Neurolux 'Blitzed' by crowds at Treefort

Neurolux 'Blitzed' by crowds at Treefort

Credit: Matt Standal / KTVB

Blitzen Trapper's show brought more than 1,000 people to Neurolux on Friday night.


by Matt Standal

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Posted on March 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 2:20 AM

The shock is slowly wearing-off. Boise's inaugural Treefort Music Fest has gone from "what if" to reality.

More than 137 bands and hundreds -- perhaps thousands -- of people are already taking part in the four-day event hosted in bars, clubs, and various stages across the city.

As such, downtown Boise has been briefly occupied by hordes of bicycle riding, skinny jeans wearing, 20-and-30 somethings pulsing through the streets.

Of course, the occasionally cowboy hat and worn Wranglers are also in the mix. So are kids, moms and dads, and 'hip' old folks too.

With eight stages to choose from, and several all-ages venues, concert-goers of all persuasions can expect plenty of options in the "emerging music" category.

So far, Treefort's most anticipated music option has probably been Portland folk-rockers Blitzen Trapper.

'Blitzen' is best described as a mix of country music, offset with bursts of hard-driving, classic rock and some occasional 1980's-style breakdowns. 

The band played a sold-out, completely packed show at Neurolux on Friday night.  Those with VIP, artist, and press passes even had a hard time getting in.

The hype was enough to bring out Boise's Mark Molitor, who drums for the local act Jr. Rocket Scientist. Molitor said he initially questioned how many people would turn out for Treefort, but dashed those thoughts Friday night as he watched the crowds build for Blitzen Trapper.

"We have the bands and the organization -- all we needed was for people to show up, and it's happened," Molitor said. "People showed up."

According to media rep. Leigh Ann Duferrena, Neurolux was packed to "fire code capacity" with well over 1,000 people checking through the doors throughout the night.  

"We had a line stretching all the way around the building and into the alley and that's never happened before," Duferrena said. 
Inside the 'Lux', drinkers were packed five-deep at the bar, while a journey toward the stage required about five minutes of chaotic slithering between sweaty bodies in various stages of musical intoxication. 
Yet, after the band's opening set, the wild throngs shuffled into place and began vibing to a perfectly-staged show. Blitzen played tracks from popular albums like Furr and Destroyer of the Void, then sailed out some harder-rocking tunes from their latest album American Goldwing.
Club owner Alan Ireland says this is not the first time Blitzen has 'blitzed' Boise, and previous shows were very popular.  "We're happy to support aspiring bands in Boise," Ireland said.
The allure of an aspiring festival was the determining factor for others at Friday's Blitzen Trapper show.
Josh Lovseth drove 11 hours from Seattle and got stuck on a mountain pass in Oregon on his way to Treefort. Lovseth made the trip to cover the event for his alternative music blog "Sound on the Sound." The Seattle-based blog is dedicated to covering the music scene in the Northwest, and highlights emerging acts.
"I wanted to see what was going on in Boise," Lovseth told KTVB.

Lovseth went on to say that he'd heard the popular Boise band "Built to Spill" and wanted to check out Boise's other musical offerings.

His verdict so far: "I'm excited that Boise is excited," Lovseth told KTVB. He added that Boise seemed "clean," people were very polite, and the music scene seemed full of potential.

Hundreds of music fans are likely to get the same impression if the Treefort Music fest continues to draw crowds throughout the weekend here in Boise.
Musical line-ups for Saturday and Sunday go for over 10 hours each day. That means there's a chance that anyone who cares to listen, might find something interesting at Treefort.