by Amber Clontz
As Reno, Nevada's Buster Blue finished its set at Pengilly's on March 22, the crowd that had come primarily for the Treefort Music Fest swarmed toward the exit talking excitedly about the next stop—Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside at the Linen Building.
The remaining scene consisted of questioning regulars who accepted their Pengilly's hand stamp with a barrage of questions for the doorman: “What is Treefort?” "Why are all these people here?" "Who's playing?" As seasoned drinkers pulled out $5 bills to foot the cover, they quickly became the grinning, swaying crowd directly in front of the stage.
Last night felt no different than any other night at Pengilly's. Bands Massy Ferguson, Old Death Whisper and Head for the Hills entertained a room that held no less than 40 at any point.
Old Death Whisper, from Hailey, represented all things Idaho folk—the music was dancey and story-focused. The fans were out in force, stamping around in cowboy boots and 10-gallon hats.
Mountain melodies followed in the next act, Fort Collins, Colo.'s Head for the Hills. There’s something about string-picking that complements pretzels and PBR. Head for the Hills brought a taste of Colorado bluegrass onstage and into the ears of a receptive adhoc square dance community.