Thank You Treefort VI!

Looking back at all the fun we had this weekend is very emotional. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve stayed up late and danced for days. Before we say goodbye (for now), let’s reminisce all the beautiful moments had this week.

THANK YOU to every festival goer, band member, volunteer, sound person, presenter, beer pourer (and spiller), filmmaker, craft brewer, storyteller, yogi, dancer, performer,  kiddo, chef and participant for making this week one to remember. It wouldn’t be as amazing without each and every one of you doing your part and making Treefort VI one for the books. We wish we could monster hug all of you!


This weekend was great from beginning to end. We started the festival off with local ambassadors of groove Sly Moon Sutra at El Korah Shrine, followed by a slew of electronic artists including Boise’s very own Magic Sword. Meat Puppets proved that they’re the godfathers of grunge at Neurolux.

We learned more about the refugee experience through photography project Stronger Shines the Light Inside and short film Rita. Ballet Idaho (choreographed by Daniel Ojeda) graced us with an outstanding performance at Boise Contemporary Theater.


Thursday was filled with sick beats and rap flows from the likes of soulful trip-hip trio Rituals of Mine at El Korah Shrine. Hip-hop artist Open Mike Eagle got the crowd pumped for psych-pop folk-hop band WHY?. Psych-rock outfit Battlehooch rocked the Neurolux along with Treefort alums AU and New York band Delicate Steve. Doug Martsch, Bijouxx and Sleepy Seahorse had us feelings all the feels at Boise Contemporary Theater. The vivid instrumental imagery of Polyrhythmics blew us away at Hannah’s and badass babes The Coathangers rocked the Linen Building before dancing the night away with DJ’s at Mardi Gras.

Local comedian Emma Arnold kicked off the first night of Comedyfort. We were inspired by the epic story of Kyle Bryant, The Ataxian. Foodfort hosted an amazing four-course meal by chef Hugh Acheson at Basque Center and Hackfort kicked off their festivities with a party at Woodland Empire. There’s Chinese Tunnels Under Boise! kept us on our toes. Storyfort taught us more about the state of modern journalism, the refugee experience and poetry with their insightful panels and readings. Jungo Blizzard shook his booty outside the El Korah!


Treefort VI kicked into high gear on Friday. Main Stage opened with the always amazing Thunderpussy, New York rockers Delicate Steve, beach-pop troubadours Sonny & The Sunsets and ended with Brooks of The Growlers playing baseball with his microphone with the audience. The Egyptian Theatre show with local dance & music troupe LED followed by Magic Sword with the Boise Philharmonic proved to be epic. Xenia Rubinos got rowdy at Linen Building. Mac Demarco played his first set of the festival at El Korah Shrine and blew us away!

We sipped on the Tres Demones White Rye IPA by Crooked Fence and munched on food from Juniper in the Alefort Tent. Caitlin Gill cracked us up at Liquid and the screening of How the Sky Will Melt took us through an apocalypse. Hackfort inspired us with their panel discussions and workshops at JUMP as well as a special live podcast of FiveThirtyEight at Egyptian Theatre! Storyfort was full of great readings from fantastic authors and the music industry panel gave artists and fans alike a new understanding of music supervision. Yogafort got started with a full day of blissful and exciting classes.


Kishi Bashi rocked Main Stage followed by bold and brassy performer Lizzo. Mac Demarco‘s second set was awesome! Garage pop veterans AJJ and punk heroes The Bouncing Souls closed out the Knitting Factory. We partied with cool kid Harriet Brown and local sweet tarts Thick Business at Linen Building. Alvvays closed out the El Korah Shrine with their sun-splashed and twilit songs. Eilen Jewell touched our hearts at Basque Center.

We got our giggle on with Will Weldon at The Hideout and delved into the life of a deaf filmmaker in Lacrimosa. We sipped on the Farmside Grape Must Saison by Uinta and munched on food from Wild Plum Events in the Alefort Tent. STEMbusUSA entertained us, along with the other Hackfort discussion panels and workshops. Fortcraft, Strengthfort, Skatefort, Band Dialogue VI, poetry slams, yoga classes, music licesning pitching session….there was so much to explore and discover and we conquered it all!


We all got blown away and put in tears by English poet-rapper Kate Tempest and the cinematic, tonally rich work of Lower Dens kept us in awe. Angel Olsen‘s disarming, timeless voice closed the night at Main Stage but the festivities weren’t over until electronic pop dance heroes STRFKR took the stage at El Korah Shrine. Treefort VI ended with a DJ set from Chanti Darling at Neurolux and DJ Fresh Direct at Fatty’s.

Portia Saban’s live podcast featured panelists that informed us about how the music industry is changing. We sipped on the Barrel Aged Blonde Sour by Barbarian and munched on food from Brick29 in the Alefort Tent. Neeraj Srinivasan kept us giggling at Liquid and 6 Dynamic Laws for Success in Life, Love & Money kept us intrigued. The famous Treefort Amateur Dance Battle III got us shakin’ and the poetry performances calmed our hungover heads.

What a great time! What was your favorite part? What did you discover? Relive all the moments on our Flickr and our YouTube. Relisten to your favorite sounds on our Spotify and SoundCloud playlists and donate to Boise Rock School Scholarship Fund when you download the 2017 Trail Mix. Like and follow the artists of Treefort and support them when they tour through your town…psst if you’re in Boise, get in on Duck Club shows.

Thanks again for being a part of Treefort VI.

See you in the fort for Treefort VII!

Your Treefort Music Fest Crew

p.s. In the case you had too much fun and forgot to buy some souvenirs, we’ll have all merch up on our site soon enough, so make sure you sign up for our emails.

Our amazing video team made killer highlight videos every day of the fest. Relive day five below:

Listen to both FiveThirtyEight podcasts that were recorded live at Hackfort during Treefort 2017.

“This week’s FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast was recorded live at the Treefort Music Fest in Boise, Idaho. The team talked to Boise Mayor David Bieter about local partisanship, played a round of wonky political trivia and answered audience questions. The crew discusses the failure of the House GOP health care bill in a separate live emergency podcast.”

You can listen to the episode by clicking the image above or by downloading it in iTunes, the ESPN App or your favorite podcast platform. If you are new to podcasts, learn how to listen.

Listen to the Future of What podcast recorded live at Treefort Music Fest 2017:

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