Treefort Music Fest

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Video: Seth Olinsky's Band Dialogue III, Treefort 2015

Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 2:55 PM

When Boise Weekly talked to Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family, Cy Dune) before his visit to Boise for Treefort Music Fest 2015, we realized we wanted to get his Band Dialogue III on video.

So, we sent intrepid freelance videographer/editor/producer Farzan Faramarzi out to chat with Olinsky when he arrived in town and then to catch BDIII, which turned out to be one of those awe-inspiring Treefort gems. 

Watch below...

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Treefort 2015: Author Alan Heathcock Teases New Novel at Storyfort

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 1:30 PM

Alan Heathcock reads from his upcoming novel, 40. - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • Alan Heathcock reads from his upcoming novel, 40.
The sun-baked flyers on the Storyfort promotional table in front of The Gallery at the Linen Building were out of date.

"As you might know, Laura van den Berg didn't get on her plane this morning," said The Cabin Executive Director Britt Udesen. 

Van den Berg is the award-winning author of Find Me: A Novel and a collection of short stories, What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us. She was also the featured author on the last day of Treefort Music Fest but when Storyfort organizers learned she would be unable to attend, they didn't have to look far for a replacement.

Idaho writer Alan Heathcock, author of the National Magazine Award-winning short story collection Volt, is reputed to be an avid Treefort fan. For the last six years, Heathcock has been working on a novel, titled 40. Engaging him for a last-minute reading after van den Berg cancelled was a bit of serendipity for Storyfort, now in its second year.

The reading was from a section of Heathcock's novel set in a Christian summer camp, where a pastor delivers a heartfelt sermon touching on his doubts about the existence of Hell, his exhaustion with the world man has created and what he sees as the unsupportable burden Christ set upon mankind. In 40, humanity faces a world seemingly beset by biblical punishments, but it isn't the world that turns people against each other and creates strife—it's people and the ways their inner desires become reality.

"Every last thought becomes the world," the pastor says.

After he read, Heathcock told Boise Weekly he's shopping for a publisher and hopes to release 40 in 2015.

"It was my New Year's resolution to get it out this year," Heathcock said.
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Treefort 2015: With Rubblebucket, It Can Always Be Fun

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 12:22 PM

Rubblebucket's Kalmia Traver invites the crowd to sing along. - BEN SCHULTZ
  • Ben Schultz
  • Rubblebucket's Kalmia Traver invites the crowd to sing along.

Rubblebucket's set at the El Korah Shrine on March 29 started 30 minutes late. Nobody seemed too irritated, though, especially when the music started. The Brooklyn, New York-based band's balance of sweet, light pop and bouncy funk got people dancing, crowd-surfing and cheering wildly. Lead singer Kalmia Traver's friendly, engaging stage presence made the chicken-scratch guitar, cheery horns and rock-steady rhythm section even more irresistible.

"Why can't it always be fun?" Traver sang on "Origami."

"Always, always, always," the crowd chanted back.
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Treefort 2015: Survival Knife Makes For Perfect Final Cut

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 12:20 PM

Justin Trosper of Survival Knife - BEN SCHULTZ
  • Ben Schultz
  • Justin Trosper of Survival Knife

While Brooklyn dance-pop band Rubblebucket performed to a packed El Korah Shrine on March 29, Olympia, Wash.-based rock group Survival Knife played the night's final set at Crazy Horse. Justin Trosper and Brandt Sandeno's chugging, snarling guitars called to mind heavy metal and although the idiosyncratic song structures gave the music a disorienting, abstract feel, it was counterbalanced by the thunderous force of Meg Cunningham's bass and Kris Cunningham's drums.

One of the best things about Treefort is that there's room for all types of music. As full as El Korah Shrine was, Survival Knife had its share of appreciators as well: More than 100 people were at Crazy Horse to see them.
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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Treefort 2015: Datefort App Wins Hackfort2 Hackathon

Posted By on Sun, Mar 29, 2015 at 1:50 PM

Hackfort2 served as the perfect opportunity for the city of Boise to try an experiment. The city made all its public data accessible to the tech-minded types to create an app during Hackathon

  • Screenshot of Boise Art Hunt
One team, dubbed Team Josh, started on their app Friday afternoon. Over the course of two days, the team of four poured more than 40 hours into their app, which they called Boise Art Hunt.

It's a scavenger hunt-like experience, which highlights some 600 public art pieces found around the city on a Google Maps platform. When the user's phone gets close enough to a piece of public art, info pops up on the screen with the artwork's name, the artist and when the artwork was installed. As the user visits more pieces, badges and coupons become unlocked.

"You get $5 off admission at the Boise Art Museum," a member of Team Josh said. "I don't know if they'll actually honor it," he added with a laugh.

The members of Team Josh work for Boise-based White Cloud Analytics. Their app took third place at the Hackathon award ceremony on the afternoon of March 28. 

There were a total of eight apps entered into this year's inaugural Hackathon. They included an app made for visitors to Boise with events, restaurants and outdoor activities; an app devoted to connecting people who want to join sporting games around a Boise park; another app linking up Boise art and historical sites to Wikipedia information; a trail challenger app; and a Pac-Man-like game that uses parking meters around Boise to collect virtual coins.

The Hackathon winning app was Datefort, created by a group of seven computer programmers from out-of-state. 

  • Screenshot of Datefort

Datefort is a simple and elegant design that uses city data and Yelp to create date-night recommendations. It suggests both a restaurant and an outdoor activity nearby. For example, when hitting the "Ran-date-mize" button, it suggests playing basketball in Cottonwood Park and eating dinner at Chandlers. The app uses Google Maps to point users in the right direction but specifies users must bring their own supplies and date.
The winning team receives a Zipline Pass to Treefort 2016, and the city of Boise will feature the app. 

Performance artist Amber Martin gave a surprise show at the Hackfort2 Hackathon awards ceremony. - JESSICA MURRI
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  • Performance artist Amber Martin gave a surprise show at the Hackfort2 Hackathon awards ceremony.
The Hackathon awards ceremony at the Owyhee was suddenly interrupted Saturday night, though, when a seemingly intoxicated woman wearing a too-tight tube top and bright turquoise pants wandered into the room. With her buttcrack exposed, she stumbled around the room, asking people for spare quarters and then yelling, "Fuck off, man."

She fell to the floor several times, which drew the attention away from the Hackathon awards as Treefort organizers tried to get her to leave. She meandered to the front of the room and grabbed the microphone, yelling obscenities to a stunned, uncomfortable audience. 

Then music started and she broke out into song. The crowd had been duped into an incredibly tense surprise show by renowned New York City performance artist Amber Martin. Once the audience realized her appearance was planned, everyone laughed, although a little nervously, and sat back for the performance. Martin performed at Humpin' Hannah's that night.

With that, Hackfort2 was wrapped. The event sold 600 tickets—tripling the number of tickets sold last year. Organizers are already set to start working on Hackfort3 for 2016.
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Treefort 2015: Day 4 Slideshow

Posted By on Sun, Mar 29, 2015 at 1:39 PM

Foxygen performing at Treefort, Day 4. - PHOTO BY JENNY BOWLER
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  • Foxygen performing at Treefort, Day 4.
During Treefort Music Fest 2015, Boise Weekly has taken more shots than a bachelor party.

Check out our Treefort Day 4 Slideshow above for pics of performances by MotoPony, Foxygen, Generationals and more.
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Treefort 2015: Elvice Mwenematale Makes His Treefort Debut

Posted By on Sun, Mar 29, 2015 at 12:55 PM

Treefort and Boise newcomer Elvice Mwenematale - BEN SCHULTZ
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  • Treefort and Boise newcomer Elvice Mwenematale

Elvice (pronounced "Elvis") Mwenematale is a relative newcomer to the Boise music scene—but with his set at The Reef on March 28, he clearly isn't new to music. Between Mwenematale's light, assured vocals and his playful stage presence, the young African emigre exuded the confidence of a natural performer. His performance was complemented by the propulsive rhythms and fluid, melodic guitar and keyboard solos of local African-reggae-funk band Afrosonics, which had played Treefort's Main Stage earlier that afternoon. 

Elvice isn't the king but if he keeps delivering performances like this one, he could be a contender for the crown.
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Treefort 2015: Red Feather Pop-Up Lounge

Posted By on Sun, Mar 29, 2015 at 12:53 PM

This year, Treefort Music Fest partnered with Red Feather to set up a Pop-Up Lounge inside the Main Stage area. The elevated tent space offers stool seating along a bar and a patio where you can sip craft cocktails and watch bands play from 2-10 p.m. Most cocktails cost three tokens ($7.50). 

In addition to offering a number of bourbons—like High West, Four Roses and Buffalo Trace—the Pop-Up Lounge also features a few signature cocktails, including the Maltessa, made with Rittenhouse Rye, Punt e Mes and a black-pepper-and-sage cordial. 

Red Feather also created a special edition of its Drink Book Club that features 12 cocktails, some of which are currently being served at Treefort. According to Facebook, here's how it works:

"To join the club, come down to Red Feather to pick up your card, and then come see us at the Main Stage for a few tasty beverages. The card does not need to be completed during the festival, but you'll have the opportunity to make pretty good progress. Those who complete the card by June 1 will receive a custom Treefort-inspired art piece with their name included, as well as a $30 tab at Red Feather Lounge. Those who complete the card after June 1 will be eligible for the $30 tab only."

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Treefort 2015: Snake Rattle Rattle Snake Returns to Boise

Posted By on Sun, Mar 29, 2015 at 10:30 AM

Hayley Helmericks of Snake Rattle Rattle Snake - BEN SCHULTZ
  • Ben Schultz
  • Hayley Helmericks of Snake Rattle Rattle Snake

Snake Rattle Rattle Snake hadn't played Boise since its Main Stage performance at Treefort 2012. The Denver-based darkwave band's midnight set at Neurolux on March 28/29—comprised mainly of songs from its latest album, Totem (2014)—proved worth the wait. Low vocals, droning synthesizer, spectral guitars and relentless rhythms sounded even more sinister and hypnotic than they did three years ago.

Here's hoping it won't take another three years for SRRS to return.
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Treefort 2015: Emily Wells Discusses "Purposeless Play" at Hackfort

Posted By on Sun, Mar 29, 2015 at 9:45 AM

Emily Wells at play with a purpose. - BEN SCHULTZ
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  • Emily Wells at play with a purpose.

Scheduled to play Treefort's Main Stage March 29, Brooklyn, New York-based musician Emily Wells stopped by Hackfort on March 27 to give a talk about the relationship between music and technology.

Wells began with a quote from John Cage, in which he called making music "purposeless play" meant "simply to wake [us] up to the very life we're living." Wells went on to discuss influences on her music, which ranged from composer Philip Glass to the Wu-Tang Clan. To show how her musical and technological capabilities have evolved, she played earlier and later versions of one of her songs.

"And keep in mind I usually have a drum kit behind me," she said before playing the later version. "So, Sunday."
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