Radio Boise and Treefort 

had a baby

What started out as a few four-by-four pallets and a Radio Boise banner has grown into a complete stage. It's themed like a fort, with a hand-painted backdrop of big green and blue snow-capped mountains, and a little wooden clubhouse on stilts.

"It's a monster of our own creation," said Radio Boise DJ Chris Hess, who took it upon himself to coordinate the collaboration between Treefort and Radio Boise. "And as such monsters, it's taken on a life of its own and run rampant. It's gonna be great, though. The whole thing is ballooning in a really great way."

Originally, Hess planned on maybe having a few acoustic sets, some DJs spinning tunes or some performance artists at the opposite end of the parking lot from the Main Stage during breaks. Now, the stage is fully booked with performances from more than 15 bands like Hillfolk Noir, Ssssnake, Old Death Whisper and Play Date--a band for the kids in the early afternoon.

"So it's going to be like a true music festival, where you have multiple stages and move from one to the other and there's always music going on at one of the stages," Hess said.

Radio Boise added more than the second stage, though. Organizers are setting up remote broadcasts to stream the headliners from the Treefort Main Stage all weekend long, as well as remote broadcasts from different clubs around downtown in the evenings. A handful of bands also plan to perform live in-studio. Six different live components from Treefort will hit the airwaves each day. Radio Boise has even organized a street team to get on-the-spot interviews and keep a photo stream rolling.

Bronwyn Leslie, production designer for Treefort, said she's treating Radio Boise's Campfire Stage as a separate venue.

"We started brainstorming how to incorporate Radio Boise as its own fort, just like Yogafort and Storyfort," Leslie said. "Treefort is the town and within it, we have the cultures. It's cool to see all these demographics coming together."

Radio Boise and Treefort both came into the public eye within the past three years, and Hess said their missions align. That's why Treefort picked Radio Boise as its major media sponsor--though the station can't throw tons of money at the festival, it makes up for that with stoked volunteers, creativity and hours of dedication.

"We're on parallel paths," Hess said. "It seems like a natural thing for us to team up. Our presence [at Treefort] has grown so much from having a mercy table in the back of the room."

Tune into 89.9 or 93.5 FM for Radio Boise's Treefort coverage, or go to

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