Between the debut of the Main Stage, all kinds of sweaty dance parties and rowdy punkers on parade, the second night of Treefort went off with a bang.
Starting things off was a grip of hip hop down at the Main Stage. BW reporter Andrew Crisp was on the scene.
A troupe of hip-hop artists kicked off the first day of the Treefort Music Fest Main Stage on Grove Street. In a dirt parking lot, the mammoth stage rose up adjacent to local food trucks and multiple tents offering local brews.
"I'm just a regular guy," said Seattle, Wash. member of Grieves and Budo. "I flew here today, in coach mind you, sleeping next to a woman reading People Magazine. I drooled down my shirt; I felt sexy."
Grieves addressed a huge crowd in the city block-sized space, following Bay Area artist K.Flay, a one-woman phenomenon who uses electronica and quick rap lyrics to create a unique sound.
"Boise, do you want to go on a trip with me? Let's go to Disneyland. Those creepy bears are gonna sing zippity-do-da," said K.Flay's Kristine Flaherty.
But the biggest act that evening was WHY?, headed up by Jonathan "Yoni" Wolf, the monotone-vocal frontman who rapped lyrics like, "While I'm alive I'll feel alive."
That wasn't the only dance music up in the Treefort, however. A psychadelic fiesta was going down at the Deer Lodge showcase over at The Linen Building, where BW reporter April Foster was cold chilling.
Sacramento-based Sister Crayon started things off at 7 p.m. with a set of gloomy, electronically driven indie music. Lead singer Terra Lopez moved about the stage theatrically, emphasizing the different textures of her shadowy music with impassioned dance moves. Her range was impressive—especially when she’d move her mouth away from the mic and belt out verses at the top of her lungs. Comparisons to The xx kept coming to mind.
Monster Rally & Rum Tum and locals, Mozam, rounded out that lineup.
There was also a wicked dance party going on at Red Room, thanks to tunes from the soulful swinging sounds of Hot Bodies in Motion and The Soft White Sixties. The former busted out a wicked cover of "No Diggity," and the latter some powerfully dancable pop-rock that sounded like The Byrds on speed.
Meanwhile, over at The Crux things got out of hand thanks to Moscow's Tim Blood and the Gut Panthers, who rocked short shorts and busted some serious high kicks while blasting through a furious set of punk rock. The audience ate it up, breaking into chicken fights, busting knee slides and crowd surfing in a space with a one-foot high stage. Despite punk's rep for being angry, the melee was gleeful, with big smiles and high fives as moshers made their way around a circle pit.
Less gleeful, was the line in front of Neuroux to see Blitzen Trapper's set. The club hit capacity early on for a showcase that included The Parson Red Heads and The Maldives, leaving many a fan blitzen trapped on the outside. BW's Harrison Berry made it in and caught up with Blitzen Trapper's Brian Koch before the group's set.
Koch sensed that Treefort has changed the dynamic between musicians and the Boise audience. He had only been in Boise for a day, but already saw the change in how people walk the streets—even in how they drink their beer.
“It’s as subtle as the smiles on people’s faces. That kind of activity is infectious,” Koch said.
People also packed into Reef to see The Dirty Moogs rock fake german accents and more. BW reporter Sarah Masterson was on the scene.
Fans at the Reef for Treefort Music Fest on March 23 came to dance. The evening started with local band The Dirty Moogs churning out silly pop songs in fake German accents. Fans were bouncing around from the first song to the last, enjoying covers from Sparks and original hits like “Tight Pants.”
San Francisco band Maus Haus continued to inspire as they opted for a more serious show full of strong vocals and rhythmic beats. By the time the experimental hip hop group Mosley Wotta took the stage, guests of the Reef were beyond buzzed and ready to party. Front man Jason Graham who is also a painter, poet and an educator won the crowd over with his incredible energy and lyrical prowess.
And after all that wrapped up, a sweaty throng of revelers crowded into the ballroom at the Owyhee Plaza Hotel for an epic dance party thanks to local dancemasters Owlwright, and Denver's ravemaster Pictureplane. BW's Andrew Crisp caught the craziness.
Boise band Owlright and qp took the stage for DJ sets to create a sweaty-mass of dancing humans.
"We're pushing the envelope in what can be done in an hour," said James Stevens, one half of qp.
Much to the chagrin of Owyhee staff, and the glee of Treefortians, that party lasted late into the morning.