Treefort Music Fest is a 4-day event taking place March 20-23 in downtown Boise, Idaho. Learn about Treefort by exploring the information below and the links above.
Building a Treefort
The early incarnations of a Boise-based festival came about as a small group of friends, inspired by recent artistic happenings in the city, met together to brainstorm ways to make the city’s art scene even better.
One pal threw out the idea of getting a music festival rolling in the city of trees - something to expose national and regional acts to the wonders of Boise, while showcasing the best and brightest local artists. Excited and in full agreeance, the group started planning long term - aiming to get an inaugural run going years down the road, as necessary startup funding wasn't immediately available.
As word spread, the group - helmed by Eric Gilbert - connected with the folks from Duck Club Presents, who were simultaneously pursuing similar interests and shared a vision with the original group. In true Boise spirit - rather than compete, the two parties decided to join forces, sharing resources and hitting the ground running on a 2012 event.
The group worked tirelessly. The idea grew. It got a name - Treefort Music Fest. This festival developed a new sponsorship model - working solely with locally involved organizations. The group of organizers expanded and over 200 volunteers got involved.
Six months later, Treefort hosted 137 acts and thousands of attendees. The inaugural run was so successful for the city, this thing became an annual event. In 2013, the numbers grew, nearly doubling the number of bands, venues and attendees, even adding additional events throughout the festival such as Treefort Film Series, Yogafort, Bricofort, Alefort and more. Driven by a passion for Boise and music at large, Treefort’s vision remains the same: to showcase regional and national emerging talent to music fans in the Treasure Valley and beyond.