Welcome to Boise, Treefort-ians. We're psyched to have you. In honor of the caravan of musicians and fans that will be snaking into the Gem State for the Treefort Music Fest this week, we've decided to crown this our official Music Issue.
In the following pages, you'll find the history of one of Boise's most-storied venues (this page), a guide to Treefort bands not to miss (Pages 28-31), an interview with Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes (Page 32) and a guide to local bands to check out at Treefort (Page 32). And to top it off, we've also got a feature on the rise of the Boise music scene from Rotating Tongues through the recent Boise showcase at SXSW (Page 15).
But if all this music-related awesomeness has your ears ringing, here are a few official Treefort happenings that are only loosely music related.
On Saturday, March 24, and Sunday, March 25, Treefort will host a series of music industry panels at the Watercooler, at 14th and Idaho streets in the Linen District. The first talk, Music Journalism: Does it Still Exist?, goes down March 24 at 1:30 p.m. and features Boise Weekly New Media Czar Josh Gross, Idaho Statesman Entertainment Editor Michael Deeds, Seattle photographer Alex Crick and Editor of the Seattle music blog Sound on Sound, Josh Lovseth. At 2:30 p.m., a panel will explore social media and search engine optimization in How to Market Your Music Online.
On March 25 at 1:30 p.m., you can check out a panel on DIY Touring, which features Finn Riggins' Eric Gilbert alongside Typhoon's Pieter Hilton, The Shivas' Jared Wait-Molyneux, Neurolux's Allen Ireland and the Visual Arts Collective's Sam Stimpert.
Finally, at 2:30 p.m., Keep It Legal will discuss safeguarding your rights and creative property with Gilbert, attorney and producer Art Hodge, new media lawyer Lisa McGrath and Radio Boise Music Director Kevin Moran.
And if you need a break from both listening to and discussing music, don't miss an array of free performance art happenings taking place at the Linen Building.
"I think it's a diverse, accessible and challenging group of artists, and that it will be a great ancillary activity to all of the rocking out that will be happening," said organizer Elizabeth McSurdy.
On March 24, you can catch the family friendly Tromping in the Treefort, featuring Open Arms Dance Project from 1:30-1:50 p.m., Off Center Dance from 1:55-2:30 p.m. and Balance Dance Company and Certified Rebellion from 2:40-3 p.m. On March 25, from 1:30-1:50 p.m., don't miss Bronwyn Leslie's interpretive movement and high-fashion piece Evolution of Eyelash, which will be followed by performance art gallery installations from 1:50-4 p.m., featuring McSurdy and Catie Young's Heimlich, Peter Max Lawrence's Stations of the Loss, and work from artists Matt Truslow, Christopher Hunt and John Shinn.