They said it was coming.
The team behind Treefort Music Fest has been hyping the first announcement of musicians to play the March festival, and this morning they let the cat out of the bag. It's the fifth year the multi-day event will take over music and arts venues around downtown Boise.
First on the list is Charles Bradley, the funk and soul singer with a James Brown swagger. In this 2013 interview with NPR, Bradley talks about his 62-year-long struggle to be discovered. Boise's own Youth Lagoon is high on the list as well; the project by Trevor Powers will include Treefort as part of the tour for his third album. Austin's White Denim will make an appearance, as will Quilt — a psychedelic rock band NPR Music's Bob Boilen can't get enough of.
Also on this first release is LED, a multi-genre arts project from Boise. The group combines original music with dance, and has created a lot of buzz in the local scene since getting started earlier this year (their first performance was last year at Treefort). To see the full list — so far — click here.
Don't see any bands on the list you recognize? That's kind of the point. Organizers say they want to showcase local bands alongside regional, national and international acts that people might not have discovered otherwise.
Oh and heads-up: if you wanted to buy a ticket at the lowest price and kept forgetting to, bad luck. When the artists were announced at 10:00 a.m. the ticket prices went from $139 to $159 for the five-day festival. More ticket info here.
(Check out the Boston-based band Quilt play a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR Music.)
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