There's no question that Boise's putting out more than its share of exciting music these days. Youth Lagoon's The Year of Hibernation is topping year-end lists left and right, and Brother Dan's The Orb has been in heavy rotation in my space for months, just to name a couple. Earlier this year, our friend Eric Gilbert -- the keyboardists and vocalist for another great Boise concern, Finn Riggins -- put together a list of Boise bands that are creating a stir down in southern Idaho.
Now, Gilbert has gone and launched the Treefort Music Fest, a four-day affair that runs from March 22 to 25, that aims to spotlight emerging artists from Idaho and beyond. Last week, Gilbert unveiled an impressive first batch of artists -- from Built to Spill to of Montreal. Today's second bath includes a number of Seattle-area bands -- Lemolo, Pickwick, Champagne Champagne -- as well as Blitzen Trapper and a handful of other bands. For the full list, check out treefortmusicfest.com.
I've already got the week blocked off, and I highly recommend you do the same. Remember, you don't have to love Boise State to go appreciate Boise. In fact, you can hate Boise State with every fiber of your 100 percent virgin wool Pendleton board shirt and still find lots to love about the city, especially during Treefort season.