Treefort Music Festival kicks off Thursday

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Treefort Music Festival kicks off Thursday

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by Stephanie Zepelin

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Posted on March 21, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 7:44 AM

Treefort Music Festival Street Closure

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BOISE -- Music fans are flocking to downtown Boise for a weekend of music and events.

The Treefort Music Fest kicked off Thursday night at the El Korah Shrine with local favorite Finn Riggins. Organizers are hoping to repeat the success of last year's festival.

Last year at the inaugural Treefort Fest, they had 140 bands; most of those were traveling bands. This year, they have about 270 bands, and 100 of those are local. Event Producer Lori Shandro says the crew is made up mostly of volunteers. Shandro is one of three or four people who work all year on the festival. She says about 15 people get paid to work on it, but about 300 people are volunteers, most of whom she said are from the Treasure Valley.

There will also be things to do for people who aren't just there for the music. This weekend, Grove Street will be closed between 12th Street and 13th Street. The area will have a food truck rally, mercantile area, and ale fort. The weekend will also include films, panels, and performance art. 

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