Treefort Film Series: Bands of 208 Remembers 2009 Boise House Shows

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Boise native Clarke Howells Bands of 208 was screened at the Egyptian Theatre Sunday as part of the Treefort Film Series.
  • Boise native Clarke Howell's Bands of 208 was screened at the Egyptian Theatre Sunday as part of the Treefort Film Series.

Boise native Clarke Howell told Boise Weekly his film Bands of 208 is "sort of a time capsule." Shot between February and August 2009, Howell and his camera visited Grandma's House, Baby Sale and the 208 House on dozens of occasions, capturing the raw energy of La Knots, For Fucks Sake, Vagerfly, Scarf, Mere Cat, Sword of a Bad Speller and more acts in the North End-centric documentary.

So, it was a bit of a homecoming for Howell as his movie filled the big screen of Boise's Egyptain Theatre Sunday afternoon in the second of two days of music documentaries that have made up the inaugural Treefort Film Series.

In one scene of Bands of 208, a resident of Baby Sale—at 7th and Brumback streets—says he was given 15 warnings from neighbors and a citation from the Boise Police Department. Quite matter-of-factly, he said the only logical response was to hold a day-long, night-long benefit at Baby Sale, hosting 20 groups, in order to raise enough money to pay the fine.

"Music is a huge part of most young people's lives," he says. "Most people at house shows are concentrating on the music and giving full attention to the artists. They're really respectful, for the most part."

Howell said he wanted to capture "something special" in 2009.

"Boise house music flourishes in waves," he said.

Nearly four years later, that wave came ashore one more time Sunday afternoon at the Egyptian.

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