On March 22, the inaugural Treefort Music Fest shot off like a confetti cannon. After many bands, many colorful ID wristbands and far too many mini Ale Fort beers, the festival wrapped up March 25. Through it all, there was a recurring comment uttered on the streets of downtown: This feels like a vacation.
While we echo the spirit of that sentiment here at B-Dubs, we also worked our butts off to bring you complete coverage of nearly every band that played the festival, as well as rockin' photo slideshows, beer chugging videos and interviews with bands. You can find a full archive of that coverage at boiseweekly.com.
But in case you missed it, here are some of our favorite moments of Treefort Music Fest 2012.
On March 22, a vibrant and beaming Boise packed into Neurolux for Finn Riggins' Treefort kick-off set. During the rest of the fest, every band stopped at some point to thank Finn Riggins' Eric Gilbert for helping organize Treefort.
At the Linen Building, Pickwick and Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside melted the walls with powerful soul and folk, while at the Red Room, BW's April Foster watched Mr. Gnome crush the crowd with a high-powered drum-and-guitar assault.
On March 23, a grip of hip-hop launched the Main Stage in a parking lot on 12th and Grove streets. BW's Andrew Crisp ate up the monotone vocals of WHY? and later chatted up the band on camera. Over at The Crux, BW's Josh Gross watched the crowd go nuts for Moscow's Tim Blood and the Gut Panthers, "breaking into chicken fights, busting knee slides and crowd surfing in a space with a 1-foot-high stage." While at Neurolux, BW's Harrison Berry caught up with Blitzen Trapper's Brian Koch, who sensed that Treefort had already changed Boise for the better: "It's as subtle as the smiles on people's faces," Koch said.
On March 24, Treefort launched its panel discussions at The Watercooler, Boise Rock School hosted Freefort and dancers filled The Linen Building. On the Main Stage, two of the fest's biggest acts--Portland, Ore., indie orchestra Typhoon and Boise royalty Built to Spill--drew in huge crowds. Gross noted that BTS frontman Doug Martsch "has been spotted so much at the festival, he deserves his own square on the Hipster Bingo app."
Once again, Red Room brought an onslaught of roof-crumbling rock with Boise electro-riot girls Vagerfly and Boise surf-punks Teens. According to Gross, there were two layers of crowd surfing--one on the floor and one on the stage.
The final day of the fest brought Treefort's glammed-up psychedelic indie act: Of Montreal. According to Foster: "Rain started pouring, but it only seemed to encourage the band to play harder and the crowd to dance more wildly."
Red Room closed out the fest with a raucous show. According to BW's Sarah Masterson, "When Microbabies finally took the stage for the last show of Treefort ... people jumped on stage, crashed into amps and beer cans flew across the room. The night ended with plenty of hugs and cheers as people made their way home in the rain for some much-needed rest."