Treefort Music Fest announces third wave of bands; Built To Spill curates three shows

Bring on the '80s! And '90s! Alt-rock band Camper Van Beethoven and Boise indie mainstay Built To Spill are among the third wave of bands heading to Downtown Boise for the second annual Treefort Music Fest in March.

These veteran bands, along with previously announced groups Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Animal Collective, offer further proof that Treefort isn't treating its definition of "emerging acts festival" as an ironclad directive.

Theoretically, this philosophy makes Treefort more interesting to a wider range of rock fans. With luck, it will translate to even bigger attendance numbers.

Built To Spill's contribution includes a three-night stint at El Korah Shrine in Downtown Boise. The shows feature opening acts chosen by frontman Doug Martsch. Camper Van Beethoven is one of the openers at that venue on March 24 — a night that should trigger a Gen-X nostalgia frenzy. (Actually, March 22 could be Gen-X night, too — that's when Built To Spill plans to perform its debut album, "Ultimate Alternative Wavers."

Here's the plan:

Built To Spill — which has two new members — plans to play its 1993 album "Ultimate Alternative Wavers" on March 22, a variety of its originals on March 23, and an evening of covers on March 24.

Update: I put in a request through Treefort for a quick phone interview with Martsch. It was declined.

Road to Treefort: Part Three from Zach Voss on Vimeo.

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