In addition to the official Treefort events swarming downtown Boise Thursday, March 21-Sunday, March 24, a cluster of unofficial goings-on will buzz around the periphery of the fest, adding another dimension to the experience.
The Record Exchange will once again host free, all-ages in-store performances each day of Treefort. The bands playing will only be revealed the day of the performance through the store's website and social media.
"If someone's under 21, or there are two bands they want to see playing at the same time, in-stores are a way to see both bands," marketing and promotions director Chad Dryden said.
Boise Rock School will give the festival kid-friendly appeal with performances by BRS bands, along with educational seminars from Treefort acts at its facility at 1404 W. Idaho St.
Sam Cooper & Friends, House of Light and Tea Cozies play Saturday, March 23, following a noon performance by BRS bands. On Sunday, March 24, Emily Wells will perform from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and discuss her use of looping guitars.
"Our hope in doing these concerts is to expose more of our students to Treefort and touring musicians, in general," said BRS co-owner Ryan Peck.
What Boise Rock School is doing for children, Sammy's, located at 509 W. Main St., is doing for Boise's punk scene with Treehouse of Horrors (see Listen Here, Page 23).
Treehouse is an independent festival running Thursday, March 21, through Saturday, March 23, featuring local hardcore and punk acts like Upinatem, Piranhas and Black Bolt. The doors open nightly at 9 p.m. and admission is free.
"There's a lot of bands out there that could use some attention," Sammy's bartender and booker Ryan Sampson said.