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Thank you Treefort 7!

Treefort 2018 sure was a wild ride — thanks for coming along with us!

THANK YOU to every festival goer, band member, volunteer, sound person, presenter, beer pourer (and spiller), filmmaker, craft brewer, storyteller, yogi, dancer, performer,  kiddo, chef and participant for making this week one to remember. It wouldn’t be as amazing without each and every one of you doing your part and making Treefort 7 a lucky one. See you in the fort next year, March 20-24, 2019!

We will cherish these beloved memories forever and ever. For now, let’s reminisce all the glory that was this weekend together one last time.

Our amazing video team made killer highlight videos every day of the fest. Relive day five below:





This weekend was great from beginning to end! We started the festival off with local groove cats Electric Coconut at El Korah Shrine, followed by a slew of indie pop and rock including New York band Cults. Bodie threw a dance party at Neurolux like old times and Ballet Idaho amazed us with their dance performance with live string quartet at Boise All-ages Movement Project (BAMP)!

We learned more about DACA and DREAMers at Storyfort, weaved through the town of Tultepec in Brimstone & Glory at Filmfort, and discussed copyright challenges faced by musicians in the digital era.



Day two was filled with everything from indie rock to funky soul from the likes of The Suffers, The Districts and Twin Peaks at El Korah Shrine! Los Angeles group Dark Rooms got the party started at Neurolux alongside soulful trip-hip duo Rituals of Mine and electro-pop artist Kelly Lee Owens. We got transported to a tropical island with the sounds of Guayaba and Toronto-based, Colombian-born interdisciplinary musician Lido Pimienta at Boise Contempoary Theater before Brooklyn band Titus Andronicus and Boston post-punks Vundabar rocked the Linen Building.

We watched live podcasts like NPR’s The Big Listen hosted by Lauren Ober at Storyfort, experienced “Artifical Flowers” by LED at the new Performing Arts venue, the Treefort Underground Performing Arts Center (T.U.P.A.C.), laughed with comedians like Daniel Van Kirk at Comedyfort, and chowed down at the Foodfort Meat Up. The radical re-imagining of Henry David Thoreau’s classic “Walden” was amazing at Filmfort and the Hackfort Kick-Off Party was a success!



Treefort 7 kicked into hyperspeed on Friday. Main Stage opened with artist-curator Lido Pimienta, Chicago rockers Twin Peaks, New York rapper Oddisee and backing band Good Compny, and the one-and-only masters of funk, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic! Hanni El Khatib kept us rockin’ and rollin’ before musical collective Antibalas brought the house down at El Korah Shrine. U.S. Girls taught us how to love, and electro-pop Cavegreen brought us all closer together at Linen Building!

Our featured Hackfort Keynote, Nine Inch Nails guitarist Robin Finck, gave a presentation about how he crossed over from composing for NIN to video games. We discussed the growing Idaho beer culture at Alefort, celebrated life at it’s darkest and most joyful moments at The Shrine by St. Terrible and HOUD, laughed with Emma Arnold at Comedyfort, and ate the amazing food made by Chef Carlo Lamagna at Foodfort. Everything Beautiful Is Far Away at Filmfort was mind-blowing, live recording of Idaho Reports was inspiring, and The Dance Commander, Celeste Bolin made us feel like badasses at Yogafort!



We had the party of our lives with Andrew W.K. at Main Stage! We were so lucky to have Antibalas play a second set before Partner took the stage. We rioted with Pussy Riot, and got down to Zola Jesus. The night only got heavier with avant-trio Motherhood and local sweet tarts Thick Business at Neurolux! Avant-psych rockers Kinski rocked the Linen Building and North Carolina emcee Rapsody killed it at Knitting Factory.

The ConsenSys team told us why bitcoin is a community we all should be a part of at Hackfort, Homegrown Theatre’s Horrific Puppet Affair creeped us out (in a good way) at T.U.P.A.C., and renowned Japanese knife makers Shun give you for pointers and best practices when it comes to proper knife care at Foodfort. The strange, beautiful, hilarious masterminds of Miami’s Borscht Corp entranced us with their shorts at Filmfort, Camp Happy at The Nest entertained kids and adults alike, and we danced the hangover out of us at Yogafort or got a little hair of the dog with the Fresh AF Idaho brew over at Alefort.



We started the day with a spring snow and closed out Treefort on Main Stage with some of today’s coolest artists: Connan Mockasin, Jamila Woods and rocked out to a closing set from local favorites Built to Spill! We bounced and sang along to Princess Nokia at El Korah Shrine and closed it out with a sweaty hawt DJ set from Rituals of Mine at Neurolux!

We eased our way into day five with Board Game Detox Brunch with Hackfort. Kids and adults alike were enthralled with STEMbus, Project Flux at T.U.P.A.C., Comedyfort headliner Sophie Hughes, and the shared music video universe of IHC 1NFINITY at Filmfort. The closing ceremony of Yogafort was the perfect way to end Treefort 7.

What a great time! What was your favorite part? What did you discover? Relive all the moments on our Flickr and our YouTube. Relisten to your favorite sounds with our playlists. Like and follow the artists of Treefort and support them when they tour through your town…psst if you’re in Boise, get in on Duck Club shows.

Thanks again for being a part of Treefort 7. See you in the fort for Treefort 2019: March 20-24!

Your Treefort Music Fest Crew

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