Boise’s Treefort fest expands

Besides music, event adds tech, storytelling components

By Jenny Wasson / The Bulletin

Published Mar 6, 2014 at 01:21PM

The Treefort Music Fest in Boise, Idaho, continues to grow, and this year visitors will find even more leaves on its branches.

Along with hundreds of music acts, the 2014 festival ­— to be held March 20-23 — will feature a new technology component (Hackfort) and storytelling component (Storyfort) as well as the returning Treefort Film Fest, Yogafort and Alefort.

Established in 2012, Treefort was created to celebrate the music, dance, theater and arts scene of Boise, according to its website. First and foremost, the festival focuses on music, featuring both emerging and established regional and national acts. This year’s lineup includes RJD2, Run The Jewels (aka Killer Mike and El-P), Poliça, The Joy Formidable and Built to Spill.

The new Hackfort is a showcase of Boise’s best coders, engineers and designers. Presented in conjunction with Boise State University, the event features TED-style talks, panels, demos, presentations, product launches and workshops, according to the website. Cost is $10 for priority access to all Hackfort events.

Storyfort features readings and performances from Northwest-based writers, poets and storytellers, including Brian Taylor, Jessica Anthony, Jeff Chu and Tyler McMahon. The events are free and open to the public.

General admission to every Treefort venue and the main stage over the four-day festival costs $139. Specialty passes — giving priority entry to crowded venues — are available at $299 for “Zip Line” and $999 for the ultimate “Secret Handshake.”

For tickets or a full schedule of events, visit www.treefortmusicfest.com.

— Reporter: 541-383-0350, jwasson@bendbulletin.com