Fortress Boise 

All the Treefort that's fit to print

This week's paper might as well be called Boise Weekly Fort. Or Newsprint Fort. Or Ink-Stained Fort. Here at BWHQ, we turned over the bulk of our coverage to the 14,000-person elephant in the room, Treefort Music Fest.

We examine Hackfort and its importance to fostering a vibrant tech community. We talk with Liquid Laughs owner Jeremy Aevermann about Comedyfort. We chart how forts and musical acts intersect to create a "festival of discovery." On Page 19 we profile a few must-see acts that fly a little below the treeline. We give a roundup of some must-see movies at the Treefort Film Fest. Finally, we clue you in to where you can get sweet Treefort deals at local bars and restaurants, and what's happening at Alefort.

Some might say that's o-Fort-load, but we don't think so. After four years, Treefort has become no less than a civic holiday. People wait for it all year. They plan for months. They go shopping for special Treefort outfits and stock up on energy bars. They use sick or vacation days at work. They comb through the schedule and build meticulous routes through the festival, like they're departing for a foreign land and don't want to miss any of the sights.

Treefort is a big deal, even at City Hall, where the festival was named Boise's official cultural ambassador for 2015.

"Treefort is such a great event because of how organically Boise it truly is," Bieter told a crowd of Treeforters at the El Korah Shrine in December 2014. "Perhaps more than any other event, it captures the essence of Boise's creative, vibrant and unique cultural scene—especially its music."

We humbly suggest that hizzoner might have left out the word "perhaps." At this point, we think it's safe to say that Treefort stands alone as Boise's preeminent artistic, cultural and musical happening. And it's happening. Now. This week. So read this Fort Paper and get out there.

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