AUSTIN, Tex. -- A contingency of Boise bands are making themselves known at the popular South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW).
Long known as the American music industry's biggest and most important event, SXSW brings thousands of bands from across the globe to Austin, Tex. for a week-long music fest that attracts hundreds of thousands of people and promises more music than any single person could even listen to.
This year, the madding crowds were treated to local Boise favorites Built to Spill, Finn Riggins, Hillfolk Noir, Youth Lagoon, the Brett Netson Band, Le Fleur and, The Teens.
The all-Boise showcase packed a special 800-person venue for over four hours on Wednesday night and treated fans to an eclectic mix of Boise's signature music.
Finn Riggins keyboardist and singer Eric Gilbert told KTVB the showcase was packed to the gills. Gilbert says he organized 2012's Boise showcase with the help of Built to Spill front-man Doug Martsch. The reason? Gilbert says he was sick of playing the festival for a couple years straight with very few bands from his hometown I feel like Boise has a pretty cool scene these days and were trying to let the industry know that we exist, Gilbert said.
The City of Trees will have another big opportunity to do that starting next week.
That's when Boise will host a post-SXSW party for dozens of bands journeying back to the Pacific Northwest from Austin, Tex. The event is billed as a new emerging artist fest, and has been dubbed the Treefort Music Festival
Boise's inaugural Treefort Music Fest will host more than 70 bands on 8 different stages throughout Boise. The event is scheduled for March 22 through March 25.