March 24 was an action-packed day for Treefort attendees, with no shortage of events to choose from.
Treefort launched its panel discussions at The Watercooler at 1:30 p.m., with conversations on the state of music journalism and how musicians can better market their tunes online. Boise Rock School hosted Freefort, a free performance series across the street, and dancers filled the performing arts slots at The Linen Building.
BW reporter Sheree Whiteley was on the scene:
The Open Arms Dance Project, an "inclusive" company with dancers ranging from 14-66 years old, made the audience privy to its warmup before having some silly fun with a blanket in its first piece and then concluding with the more somber piece "Embrace." The project was started in 2009 and features dancers with physical and mental disabilities. Dancers swirled members in wheelchairs with sweeping artistic motions and had fun entertaining the Linen Building audience.
Off Center Dance Company took the makeshift stage next, and dancer Katie Ponozzo described the set-up as "survivor dance, with all these sort of obstacles."
The large company performed Artistic Director Kelli Brown's modern piece "Reach," followed by Ponozzo's inventive piece "Ball Change," which made use of large exercise balls, small rubber balls and light-up versions. There were audible gasps from the packed crowd when two dancers bouncing treacherously on large green exercise balls nearly missed the large wooden pillars of the Linen Building. But the performers remained unphased and the audience was entranced, other than a few rambunctious children.
Meanwhile, over at the Main Stage, some dark atmosphere clouded the sunny day thanks to the moody tunes of Tartufi, In the Shadow of the Mountain and Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, a Denver band whose singer Hayley Helmricks performed in an Atomic Mama tank top.
Next up on the Main Stage were the festival's big guns, Portland, Ore.'s kitchen-sink orchestra Typhoon and Boise music royalty, Built to Spill, whose frontman Doug Martsch has been spotted so much at the festival, he deserves his own square on the Hipster Bingo app.
BW's Andrew Crisp was on the scene:
When the BTS guys took the stage, the crowd had swelled to numbers yet unseen at the Main Stage. Twitter blew up with mentions of Martsch and the band, some users waxing philosophical on the group's former shows.
The band's setlist included tracks from 2009's There is No Enemy as well as the classics—enough to make any longtime fan nostalgic
Though the crowd at the Main Stage was pretty huge, there were still festival attendees to spare, and they packed into Neurolux for the atmospheric pop of Le Fleur, Aan, The Globes and EMA. They also filed into Red Room for the vagina-centric shrieking of Boise electro-riot girls, Vagerfly.
The band took the stage in orange-and-black striped face paint, and proclaimed Treefort the best audience the band had ever performed to.
After Vagerfly was a blitzkrieg of rock that nearly blew the roof of the Red Room. The climax was when the showcase headliners, Boise surf-punks Teens, invited the audience onstage "to party." the audience accepted the offer, and within a few songs the band was completely absorbed in a dancing mob that is sure to go down as one of Treefort's biggest moments.
But Red Room wasn't the only place things were getting out of hand. According to Crisp, the Reef saw its share of crazy with a hip-hop party.
Mid-way through the Reef's late-night hip-hop lineup during Treefort, the sea of people were parted by security hauling a girl out, four people carrying her by each limb as she wiggled about. The scene was made all the more bizarre by people cheering for her as she was pulled down the stairs.
Good luck Sunday, you've inherited one helluva high bar.