Photos and words by Macarah Heller
Check out our Treefort Music Festival diary and recap below- and scroll to the end for the full gallery!
Day 1- 3.24
Treefort Music Fest kicked off today in Boise, Idaho. With over ten venues, indie artists are constantly playing music simultaneously throughout downtown. I started off the evening sessions at the Linen Building where Telescopes as Time Machines rocked it. Later, over at the venue Mardi Gras, Porches put on a dreamy show through Aaron Maine’s atmospheric indie rock. Ending the night at the Linen Building, Self-Defense Family had great energy. Their rock music with influences of punk led for a good time.
Day 2- 3.25
Indie singer songwriter Adam Joseph Wright played a beautiful solo set at The District coffeehouse early in the evening. I later headed over to Boise’s biggest venue, The Knitting Factory, to catch Chelsea Wolfe’s stop on her tour. After, I headed over to see The Oh Sees at El Korrah Shrine. However, the venue was at max capacity with still one hundred people in line waiting to get in. Being apart of media, I was able to get in backstage and shoot the show side stage. It was definitely one of the crazier shows I’ve been too. The energy was insane. So many moshers, dancers, and crowdsurfers. And a heck of a show. One for the books.
Day 3- 3.26
Day 3 was a very busy day, all spent at the Watercooler. I dug deeper into the Treefort catalog by venturing through the more intimate venues. Prawn, Weatherbox, Enemies, and Unconditional Arms amazing tour came through for Treefort. Earlier in the day, hardcore band Blackcloud put on an interactive show. Bobby Meader was a segway into the alternative, emo music that rounded out the night with Triple Crown’s Weatherbox and Topshelf’s Enemies and Prawn. However, independent instrumental post-rock band Unconditional Arms performance took the audience on an emotional ride. They were a mix of empire! empire! (i was a lonely estate) and Explosions in the Sky.
Day 4- 3.27
Day 4 was spent discovering what was taking place at the festival outside of just the music side of Treefort. Grove Street was bustling with food and drink vendors, right outside of Main Stage. I had amazing food all weekend at the food trucks including a spicy avocado gyro and delicious Neckar coffee. Their Guatemalan pour overs were killer. Down the street, Band Dialogue was taking place where over 20 bands played the same piece of music at the same time, in an orchestral manner. The one performance that caught my attention was New Madrid at main stage. Their mellow indie rock made for a light, good feel time , but great music. Later in the night, at the Flicks movie theatre, FilmFort held screenings for independent filmmakers documentary’s in Cuba.
Day 5- 3.28
The last day of Treefort was spent at Main Stage and the Linen Building. Chanti Darling was the first artist I saw that day, putting on an attention grabbing performance. Boise locals Western Daughter set a high standard for the rest of the night. Youth Lagoon, born out of Boise, played their last U.S. show before a run of shows overseas and
ending this chapter in their music careers. Into It Over It, The World is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die, and Pinegrove’s tour on the last night of the festival was amazing. Their energy and passion filled performances made for a great end. Overall, driving over 13 hours from southern California to get to Treefort was totally worth it.
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