Wednesday March 23rd was the first day of Treefort Music Fest. It was our first time actually catching any acts on Wednesday, since last year we had car troubles. After checking into the ol’ Cabana Inn, we quickly moved over to Fatty’s, a club with extremely cheap drink specials. We caught San Francisco DJ Seapora, who started our venture with chill electro-pop music. After only spending $20 on roughly 15 shots, we moved over to Linen Building for another San Fran band, Culture Abuse. Though the lead singer was belligerently hammered, they put on a pretty decent show. We then scooted over to see Portland’s own Jackson Boone & The Ocean Ghosts. They put on a super groovy show to a pretty packed house. After a brief stop back at Fatty’s (I mean dollar tequila shots) we checked out Boise’s Gipsy Moon Rise. These guys and gals rocked super hard and that’s when that feeling of Treefort really set in for me.
A loud garage punk-rock band that likes to party as hard as their music.
Jackson Boone & The Ocean Ghosts
Grooving psychedelic pop-rock, with a hint of funk.
Gipsy Moon Rise
Blues rock band from Boise, ID. Great for drinking whiskey to.
It was a great first night of Treefort. We caught a few more acts besides those pictured above, but none that were too memorable. Wednesday was a great way to start the weekend of festivities.
As I try to come down from the euphoria that is Treefort Music Fest, I reflect back on the past five years of not only this blog, but life in general. When Keith and I first went to Boise, we had no idea what we were in for, we just wanted to see Why? and a 100+ more bands for 50 bucks during Spring Break. What we were met with is something I can barely put into thought without tearing up (in the best way). The love and pride that is shown in Boise is so inspiring and heartfelt, that it makes me so joyfully emotional. I count myself so fortunate and lucky to be a part of this festival and share the experience with an audience for 5 years running. I have met so many musicians, locals, foreigners, other press, and volunteers who are sincere when they tell me to keep up the good work. Treefort has inspired this blog to keep going for so long. Honestly without it I would have given it up by now.
The amount of talent that is showcased there is absolutely ridiculous. You can go to any show and be blown away with what that band is trying to accomplish, you don’t even need to listen to anyone beforehand. Seriously, more the half the bands I share on here have been to Treefort at some point in the last 5 years.
So I want to say from the bottom of my heart thank you to everyone that has been involved in making and maintaining Treefort Music Festival. And here’s to at least another 5 years!
Pictures and video to come.
With the last artist announcement and schedule finalization, Treefort Music Fest is officially in hype mode! To help get everyone informed of who to check out while in Boise, here’s a few artists that we are going to be checking out.
First is Jai Wolf, the electronic artist from New York. He has already made a name for himself with the track “Indian Summer” and a handful of remixes as well. With his lush beats and hard bass, this a dance party you won’t to miss Friday night at Rose Room.
The Roaring 420s
Next is The Roaring 420s all the way from Dresden, Germany. Their music is very much what you would expect; heavy psychedelic influenced pop-rock. They are super catchy and you know it’ll be a good time with the show also on Friday night at a new venue called The Olympic.
Mothers is definitely a different pace than the other two bands, but they are amazing songwriters. The falsetto vocals are quite astonishing and makes everything seem OK. They are from Athens, GA so be sure to check them out Friday as well, they play at Linen Building.
New release by one of our favorite electronic artists, Manatee Commune. The solo project of Grant Eadie has been gaining the recognition he deserves. The new EP release is called Thistle. It’s a great mix of chillwave rhythms and bouncy pop melodies. Manatee Commune is one of those artists that you can listen to over and over and not get tired of it. Thistle is no exception, starting off with the lush, booty shaking track “Brick Orange” shows that this EP is even more dance prone than his previous releases. “Blueberry” starts off more chilled, until it gets to that breakdown. Right in the middle of Thistle is the single and possibly my favorite track of his, “Clay” featuring Marina Price. Manatee Commune brings the house down with the new EP Thistle, so be sure to check it out. He is about to start a mini tour in April and will be playing Portland/Seattle on the 10th and 11th this month.
New music from Portland band Coastlands. The post-rock band has just released their single “Western Skies” last week for their upcoming album. Coastlands’ music is more on the ambient side of the post-rock spectrum. “Western Skies” starts off nicely with floating guitar/keyboard noise, along with some rolling snare and cymbal hits. Then around the 3 minute mark is when the build up starts to come to fruition, and that’s when the hard guitar chords come in to take over your attention. The ending of “Western Skies” is very beautiful, as it is what the entire song has been leading to, a feeling of completeness. Coastlands put on an excellent show as well, they just announced a few dates where they will tour. March 5th in Seattle, April 29th in Oakland, and April 30th in San Jose. There will also be several shows in Portland as well.