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Day 4: Full Force Fortin’!

Last night was wild, crazy fun! The Growlers kept us movin’ & Mac Demarco rocked the house all the way through the hallways. Here’s to a full day of dancing, laughing, day drinking and partying and maybe more Delicate Steve stage dives! Let’s get started!

To make sure you’re all ready to go, check out our Treefort 2017 Survival Guide and download the Treefort app. Need help during the fest? The Ranger Station is a great resource.


Music starts at 1:00pm at Main Stage with Queen of the Minor Key Eilen Jewell, Canadian artist Andy Shauf and singer-songwriter Jonathan Richman! Things will start to heat up as JMSN takes the stage, followed by Kishi Bashi. Bold and brassy performer Lizzo gets the crowd warmed up for Mac Demarco‘s second set!

A great night filled with Americana folk sounds at Basque Center tonight. The evening starts with locals Thistledown, nationally touring artist Anna Tivel and songwriter Jeffrey Martin. Local country folk band Curtis/Sutton & The Scavengers and singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews open for another amazing set from Eilen Jewell.

Get punky at Knitting Factory with power punk quartet The Astrophobes, carefree pop punks SKiTTiSH iTZ and New Orleans band PEARS. Garage pop veterans AJJ and punk heroes The Bouncing Souls end the night. There’s also more bands playing upstairs starting at 5:30pm!

The Olympic kicks off with locals Dan Had It, Manhattan-based songwriter HIDEOUT, Portland trio Máscaras and songwriter Palo Duro. The night continues with new supergroup Boone Howard, jazz psych pop kids Aan, LA artist Nico Yaryan and classic band’s band The Dig. (21+)

Party with cool kid Harriet Brown and local sweet tarts Thick Business at Linen Building!

Alvvays close out the El Korah Shrine with their sun-splashed and twilit songs.

…and that’s just the beginning! Check out shows at Neurolux*, Boise All-ages Movement Project (8th & Idaho next to Bittercreek), Mardi Gras, Boise Contemporary Theater, The Shredder*, The District, Hannah’s*, Reef*, Spacebar*, Pengilly’s Saloon*, Tom Grainey’s*, Crowbar* and Fatty’s*.


During this listening session at JUMP’s Inspire Studio at 12:00pm, our panel of music supervisors will give attendees a first hand look into their creative process. Before the panel begins, Treefort Music Fest artists will submit songs based on briefs created by the supervisors for projects they’ve worked on. Then, the panelists will review the songs on the spot and explain why a submitted song may or may not work. Attendees will leave this panel with a greater understanding of the music supervision process and factors that make a song a good candidate for licensing.


Check the schedule for when they tap into barrels from Woodland Empire, Grand Teton, Sierra Nevada, Deschutes, Barley Browns, and many more! Cups get filled starting at noon in the Alefort tent. (21+)


Lot of talks & tastes today! Learn how to instagram your food and how to put Boise on the culinary map. Ladies in craft beer, food truck experts, cider industry heads and renowned chefs will lead discussions about what they know best – wining and dining. Talks are held at The Hideout 12:00-5:45 pm.

All that dancing and moving from venue to venue has got you hungry! Head over to the Alefort Tent for a bite and a brew. For lunch (12:00-4:00pm), try great eats from State & Lemp, Wild Root, Richard’s, Albertson’s, The Modern and Juniper. For dinner (4:00-8:00pm), chow down on Grit/Porterhouse, Market, Zee’s Rooftop, Mai Thai, Bittercreek/Red Feather and Wild Plum Events. (21+)


All events at The Owyhee

Learn how to find your cinematic voice with filmmakers themselves at 11:00am!

Watch What’s Revenge, an innovative docu-fiction work that adapts elements from 70’s pulp revenge cinema to address the problems and pitfalls of relationships in the modern age. Screening starts at 1:00pm.

Go through a whirlwind of events in Dave Made a Maze, where Dave – you guessed it – makes a maze that a band of oddball explorers find themselves trapped in. Find out what happens in Dave’s ever-changing supernatural world at 3:00pm.

At 5:30pm, catch Lacrimosa, an autobiographical story with a healthy dose of fiction about a personal journey through the eyes of a deaf filmmaker saddled between the hearing and deaf world.

All three screenings will be followed by a question and answer session.


Another great day of nerdin’ out in panel discussions and workshops starts at 9:30am at JUMP! Full schedule is here. Hear experts talk about 3D printing & animation, narration & gaming in virtual reality, the art of paradigm and so much more! Learn how to make stop motion animation and how to build a robot. Possibilities are endless! For fun experiments and technology, check out the STEMbusUSA in JUMP’s Courtyard 10:00am-6:00pm.

There will be a Boiselan Party at Trailhead from 6:00pm to 6:00am (Sunday morning)!


Bring your kids and join in the fun! Kidfort, like Treefort, has something for everyone. Create monsters, doodle unicorns and color every color of the rainbow at Fortcraft at The Nest from 12:00pm to 6:00pm.

Also at The Nest will be a group of amateur theater actors performing Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a Shakespeare improv workshop. Charlie “The Noise Guy” inspires kids to become roaring readers through his amazing vocal imitations. Play Date and Boise Rock School bands will play. Fun starts at 12:30pm!

Be sure to check the schedule or the app for a full listing of Kidfort-approved activities in other forts.


In a partnership with the local skate community, Skatefort features a mix of skate and music events at the new Rhodes Skate Park hosted by Boise Skateboard Association. Lifeblood Skateboards pro team members Dalton Dern, Kevin Kowalski, Cody Lockwood, Mason Merlino and Bryce Kanights will host a skate demo at 1:40pm and skate around. Throughout the day they will be doing expression sessions on different features in the park, and doing product giveaways. DJ Allin Purcell, The Band Ice Cream, Wheelchair Sports Camp and Billy Changer will play. Music starts at 12:00pm.


Take a break from venue-hopping and nama(stay) for a class or two at JUMP! Classes start at 10:00 am and end at 6:00pm with every kind of movement from vinyasa flow to dance grooves, including the popular Dance Commander Experience led by our very own Celeste Bolin and a Yoga Elementals class from our yoga headliner Tony G & musical artist East Forest. Check the schedule or the app for full listing of classes.


Get your giggle on with Will Weldon, Mike Colletta and Henry Russell Stoddard at The Hideout at 7:00pm!
Keep the smile on your face by heading to Liquid for two great sets of comedy headlined by Caitlin Gill. First set starts at 8:00pm and the second starts at 10:00pm. Check the schedule or the app for full listing of comedians. (21+)

Performance Art

The Empty Boat Theatre Company presents: There’s Chinese Tunnels Under Boise!, a journey not unlike the game of Zelda, where our friends might just enter the underbelly of Boise, and collect a few fragments of wisdom for themselves. Shows start at 1:00pm and 9:00pm at Boise Contemporary Theater.

Band Dialogue VI is today! Gather in JUMP’s Celebration Circle at 5pm to experience a massive composition, experiment, and conversation that explores the sonics of many bands, stretched out across a space, playing simultaneously, part orchestra, part installation composed and conducted by Seth Olinsky of Cy Dune.


From poetry to podcasts to paperbacks, there’s so much to discover at Storyfort today starting at 12:00pm. Events will be held at The Owyhee and Rediscovered Bookshop. Learn about how hip-hop inspires poetry and vice versa, the ins and outs of podcasting, and writers’ writing process. Check the schedule or the app for full listing of events.


Yogafort isn’t the only place you can test your physical capabilities at Treefort this year. Meet Strengthfort! In a cozy space hemmed in by white picket fence on 12th south of Grove starting at 12:00pm, you’ll be able to wile away doing things like swinging a hammer to ring a bell, winning the silver medal at the 1896 Summer Olympics (or hoisting a dumbbell that would have nearly been good enough to do that, anyway) and testing your mettle against petrified potatoes ranging from adorably wee to bigly yuge.


Yoga + Hack: Skin in the Game
Featured at Yogafort in JUMP’s Pioneer Room 11:00am & 1:30pm, this crossover VR piece is a project that explores the process behind resetting, refining and presenting a dance performance and seeks to promote new avenues for audiences to be transported by the art of choreography and movement.

Hack + Film: Workshop: Stop Motion Animation Lab
David Ultis with Citizen Scientific Workshop and Brian McLean of Laika will be hosting a Stop-Motion Lab in which attendees will be creating a community-made stop-motion animation short film by challenging everyone who participates to fill in their own unique effects and movements in the culmination of a community-created final project. This is a family friendly workshop.

Hack + Story: The Gaming Narrative
This Hackfort and Storyfort crossover event will feature Ann Lemay (Mass Effect 3, Dragon Age: Inquisition) and Toiya Finley (Fat Chicken) discussing the process and techniques used in writing narration for video games. Lemay and Finley co-authored the book The Game Narrative Toolbox and their dialogue will shed light the unique world of authoring video games.


  • Don’t forget to pick up your Treefort VI souvenirs at Merch, located inside the Owyhee….everything is in small quantities so snag it up now, while you can!
  • Need help during the festival? The Ranger Station is a great resource.
  • It’s Springtime in Boise, so bring layers!
  • For more important deets, take a look at our Treefort 2017 Survival Guide.


  • Unfortunately Dulcé Sloan couldn’t make it to Comedyfort.