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Treefort Music Fest 2018 is underway. This annual Boise music event is also known for other activities, called forts, as in Storyfort, Yogafort and Alefort - and even Comedyfort.

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Treefort Music Fest is taking over downtown Boise. More than 400 bands are scheduled to play over the five day festival. For this installment of Wanna Know Idaho, we take a look at how the selection process works.

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Treefort Music Fest is in its seventh year taking over downtown Boise. It’s more than tripled in size since 2012, with about 420 bands booked across roughly two-dozen venues.

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Boise State Public Radio News has a bunch of Treefort Music Fest stories up our sleeve. From artist announcements to Comedyfort, music recommendations to in-depth interviews with Treefort leaders – we've got you covered. 

The seventh annual multi-genre festival will take over venues around downtown Boise March 21-25. We'll update this guide as more stories are published, so be sure to bookmark this page and hit refresh! New posts will appear at the top.

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You’ve likely heard of food deserts — maybe you've even heard of news deserts. But classical music deserts? The New York City-based Piatigorsky Foundation has made it their mission to bring classical music to underserved communities, including in rural Idaho.

OMG, #treefort2018 is finally here!

Treefort Music Fest will take over downtown Boise March 21-25, and Boise State Public Radio has partnered with the festival to bring you even more cool things to do this year.

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With Treefort Music Fest just a few weeks away (March 21-25), music fans still have time to nail down their must-sees. But if you’re overwhelmed looking at the 400+ bands that will take over downtown Boise, the sonic buffs at NPR Music might be helpful in getting you started. Here's a look at some of the Treefort artists the music guides have recently reviewed.

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Treefort Music Fest has released their third and final list of headliners set to play this year’s March extravaganza.

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Treefort Music Fest is bringing the heat in 2018 with some empowering female voices in the indie rap and R&B scene.

This is an encore of the program which was originally broadcast in August of 2017.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is revered as an 18th century genius who composed some of the most sublime music ever written.  The fact that a starling became his beloved pet during one of the most creative and productive periods of his short life has perplexed historians and music lovers for years. Yet the unlikely story of the great composer and his common bird is a true one, and today’s guest, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, explores it in detail in her new book, titled “Mozart’s Starling.”

Treefort Music Fest

The seventh annual Treefort Music Fest has announced their first round of artists set to play the March 21-25 festival.

Peter Lovera / Treefort Music Fest

You know the saying: The early bird gets the $50 five-day ticket to see hundreds of live bands, films, performance art and a lot more at Treefort Music Fest . . . or something like that.

Jeff Dunas

Johnny Mathis is coming to Boise. The 81-year-old singer celebrated his 60th year as a recording artist in 2016. He’s recorded 78 original albums and has sung with everyone from Barbara Streisand to Ray Charles.

He’s known for a long-string of hits – he’s had 43 singles on the Billboard pop charts – including “Chances Are,” “It’s Not for Me To Say,” and six original Christmas albums.

Gene Harris Jazz Festival

The legacy of the late Gene Harris is celebrated in the Gene Harris Jazz Festival, which next week celebrates its 20th anniversary. Dr. Alex Noppe, director of jazz studies at Boise State University, is a celebrated trumpeter, composer and scholar and the person who now oversees the jazz festival.

Noppe talks with Weekend Edition host George Prentice about this year's festival slate, the return of "club night" to downtown Boise, and Harris' musical spell that is cast on the next generation of great jazz artists.

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