Boise music fest begins soon

Treefort Music Fest runs March 21-24

By Jenny Wasson / The Bulletin

Music lovers may want to pack up their cars and head to the “City of Trees” this March. Located approximately six hours east from Bend (by car), Boise, Idaho, is gathering the top emerging and established artists for its Treefort Music Fest.

Established in 2012, the music festival features more than 260 artists at 13 venues. The festival runs March 21-24 in downtown Boise.

This year’s lineup includes Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Built to Spill, Animal Collective, The Walkmen, YACHT, Youth Lagoon, Brother Ali and Sage Francis.

Similar to Bend, Boise has experienced a growing art and music scene in recent years. According to its website, Treefort Music Fest hopes to perpetuate this momentum by hosting popular national and regional bands as well as showcasing the area’s up-and-coming performers. The inaugural run drew rave reviews and thousands of attendees. Organizers hope that this festival becomes an annual event.

Beer enthusiasts will also enjoy the Alefort Beer Tasting Tent. The event will feature more than 40 specialty-release beers including Payette Brewing’s fernets and peach brown ale, Crooked Fence’s potato porter, Sockeye Brewing’s bourbon barrel-fermented Belgian raspberry porter and Bier:Thirty’s cinnamon bourbon IPA.

Four-day passes are currently on sale for $119. A few VIP passes are available for $199 and allow you to go to the front of the waiting line at venues that are at capacity. Single tickets for $50 and mainstage tickets for $30 also go on sale today. For tickets and more information, visit www.treefortmusicfest.com.