Mar. 30, 2016

The Long & Short of Treefort

by ​Jess Flynn

"Expect to be victimized by love at Treefort." That one line got to the essence of the coverage of Boise's fifth annual festival of discovery... aka Treefort Music Fest. While natives and born-again Boiseans can tout the attributes of this place frequently and with fervor, it's always insightful to see how visitors experience our home - especially during Treefort week. Here's a roundup of takeaways from visiting reporters and bloggers.

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Mar. 21, 2016

How Treefort Showcases Boise’s Soul

by ​Jess Flynn

A convening. A tipping point. A series of catalytic experiences. The moments between the programmed moments. 

Beyond the overwhelm of hundreds of music acts, the impending fifth Treefort Music Fest means so much more than merely music. In a flurry of five-days of activity, it encapsulates the soul of Boise.

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Apr. 3, 2015

Rounding Up Outsiders’ Perspectives of Treefort

by ​Jess Flynn

"Both Treefort and Boise continue to grow and one visit any day of the week will make a fan out of anyone." Rounding up the feedback from our out-of-town guests who descended on the Boise Metro for Treefort Music Fest. 

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Apr. 3, 2017

Treefort Music Fest’s Best Year So Far

Treefort Music Fest kicks off the annual festival season in the Northwest and now in its sixth year, Treefort has become one of the must attend events in the country. Where else can you catch over 400 bands, sample a wide variety of micro-brews and ciders, learn a whole lot about technology and see new and emerging films?

Treefort Music Fest has become a seasonal celebration to explore new music and bands from around the country. With a heavy dose of the Boise music scene, bands from Seattle, Portland, Denver, Los Angeles, London, New York and points in-between come to Boise to hang-out for the long weekend.

Mar. 29, 2015

This is Treefort

Treefort Music Festival, 2015

The sights, sounds and energy of the Treefort Music Fest in downtown Boise through the lens of Joe Jaszewski from the Idaho Statesman.

Jan. 14, 2016

Treefort Music Fest Announces Second Wave of Artists

by Treefort Music Fest

Boise, Idaho's Treefort Music Fest (March 23-27) is thrilled to announce its second wave of artists, which includes Built to Spill, Nosaj Thing, Thundercat, Pictureplane, Christopher Willits, and more. The full list of acts to perform at this year's festival can be found at, and be on the lookout for the third and final artist announcement next month!

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Mar. 21, 2016

Treefort Music Festival Set To Host More Than 400 Bands

Beginning Wednesday, downtown Boise venues will host over 400 musicians and artists from around the Treasure Valley and the world. In its fifth year, Treefort Music Fest is a five-day festival that provides an opportunity to discover new musicians, art and the latest technology trends. Besides headliners like Boise-based Built to Spill, YACHT and Chairlift, this year, a handful of bands from Canyon County are on the music lineup, including singer-songwriter Ana Lete of Nampa.

Jan. 7, 2016

Treefort Music Fest Announces Latest Hackfort 365 Event: Get Your App In Gear

by Treefort Music Fest

Treefort Music Fest is excited to announce the next installment of Hackfort 365: Get Your App In Gear, hosted at Trailhead Boise (500 S 8th Street, Boise) on Tuesday, January 19th at 5:30pm. 

Get Your App In Gear is a two-part event focused on apps created for and by Boise area residents and will kick off with a presentation by the Treefort App Team. Comprised of a group of volunteers from Whitecloud Analytics, the team will showcase the all new Treefort App, reveal how they organize and how they find time and locations to work together, which major technologies they’re using to stay productive and agile and how they plan what is next and handle our feature list.

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Mar. 19, 2015

How Volunteers Built Boise’s Treefort Music Fest

Over the last four years, more than 1,500 people have volunteered for the annual Treefort Music Fest. Beginning in 2012 as a three day music festival with 130 bands, the event has grown to five days with over 400 bands and added features including yoga, technology, writing and film. The Treefort staff attributes the growth and success of the festival to it's enthusiastic, hard-working volunteers. This year's festival will be ran by a group of 600 volunteers, donating a combined 5,400 hours of labor. 

Jun. 19, 2017

Treefort Music Fest Teaches Us How To ‘Festival Better’

What if your festival experience asked you to grow as a human, to learn as an artist, as an individual? What if we stopped worrying about what everyone is wearing and who is who and we all just hung out for a weekend? I truly mean it when I say Treefort is for everyone, there is no scene, no pretense, no cool kids, or exclusionary vibe. It’s just nothing but goodness.

So, let this be a call to change festival culture and learn from these Idahoans. Let’s be a little more inclusive, and a little more loving, a little more inclined toward discovery and trying something new. Because there are podcast chats to hear, midnight Magic Sword to attend, and tacos to eat, and lambs roasting in honor of the Basque heritage, and late night breakfasts, and a million other delightfully strange things to try and see and listen to. And who knows, you just might love it.

Oct. 5, 2015

Treefort Becomes First Benefit Corporation Music Festival

Boise's Treefort Music Fest is stepping out under a new business model. According to a press release Friday, the music festival received Benefit Corporation (B Corp) certification this summer, becoming the first and only music festival with that status. B Corporations are for-profits where shareholders adhere to missions that include transparency, positive social impact on local communities and environmental consciousness.

As the B Corp website puts it, the designation is like what "Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk."

Mar. 27, 2015

Smile. Treefort has that effect on everyone

Successful festivals are known for many different qualities. Treefort Music Fest, running March 25-29, might be the only one famous for its sunny disposition.

I'm not talking about the unseasonably warm weather, although the meteorological gods almost always seem to smile on Downtown Boise's late-March event. I'm talking about unabashed friendliness...Boise's emerging-acts showcase has oozed optimism, idealism and inclusiveness from the start.

Jan. 21, 2016

The Examiner: Treefort Music Fest Looks to the Future as a Certified B Corporation

The first time I ever attended Boise’s Treefort Music Fest (for it’s inaugural event back in 2012), I set a simple goal for myself: Come back next year and play some songs, no matter what. Although my band Confluence had just formed and didn’t even have those songs written I was determined to rock Treefort 2013.

After plenty of emails to Festival Director Eric Gilbert and some help from our well-connected manager we were able to land a last-minute, unofficial spot at Alefort, the festival’s outdoor beer garden. Yeah it wasn’t the main stage, but a lot of people ended up watching us, making it worth the trip from Denver. More importantly, I achieved my rather ambitious goal of playing Treefort despite having such a young band.

Now in its fifth year, Treefort is closer to reaching its goal of becoming a self-sustaining, for-profit festival as a certified B Corporation. At the same time, it is still providing opportunities for emerging artists to take part in the festivities. On Jan. 14, Treefort announced its second wave of artists, adding 100 more acts to its March 23-27 lineup, including lesser known groups like Fresno, California’s Light Thieves, Denver’s The Still Tide and Boise’s own Western Daughter.

Mar. 27, 2015

How Boise’s Treefort Built An Offbeat Partnership Between Shriners And Rock ‘N’ Roll

El Korah Shrine is one of those buildings in downtown Boise people pass by all the time, but probably haven’t ever been in. In the last couple of years, Treefort Music Fest has exposed thousands of people to the venue – giving the old-school fraternal organization some new-found relevance with a younger crowd.  

Mar. 27, 2018

Boise’s Treefort Shows The Possibilities Of Diversity And Representation At Music Festivals

Maybe the best part of the music bill that Treefort put together this year is that it didn’t feel like an attempt at inclusiveness. And that’s the thing, festivals can easily have broad representation with the sense that they compromised any aspect of their festival’s identity. The top-billed artists — George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Andrew W.K., Princess Nokia, Pussy Riot, Rapsody, Cults, Zola Jesus, Oddisee & Good Company, and Lido Pimienta — offered up just a single white male in their midst. It’s actually a rare occurrence that a festival features more women than men at the top of their poster, but there wasn’t just diversity in genders and race, there was also a fascinating diversity of sound. Rap, funk, punk, rock, and other artists who are less easy to classify were all featured prominently. In all, it is a lower-key representation of what is possible with festivals show some imagination, legwork, and a commitment to being the change that needs to occur.

Mar. 25, 2016

Treefort Music Fest

Dec. 3, 2014

Treefort Music Fest Named Boise’s Cultural Ambassador for 2015

by ​Jess Flynn

Mayor David Bieter named the Treefort Music Fest as the City of Boise’s cultural ambassador for 2015. As part of the recognition, Treefort receives a $25,000 grant recognizing the festival’s positive impact on the city’s visibility, economy and cultural scene.

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Feb. 13, 2017

Treefort Music Fest: Boise Ready for Five Days of Fun

Boy oh Boise! Idaho’s capital city is ready to shimmy and shake for five straight days when the Treefort Music Fest takes over Boise’s downtown March 22-26. The festival will feature shows from about 400 performers including sets from recently-announced acts like Angel Olsen, Buku, Chastity Belt, Magic Sword, Mimicking Birds and Y La Bamba.

The Treefort Music Fest takes place at a variety of venues around downtown Boise, which is compact and very walkable. Even the largest of the venues is relatively small and part of the fun at Treefort is being able to get up close to the artists. While the line-up is generally heavy on performers from the Pacific Northwest, bands come from all over the world to showcase in Boise. Some of the performers coming from overseas include Australia’s Alex Cameron, Canada’s Walrus, Swiss act J&L Defer and Happyness from London, England.


via BoiArtAndHist

@MayorBieter announces @treefortfest as the next Cultural Ambassador of Boise!
Mar. 26, 2018

Treefort Music Fest: Boise’s Ambitious Festival Showcases Its Boom

At any given moment, those who traversed a 16-block stretch of downtown Boise over the past five days might have stumbled upon 200 people doing yoga; a child’s face wrapped in virtual reality goggles; a dozen bands arranged in a circle, playing in unison under the direction of a conductor in the center; burly dudes lifting massive chains into the air; toddlers building forts out of cardboard; skateboarders hurling towards cement ceilings to a heavy metal soundtrack; George Clinton belting timeless funk; celebrity chefs plating Wagyu beef; saxophone buskers singing “I wanna dance with somebody;” bros shooting baskets at a hoop attached to a graffiti-laden van; Pabst Blue Ribbon jumpsuits and lion onesies. Well, one PBR jumpsuit, and one lion onesie.