BOISE, Idaho — Earlier this month Treefort Music Fest announced they’re postponing their annual event to September due to COVID-19 concerns.
Now, during the week of what would have been Treefort’s ninth annual festival, we're learning what Treefort staff is encouraging you to do instead.
But before we get to that, let's rewind.
Typically this time of year in the Treasure Valley, you might find us lacing up our sneakers, throwing on our coolest leather jacket, and charging our way out the door to meet friends at a venue like Neurolux, where we dance our worries away to our favorite Treefort artists.
But this year, that process looks a little different.
“We want to keep people -- their spirits up... and we’re all kind of in this together," said Megan Stoll, Marketing Director with Treefort Music Fest.
But even if you’re alone while isolated right now, Treefort staff want you to remember: you’re part of something bigger.
“Music can bring people together so much, and hopefully we can do that, whether we’re at a physical stage together, or just sharing screens at home,” said Stoll.
Times are tough right now, as we all work to make sense of the devastating global and local impacts of the Coronavirus; but that’s precisely why Stoll says we need art now more than ever.
In place of what would have been Boise's ninth annual Treefort week, festival staff are now hosting what they’ve coined "Treefort Spirit Week."
“We actually are doing our first streaming -- live-streamin -- ever! That’s happening starting tonight, and we’re calling it 'quaranstream,'" Stoll said, with a laugh. "Because we’re all quarantined to our homes. And we’re starting up with a DJ set from Deeveaux -- he’s a local DJ. He’s really awesome."
In the meantime, they invite you to participate in Spirit Week. Just make sure to tag the handle @treefortfest, with #treefortspirit.