The Femme Voices of Treefort

In the music world, one major issue lies in the disproportionate booking of femme artists. Though, the problem is much more complicated than booking; sexism is rampant throughout the industry and artists are beginning to speak out about it. At the end of last year, the avant-garde pop revolutionary, Björk, wrote an open letter to music industry sexism. This struggle isn’t exclusive to the past, as it damn well should be. The battle for women’s rights is still very much raging today. This archaic mistreatment can be pretty depressing. Nevertheless, it is important to balance this negative dialogue with a commanding hopefulness and optimism by shining a light on the achievements and talent of female artists.

Treefort Music Festival has always been set apart from the typical. It’s independent focus has bypassed much of the controversy, inequality and general lameness of other major festivals nationwide. It brings together a shmorgishborg of passionate artists, making for a strong community. In my opinion, Treefort is a forward thinking festival to be proud of. There are so many talented women in the massive lineup of this year’s festival. In an attempt to combat the absurdity of sexism with purposeful inclusivity, here is a spotlight of some of those fantastic artists.

Compiled below is a playlist of only some of the femme-forward artists that will help make this another memorable year of Treefort (the playlist follows the artist order of this article).


Kate Tempest 

SUNDAY 5:30pm @ Mainstage

Don’t miss this. Don’t miss this. DON’T MISS THIS. Tempest is a lyrical whirlwind. I’ve already mentioned her in my previous list of Treefort artists, and her album Let Them Eat Chaos was a favorite of 2016. Don’t just take my word for it though, Co-founder of Treefort, Eric Gilbert, said “if you want to know the one Treefort Music Fest artist I would say you definitely shouldn’t miss, I’m going with Kate Tempest.”


Emma Ruth Rundle

 SATURDAY 9:10pm @ Mardi Gras

Her powerful voice surrounded by dark, crushing chords, reminds of last year’s epic performance by Chelsea Wolfe. Her sound is undeniably heavy, but the lyrics and voice bring a warmth and comfort that soothe any angst.


Rituals of Mine 

THURSDAY 9:00pm @ El Korah Shrine

FRIDAY 3:00pm @ Woodland Empire

THURSDAY 4:00pm @ Radio Boise

SATURDAY 6:00pm @ Modern Hotel

These girls own the stage with influences from hip-hop and electronic dance. Lead singer, Terra Lopez, will stun you in a matter of minutes. She recently had an exhibit in San Francisco entitled This is What it Feels Like. Patrons would walk through dark hallways and experience being catcalled, bringing attention to the common verbal abuse women experience. With plenty of off-schedule performances, you have no excuse to miss Rituals of Mine.


Y La Bamba 

SATURDAY NIGHT 12:00am @ Neurolux

The voice behind the Treefort veterans, Y La Bamba, is Luz Elena Mendoza. She taps into her Mexican American heritage for some truly uplifting folk.


Cult Bride [LOCAL]

THURSDAY 6:00pm @ El Korah Shrine

“Expect powerful vocals, sweeping orchestral elements, and cleverly crafted lyrics. Cult Bride strives to create quality, beautiful music that a wide and diverse audience can enjoy.”


Xenia Rubinos 

FRIDAY 11:00pm @ Linen Building

“Xenia’s powerhouse vocals are at the center of her music which grows from a wide range of influences from R&B to Hip-Hop to Caribbean rhythms and jazz all delivered with a soulful punk aura.”

The Seshen

SATURDAY 10:30pm @ The Reef

SUNDAY 2:00pm @ Mainstage

“The Seshen is a San Francisco Bay Area-based seven-piece led by singer/lyricist Lalin St. Juste and bassist/producer Akiyoshi Ehara. Their forward-thinking sound combines synthesizers, drum machines, live percussion, and entrancing harmonies to create an unmistakable fusion of R&B, synth-pop, and electronic music.”



FRIDAY 5:00pm @ Modern Hotel

“Cavegreen is the artistic collaboration of Eleanor Murray and GianLuca Bucci, that blends electronic and acoustic music, poetry, and images.” I remember seeing Eleanor Murray’s solo set last year at Treefort and was blown away. Her timid personality, expressive voice and delightful melodies made my skin shiver. She mentioned that she was working on this Cavegreen project and I am greatly looking forward to their set.  

Sassy Black 

FRIDAY 9:00pm @ Linen Building

“This Goddess of “electronic psychedelic soul” & “hologram funk” explores the concepts of sound through deep compositions. With roots in classical & jazz, her voice is often compared to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Erykah Badu & Georgia Anne Muldrow.”


Mercy Brown 

FRIDAY 8:30pm @ The Shredder

“Mercy Brown is known for their dynamic musical presence, ranging from blackened death metal, to punk rock, to dark ambience.”


My Body 

SATURDAY 6:00pm @ Neurolux

“My body is Jordan Bagnall and Darren Bridenbeck, the band currently resides in their native Portland and was formed in 2012. Jordan leads the project as the primary producer and songwriter, using her classical training to create catchy electronic pop that is avant garde and decidedly unique.”


Emily Afton 

SATURDAY 8:00pm @ The District

“Oakland indie-rock meets an after hours quest for mischief, with ribbons of soul and electro-pop interwoven.”


There is No Mountain 

SATURDAY 9:00pm @ The District

“…an intricate, turn-on-a-dime brand of psychedelic pop, with audible influences ranging from ancient folk to modern americana, world music to doom.”







Everyone is Dirty – 8:00pm @ Neurolux



Bijouxx [LOCAL] – 6:35pm @ Boise Contemporary Theater

The Foxxtones [LOCAL] – 7:00pm @ Pengilly’s

Death Valley Girls – 8:00pm @ Linen Building

Weezy Ford –  10:00pm @ Pengilly’s

Good Dining [LOCAL] 10:00pm @ The District

Madisun Proof [LOCAL] – 10:30pm @ Spacebar

Dressy Bessy – 10:30pm @ The Olympic

Chastity Belt – 11:00pm @ Linen Building

The Coathangers – 12:00am @ Linen Building



Luci Kolada [LOCAL] – 6:00pm @ BAAMP

Shady Elders – 6:30pm @ Neurolux

Ana Lete [LOCAL] 7:00pm @ The District

New Shack – 7:00pm @ Linen Building

Grouper – 7:30pm @ Boise Contemporary Theater

Weaves – 9:00pm @ El Korah Shrine
Wild Powwers – 9:30pm @ The Shredder

Sun Blood Stories [LOCAL] – 10:00pm @ Linen Building

Genders – 10:10pm @ El Korah Shrine

The Still Tide – 10:30pm @ Pengilly’s

Marshall Poole – 11:00pm @ The Olympic

Pure Ivy [LOCAL] – 11:00pm @ The District

a.k.a. Belle [LOCAL] – 11:35pm @ Pengilly’s

Alanna Royale – 12:00am @ The Olympic

Maszer – 12:40am @ The Shredder



Know Reaction [LOCAL] – 1:30pm @ BAAMP

Kathleen Williams [LOCAL] – 4:30pm @ BAAMP

Lily Lorenz [LOCAL] – 5:00pm @ The District

Thistledown [LOCAL] – 5:00pm @ Basque Center

Anna Tivel – 6:00pm @ Basque Center

Lizzo – 7:00pm @ Mainstage

The Lower 48 – 7:00pm @ El Korah Shrine

Tele Novella – 8:00pm @ El Korah Shrine

Belle Game – 9:00pm @ El Korah Shrine

Shana Falana – 9:30pm @ BAAMP

Windoe – 10:00pm @ The District

Alvvways – 11:30pm @ El Korah Shrine

Thunderpussy – 11:30pm @ Hannah’s

Great Grandpa – 11:30pm @ BAAMP

Thick Business – 12:00am @ Linen Building




Reptaliens – 5:30pm @ BAAMP

Raven and the Writing Desk – 8:30pm @ Neurolux

Angel Olson – 8:30pm @ Mainstage

BOYTOY –  11:00pm @ The Olympic

Psychic Twin – 11:00pm @ El Korah Shrine