Welcome to the This Is Boise Treefort Festival guide! Our staff has scrupulously combed through today’s schedule in order to bring you a top-picks list of must-see performances and events, alongside a handful of TIB Staff favorites to recommend. Let us know what you think!

STAFF PICKS

4 pm – 4:40 pm: The Shivas

Performing at The Hideout.
1114 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

Birthed from a teenage obsession with classic garage rock and ’60s psychedelia, the Shivas morphed into a blurry mesh of punk and surf influences over the course of a prolific release schedule. For The Shivas, the show has always been the thing. That thing being a bombastic, explosive and thoroughly communal live rock and roll experience where barriers between the performers and their audience seem to dissolve into the sweat and sound.

https://open.spotify.com/track/0b3FB8b2fXSDgHLGppFJUN?si=5b95bf6a3fb44e8e

9:00 pm – Wajatta

Performing at the Knitting Factory Boise.
416 S 9th St, Boise, ID 83702

Coming from different worlds, but sharing a passion for the rich history of electronic music, beat-boxer/comedian/musician Reggie Watts and electronic music artist/DJ/producer John Tejada bring out the best in each other’s formidable skill sets. The two describe Wajatta’s music as “electronic dance music with its roots in Detroit techno, Chicago house, ’70s funk and New York hip hop.” It’s a sound that is both familiar and wholly original.

https://open.spotify.com/track/4b6mADxnmXq2bbhJJQx8Ac?si=abf16b32500a4668

9:20 pm – 10:10 pm: Earthlings Crew

Performing at the Reef.
105 S 6th St, Boise, ID 83702

A dynamic crew of NW Hip Hop MCs and producers, the Earthlings Crew form their connections to the music and art world through underground influences, personal strife and success, a deep respect for hip hop, and the love of meeting and partying with people across the country. 

https://open.spotify.com/track/0oQ7EW1wrzwR0UPA4kSm7h?si=11911f8779ae43e5

10:10 pm – 11:10 pm: Jacq Maliq

Performing at Capital City Event Center.
622 W Idaho St, Boise, ID 83702

Fresno’s Jacq Maliq is a bright light in the burgeoning indie/rap hybrid scene, playing off of great vocal delivery, percussion, and guitar riffs to build his laid back sound. Maliq shines in a new woodland video, continuing his strong month, preceded by a pair of nice grungy singles covered earlier this week. He is a great artist to keep your eye on as he develops this year and creates a new project to succeed his very impressive debut EP, Homme.

https://open.spotify.com/track/2ddcFMKjNS6QeqMRi4zXDP?si=79c59ecce43b42e6

11:00pm – 12:10 am: St. Terrible and the Gospel of Nothingness

Performing at Sanctuary.
1185 W Grove St, Boise, ID 83702

St. Terrible combines elements and genres ranging from experimental folk, psychedelia to ambient minimalism and beyond. Weaving their eclectic sound together with forms of live dance and performance art, St. Terrible creates experiences that are gorgeously strange and existentially rich. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss. 

https://open.spotify.com/track/756ismF2Ezce05shwb0ejU?si=7ac1bcfda9254af2

11:30 pm – 12:30 am: Orographic

Performing at The Balcony.
150 N 8th St #226, Boise, ID 83702

Performing at The Balcony, Orographic is a founding member of Bridge Club, Portland’s legendary queer daytime party/DJ collective. He is a fixture in the US queer underground scene and recently made his European debut playing the Genosys stage at Glastonbury with his signature blend of house and techno. Rob is also an in-demand installation artist and founder of Always Never Yesterday.

9 pm – 10pm: Lounge on Fire

Performing at Western Proper.
610 W Idaho St, Boise, ID 83702

A 7-deep battalion with a brass section, fused from the ashes of indie rock, seductive soul, and sexadellic funk, Lounge on Fire is a cacophony of formidable freaks. Rapid and percussive vocals often combine with dark and hypnotic grooves reinforcing a boisterously brassy fanfare to create a unique coalescence of rock, soul, jazz, latin, disco, hip hop, and funk. Lounge on Fire has been noted for their electric live performances that make it impossible to sit physically or emotionally still. This rowdy ensemble channels passion from the roots of the human experience and the dark night of the soul into gyration-inducing anthems.

https://open.spotify.com/track/5DRX15a4TqqNpXk2V9IdpI?si=622eeb7ae92643cf

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THURSDAY

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SCAVENGER HUNT

SCAVENGER HUNT

Today is Day 3 of the This Is Boise’s daily Treefort scavenger hunt! We’ve got five boxes on the loose in downtown Boise waiting for you to find.

Prizes include items from:

Stay tuned to our Instagram stories for clues to find these goodie boxes!

GUIDE SPONSOR

Idaho Divorce Law Firm

Idaho Divorce Law Firm handles divorce and child custody cases throughout the valley and surrounding areas. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram, where they give out free legal advice and occasionally do raffles for local prizes. Idaho Divorce Law Firm provides free consultations.

TREEFORT MAINSTAGE

The Main Stage is where the magic happens. Join us for the lights, the dance moves, the crooning vocals, dump truck beats, and warbling guitar solos… The Treefort Main Stage is where the magic happens – so join us for these amazing performances!

2:40 pm – 3:30 pm: Angel Abaya

Inspired by the pop and R&B tunes of her childhood, and complimenting that with her newfound taste for the darker sounds of electronic, jazz, and punk. She is well-known in Boise’s arts and music community for her arts advocacy and involvement as a music artist and Program Director of the performing arts company LED.

https://open.spotify.com/track/25giuDsPpZIrDKQzxgxhHB?si=25eccffad4ff4eed

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Haley Heynderickx

Through soft acoustic guitar picking and deftly accented trombone sighs, Heynderickx’s music immediately recalls folk music of the ’60s and ’70s mixed with a love of jazz radio. But Heynderickx’s singing—her vocals that range from sultry to operatic—belie a tenacity in her soul.

https://open.spotify.com/track/5nVE45ithgyVocZp5XLAk6?si=a41061d702044d14

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Andy Shauf

Andy Shauf’s music is an ensemble of intense character-driven lyrics, and ornate musical arrangements spanning fuzzed-out guitars, string sections, clarinets, dreamy synths, delicate piano, acoustic guitars, and rainy-day drums. 

https://open.spotify.com/track/3dsd09qrt34YuS6NPbQtYq?si=52976c884d694561

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuan

Heralded by NPR as ushering in “a new era in jazz,” Adjuah continues to forge new ground. JazzTimes cites him as “The architect of a new commercially viable fusion” and “Jazz’s young style God.” Adjuah explains, “It is time we created a sound that dispels singular narratives of entire peoples and looks to finally represent the wealth of narratives found throughout the American experience. An experience that shows all forms of expression in sound are valid, as all people are.”

https://open.spotify.com/track/7G9VsVr1m6YzaJgHyRgz4y?si=281b6e8bfa06423e

8:30 pm – 10:00 pm: Calexico

Across nine studio albums, numerous collaborations, movie scores, and soundtracks, and thousands of shows, Calexico have roamed the world with their unique and stirring “desert noir” sound. Calexico makes panoramic frontier music that effortlessly crosses borders, cultures, and genres and has seamlessly infused the instrumentation, sounds, and structures of cumbia, fado, jazz, gypsy, surf, country, spaghetti western epics from the shadows of indie rock into a body of work that is unique and completely intoxicating both live and on record.

https://open.spotify.com/track/5cG90AasL6Fd9uTwAMF1tS?si=d6542e5e6e4b431c

STORYFORT

For those that love storytelling! Storyfort is all about the great writing of top-notch authors, poets, journalists, spoken word artists, memoirists, refugee storytellers, podcasters, and more!

Click here for more details about location and times.

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Every Poem is a Haunted House: Possession, Repossession, & Ritual in Poetry

Poet and educator, Adam Davis (Index of Haunted Houses) explores the notion of a poem being a haunted house.

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Big Tree Arts Presents: The Storyfort Slam

Our collaborators and friends at Boise’s Big Tree Arts are bringing back their one of a kind Storyfort Poetry Slam! Bring your work, your voice, your thirst and hunger for moving, entertaining, and heartfelt spoken word to Guru Donuts.

 

DRAGFORT

A celebration of our best, most authentic selves, Dragfort is a safe space for everyone to express themselves and celebrate the A celebration of your best, most authentic self. Dragfort is a safe space for everyone to express themselves and celebrate the LGBTQ+ culture and build community through performance and dialogue. 

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6:30 pm – 7:00 pm: The Pink Runway Party

After what seems like an eon of solitude, Corevette Collective invites all queers, queens, and allies alike to connect at the PINK RUNWAY PARTY at Cherie Buckner-Webb Park! Come in your fiercest Friday night look and kick off the evening with a bang, led by high-energy dance performances and the opportunity to showcase yourself on the Pink Runway! 

8:00pm-9:30pm & 10:00pm-11:30pm: Tropicana Nights Deluxe

The Tropicana Girls are bringing some of their showstopping friends to Tropicana Nights Deluxe at The Balcony.

YOGAFORT

We all could use a bit more peace and stability in our lives, and Yogafort is the best way to find some zen amongst the chaos. Drop in for a recharging yoga session and get your sweat on with our amazing events!

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HACKFORT

From data science and security to lockpicking and cryptology, Hackfort is for those who celebrate all things tech! Come to Hackfort for good conversation and engagement about all the unique things happening in the technology world. 

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11:00 am – 3:00 pm: Workshop- Lock Picking 101

Stop by and listen to our instructors as they cover the basics of locks and the art of lock picking, as they guide participants through various picking styles with our supplied tools and resources for hands-on learning.

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm: How to See Through Walls

Lumineye uses radar technology to detect people through walls. Learn about how they got started and how to grow a tech company in Boise.

4:00 pm – 4:50 pm: 3D Printing Farms

Making Something for Free: How 3D Printer Farms make manufacturing as easy as posting to YouTube.

ARTFORT

Artfort brings light to the fine arts, performing arts, public art installations, and more. Whether you want to catch a horror puppet show, a flamenco performance, or a theatrical ballet performance.

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6:50 pm – 7:20 pm: Idaho Dance Theater

At LED in the Grove, Idaho Dance Theater presents a season of public performances featuring the work of diverse choreographers and frequent collaborations with composers, musicians, and other artists.

7 pm – 7:20 pm: Flamenco Laishi 

Performing at the Sanctuary in the Grove, Estefanía Laishi, is a dancer, vocalist, and co-director of live Flamenco group Shimi Tree.

8:50 pm – 9:10 pm: Horrific Puppet Affair 

At the Sanctuary in the Grove, a cabaret of horror puppet plays built to make your inner child squirm and scream.

ALEFORT

Wouldn’t be Treefort without Alefort! Feel refreshed and chill out with some local craft beers Located next to Main Stage – that’s convenient!

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10:30 am – 11:30 am: Drink Beer, Save the Planet

Barley, hops and water are at risk from climate change. Ag, water, energy, and brewing experts discuss sustainable solutions to preserve beer at JUMP.

3:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Alefort Tent

Come drink some beer with friends!

FILMFORT

Lights, camera, action! This 3-day festival features independent and diverse cinematic perspectives for audiences of all ages! Check out the must-see movies and attend actor, director, and cinematographer panels today!

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11 am – 11:50 am: Music In Motion #1

Come watch two short films at BCT! Music, video, and photo source material and exploration, and experimental video.

5:00 pm – 6:35 pm: LA LA LAND

Man Under Table (78 min), ZONA (15 min), and a Q&A Afterward at the BCT!

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: FRIDAY NIGHT – Headliner. The Flicks

Bite the Hound (15 min), Youngstown (77 min), and directors in attendance for a Q&A after.

COMEDYFORT

What did the crowd say to the comedian? “Can you please stand up?” ba-ding shhh. After the year we’ve all had, we think everyone could use some laughs. Comedyfort is the perfect spot that brings Treeforters laughs, chuckles, and snorts.

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8:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Friday Owyhee Early Show

Come get your laughs on at tonight’s early showcase in the Owyhee ballroom. 

10:15 pm – 12:00 am: Friday Owyhee Late Show

Come to the Owyhee ballroom for a late night of laughs!

SKATEFORT

You’re on a roll today, and if you’re not, you could be at Skatefort! Celebrate all things skateboarding and roller skating, with a gathering of music and community. This all-ages fort invites everyone to skate together while listening to live music! All ages welcome.

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11 am – 12 pm: Park Skating Lesson With Kiana

Learn tips and tricks for balance, pumping, carving, coping tricks, and how to make runs at the Rhodes Skate Park.

12 pm – 1 pm: Park Skate Open Session with Kiana

Right after the lesson let’s session! Meet your skate community and enjoy skating to live music right on-site at Rhodes! Need help with this or that?

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Roller Dance Session with Skatey Lady Kim Porter

Get your groove on to learn the basics of roller dance, jam, and a little rhythm skating complete with choreography to work into your flow at the Treefort Roller Disco, Saturday night!

KIDFORT

Treefort is for all ages! Kidfort provides a playful and safe place for kids to gather with the integration of other forts. Kids 12 and under can enjoy the entire festival for free!

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4 pm – 6 pm: Turning Pages Live

BIPOC leaders and readers from the greater Boise community read from and discuss works by BIPOC writers that have spoken to them, and made a positive impact on their lives. An outgrowth of the popular YouTube series, this event will be geared toward a K-6th grade audience and youthful writers and readers of any age at Cherie Buckner-Webb Park. 

FOODFORT

We all could use a bit more peace and stability in our lives, and Yogafort is the best way to find some zen amongst the chaos. Drop in for a recharging yoga session and get your sweat on with our amazing eventDid someone say food? Recharge and fuel up at Foodfort! Foodfort brings in local chefs, regional chefs, national chefs, media, and culinary experts together to talk about all things food. Oh, and not to mention, there will be a TON of food!s!

Click here for more details about location and times.

10:30 am – 11:30 am: Drink Beer, Save the Planet

Barley, hops and water are at risk from climate change. Ag, water, energy and brewing experts discuss sustainable solutions to preserve beer at JUMP.

12 pm – 1 pm: Trout Talk: From Sustainable Fishin to the Perfect Sear

Learn how to break down a fish like a pro, explore gills-to-tail cooking, hear from Idaho’s fine seafood purveyors, and talk fish with local wildlife experts at JUMP.

MUSIC TALKS FORT

From data science and security to lockpicking and cryptology, Treefort not only brings together musicians and crowd, but it lends the opportunity to gather the minds of the industry. The discussions at Music Talks involve the nuances of building a career in the music industry and serve as a brainstorming platform for the future of music.

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10:30 am – 11:15 am: Careers in the Music Industry

Want to turn your love of music into a career? Join us for a panel featuring the people behind the artist you are seeing during Treefort, from managers and talent buyers to label reps and music supervisors, who will discuss how they got started in the industry and what working on the business side of music is like.

11:30 am – 12:15 pm: All Ages Shows: Heartbeat of a Music Scene

Moderated by longtime all ages show producer and advocate Kate Becker will share lessons learned from Seattle, from the days of the Teen Dance Ordinance to navigating a music ecosystem that is radically impacted by rapid gentrification.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Blood, Sweat, Tears, and Money: Investing it All in Your Music Ecosystem

We all know that music is a badass force for good. It heals and connects, energizes and memorializes, drives economies and fuels social change and more. Come learn from three battle-worn music weirdos how to convince, um, respectable folks to go all in on music in your community.

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