Treefort Music Fest kicks off next week

March 14, 2014 

  • The details

    Treefort Music Fest: March 19-23, Downtown Boise. $139 four-day pass; $59 Thursday-only, $69 Friday-, Saturday- or Sunday-only; $30 single-day main-stage pass. treefortmusicfest.com/tickets.

Treefort? Try Tree Castle. In its third year, Boise's emerging-acts music festival has blown up to more than 360 acts, 17 venues and four days.

Wait — did we say four? It's more like five. Despite the event's official March 20-23 designation, Treefort has evolved into a multimedia supernova with Film Fest (movies) beginning a day early — Wednesday, March 19 — along with a "History of Boise Rock Showcase," an evening concert at El Korah Shrine featuring six live performances from '90s-era bands ranging from Caustic Resin to Graveltruck.

Speaking of getting a head start, Hackfort (tech) and Storyfort (literary) roll out of the gate during the day on Thursday, March 20.

But veteran Treeforters know that the bash doesn't truly kick off until indie-rock trio Finn Riggins — featuring festival director Eric Gilbert on keys — performs at 6 p.m. Thursday at El Korah Shrine. (Cameron Bouiss' snare drum is like a starter's pistol.)

After that, Thursday-night highlights include a barrage of eclecticism: Music ranging from 2013 Treefort favorite Dan Deacon (electronic) and Sallie Ford (rock 'n' roll) to This Will Destroy You (post-rock) and The Dwarves (punk.)

But don't rock too hard. There are three marathon-like days of Treefort action still to come from Friday, March 21, through Sunday, March 23. You'll find a Treefort Survival Guide for those 72 hours in Scene on March 21, including don't-miss band picks.

Want to go but don't have tickets? The Statesman has you covered. We're giving away two four-day Treefort passes every day through Monday. Enter for free here.

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