Treefort Music Fest

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El Korah Shrine is one of those buildings in downtown Boise people pass by all the time, but probably haven’t ever been in. In the last couple of years, Treefort Music Fest has exposed thousands of people to the venue – giving the old-school fraternal organization some new-found relevance with a younger crowd.  

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Matthew Wordell

The fourth-annual Treefort Music Fest kicks off in Boise Wednesday. The 5-day event will take over much of downtown Boise, as 430 musical acts are set to perform (check out the 13 must-see bands).

I spoke with Emilie Ritter Saunders Wednesday during Morning Edition about Treefort. Here's our conversation.

Tyler Garcia / Treefort Music Fest

When Boise's fourth-annual Treefort Music Fest gets underway Wednesday, around 200 writers, bloggers and reporters will be covering the event. 

Kymm Cornelison is the festival’s publicity director.  She says music news outlets from places like Portland, Seattle, Denver, San Francisco and Los Angeles are among those represented.   

More media will cover Treefort in 2015 than ever before. The number of credentials has doubled since the festival's first year. As coverage has grown, so has the festival. 

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Jeremy Conant / Treefort Music Fest

Yeah we know, 13 may seem like a pretty random number, but might as well choose a traditionally lucky number out of the dizzying 430 bands scheduled to play the fourth-annual Treefort Music Fest in Boise Wednesday through Sunday.

Clearly, the indie music fest has really owned the "go big or go home" ideal this year.

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Boise's annual Treefort Music Fest isn't just about up-and-coming bands, there are "forts" for techies, beer enthusiasts, and yogis. Plus there's a fort for people who love words and stories.

Treefort kicks off this week and this will be the second year of Storyfort.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Treefort Music Fest would not be possible without the help of volunteers. When the indie music festival began in 2012, about 100 people offered to help get it started. This year, 600 volunteers will donate their time to Treefort. 

Volunteers allowed the festival to go from three days and 130 bands, to five days with more than 400 bands. Other genres like writing, film, and technology have also been added over the years.

Devin Ferrell / Hackfort, Treefort Music Fest

The technology-centered offshoot of Treefort Music Fest, Hackfort, got about as high-profile an endorsement an event can ask for.

During his address at Boise State University in January, President Barack Obama gave a shout-out to the event about halfway through his speech.

Francis Delapena / Treefort Music Fest

Organizers of Treefort Music Fest rolled out their third and final band announcement Friday morning, and it's a doozy of a list. The annual live music festival will go down at multiple venues in downtown Boise March 25-29.

Glenn Landberg / Treefort Music Fest

The Treefort Film Fest is prepping to bring a diverse batch of movies to Boise March 25-29. As part of the annual Treefort Music Fest, the multi-day event will highlight indie short and feature films that don't get a lot of mainstream attention.

Christina Birkinbine / Treefort Music Fest

Music fans, get your headphones ready.

Boise's Treefort Music Fest has announced another round of bands set to play in March. The multi-venue festival will feature an eclectic mix of artists over five days.

Here's some from the top of the announcement this morning:

Christina Birkinbine / Treefort Music Fest

Organizers of Treefort Music Fest have had a big week.

Just two days after the indie music festival was named the City of Boise's cultural ambassador for 2015 -- a title that comes with a $25,000 grant -- the first list of bands to play the March 25-29 festival has arrived.

Francis Delapena / Treefort Music Fest

The crew at Treefort Music Fest is already in planning mode for the fourth annual extravaganza.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

West Coast music festivals like Sasquatch and Coachella are mainstays in the industry, attracting some of the biggest names in the business and fans from all over the country.

But this weekend, a newer music festival in Idaho is beginning to make a name for itself among music trendsetters.

Flying under the radar

Three years ago, Lori Shandro could never have imagined she’d be producing a music festival with more than 350 bands.

Treefort Music Fest

Alright Boise, the wait is over. The third annual Treefort Music Fest is in full swing, and there's a lot of options. Like, a lot.

But instead of giving you music recommendations, we thought we'd try something different. Here's some ideas for unique experiences that Treefort has to offer -- in no particular order.

Treefort Music Fest

If you're looking for a way to beat the mid-winter cabin-fever blues, the folks at Treefort Music Fest have just the thing. The three-year-old festival has released the final list of musical acts set to play in Boise March 20-23. It's a doozy: in total, 352 groups will show off their talents to music fans at venues around downtown Boise.

Cameron Wittig

Organizers of Treefort Music Fest are considering this their biggest band announcement yet. Indie darlings Polica top the billing for the 2014 festival, along with instrumental hip hop acts RJD2 and Blockhead. The festival is March 20-23 in downtown Boise.

John Webster / Treefort Music Fest

Music fans, get your headphones ready.

Boise's Treefort Music Fest released a list of 23 bands that will play at the third annual event next year. Organizers expect that number to grow to about 300 bands by the time the March festival rolls around.

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Treefort Music Fest isn't until March, but organizers of the indie festival are already getting people stoked about this year's event.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Boise is home to an emerging music scene. One of the musicians drawing big applause right now is female solo artist Bronwyn Leslie, who goes by the name of Lionsweb. Leslie is heading out on her first national tour Thursday: a three-month trek across 30 states and 50 cities.

But Leslie is not your typical musical performer. In fact, not much about her is typical.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Bronwyn Leslie is a busy woman. The Boise actor and musician was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Idaho Film Office to produce a documentary about Lyda Southard, the famous Idaho serial killer.

Southard lived in Twin Falls around the turn of the 20th century. She is thought to have poisoned five men -- including four of her husbands -- for the insurance money.

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