Treefort Music Fest is exhausting. Some attendees ride bikes from venue to venue and ValleyRide has offered wristband holders free trips by bus during the festival, but many hoof it. According to one music lover's FitBit, she'd logged 7 miles on foot Thursday evening alone.
Ancillary "forts" help folks cool their heels. Thursday afternoon, Storyfort was in full swing with panels discussing everything from the history of Treefort to local stories that have gone viral. Filmfort featured screenings and Q&As with filmmakers, and Hackfort hosted a talk by Jeff Chu at Trailhead and an Ascension board game social at The Owyhee, complete with complementary candy and popcorn.
Music-wise, Thursday featured big acts like Wolvserpent, Wax Idols, Thee Oh Sees, Geographer, Aan, Divers and Chelsea Wolfe—but there was much, much more going on March 24 than music.
Outside El Korah Shrine, Sam Johnson and a team of volunteers assembled and powered up a giant LED-lit spider puppet, marching the psychedelic arachnid to the Treefort Main Stage and back.
Speaking of LEDs, dance/music/projection performance troupe LED threw a bash at the Rose Room, where the line to get in was almost a city block long. Inside, attendees in animal masks saw an act that didn't disappoint, followed by an evening wrap-up by DJ Psychache.