by Andrew Crisp
The Crux was the venueof choice for late-night sets on the first day of Treefort Music Fest, which was apparent by the numbers of festival-goers spilling out the door into the street. The coffee shop reached capacity as the sun set.
At 8 p.m., local two-piece Harvey Krishna set up an amp and donned electric guitars for an impromptu set for the throngs perched by the doorway. Some nonchalantly smoked, others crowded around the the duo anxious for more music before they could head inside.
“We thought we'd provide some guerrilla rock 'n' roll by crashing Treefort," said 50-something Harvey Tawney, part of the husband-wife duo.
After they finished, Harvey Krishna ducked inside to catch the beginning of a set by Boise act Grandma Kelsey, aka Kelsey Swope, who took the stage before the altar she brings to each performance. It was especially large, featuring antlers, skulls, candles, pictures and an elephant sculpture. There, Swope crooned her characteristic acoustic sound, channeling a '50s soul singer.
"It's awful to be so youthful," she sang.
Swope’s set brought new meaning to the “all-ages” moniker the Crux proudly sports. The crowd was more than the local high school set, or the mid-20s crowd; many folks were old enough to be grandmothers.
The rest of the evening was fleshed out by Boisean Elijah Jensen's With Child, and Olympia, Wash., band The Hive Dwellers, featuring Calvin Johnson.