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Top 9 Treefort 2020 Acts to Check Out

Last updated March 03, 2020 by Totally Boise

Treefort is just around the corner and per usual, it’s bigger and better than before! Here at Totally Boise, we’re counting down the days. This year the festival lands on March 25-29, so get ready for five days filled with music, food, and fun. Experience it all this year right in the heart of Boise’s downtown.

Marking Treefort’s 9 year anniversary, here are 9 bands we’re looking forward to seeing!

1. Calexico

Friday, March 27 - 8:30 pm @ Main Stage
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If you haven’t heard of Calexico, you definitely need to. Their music mixes genres, drawing on unique sounds from jazz to country. Mostly though, their music brings to life their desert roots. With such great music, it comes as no surprise this local Tucson Indie Rock Band is a two time Grammy nominee. Nominated for Best American Roots Performance, for “Father Mountain” and Best Americana Album, for “Years to Burn”.


Saturday, March 28 - 9:50 pm @ Knitting Factory
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We’re sure you’ve heard a song or two from this band on the radio. From L.A., California, this very popular band is coming to Boise! GROUPLOVE is a five member band featuring Hannah Hooper, Christian Zucconi, Andrew Wessen, Daniel Gleason, and Benjamin Homola. Focusing on positive vibes, GROUPLOVE continues to be a source of uplifting song lyrics and perspectives on life. This became especially evident after a recent health scare for one of the band members, Hannah. The band just released a new album called, “Healer”. We’re excited to hear it live!

3. Omar Apollo

Friday, March 27 - 11:20 pm @ Mardis Gras Ballroom
Omar Apollo
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Time for us to get swept up in Omar Apollo’s creative music because this very famous musician is coming to our Boise streets. In 2017, Omar Apollo became recognized for his popular song Ugotme. He writes soulful tunes with a mix of jazz, R&B, funk, alternative, and pop. Be sure to check out his music on sound cloud, and other music platforms, and be prepared to sing along with his performance.

4. Japanese Breakfast

Thursday, March 26 - 8:40 pm @ Main Stage
Japanese Breakfast
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Japanese Breakfast is a one woman band, by Michelle Zauner. She was recently featured in the August 2019 Rolling Stones feature magazine. If you like indie rock style music, we recommend giving her a listen (trust us, you won’t be disappointed). Michelle is very talented and creative, a jack of all trades. Not only is she a musician, but also a music video director, author and video game composer. She recently just released new music that can be found in her new indie video game.

5. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

Thursday, March 26 - 12:00 am @ El Korah Shrine
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
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Meet “the architect of new commercially viable fusion” and “Jazz’s young style God”, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. Three time Grammy nominated, including this year for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, is Christian Scott. Christian Scott’s music draws on his values from New Orleans as a newly ascended Chieftain in the Black masking culture. His songs are a mix of Jazz and trumpet, which according to NPR are ushering “a new era in Jazz”. We can’t wait to see what he brings to Boise.

6. Larkin Poe

Wednesday, March 25 - 11:50 pm @ El Korah Shrine
Larkin Poe
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From Nashville, Tennessee, this famous sister duo is known for their southern style showcasing their mastery in harmonizing and orchestrating while rattling, stomping, and sliding around the stage. New album and songs are set for release in March 2020, near the start of the festival (we recommend following them to stay up-to-date on the album release). Fun fact! Larkin Poe are distant relatives of the famous writer, Edgar Alan Poe.

7. Peter Bejourn and John

Sunday, March 29 - 4:30 pm @ Main Stage
Peter Bejourn and John
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A Swedish indie-pop trio. If you need a new band to fall in love with, this is one to listen to. This band is best known for the first single hit called “Rusty Nail”, and has continued building their legacy with 9 albums over the past two decades! The band members are Peter Morén, Björn Yttling, and John Eriksson. Other known songs may include “Young Folks,” “Gut Feeling,” “Second Chance,” and many more.

8. Chromatics

Sunday, March 29 - 7:40 pm @ Main Stage
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This Oregon based band is best known for their unique electric sound. Chromatics first gained attention and a following from their debut soundtrack album on the famous show, Twin Peaks. Since then, their music has been featured on many TV shows, including Riverdale, Gossip Girl, and Parenthood. We’re for sure staring them in our Treefort app.

9. AJJ

Thursday, March 26 - 11:20 pm @ Mardis Gras Ballroom
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AJJ has a unique folk punk sound that we can’t seem to get enough of! The band just recently released an album called Good Luck Everyone. One band member, Sean Bennete, said “[s]onically, it’s our least punk record, and lyrically our most punk record.” Interesting... we bet it’s going to be even better live!

You can’t go wrong with watching a fun band performance! Don’t miss out on seeing these incredible bands. To keep track of your fave bands and the Treefort schedule we recommend downloading the Treefort Music Fest App and staring your must-sees! Also, don’t forget to take advantage of the rest of Treefort’s activities and other features- Alefort, Yogafort, Storyfort, and so much more!

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