When The Crux opened earlier this year, BW said it could be a much-needed hub for a long-frustrated underage music scene.
The Treefort showcase on Friday, March 23 at The Crux was a huge blast of momentum for that potential.
About three dozen fresh-faced, black-clad teens crowded in at 7 p.m. to hear the guttural wails of high school punks 1D. The band sounded like a high school punk band, but the gleeful rash of pogo-dancing was a straight shot of hope for the future of live music in Boise.
After 1D, was Caldwell super-group Dead Kid, featuring members of Art Fad and Fountains. The crowd was not quite as pumped for Deaf Kid, but the rock was still dished up raw and members of 1D took advantage of the sound to go for a quick crowd-surf.
Next up was one of the best-named bands of Treefort: Tim Blood and the Gut Panthers.
The Moscow-based punk band made it clear what the audience was in for right out of the gate when the drummer took off his pants and started writing on his chest with a Sharpie as the guitar players were tuning up.
"Let's get rowdy," the singer announced, and the band blasted into a series of short, loud songs and high-kicks in short shorts.
The microphone cut out for nearly a third of the set, but the band plowed onward anyhow, to the collective thrill of the audience. Chicken-fights and knee-slides broke out in front of the stage, and the bassist for The Bare Bones sat on the sidelines offering high-fives to people as they flashed past him in an old school circle pit.
Next up was Caldwell band Fountains, which dropped low-tempo electro on the audience from a wicked viola-guitar and a Micro Korg.
The Crux quickly filled up with young and old, proving that good music isn't necessarily about booze sales.