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Treefort Music Fest bands: George Clinton, Andrew W.K., Galactic, 90-plus more revealed

After six successful years in Downtown Boise, it might seem plausible that Treefort Music Fest has reached its ceiling.

Or, perhaps in 2018, Treefort will tear the roof off the sucker.

Funk royalty George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic will supercharge the indie festival, which announced its first wave of acts today. The head-spinning lineup March 21-25 is loaded with emerging artists, but also dotted with names familiar to mainstream music fans.

Festivalgoers will groove to jazzy jam-band Galactic, soul group The Suffers and singer Cindy Wilson of B-52’s fame. Headbangers will “Party Hard” to the euphoric anthems of Andrew W.K. and channel their punk-rock energy with critically acclaimed Titus Andronicus.

Indie aficionados will sway dramatically to Zola Jesus, absorb the rhymes of Oddisee & Good Compny and rock out to hometown favorites Built To Spill. There’s even an appearance by Treepeople, the Seattle- and Boise-based alt-rock outfit that helped spawn Built To Spill.

Here’s the entire first round — and remember, this is only the beginning. Treefort, which featured more than 400 acts in 2017, will announce second and third waves of bands in January and February.

▪ George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Andrew W.K., Zola Jesus, Oddisee & Good Compny, Lido Pimienta, Built To Spill, Galactic, Connan Mockasin, Twin Peaks, Cindy Wilson (of The B-52’s), Hanni El Khatib, Antibalas, U.S. Girls, Treepeople, Thunderpussy, The Districts, Horse Feathers, Mirah, Titus Andronicus, Lola Marsh, The Suffers, Kelly Lee Owens, Wild Ones, Kweku Collins, The Seshen, Michael Rault, Pujol, De Lux, Nnamdi Ogbannaya, Dark Rooms, KOLARS, Field Medic, Earth Girl Helen Brown, The Dip, Quinn DeVeaux, Vundabar, Mobley, The Muckers, Kinski, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, Michna, Escondido, Dear Nora, Nick Delffs, Wimps, The Still Tide, Afrosonics, Ned Evett & Triple Double, Thee Commons, Dark Swallows, Motherhood, Federale, Dirt Fishermen, Fruit & Flowers, Sun Blood Stories, Skating Polly, Kitty Crimes, SISTERS, Ratboys, Rosie Tucker, Secret Drum Band, Timmy The Teeth, Current Joys, Orquestra Pacifico Tropical, Dante Elephante, Porlolo, XDS, Overlake, Alien Boy, Oso Negro, Bell’s Roar, Pregnant, CJ Boyd, The Raven & The Writing Desk, Wildermiss, Tispur, Robin Bacior, Sun Valley Gun Club, Super Sparkle, Up is the Down is the, Soul Refuge, Surfs Drugs, Tag Along Friend, Eldren, The Hoot Hoots, Serpentfoot, Groggy Bikini, Crona Clone, The Kinky Fingers, King and Queen of the Losers, Skinny The Kid, Ancient Elk, Melacrusin, The Vang Basics.

Treefort tickets are available to buy now — and you save money by doing so early. Five-day general-admission wristbands are $175, but go up March 1.

In addition to revealing bands, Treefort has been trickling out details about various subforts, ranging from Alefort and Foodfort to Yogafort and Filmfort.

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