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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 inbars, 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 expectplenty 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 bestdescribed as a mix of country music, offset with bursts of hard-driving, classic rock and some occasional 1980's-stylebreakdowns.

The band played a sold-out, completely packed show at Neurolux on Friday night. Those with VIP, artist, and press passes evenhad 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. Peopleshowed up.

According to media rep. Leigh Ann Duferrena, Neurolux was packed to fire code capacity with well over 1,000 people checkingthrough 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, Duferrenasaid.

Inside the 'Lux', drinkers were packed five-deep at the bar, while a journey toward the stage required about five minutes ofchaotic 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.Blitzenplayed tracks from popular albums like Furr and Destroyer of the Void, then sailed out some harder-rocking tunes from theirlatest 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, Irelandsaid.

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 madethe trip to cover the event for his alternative music blog Sound on the Sound. The Seattle-based blog is dedicated tocovering 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 Boiseband 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 werevery 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 throughoutthe weekend here in Boise.

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