Following their muse has made Aka Belle hard to categorize - from bittersweet folksy protest pop songs, to heavy guitar driven feedback mixed with sultry, retro tropicalia jazz vibes, they’ve been anything but predictable. With numerous line-up changes over the years their sound has evolved with each incarnation, allowing various members to lend of themselves in the overall sound. “Don’t be afraid of time or change - it’s constant-” Aka Belle sing in their 2021 release, “New Highs in Leadership;” clearly acknowledging and prophesying their own organic transformations as well as pushing their own boundaries. At the core, Aka Belle remains the same (Catherine Merrick, Sam Merrick and Michael P. Waite), but two new members made their debut on the main stage at Treefort Music Festival #9, pushing this Boise band towards “Supergroup” (said with whimsical exaggeration!) status: Gina Gregerson (Dirt Fishermen, Lovey) joined as backing vocalist and guitarist, and was followed closely by the addition of Troy Wright (Troyject; Hand of Doom, a Black Sabbath tribute band; Treepeople; State of Confusion), on drums. Aka Belle were honored and excited - after an unprecedented 18 months of musical hibernation due to Covid-19 - to be the first band to play TF9 -opening the festival on the Main stage was a truly healing, magical, and beautiful Treefort experience.