Mar. 16, 2018

Discover Music, Creativity at Treefort Music Fest in Boise

Treefort Music Fest (March 21-25, 2018), an annual arts and culture festival in Boise, Idaho, is bringing over 450 rising and renowned musicians to more than 20 venues in downtown Boise. Treefort will also host a diverse lineup of creators, chefs, artists and innovators at nine forts that reflect growing communities in Boise, like yoga, food, beer, tech, film, literary arts, comedy and skateboarding.

Mar. 31, 2017

Treefort Music Fest Is the Festival We Need, But Don’t Deserve: A 2017 Recap

With music festivals being at their peak of popularity – and their peak of homogenization – the search for a festival that truly offers something others don’t becomes that much more prevalent. In the saturated market that is the modern festival scene, if you see a really stacked festival that happens to be taking place far away from you, you can generally take comfort in knowing that at least three-fourths of those artists will be booked for festivals near you.

It’s for this reason that many including myself have been intrigued by the growing popularity of Boise, ID’s Treefort Music Fest, a festival that has for all intents and purposes achieved universal god-tier status as the best festival currently running regardless of location, with a community and feel unlike any other festival you’ll find. It’s easy to be skeptical – especially since Boise’s second most-popular music festival’s 2017 lineup boasts such mouth-watering headliners as Flo Rida and Austin Mahone – but to any Treefort newcomers whom were in the audience in 2017, it’s hard to shake the sensational feeling that Treefort is the most at-home you’ll feel with a modern festival.

At its foundation, Treefort is the city of Boise’s attempt at “North By Northwest,” a name and concept you’ll hear thrown around when discussing any Northwest festival that goes for the SXSW formula of having several venues all in one space, with different showcases happening at once, across a longer stretch of days than the usual two- or three-day festival. However, Treefort’s most unique selling point, besides its communal feel, is the emphasis it puts on spotlighting the unknowns of the Northwest. Out of Treefort’s five days, the main stage was only open for three, and while there were some bigger artists that played on these first two days, spreading out the popular names among these smaller venues and giving them the same showcases as Boise locals and national unknowns alike led to a more even playing field and some of these smaller bands walking away with new fans.

Dec. 4, 2015

Treefort Music Fest Announces First 63 Artists for 2016

Treefort Music Fest has released its first artist announcement. Accompanying the big reveal of 63 bands is an increase in ticket prices to $159 for five-day general admission passes. Ticket prices will increase again Tuesday, March 1. 

The festival runs March 23-27 and will feature more than 400 bands, as well as "forts" for film, literature, yoga, tech and more.

Mar. 28, 2016

Treefort Music Fest: Boise Street Party

As with every other day of this year’s Treefort Music Fest, dozens of bands showcased at nightclubs and other indoor venues scattered throughout downtown Boise, Idaho, on Sat. March 26, the fourth day of the five-day festival. But many festival-goers spent the day outdoors, having fun on a section of the city’s West Grove Street that had been closed to traffic so that Treefort attendees could party in the street.

Other than entry to the Main Stage which required the purchase of a wristband, this whole part of the festival was free for anyone to attend, and it included this year’s edition of what has become a Treefort tradition, Seth Olinsky’s “Band Dialogue.” Olinsky, of Akron/Family and Cy Dune fame, composed “Band Dialogue” to be performed by 20 Treefort bands, and at 4:30 PM the musicians, lining both sides of the street, launched into the piece under Olinsky’s direction. Dashing around from area to area, Olinsky waved his hands constantly giving direction to the myriad musicians who ended up pulling off the piece nicely. A non-vocal piece, “Band Dialogue” was a long, droning piece that had occasional exclamation points put on it by bursts of percussion or flourishes of guitar, keyboards and even saxophone.

Mar. 26, 2015

We Built This Fort

Photo by Jess Flynn

A slew of Boise companies, organizations and individuals came together to stand up Hackfort2 and 'build this fort' for the developers, creatives and tech talent to learn, share and be inspired to their role in the larger Plan of Boise

May. 18, 2015

A Look Back at Hackfort2

Hackfort 2

A snapshot of Hackfort 2, which convened Boise’s developers, creatives and tech talent to learn, share and be inspired to play a transformative role in Boise’s future. A key theme was the Intersection of Technology and Civic Life, and the City of Boise was proud to have been a part of it, March 26-28 in Downtown Boise.

Sponsored by: Boise State University, Metageek, Knight Foundation, Perkins Coie, Kindness, City of Boise, Balihoo, Idaho Dept. of Commerce, Kount, C.K. Haun & Karen Meyer, WhiteCloud Analytics, IdahoPTech Network, Choose Idaho, HP, and Boise Code Camp.

Apr. 12, 2016

Boise: The New Frontier

Boise sits at an apex between the Rocky Mountains and an endless expanse of desert stretching north from Nevada. When the brilliant colors of the setting sun fade over the rolling hills and towering mountains nearby, it’s no wonder Idaho’s dubbed the “Gem State”. The Payette, Boise and Snake rivers meet here – calling to adventurers of every form. The 25-mile long Boise River Greenbelt twists and turns through the city with abundant opportunity for exploration – from parks to pools, and even a zoo found near the city’s river bank. Too far to walk? The local Green Bike system makes cruising a breeze!

With more beards, trucker-hats and Edison bulbs than the state of Oregon combined, Boise is one hoppin’ city!

Mar. 27, 2015

Omar Souleyman Rocks Crowd at El Korah Shrine

Photo by Christina Birkinbine

Omar Souleyman performs at El Korah Shrine on the second night of the 2015 Treefort Music Fest to a highly appreciative, crowd surfing audience.

Feb. 18, 2015

Hackfort 2 to Spotlight, Support Growing Boise Tech Community

by ​Jess Flynn

On the heels of a successful inaugural event, Hackfort returns with an expanded program to highlight Boise’s burgeoning technology industry and attract talent to the region. Hackfort 2 is a hybrid technology conference that not only features speakers and panels covering progressive tech issues, but showcases Boise’s tech community with several networking events and even a collaborative hackathon. As the technology limb of the 2015 Treefort Music Fest, Hackfort 2 will occur March 26 to 28 at The Owyhee in downtown Boise.

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Jul. 28, 2016

Boise’s Creative Class Smashes All Your Stereotypes

The Treefort Music Fest began in 2012 as some music fans' passion project. It's since grown into a massive community event that celebrates Boise-grown technology, yoga, beer, food, comedy and film. Cofounder Lori Shandro Outen (who is also owner of local insurance agency the Shandro Group) explains what makes it so special.

What makes Boise a great place to be an entrepreneur?

The spirit of the people. The size of the community. The ability to effect change. I grew up in large cities, and I never felt there was anything I could do to effect change. 

A lot of things aren't perfect here, but there are enough of us who love what it is, and if we keep participating and doing what we love, I believe it will get even better.

Apr. 18, 2016

Best of Boise: Fun is Easy to Find in Idaho’s Capital City

Boise has long been known as the gateway to Idaho’s wilderness playground. Whether you like to bike or hike, experience a zip line or get a salmon on the line, you can enjoy those activities and a lot more not far from Boise. But there is plenty to do inside the city limits too.

Boise hosts visitors from all over the world for the big Treefort Music Festival that takes place every March. Hundreds of performances from indie bands take place at various venues around downtown Boise during Treefort, and for a few days the whole city is awash in music. Music fans can satisfy their craving any time of year though; some of the big acts coming to Boise this summer include Boston, Ben Harper, Kansas, Testament, Sublime with Rome and Dashboard Confessional. For more intimate shows, fans can hit numerous Boise venues including the Knitting Factory where upcoming shows include the Violent Femmes, Baroness, Tech N9ne, Blue October and Ill Nino.

Dec. 17, 2014

Hackfort Seeks Creative Coders

Photo by Treefort & Hackfort

Like Treefort, Hackfort is showing the world that Boise is made up of an assemblage of creative, passionate and exceptional people who work at innovative companies. It's a chance to meet, share and celebrate with musicians, coders, scientists, artists and entrepreneurs. Part Boise culture showcase, part hack-fest, part conference - all tech-focused. Hackfort features nationally known speakers, unique panels and chances to learn from the industry's best. 

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Mar. 24, 2015

Storyfort Brings Music Fans to Boise’s Literary Scene

The annual music festival has evolved to much more than live music. Boise's Treefort Music Fest has incorportated 'forts' for everyone, including beer-lovers, techies, yogis and story buffs. This year marks Storyfort's second apperance during the five day festival. Treefort's primary vision is to showcase local talent and expose local audiences to artists of varying mediums. This year's Storyfort will highlight artists in five literary mediums including history, fiction, performance storytelling, poetry and a well-known blogger.