Sights and sounds of Treefort 2012

Sights and sounds of Treefort 2012

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Sights and sounds of Treefort 2012

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by Matt Standal

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Posted on March 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 8:12 PM

BOISE -- The clubs are quiet and the musicians are long-gone gone, yet the spirit of Boise's inaugural Treefort Music Fest still lingers for many here in the City of Trees.

And that's a good thing, because organizers say the festival is coming back next year.

At last glance, 'Treefort' bid welcome to over 150 bands from across the United States, Canada, and as far away as Australia.

Organizers say the four-day, "emerging music festival" hosted over 3,000 people each day, which was bigger than some expected

What's more, press coordinator Matt Dalley told KTVB every one of the festival's venues was "at or near capacity" each night of Treefort.

"Yes, we plan to do this again, next year!" Dalley said.

Due to the extra foot traffic in Boise's Linen District, Police had to task a few extra safety officers to the area throughout the festival.

However, Police Spokeswoman Lynn Hightower told KTVB that no major arrests were made, and no specific complaints against the festival were fielded by the department.

"They talked about security ahead of time, so it went pretty smooth," Hightower said.

Some local businesses say they also profited from the Treefort hype.

The Payette Brewing Company from Garden City drained 30 kegs of specialty "No Girls Allowed Ale" made for Treefort's 'Ale Fort' beer garden.

Payette's founder Mike Francis says that's more suds than he was expecting to pour, and a great way to promote his product to out-of-towners.

"We were actually hoping we'd have a couple of kegs left over," Francis joked. "We really liked that beer."

Neurolux club owner Alan Ireland says Treefort helped his venue set an all-time attendance record.

The club had over 1,000 people through the doors on Friday night. Inside was standing room only.

Yet, the impact of 'Treefort' is perhaps harder to quantify on a more precise scale.

While some purchased lower-priced tickets for a single day event, others bought passes and showed up on consecutive days for the festival.

In fact, organizers are still trying to determine just exactly how many people came from where, and on what day. The number crunching will likely take some time.

However, that doesn't change how some excited concert-goers felt about the festival.

As a self-described music lover, Hitchin bought a multi-day pass and couldn't have been more excited to show up.

Sporting a leather cowboy hat and beaded fringe vest, and riding a vintage bicycle, Hitchin was decked-out in festival gear on Sunday -- the last day of the festival.

"I've lived here for 13 years and I've never seen anything like this," Hitchin said. "Everybody's having a good time, and the dead part of Boise got a shot in the arm."

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