Austin, Texas plays home to the now legendary annual South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival, drawing bands from the world over to the week-long event that has become a catapult for some of the best new talents in music. Last year Boise launched its own independent, Treefort Music Fest that hopes to provide the Treasure Valley and Pacific Northwest with its own annual highly respected sonic pilgrimage. Treefort is grass roots, DIY and free of corporate sponsorship, and with an emphasis on emerging music.
The 2012 inaugural event was hugely successful and proved that the Boise music scene is more than ready to stand on its own two feet, providing a showcase for the state’s blossoming local talents and those from around the nation and the world.
So excited were music fans about the Treefort experience that in October 2012, before any bands had even been announced for the Second Annual Treefort Music Fest, scheduled for March 21-24, 2013, the initial batch of early-bird priced wristbands sold out in 17 minutes: Succeeding ticket sales continued to be faster than those at the same time last year.
This year, Treefort is packed with more than 260 bands and artists from all over the U.S., Canada, and even the U.K., including more than 100 of Idaho’s strongest talents. Among the local artists performing will be Boise legends, Built To Spill, and Boise-based Youth Lagoon, which was one tabbed as one of Rolling Stone's "Twenty Must-See Acts" at SXSW. Los Angeles based Foxygen and Portland, Oregon’s Unknown Mortal Orchestra, also included in the twenty, shall be performing at Treefort 2013 as well.
The festival begins tomorrow night, March 21 at 6PM when local favorites, indie rock trio Finn Riggins hit the stage at the El Korah Shrine. Over the course of the next four days artists will perform each day and well into the night, at more than a dozen locations all over downtown Boise.
The event will also feature films. performance art, panels and more. Details here.
A full list of artists, locations, and times can be found here.
View The List for a closer look at 10 of the 2013 Treefort Fest bands to check out this weekend.