BOISE -- With a successful first night under its belt, Treefort 2013 is in full swing. The four-day festival got off to a chilly, but successful start Thursday night.
Despite temps hovering in the 30s, hundreds of listeners came out to support 46 bands playing at venues throughout downtown Boise.
The festival kicked-off with local favorites Finn Riggins at 6 p.m. at the El Korah Shrine. Another buzz-worthy band called Hollowwood from Boise filled the Linen Building at 7 p.m. Thursday Headliners Foxygen took the El Korah stage at 9 p.m.
Another 200 + bands are scheduled to play Friday through Sunday.
Festival press coordinator Matt Dalley said Thursday's festival lineup was a successful one. "This year we've sold three times as many passes as we did last year," Dalley told KTVB.
Dalley said he expects more fans to make it to the festival's main stage, which will open Friday afternoon at 4:45 p.m. with Seattle songstress Deep Sea Diver. Performances by alt rock band Pickwick and the sparkling guitars of Delicate Steve are to follow.
Festival headliners Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings will play the main stage at 8:30 p.m.
HEATERS AT THE MAIN STAGE
Those who may be dissuaded by the cold temps will have a heat source at the stage.
"The weather in Idaho can be kind of hard to predict," Dalley said. "We'll have forced air heaters in the tents, so if people get chilly they can go into the tents."
There are also 11 indoor venues that will almost certainly be packed with human bodies listening to music Friday, and that's sure to give off some heat.
SoCal rockers Foxygen played the El Korah Shrine Thursday evening
Due to two noteworthy cancellations, the Treefort Festival schedule has been updated here. Those cancellations include Sunday headlining band Animal Collective, whose lead singer went down with strep throat, along with U.K. electro DJ Gold Panda, who wassupposed to play Saturday night, but was rumored to be caught in some sort of snowstorm.
Not to worry, Treefort organizers bumped up the Sunday schedule to include a longer performance by the unique Dan Deacon, whose electronic sounds are as driving as they are spooky and melodious. Local artist Youth Lagoon will also play a unique set on Sunday off his sophomore album Wondrous Bughouse.
With so many folks trying to download and use the festival's scheduling app for iPhone and Android, some found it hard to connect on Thursday.
Dalley said the problems likely stemmed from some sort of software overload, and said a Verizon employee told him the sheer amount of cell users in the area affected that system.
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EL KORAH SHRINE GETS HUGE BOOST
Potentate Ron Lester told KTVB the El Korah Shrine had sold a record amount of alcohol Thursday night, and he'd never seen as many people go through the building.
Friday should also be packed, as local favorites Built to Spill will take the stage at 10 p.m. for a historic performance of the band's first album "Ultimate Alternative Wavers."
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