With our vast wilderness areas and mountain ranges, clean rivers and lakes, open prairies and big skies, this big little state in the NW can often feel like living on the frontier of a young developing nation -- and it's exciting times on the frontier.
Here in Boise, the capitol city, in the midst of a vibrant downtown scene of young professionals, mom-and-pop local businesses, bars and nightclubs, late night pizza joints, college town energy, and progressive minded city planning -- there's a music, dance, theater and arts scene with a fresh, vibrant outlook producing ever-growing excitement here in Boise as well as from eyes and ears outside of the Treasure Valley.
Boise has for years received accolades for being a great place to live and raise a family, but in recent years it's been getting increased attention as a hot spot for young up-and-coming artists. It's in this spirit, that we introduce you to TREEFORT MUSIC FEST. Conceived as an extension of the current momentum in the Boise music scene and art scene at large, our vision is that Treefort will provide the opportunity for Boise to play host to the national and regional music scenes while showcasing a lot of our own up-and-coming talent as well. We see Treefort as another stepping stone for our young scene -- to further introduce emerging national, regional and local artists to the music fans in the Treasure Valley so that future tour stops by those bands will be greeted with more and more familiar faces and encourage more artists to consider Boise a relevant stop on their tours.
With the introduction of free-form non-commercial community radio station Radio Boise KRBX 89.9 FM to the FM airwaves in April of 2011, emerging artists are getting more airplay all over this large population center for the first time in decades, if not ever. Many of us are already active in the Radio Boise family as volunteers, fans and supporters and completely acknowledge the station's role in the increased synergy here in Boise, not only in the music scene, but in the arts scene at large. Treefort Music Fest is an extension of that synergy and all profits made from the inaugural (2012) festival were donated to the Radio Boise cause.
If you are interested in playing this year's festival, please email Eric Gilbert at gilbert[at]treefortmusicfest[dot]com.
Venues & Locations
More details regarding venues around downtown Boise that this year's festival will be taking place in will be revealed soon. Treefort 2012 was held at an outdoor Main Stage on the Owyhee Plaza overflow parking lot at 12th and Grove St in downtown Boise, our other stages were at Neurolux, The Red Room, Linen Building, Reef, The Crux, Owyhee Plaza and Pengilly's. Treefort Music Fest is a representation of Boise and it's scene and culture, but for reference, it has also been inspired by festivals like SXSW (Austin), MFNW (Portland), The UMS (Denver), CMJ (NYC), MPMF (Cincinnati), Troika (Durham, NC) and many others.