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Editor's Note 

May the Fort be With You

Flipping through this week's edition of Boise Weekly you might find yourself reading the word "fort" a lot--Treefort, Storyfort, Yogafort, Alefort, Hackfort... It's true, when Treefort Music Fest rolls around, we get a little excited around BWHQ. And rightly so. Few community happenings in recent memory have taken off quite like Treefort--only three years in and what was a multi-day musical festival has grown into an all-encompassing cultural extravaganza that has worked its way into the marrow of downtown Boise's civic self-understanding.

That might sound hyperbolic, but turn to Page 11, where we publish frequent BW music writer Ben Schultz's feature mapping Treefort's origins and impact, and you'll see that if Treefort didn't already exist, we would have to create it.

Good community events are like that--they transcend merely being "good" to being "true" in some vital way. Treefort understands that distinction, which partly explains the proliferation of the "forts" listed above: It's not just about music, it's about celebrating the climate that helps make that music possible.

This week, in addition to taking a high-level look at the festival, we see the forest for the trees with several pieces focused on individual forts.

On Page 15 you'll find profiles on both Storyfort--new this year--and Yogafort. On Page 24, veteran BW food writer Tara Morgan pours out the details on Alefort, and on Page 25 BW intern Ashley Miller talks with organizers about the Treefort Film Fest, which brings some of the "best films not playing at a theater near you" to two locations in Boise: The Flicks and The Shredder.

Though it's not a "fort," per se, Radio Boise's role in this year's Treefort is particularly important. For the duration of the festival, Radio Boise will be broadcasting virtually nonstop on 89.9 and 93.5 FM with live streams of shows and interviews with artists and presenters. BW caught up with Radio Boise DJ Chris Hess, who is spearheading the immersive coverage, on Page. 14.

Of course, Boise Weekly will be providing its own coverage on boiseweekly.com throughout the weekend, and we'd be remiss if we didn't mention--one more time in this week's paper--that you can get all the schedule details and download Treefort's events app at treefortmusicfest.com.

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