, fiction, and essays from some of Boise’s younger writers. These kids got game and know stories, and we’re giving them a stage to share their work with Boise and beyond. Come down to Rediscovered Bookshop to cheer on the next generation of famous Idahoan authors.

YOGA + KID – GROOVE AND MOVE YOGA FOR KIDS – Abby Siebert
This Kidfort-Yogafort crossover class is all about moving and grooving! Abby will get kids moving through some sun salutations and other fun balance poses to enhance flexibility, strength, coordination and body awareness. We will wind down with a little breath work and mindfulness practices using creative visualizations and other simple relaxation techniques. This class is suitable for ages 4 and up (potty-trained, please).

STAY TUNED FOR MORE FORT COLLABORATIONS & KIDFORT APPROVED PROGRAMMING IN THE COMING WEEKS!

 
To learn more about Kidfort and the 2017 artists, visit www.treefortmusicfest.com/kidfort.

Though the public has access to Kidfort events, if you want to guarantee being at an event during the festival, you should buy a 5-day Treefort pass. Treefort passholders have priority entry into events before the public.

Get your Treefort pass now for $165 (plus fees) here or swing by the Record Exchange!

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First Thursdaying with Treefort!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Treefort!

The snow has melted and the temps are rising which means March is right around the corner and this year Downtown Boise will be helping us get in the spirit of Treefort Music Fest with a variety of activities on First Thursday, March 2nd!

art walk

There will be an art walk around downtown with an assortment of businesses and artists involved. Businesses will display art in their windows made by participating artists. Be sure to check out these businesses for Treefort-inspired art!

Participating businesses include:
BEEHIVE, BOISE CO-OP, BOISE FRY CO,
GURU DONUTS, EVEN STEVENS, FLYING M,
THE OWYHEE, PAYETTE BREWING,
RECORD EXCHANGE, SLOW BY SLOW, SOLA,
SOLID GRILL & BAR, TIGER PROP,
& WASHINGTON FEDERAL BANK

Participating artists are:
MORGAN BAKER, LANCE BROWN,
SARAH CHANDLER, SAVANNAH CULP,
RONNIE CYR, ALEJANDRA DEL TORO,
PAT KILBY, ANGEL MORAN,
RYAN MORRISON, CODY MOYER,
JULIE PEGAN,CODY RUTTY,
& NOI THANNAO

 

Ale Tales

Alefort and Storyfort will host Ale Tales at Bittercreek Alehouse from 6-8pm Alefort will curate the cellar with local favorites, diverse ciders and vintage bottles. Light refreshments include bacon-sage popcorn and house charcuterie. YUM!!

Treefort Warmup Party at RecEx

Payette Brewing Co. presents a Treefort Warmup Party featuring Seattle honky-tonk rockers Country Lips at the Record Exchange! Show starts at 6pm. As always, the show is free and all ages. There will be free Payette Brewing Co. beer (score!) for guests 21 years and older with I.D. starting at 5:30pm!

This First Thursday is just a sneak peek of what you can experience at Treefort. Whatever you fancy – art, food, brews, music- you can find it this First Thursday and at Treefort Music Fest later in March!

Need to buy your 5-day pass still? Pass price goes up $20 on March 1st, so buy now online or at the Record Exchange!

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Storyfort Launch Party

So, you think you can spell? Test your word nerd skills at the Storyfort Launch Party on Saturday, March 18 from 6-9 pm at Woodland Empire.

Storyfort Launch Party

[STOHR-ee fohrt LAWNCH pahr-tee]

Noun

  1. A spelling bee for grownups, competing for fame, glory, street cred and swag
  2. An event where teams of 1-4 friends can spell their way to victory while enjoying local craft beer
  3. The incomparable kickoff for Storyfort 2017

Origin: Boise, Idaho

Example sentence:

Hey honey, let’s buzz over to the Storyfort Launch Party at Woodland Empire! We should be there soon because Spelling Bee team sign-ups start at 6pm!

To learn more about Storyfort and the 2017 artists, visit www.treefortmusicfest.com/storyfort.

Though the public has access to Storyfort events, if you want to guarantee being at a reading or event during the festival, you should buy a 5-day Treefort pass. Treefort passholders have priority entry into events before the public.

Get your Treefort pass now for $165 (plus fees) here or swing by the Record Exchange!

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So Long Plastic Beer Cups

Hey all you Treefort beer-drinkers!! You will now be a part of eliminating support for single use plastics, cause Treefort is moving away from single-use plastic cups at the 2017 Main Stage!! 

At the Treefort Main Stage, you’ll enjoy your delicious beers from New Belgium Brewing and Payette Brewing at the festival responsibly with sustainable, reusable 16 oz. steel cups. And the best news — it’s going to be easy for you and will have a huge positive impact on the environment (booyeah!).

So how does this work?

  • Bring your own cup if you have one!  We don’t care where it’s from or what logo it carries… however, it must be steel and 16oz. (or)
  • Simply get a 2017 branded Treefort 16oz stainless steel cup for only 2 tokens and it’s yours to keep!
  • Treefort cups can be used with the carabiner (will be available when you buy a cup) to clip them to a backpack, belt loop, or fannypack so you can keep with you throughout the festival and wherever your next adventure takes you.

As a result of your support, Treefort has become a ground-breaking, trendsetting festival of festivals. Let’s continue the trend by not filling another dumpster with plastic cups! Get your beverage in a steel cup for the festival, for your life, and for the Mother Nature.

If you would like to share your thoughts about this change or have any questions, please email green@treefortmusicfest.com

Haven’t gotten your 5-Day Treefort pass yet? Buy now before the price goes up on March 1st!

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Filmfort 2017 Headlining Films

Filmfort is super stoked to announce the headlining films for the 2017 fest! A diverse lineup will screen March 22-26 on the second floor of The Owyhee. In addition to screenings, a handful of filmmakers, artists and special guests will be present for Q&A sessions. Here’s what Filmfort 2017 is all about:

 

 

STRONGER SHINES THE LIGHT INSIDE AND RITA

Angie Smith, Ron Torres & Rita Thara

Critically acclaimed photographer Angie Smith – founder and director of STRONGER SHINES THE LIGHT INSIDE, a photography project highlighting stories of refugee resettlement in Idaho – returns to Boise to present her work to the Filmfort audience. As a compliment to Angie’s project, local filmmaker Ron Torres presents his short documentary RITA which explores the life of Boise resident Rita Thara. Featured in Stronger Shines The Light Inside, Rita is a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo pursuing her dream of becoming a fashion designer. The film and presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with Ron, Rita and Angie.

 

 

 

CHARLIE VS GOLIATH

Reed Lindsay

CHARLIE VS GOLIATH is a feature-length documentary about Charlie Hardy, a 77-year-old former Catholic priest who returns to his hometown of Cheyenne, Wyoming to run for the U.S. Senate. CHARLIE VS GOLIATH explores how an honest, sincere person with little money can make a difference in the democratic process. Director Reed Lindsay, a Gracie Award winning journalist and filmmaker who grew up in Idaho, will be present for a Q&A following the screening.

 

 

 

LIZA, LIZA, SKIES ARE GREY

Terry Sanders

Two-time Oscar winning director, producer and writer Terry Sanders (FIGHTING FOR LIFE, RETURN WITH HONOR, MAYA LIN: A STRONG CLEAR VISION) comes to Filmfort with his latest narrative feature LIZA, LIZA, SKIES ARE GREY, a story of first love and sex set in the summer of 1966. In the summer of the Bomb, Vietnam Draft and the exploding Sexual Revolution, fifteen-year-old Liza and her sixteen-year-old boyfriend Brett take off on a four-day motorcycle adventure up the California coast before Brett heads east. Join writer and director Terry Sanders and cinematographer Erik Daarstad for a Q&A following the screening.

 

 

 

THE ATAXIAN

Kyle Bryant

Filmfort and the Boise Bicycle Project are excited to present THE ATAXIAN, a documentary about illness, hope and the power of an unbreakable spirit. At age 17, Kyle Bryant was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA), a little-known progressive muscular disease. As he loses his ability to play sports and even walk, he begins to bike long distances in a specially outfitted trike. Along with three friends, Kyle embarks on the Race Across America – a grueling nine-day non-stop journey from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland. Filmfort is thrilled to welcome Kyle Bryant, the film’s subject, for a Q&A session following the screening.

In addition to the screening, Boise Bicycle Project has coordinated a special ride with Kyle during Treefort Music Fest. More details on the ride coming soon!

 

 

 

DARK PROGRESSIVISM

Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre and Juan Carlos Munoz Hernandez

Written and directed by Rodrigo Ribera d’Ebre and produced by award winning filmmaker, James J. Yi, DARK PROGRESSIVISM is a feature length documentary that reveals an inside look at the brutal and beautiful tradition of Los Angeles’ history of graffiti and tattoo art, the and the social conditions that brought about this movement. DARK PROGRESSIVISM explores the LA street gangs’ influence on urban art, and introduces us to artists working in this medium who have gone on to become world-renowned in the world of fine art. Presented in collaboration with MING Studios, director Rodrigo Ribera D’Ebre and artist Juan Carlos Munoz Hernandez will be present for a Q&A following the screening. An exhibit featuring Hernandez’s work will be on display during Treefort Music Fest. Stay tuned for more details.

 

 

 

HOW THE SKY WILL MELT

Matthew Wade

Local filmmaker Matthew Wade presents HOW THE SKY WILL MELT, a micro-budget feature film shot entirely in Idaho and entirely on Super 8mm film that tells the story of Gwen, a musician with a growing paranoia disorder, who returns to her hometown after a traumatic event. With a strange and unholy discovery Gwen and her friends begin to deteriorate the fabric of the universe. Filmfort will screen HOW THE SKY WILL MELT in a VHS slumber-party-style screening. Bring your pillow and popcorn, hang out with filmmaker Matthew Wade and the film’s star Sara Lynch for this one-of-a-kind cinema experience.

 

 

Filmfort passes are $35 and can be purchased here, and is also open to those with a 5-day Treefort wristband.

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Stay up to date with all things Filmfort at www.treefortmusicfest.com/filmfort and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and with #filmfort.

Alefort 2017 Breweries + Cideries!

Get your party pants on — Alefort has a hoppy, bubbly and exciting lineup planned for Treefort 2017! This year, Alefort is welcoming breweries and cideries from outside Boise for the first time ever. Anyone age 21 and over can check out Alefort March 22-26 at the Alefort tent near the Main Stage. Alefort cups and beer tokens are purchased at the entrance of the tent.

2017 ALEFORT BREWERIES

 

  • Barbarian Brewing (Garden City, ID)
  • Barley Browns Brewing (Baker City, OR)
  • Bear Island Brewing (Boise, ID)
  • Boise Brewing (Boise, ID)
  • County Line Brewing (Garden City, ID)
  • Crooked Fence Brewing (Eagle, ID)
  • Deschutes Brewing (Bend, OR)
  • Fremont Brewing (Seattle, WA)
  • Highlands Hollow Brewhouse (Boise, ID)
  • Lagunitas Brewing (Petaluma, CA)
  • Mad Swede Brewing (Boise, ID)
  • Melvin Brewing (Alpine, WY)
  • Mother Earth Brew (Nampa, ID)
  • New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO)
  • Odell Brewing (Fort Collins, CO)
  • Payette Brewing (Boise, ID)
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing (Chico, CA)
  • Sockeye Brewing (Boise, ID)
  • Uinta Brewing (Salt Lake City, UT)
  • Victory Brewing (Downingtown, PA)
  • Woodland Empire Ale Craft (Boise, ID)

2017 ALEFORT CIDERIES

  • Finnriver Cider (Chimacum, WA)
  • Long Drop Cider (Boise, ID)
  • Meriwether Cider (Garden City, ID)
  • Reverend Nat’s Cider (Portland, OR)
  • Schilling Cider (Seattle, WA)
  • Stack Rock (Boise, ID)
  • Summit Cider (Coeur d’Alene, ID)

ALEFORT NAIL PULL – Barbarian Brewing, Grand Teton Brewing, Odell Brewing & Sockeye Brewing

This year Alefort is introducing the Alefort Nail Pull, where attendees will have the opportunity to taste beer straight from the original oak barrel the beer was aged in. On Saturday, March 25, Barbarian Brewing, Grand Teton Brewing, Odell Brewing and Sockeye Brewing will rotate pulling the “Vinnie nail” from their barrels to give Treeforters a craft beer experience normally reserved for blenders, brewmasters, and industry insiders.

BEER SHOW WITH SWELL ARTIST COLLECTIVE – Swell Artist Collective

Alefort has teamed up with Swell Artist Collective for a beer-themed art show! Local artists from Swell will create 20 large format piece inspired by beer to decorate the Alefort tent. In addition to the large prints, a limited number of all 20 prints will be for sale. Artists include Kelly Knopp, Noble Hardesty, Julia Green, Mike Flinn, Adam Rosenlund, James McKain, April VanDeGrift, James Lloyd, Karl Henke, Lindsey Loch, Jeffrey Devey, Mike Dreher, Jay O’leary, Pam McKnight, Lorelle Rau, Spencer Hattabaugh, Jennifer Proffitt, Sarah Marshall Terrell, Bobby Aden and Jon Morse. Stay tuned for more details!

Hackfort 2017 Lineup + Events

Get ready for an exciting year at Hackfort! The two-day digital humanities conference has announced the full lineup of speakers, panels, roundtable discussions and workshops planned for Friday (3/24) and Saturday (3/25) during Treefort. Hackfort will be primarily located on the 5th floor of JUMP with a few events at The Egyptian Theatre and Trailhead.

  • HACKFORT KICK-OFF PARTY
    Join the speakers, staff and sponsors of Hackfort 2017 to kick-off and celebrate this year’s awesome lineup on Thursday (3/23) at Woodland Empire. Enter with your Hackfort Badge, mingle with the speaker you’re most excited about and enjoy Happy Hour prices all night. Doors open only to Hackfort badgeholders at 8 p.m.
  • KEYNOTE: TECHNOLOGY & THE TOOLS OF SOCIETY – Dex Torricke-Barton, founder of Onwards
    Dex Torricke, founder of Onwards, is kicking off Hackfort as our keynote speaker. Drawing on his experience working for Google, Oculus, Facebook and SpaceX, Dex will be talking about how technology is changing society, giving us the tools solve fundamental human challenges.
  • COMPOSING MUSIC FOR VIDEO GAMES – Alex Hackford of PlayStation/Sony with Michna
    PlayStation’s Director of A&R for Music Affairs Alex Hackford is one of the top music supervisors in the gaming industry. He will be leading an onstage discussion with DJ Michna about the process of choosing and adapting music for the quirky and majestic PS4 game, HOHOKUM.
  • FIVETHIRTYEIGHT LIVE – Nate Silver & FiveThirtyEight Team
    Political and sports forecast site FiveThirtyEight, also known as Nate Silver’s Political Calculus, will be hosting a live podcast at Hackfort. Nate Silver and the FiveThirtyEight team will talk about how we can use data to make sense of politics and policy from the local to national level. This is a Hackfort badge priority event.

  • ROUNDTABLE: HOW TO BUILD A PODCAST – FiveThirtyEight Team
    Join members of the FiveThirtyEight team to discuss and learn tips on how to start your own podcast in a roundtable talk. This is a Hackfort badge priority event. Signups will open once the Hackfort schedule is announced.
  • NARRATION IN PC, CONSOLE AND VIRTUAL REALITY GAMES
    Moderated by local developer Jim Bradbury (Black Box VR), this panel of all-stars will be discussing the guidelines, nuances and challenges for writing strong narration for PC, Console & VR games. Panelists include Ann Lemay (Mass Effect 3), Sabrina Jacques (Eagle Flight VR), Toiya Finley (Fat Chicken) and Cory Davis (Here They Lie VR).
  • BOARD GAME HACK – CARVR & Citizen Scientific Workshop
    CARVR, in conjunction with Citizen Scientific Workshop, will be leading a two-hour board game hack, in which attendees are invited to create a board game from scratch, given components from other games and new building pieces/rules/guidelines. This is an all ages event.
  • UTILIZING MUSIC DATA – Britnee Foreman of Next Big Sound at Pandora
    One of the forefront companies in music streaming, Next Big Sound at Pandora leverage huge amounts of user data to ascertain what song you want to hear next on your randomized listener station. Britnee Foreman, head of client experience, will be discussing how both musicians and listeners can utilize this data to make more informed decisions.
  • ROUNDTABLE: THE FOIBLES & FORTUNE OF PUBLISHING INDIE GAMES – Devolver Digital
    Recently reviewed by PC Gamer as ‘the industry’s most eclectic studio’, publishing studio Devolver Digital has become well-known for their mix of awesome games. From Hotline Miami 2 (Boise’s own Magic Sword is on their soundtrack!), to The Talos Principle, Devolver has its fingers in many gaming pies. Founder Mike Wilson and Andie Grace will be leading a roundtable discussion about the foibles and fortune of publishing indie games.
  • LAPTOP REBUILD WORKSHOP – Brook Lacey of Tech Savvy
    Join Brooke Lacey of Tech Savvy for a workshop in which you’ll learn to disassemble and reassemble. She will educate us on what each part is responsible for and how all the parts fit together. Participants are welcome to bring a laptop, or laptops will be provided.
  • THE WORLD OF AUGMENTED REALITY – Paul Reynolds of Vertex Labs
    One of the hottest topics on the tech industry right now is augmented reality. From Magic Leap to Microsoft, numerous companies are building for this under-realized platform. Vertex Labs, built by CEO and founder Paul Reynolds, is creating tools and technology for AR. Reynolds will be talking at Hackfort about how this medium will ultimately transform the tech industry.
  • THE INS & OUTS OF LEVERAGING BIG DATA – Marshall Simmonds of Define Media Group
    Marshall Simmonds is the Founder of Define Media Group, a company that specializes in SEO consulting and advising, and will be speaking at Hackfort about internet big data. He’ll be teaching Hackfort attendees how to use online tools to interact with audiences, fans, clients and communities. Leveraging big data allows for deeper analysis and helps identify trends for business and personal use.
  • HOW TO BUILD FOR MICROSOFT HOLOLENS – Marianna Budnikova
    Once a Boise local, Marianna Budnikova has turned her passion for augmented reality into a burgeoning career. She will be joining Hackfort to discuss the possibilities that mixed reality can bring, what Microsoft HoloLens is and what you can create with it. She will also demonstrate to start building mixed reality prototypes with HoloLens.
  • BUILDING ANA – Don Winiecki
    Don Winiecki is the Professor of Ethics & Morality in Professional Practice at the College of Engineering at Boise State University. He has created a computer program, titled ANA, which autonomously draws and paints in a limited genre blending naturalistic skylines with abstract expressionism. Don will be describing the genesis of ANA, as well as displaying some of its workings.

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  • KEYNOTE: LAIKA, 3D PRINTING & ANIMATIONBrian McLean of Laika
    The leading production company in building hand-crafted animation and the makers of timeless movies like Coraline, Paranorman, Boxtrolls and Kubo and the Two Strings, Laika is an unparalleled company. Director of Rapid Prototype Brian McLean will be coming out to give a keynote about their use of 3D printers to create their life-like puppets.
  • COFFEE & CONVERSATIONS – Dex Torricke-Barton, Ann Lemay & Eric Barone
    Hackfort will be mixing it up with a series of Coffee & Conversations, where attendees will have the opportunity to sit down in a small group setting with select speakers and ask specific questions over a cup of coffee or tea. Featured speakers include Dex Torricke-Barton (SpaceX, Google, Facebook), Ann Lemay (co-writer of Mass Effect 3) and Stardew Valley builder Eric Barone. These events are sign-up only. Hackfort badge holders get first priority and availability is based on a first-come, first-serve basis. Signups will begin once the Hackfort schedule is announced.
  • STOP-MOTION ANIMATION LAB – David Ultis & Brian McLean
    David Ultis with Citizen Scientific Workshop and Brian McLean of Laika will be hosting a Stop-Motion Lab in which attendees will be creating a community-made stop-motion animation short film by challenging everyone who participates to fill in their own unique effects and movements in the culmination of a community-created final project. This is a family friendly workshop.
  • HARDWARE HACK – Tristan Andreas
    Tristan Andreas returns to lead the fourth annual Hackfort Hardware Workshop. This is a hands-on activity, where participants will build functional instruments to keep and play. Soldering skills are optional as participants will be guided by experienced builders. In past workshops, participants have built acoustic and electronic instruments including noise drones, drum machines, kalimbas, and monochords. In 2017, we will have new kits that are as fun to build as they are to play.
  • VR & THE ART PARADIGM – Agatha Yu of Oculus
    Recently purchased by Facebook, Oculus has become one of the frontrunners of the virtual reality race, pushing both its VR headset called the Oculus Rift as well as producing content through its Oculus Story Studio. Agatha Yu, product development manager, will be discussing how virtual reality is impacting art at large; pushing it from a paper paradigm to a world dominated by 3D design and 3D modeling.
  • DIRECTING FOR VIRTUAL REALITY – Sabrina Jacques of Ubisoft
    Hackfort is honored to bring out Sabrina Jacques, cinematic director & narrative designer for Ubisoft Montreal, who will be sharing her experiences in leading the team for the VR experience Eagle Flight, discussing the technical challenges of directing for VR and the exciting possibilities this new technology has to offer.
  • ROBOT BUILD WORKSHOP – Chickadees
    Boise’s all-girl powered FIRST Robotics Competition Rookie Team, Chickadees, will be hosting a Lego Robotics Workshop and displaying some components of their next robot build. Details soon to come for sign-ups.
  • THE BUSINESS BEHIND MAGIC: THE GATHERING
    Magic: The Gathering is the oldest and most successful collectable card game. Not only has it survived far past original expectations, it defined the genre. Since its inception in 1993, it has developed robust game-play and a massive following, all of which is supported by a complex and highly technical multi-billion-dollar financial market revolving around the sale and trade of the cards. Bringing industry experts to Hackfort, this panel includes judges, store owners and long-time market followers to explain the complexity and larger picture of this seemingly simple game.
  • NARRATION IN PC, CONSOLE & VIRTUAL REALITY GAMES – Jim Bradbury, Ann Lemay, Sabrina Jacques, Toiya Finley & Cory Davis
    Moderated by local developer Jim Bradbury (Black Box VR), this panel of all-stars will be discussing the guidelines, nuances and challenges for writing strong narration for PC, Console & VR games. Panelists include Ann Lemay (Mass Effect 3), Sabrina Jacques (Eagle Flight VR), Toiya Finley (Fat Chicken) and Cory Davis (Here They Lie VR).
  • ROUNDTABLE: AUGMENTED REALITY – Ian Harris
    In additional to VYNYL’s augmented reality experience at Treefort Music Fest and Hackfort, VYNYL President Ian Harris will share his insight into the use of VR and AR (Mixed reality) in the context of large group experiences such as concerts, conventions, spectator sports, and other events. The presentation will include a live demonstration with audience participation – examples of past successes and failures, new and experimental uses, and what the future may hold for these technologies.
  • SURVIVING & THRIVING AS AN INDIE DEVELOPER – Idaho Game Developers
    Michael Wilson of Ponywolf and Scott Meyer of Mutated Software will be representing the group Idaho Game Developers. The duo will be demoing their latest creations and talking about the triumphs and pitfalls of being a developer in Boise.
  • MAKERSPACE PANEL: TOOLS, TRICKS & THE FUTURE OF HARDWARE – Amy Vecchione, Brooke Lacey, Dave Ultis, Scott Schmader & Graham Carter
    Join Boise-native makers as they talk about how they got started, their favorite tools and projects, and what they’re looking forward to the future bringing to the craft! Amy Vecchione (Boise State University) will be moderating and panelists will include Brooke Lacey (Tech Savvy), David Ultis (Citizen Scientific Workshop), Scott Schmader (Creative Technologies Association) and Graham Carter (UP Makerspace).
  • BUILDING SOUNDSELF: MEDITATION IN VIRTUAL REALITY – Robin Arnott
    Robin Arnott, the artist behind the experimental technodelic SoundSelf, draws inspiration from meditation, ceremony, and neuroscience to introduce a new frame for understanding interactivity: trance. Every experience invites its users to surrender themselves to a trance state. Understanding trance gives us the key to a wholly new experience – the first true digital psychedelics.
  • AI NERF WARS – Glen Colby
    Join Glen Colby of Healthwise in a class that will be using Javascript to create a simple AI script to control the actions of an actual person in the world’s most over-engineered nerf gun battle. Up to 8 teams will compete in a fully scripted live nerf battle. Participants should have basic Javascript knowledge. Signups will be announced soon.
  • 2017 IMMERSE-A-THON
    The Idaho Virtual Reality Council (IVRC) and Hackfort are excited to announce the 2017 Immerse-a-thon, a virtual and augmented reality hackathon. This will be an overnight event held at Trailhead on March 11-12. The event theme is Musical Mischief. Teams can range from one to six members. There is a $25 registration fee per team, and food, drink, and t-shirts for all participants will be provided. Registration, prizes, rules, and sign-up instructions will be available starting 2/1.
  • FILM + HACK – KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS SCREENING
    Bring the family out the last day of Treefort Music Fest for a screening of Laika’s Oscar nominee Kubo and the Strings. This Filmfort-Hackfort crossover is an event free to the community and fun for the whole family. This event has limited space available.

  • YOGA + HACK – SKIN IN THE GAME
    Featured at Yogafort, this crossover VR piece is a project that explores the process behind resetting, refining and presenting a dance performance and seeks to promote new avenues for audiences to be transported by the art of choreography and movement.
  • EXPO HALL
    Never experienced virtual reality? Excited about the potential of augmented reality? Eager to see what Boise natives are building and creating? Our expo hall is your chance to get your hands on some awesome experiences – VR and beyond. Expo participants include Stardew Valley, Bion, Curious Media, VYNYL and many more! Open 10am – 6pm, Friday, (3/24) and Saturday (3/25).
  • CUBELET MAKERSPACE – unBound
    The Meridian Library District’s program unBound will be leading a hands-on workshop with Cubelets. These modular units can be assembled into hundreds of combinations creating simple robots. Cubelets are a great tool for teaching robotics and coding to kids as young as age four, but are a lot of fun for anyone with an interest in modular building. This is an all ages event.
  • BOISELAN PARTIES – BoiseLAN
    Join the BoiseLAN crew for two full days of gaming, fragging, fun and hanging out with other gamers. BoiseLAN parties start Saturday (3/25) and will run through the night until Sunday (3/26). This event will be at Trailhead. Signups will begin once the Hackfort schedule is announced and Hackfort badgeholders will be emailed a signup link.
  • STEMbusUSA
    The 60-foot interactive STEMbus brings hands-on STEM activities to Hackfort, featuring the latest technology including virtual reality and robotics. They’ll also be doing science demonstrations outside of the bus using liquid nitrogen!

 


To learn more about the events, the speakers and panelists, check out the Hackfort page here.

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Foodfort 2017 Tastes + Talks

Ah, yes, like a glass of Cabernet paired with a nice juicy steak, nothing complements Treefort better than our always growing and forever delicious Foodfort. This spring Foodfort will make sure you are stuffed, energized and (for those of you over 21) sent off on your individual adventure during this festival of discovery with a brew in hand. Keep reading on to hear more about Foodfort events, Talks & Tastes that will excite your inner foodie.

On Thursday (3/23), Foodfort presents an evening of wining and dining with James Beard Award-winning chef and Top Chef series judge Hugh Acheson! Hugh is the chef/owner of Georgia restaurants Five & Ten, The National, Empire State South and The Florence. He is also the founder of the non-profit organization, Seed Life Skills. Hugh was named Food & Wine’s Best New Chef in 2002 and James Beard’s Best Chef Southeast in 2012.

This four-course meal wouldn’t do the Foodfort name justice without displaying all the delicious delectables Idaho has to offer—including smoked sturgeon, Snake River Farms pork belly and stewed huckleberries. Each course will be paired with local Cinder Wines.

Limited seating is available. With the price of $100 per person this unique experience will be held at the Basque Center, tickets can be found here. Special thanks to Snake River Farms for making this evening possible.

EVENT INFO:
THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 6:30 p.m.
Basque Center
$100 per person, includes Cinder Wine Pairings
Tickets available here

MENU:
Mingling Wine: Cinder 2016 Dry Rosé
FIRST COURSE
Smoked sturgeon, Idaho potato, pickled fiddleheads, sturgeon caviar, fried bread, mustard vinaigrette
Wine Pairing: Cinder 2016 Dry Viognier
SECOND COURSE
Snake River Farms pork belly with flageolet beans, bronzed fennel, collard kimchi, pork dashi
Wine Pairing: Cinder 2015 Laissez Faire Red
THIRD COURSE
Fermented chile crusted Snake River Farms NY Strip, black beluga lentils, stewed greens, fermented carrots, radishes, brussels.
Wine Pairing: Cinder 2014 Tempranillo
FOURTH COURSE
Stewed Idaho huckleberries, buttermilk panna cotta, fried sage, peanuts and roasted peanut oil
Wine Pairing: Cinder 2016 Late Harvest Viognier Barrel Sample

All Foodfort talks are at The Hideout and are open and free for all ages. Foodfort talks are a forum for food-obsessed trailblazers & tastemakers to discuss what’s on their minds and their plates. Here’s how we are feeding our minds this year:

WANT TO SAVE THE PLANET? SAVE THE SOIL! – Josie Erskine, Brad McIntyre, TJ Stevens & Patricia Nilsson
A panel of farmland experts will discuss how preserving farmland brings multiple benefits: mitigating climate change, ending ugly urban sprawl, saving tax dollars and increasing our community’s food independence. The discussion will also feature photographs of farmland and sprawl in the Treasure Valley by Boise State’s Jon Sadler.

  • Moderator: Josie Erskine (Organic Farmer, Peaceful Belly)
  • Panelists: Brad McIntyre (McIntyre Farms), TJ Stevens (Idaho’s Bounty), Patricia Nilsson (Director of Development Services, Canyon County)

SEED LIFE SKILLS:
ENGAGING FUTURE GENERATIONS THROUGH FOOD
– Chef Hugh Acheson
Join Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson to discuss his non-profit, Seed Life Skills, a living curriculum dedicated to empowering youth to be sustainable stewards of food and financial resources. Acheson will discuss how Seed Life Skills—a collaborative effort between culinary and industry professionals, school administrators, parents, teachers, movers and makers—emphasizes innovative and handcrafted approaches to core and community lessons. Includes a special demo with samples.

FOOD WRITING IN THE DIGITAL AGE:
Tara Morgan, Bethany Jean Clement, Ted Scheffler, Craig Cavallo & Guy Hand
Think getting paid to write about food sounds like a dream job? It’s not all lavish meals and expense accounts. Join a panel of professional food writers from around the Northwest to discuss the perks and pitfalls of the profession—from exploring how food criticism has changed in the age of Instagram and Yelp to examining what tools are needed to succeed as a modern food writer.

  • Moderator: Tara Morgan, Foodfort Talks Organizer (VIA Magazine, Food Network, Edible Idaho)
  • Panelists: Bethany Jean Clement (The Seattle Times); Ted Scheffler (Salt Lake City Weekly); Craig Cavallo (Saveur, Conde Nast Traveler, Serious Eats, Thrillist) Guy Hand (Edible Idaho).

CELLARING BEER WITH SAMPLES:
Matt Gelsthorpe & David Roberts
Explore the three age-worthy attributes of beer with the Boise Co-op’s Matt Gelsthorpe and Bittercreek’s David Roberts. With samples!

  • Moderators: Matt Gelsthorpe (Boise Co-op), David Roberts (Bittercreek Ale House)

HOW TO INSTAGRAM FOOD LIKE A BOSS:
Kirsten Grove, Chelsea Harada, Kendra Elise, Kate Seward & Ashley Chapman
What makes some Instagram accounts more drool-worthy than others? Join author and Instagram OG Kirsten Grove, of Simply Grove fame, to explore photography tips, staging and best practices with local luminaries Acme Bakeshop, The Modern Hotel, Form and Function Coffee and Sable Baking.

  • Moderator: Kirsten Grove (Simply Grove)
  • Panelists: Chelsea Harada (Acme Bakeshop), Kendra Elise (The Modern Hotel), Kate Seward (Form and Function Coffee), Ashley Chapman (Sable Baking)

HOW DO WE PUT BOISE ON THE CULINARY MAP?
Dave Yasuda, Izabela Wojcik, Mike Thelin, Remi McManus & Dave Krick
Boise’s food scene is blossoming. From unique preparations to farm-fresh ingredients, we’re on the precipice of a restaurant renaissance. But what’s prohibiting the city from catching the attention of national tastemakers? Join special guests Izabela Wojcik of the James Beard Foundation and Mike Thelin, Co-Founder Feast Portland, to discuss what it will take for Boise to become the country’s next big food city.

  • Moderator: Dave Yasuda (Snake River Farms)
  • Panelists: Izabela Wojcik (James Beard Foundation); Mike Thelin (Feast Portland); Remi McManus (State & Lemp); Dave Krick (Red Feather/Bittercreek)

STREET EATS: A CHAT WITH BOISE’S FOOD TRUCK FLEET:
Sheila Francis, Justin Archambo & Jeff Hoisington
Get a behind-the-wheel tour of what it takes to operate a successful food truck with some of Boise’s best mobile kitchens. From pop-ups to parking pitfalls, you’ll learn the ins-and-outs of Boise’s street eats scene.

  • Moderator: Sheila Francis (Idaho Brewers United)
  • Panelists: Justin Archambo (Funky Taco), Jeff Hoisington (Mad Mac)

STATE & LEMP: FROM INSPIRATION TO INGREDIENT TO PLATE:
Chef Kris Komori
Join James Beard nominated Chef Kris Komori of State & Lemp to explore his creative process—from the unusual places he finds inspiration to the innovative ways he utilizes ingredients to prepare his elaborate final dishes.

APPLES TO APPLES: A LOOK AT BOISE’S CIDER INDUSTRY WITH SAMPLES:
Chris Blanchard, Clay Erskine & Molly Leadbetter
Craft cider is booming across the Northwest and Boise has jumped on the boozy bandwagon. Join representatives from local cider houses Meriwether Cider, Longdrop Cider and Stack Rock Cider to discuss the history of the beverage, the process of making cider and where the industry is heading in Idaho.

  • Moderator: TBD
  • Panelists: Chris Blanchard (Longdrop Cider), Clay Erskine (Stack Rock Cider), Molly Leadbetter (Meriwether Cider)


Foodfort Tastes, a bustling banquet of local bites served by a creative crew of local chefs, is located in the Foodfort/Alefort Tent and is for 21+ only. Foodfort Tastes will feature some wonderful local restaurants, including State & Lemp, The Modern Hotel and Bar, Wildroot Café and Market, Richard’s, Albertsons, Juniper, Bittercreek Ale House/Red Feather Lounge, Mai Thai, Wild Plum Events, Zee’s Rooftop Café, GRIT American Cuisine and Brick 29. Grab a bite at Foodfort Tastes Friday, March 24 through Sunday, March 26.

Foodfort is made possible by the generosity of our lead sponsors Givens Pursley LLP, Snake River Farms and Idaho Preferred. Additional support provided by Visit Idaho, Cinder Wines and Edible Idaho, and partners Treasure Valley Food Coalition, Idaho Farmers Market Association and Idaho Organization of Resource Councils.

Stay up to date on all things Foodfort at treefortmusicfest.com/foodfort, twitter.com/foodfortfest, instagram.com/foodfortfest and with hashtags #foodfort and #eatlocalduh.

 

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Full Comedyfort 2017 Lineup Announced!

Prep yourself — Comedyfort is bringing you four hilarious days at Treefort 2017! Headliners for Comedyfort 2017 include Boise’s funniest comic and author, Emma Arnold, winner of the 2016 Big Sky Comedy Festival comedian Dulcé Sloan, and stand-up comic and writer Caitlin Gill, both hailing from Los Angeles. All three badass women will also perform on the Main Stage both Friday and Saturday night, just before the headliners in addition to individual shows at Liquid Laughs.

You can catch Comedyfort shows at Liquid Laughs Thursday (3/23) – Sunday (3/26) of Treefort. Shows start at 8:00 PM, with additional 10:00 PM shows on Friday and Saturday nights! BONUS! Comedyfort will also have performances at the Alefort Hideout Stage on Saturday eves and a brunch-time show on Sunday.

Entry to Comedyfort is free with a Treefort wristband or for sale at the door of Liquid Laughs for $10 on Thursday and Sunday and $12 on Friday and Saturday. Check out the full Comedyfort 2017 lineup below!

Dulcé Sloan

(((los angeles, california)))

Offering a fresh and honest perspective that’s rare to find, Dulcé Sloan is the Winner of the 2016 Big Sky Comedy Festival. She was recently honored as the 2015 NBC Stand Up Showcase Winner and as a 2015 Montreal Just For Laughs New Face. A favorite among audiences, she was voted runner-up of Atlanta’s 2015 Laughing Skull Comedy Festival. She made her late-night debut this year on Late with Conan O’Brien and her day-time debut as a “Comedian You Should Know” on the Steve Harvey Show. She can be seen this fall on truTV’s Comedy Knock Out. Dulcé’s signature sass and confidence drives her hilarious views on everything from her personal relationships to the absurdities of society.

Caitlin Gill

(((los angeles, california)))

Caitlin Gill is a stand-up comic and a writer. Her writing has been featured on Hidden America with Jonah Ray, the series Take My Wife and in The New York Times. She co-hosts the weekly show Crabapples along with Bobcat Goldthwaite at the Hollywood Improv. She has been featured on NPR’s Snap Judgment.

 
 
 

Emma Arnold

(((boise, idaho)))

Emma Arnold is a comedian, author, and beekeeper. She publishes narrative nonfiction with Exciting Press, is a fan favorite on Doug Loves Movies and Screenjunkies, and has opened for Dana Gould, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Doug Stanhope. She regularly performs at comedy festivals, including the Limestone, Crom, and the Great American Fest. When not touring, Emma lives in Idaho with her family, where she keeps children and bees with varying degrees of success.

 
 

Tamer Kattan

(((los angeles, california)))

Tamer began his comedy career in Los Angeles, but very quickly began to tour internationally. His overseas experiences include tours for the troops in Afghanistan, performing at the American University in Cairo during the Egyptian revolution and the Edinburgh fringe in Scotland, where he received three four-star reviews from international press. Tamer was most recently featured on Seth Rogen’s Hilarity for Charity event with Todd Glass and Hannibal Buress, won the 2015 World Series of Comedy and has TV & Radio credits on BBC and SkyTV in the UK as well as in the U.S. on MTV2, Fox, HULU, HGTV & truTV.

Lace Larrabee

(((atlanta, georgia)))

Stand-up comic Lace Larrabee has appeared in the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival, She Devil Comedy Festival and the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival, as well as clubs across the U.S. and Canada. Lace’s comedy has also made its way from stage to screen as a host and regular featured performer on Laughs on FOX, PureFlix’s new Comedy All-Stars series and Viceland’s Flophouse.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Kwasi Mensah

(((cambridge, massachusetts)))

Kwasi bridges the gap between insightful observations about race and still thinking he could be a Power Ranger when he was 15. He’s opened for the socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell and co-produces Laughing Liberally Boston, a show that combines comedy with progressive politics. He’s been featured in the 2015 Boston Comedy Festival, The Comedy Exposition in Chicago, and was chosen to be Comic In Residence for December 2017 at the The Comedy Studio.

 

 

 

 

Emmett Montgomery

(((seattle, washington)))

Emmett Montgomery is a comedian and storyteller who was made in Utah but has lived in Seattle for most of the 21st century and been failing beautifully on and off the stage for over a decade. When he is not wandering the country telling jokes and falling in love with America, he produces local shows that focus on building community, pushing the limits of what it means to be a performer and celebrating the unique beauty of the city he lives in (Weird and Awesome with Emmett Montgomery, The Magic Hat). Emmett was part of the top 100 in NBC’s Last Comic Standing Season 9 (2015), was voted Seattle Weekly’s Best Comic of 2015 and named one of City Arts Magazines Artists of 2015.

 

John-Michael Bond

(((atlanta, georgia)))

Originally from Chattanooga, TN, John-Michael Bond honed his craft as part of the nationally recognized Atlanta, Georgia comedy scene, running the 1AM Secret Show and working in rooms across the city. Creative Loafing magazine described his comedy as covering, “the arduous yet worthwhile pursuit of love, rationalizing vices with how they impact relationships, the wackiness of death, and why society should be nicer.” He feels that’s accurate.

 
 
 
 
 

Amy Miller

(((portland, oregon)))

Amy Miller is a fast-rising talent on the West Coast and national scene. Originally from Oakland, California, Amy found her comedy chops in the Bay Area and is still a favorite at the San Francisco Punch Line and Cobb’s Comedy Club. After a move to Portland, Amy quickly rose to the top of the Northwest comedy scene, winning Portland’s Funniest Comedian in Helium Comedy Club’s contest, as well as being voted Portland’s Funniest 2013 and 2015 in Willamette Week.

 
 
 
 
 

Ella Gale

(((los angeles, california)))

Ella Gale thinks that the best comedy is an open house into another person’s brain – and she’d like to invite you into hers. The Austin Chronicle has described her as ‘exceedingly clever’, and named her one of Austin’s must-see comics at the 2016 Moontower Comedy Festival. A sharp, witty writer, she tries to keep her nerdiest jokes a little dirty and vice versa. She has performed at Bridgetown and the Chicago Comedy Expo.

 

 
 
 
 
 

Brett Badostain

(((boise, idaho)))

Badostain has seen Mighty Ducks over 30 times. So, he knows what it takes to win: perseverance, teamwork, and Emilio Estevez.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Will Weldon

(((los angeles, california)))

alignleftWill Weldon is a Canadian-born and Los Angeles-based comedian; the Canadian thing only really comes up when he wants to be smug about it. He’s been performing stand-up for over a decade, and has performed across two countries at venues as big as The Mirage in Las Vegas, and as small as the smaller venue in The Mirage.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mike Carrozza

(((montreal, quebec)))

A writer for The Beaverton and The Nicessist, Mike has also been named a Young Gun of 2014 at the Montreal Comedy Nest, has been a recurring guest at the Montreal Fringe Festival’s 13th Hour late night revue show, as well as creating and portraying multiple characters on Walter J. Lyng’s critically adored Night Fight and Brunch Fight series. Mike has worked with the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal as an intern, producing content for the Off-JFL website. In a short time, Mike has established himself as a solid presence on the Montreal comedy scene. In 2015, Mike launched his very own variety show called Mike Carrozza Knows Everybody, a monthly show at Theatre Ste Catherine. The show ended it’s run within a year, but returns sporadically. He has had tweets picked up in Reader’s Digest and Buzzfeed compilations.

Kaz Gable

(((boise, idaho)))

Originally hailing from Wisconsin, Kaz brings a perspective that is relatable, clever, and genuine to his audiences. He enjoys finding the humor in the mishaps and curiosities of his day-to-day life as he navigates being a father and a transplant from the Midwest to Northwest. He is not cool.

 
 
 
 

Mike Coletta

(((los angeles, california)))

Mike Coletta is a Seattle-based comedian now living in Los Angeles. Originally from Alaska, he started comedy performing improv in the wheat-infested, cultural boomtown of Pullman, Washington. There, Coletta cracked up college audiences in the Nuthouse Improv Comedy Troupe, where he performed and directed. Coletta connects with audiences through his quick wit, energetic delivery, and positive presence. His honest reaction to life experiences completely envelops his comedy, and emits a fun, passionate disposition to audiences. Coletta has performed at The Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Emerald City Comicon, and Bumbershoot. He’s also the cohost of the HugLife Podcast.

 
 
 

Sophie Hughes

(((boise, idaho)))

The charm of Sophie Hughes allows her to say and do things she shouldn’t be able to get away with. Her good looks have helped her to achieve regular work as a voice actor. Her talents have taken her all the way to performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Neeraj Srinivasan

(((portland, oregon)))

Neeraj Srinivasan is a comedian from Boise, Idaho now residing in Portland, Oregon. A first generation Indian-American, he found a passion for stand-up comedy in college and has gone on to perform all over the United States since. Neeraj delivers his unique perspective on dealing with race, relationships and millennial life; all while maintaining his enthusiasm and whimsical attitude. He has been featured in the Cleveland Comedy Festival, the Desi Comedy Festival as well as the Crom West Comedy Festival.

 

 

 

Eric Lyons

(((boise, idaho)))

After graduating from Boise High School a year early with honors, Eric Lyons left for college with a head full of dreams and aspirations. Instead of success, he found himself dropping out spectacularly and returning home to his parents’ house. Fortunately, he was able to parlay all of this disappointment to a new career in stand-up comedy, for which his parents are extremely proud (he thinks).

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Henry Russell Stoddard

(((seattle, washington)))

Henry Russell Stoddard was raised in Idaho where he felt a yearning to move somewhere more in line with his more liberal ideas. Shortly after making the move to Seattle, Stoddard came to the conclusion that maybe he just doesn’t like people. His comedy focuses on the extreme negative/positives in life. He’s able to find a silver lining in any cloud, while being able to throw a wet blanket on any time! He’s great at parties.

 

 
 

Lady Bizness

(((boise, idaho)))

Lady Bizness’ Alisha Donahue and Jynx Jenkins are two sweet, smoky broads from Boise who are winning at life. The two met as contestants in a stand-up comedy competition in 2013 and started the popular Lady Bizness Podcast the same year. They’ve always been amazing at everything.

 
 

Eli Nary

(((boise, idaho)))

Eli Nary is a rising comedian in Boise. Since starting, he has been a finalist in Boise’s Funniest Person in 2015 and placed third in Best of Boise Comedians in 2016. He runs a weekly show at Liquid Laughs and travels the northwest. He likes fast food, boxed wine, and a good nap.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

KC Hunt

(((boise, idaho)))

According to a former classmate, KC Hunt has had sad eyes since the fourth grade. Fortunately, he’d rather laugh into the gaping mouth of the dark, meaningless abyss than let comments like that get him down. Winner of the Quarter Hour of Fame Contest #8, KC was a coach for Boise’s Funniest Person, performed at Idaho Laugh Fest 2016 and 2017, and licked shots at the brutal charade since birth. KC’s sarcastic mix of observational and absurdist humor hits on subjects from grocery stores to existential dread, social issues, and small-town life, connecting with diverse audiences while still challenging their assumptions. All with a look on his face, according to friends, like his mustache smells funny.

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