Treefort: Atomic Mama's Religious Revival at the Main Stage

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Boise band Atomic Mama has seen a meteoric rise in the local scene. But the band's lift-off hit the stratosphere with its set at the Treefort Main Stage in the early afternoon on Sunday, March 25.

What started as a bluesy rock 'n' roll set quickly morphed into the trio's more electronic numbers, specifically tracks off its most recent EP, Bodies in the Sun.

Daniel Kerr has a religious experience at Treefort.
  • Daniel Kerr has a religious experience at Treefort.

As the band launched into the final songs of its set, the storm gods laid an angry finger down upon the crowd, unleashing heavy gray clouds and winds that shook the stage on its foundation. In the audience, a man in a white dress carried a wooden cross upon his back.

A heavy cross to bear.
  • A heavy cross to bear.

The hanging speakers swung and staff struggled to wrangle tents. The hair and very frames of Daniel Kerr, Jake Warnock and Stephen Gere fought against the gusts of wind while they frenetically pounded their instruments.

Jake Warnock of Atomic Mama fights the weather to deliver electronic rock anthems.
  • Jake Warnock of Atomic Mama fights the weather to deliver electronic rock anthems.

As Atomic Mama's set ended, the audience launched into a frenzied dance party to the beats of electronic synthesizers. Kerr and Warnock diddled their guitars as the weather reached its nastiest—the entire stage was the prow of a ship blasting through the waves of a tempest.

"Thank god for Treefort," said Kerr. "And thank Eric Gilbert."

As the clouds parted over the Main Stage, the sun popped out mere moments after the band finished. It seems something other-worldly was roused by Atomic Mama.

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