Treefort 2019

Treefort Music Fest

Boise's Treefort Music Fest kicked off Wednesday night, as thousands of music fans descended onto downtown. On Thursday, we headed out into the field to get some sound from the second day of the festival. 

Mountain West News Bureau

The Mountain West News Bureau , based here at Boise State Public Radio, is a journalistic collaboration that includes reporters covering matters of the region from NPR affiliates in Northern and Southern Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho. We talk with managing editor Kate Concannon and Idaho correspondent Amanda Peacher about the first year of the bureau's reporting and presenting at Storyfort.

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The Treefort Music Festival just kicked off its eighth opening day and more than 400 bands will come through Boise this week. Those in the local music scene say the festival has given a boost to bands and venues alike.

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It can be daunting trying to figure out which of the 400+ bands playing Treefort to see and on Wednesday's Idaho Matters, we makes it easy for you. Boise State Public Radio's Frankie Barnhill joins guest host George Prentice to help you focus on which bands you should see play and which ones might get a pass.

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Hundreds of bands are descending on downtown Boise for the eighth Treefort Music Festival. Spanning four days, the 2019 edition of the festival is bringing over 400 music acts to the City of Trees. Among the panoply of artists spanning genres is Liz Cooper and the Stampede.

Cooper's style of Americana and roots music has been described by critics as a "gorgeously arranged and performed bouquet of psychedelia-tinged folk rock." Cooper is performing Wednesday evening at an intimate show co-sponsored by Boise State Public Radio and The Record Exchange.

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When it comes to musical variety, Treefort Music Fest seems to have something for everyone. I’ll give you some of my personal must-sees for the five-day festival, but I also wanted to try something a little different this year. Because my musical taste is just that…it’s MY taste. I’ll admit to some blind spots in my selections, which is why I asked for advice from YOU on Twitter.

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Bike share company Boise GreenBike has been a partner of Treefort Music Fest for the last few years. This year, the organization is offering free rides up to four hours during the entire event, which runs March 20-24.

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As Treefort attendees go from venue to venue, watching band after band, it is important to know that three straight days of loud, live music can be detrimental to your hearing. Idaho Matters talks about protecting your ears with Idaho Elks Hearing and Balance Center audiologist Dr. Kate Savage.

kirk siegler

Kirk Siegler began reporting for Montana Public Radio in 2003 and moved up to NPR's national desk in 2012 to cover the American West. He will discuss his coverage of last year's Camp Fire in California at Storyfort and he talks with Idaho Matters about reporting from the fire lines.

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The Fort of Drag joins the plethora of "forts" this year at Treefort and events include performances, panel discussions and a drag queen story hour. We talk with Fort of Drag creator and director Cole Calvin and community liaison Gabrielle Davis about using Treefort to connect with the area's transgender community.

Idaho Power

Idaho Power has a green power initiative that allows people to purchase wind and solar energy for their homes. Now, this week’s Treefort Music Fest is getting in on the program. 

 


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Each March for the last eight years, Treefort Music Fest has taken over downtown Boise. The five-day festival starts Wednesday, and will feature headliners Vince Staples, Liz Phair and Toro y Moi alongside hundreds of other musical acts. 

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We check in with Storyfort's Christian Winn for a rundown of this year's Storyfort schedule and talk with the Boise State Public Radio voices that are participating.

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Treefort keeps growing and programming for kids and families is the next Fort-frontier. Idaho Matters speaks about booking all-age shows and events for kids with Nathan Walker of the Boise All-Ages Movement project and Briana Moore of Treefort.

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