10 Local Newbies to Check out This Year at Treefort

By March 19, 2018Blog, Community, Music

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Yes, when the City of Trees turns into a hip-shakin’, head-boppin’, beer-sippin’, felt-bunted kingdom of musical goodness, tasty noms, enlightening panels, and too many other things to mention in one opening paragraph.

While there are always so many events and performances to catch, it’s always a good idea to show some local love to Boise musicians. To help you round out your schedule, we scoured this year’s lineup and found 10 great fresh and new(ish) local bands to check out.


Cactus Coy is a dreamy folk band that released their EP, Dormant, in December 2017. Members Janae Nilo and River Merrill build flowing melodies off Nilo’s sweet, echoing vocals, simple beats, and a single complimentary electric guitar.

They play Thursday, 6pm, at The District Coffeehouse.


CMMNWLTH is Joe Calvi, Patrick Collins, Nik Verlennich, and Kristen Verlennich. They describe themselves as “hate yr dad” rock, with Conor Oberst-esque vocals and catchy choruses. They released their self-titled EP last year.

Catch them Wednesday, 8pm, at Boise All-Ages Movement Project.


New band DADWAVE is Jeff Bull Jr. of Hollow Wood and Ghost Tours. His tunes are the perfect blend of pop and punk. He’s only released two songs so far and already racked up over 120,000 plays on Spotify.

DADWAVE plays Thursday, 9pm, at Ha’Penny.


Electric Coconut’s first show was last year at Treefort. These cool cats are jazzing up Boise’s younger music scene and plan to drop an EP sometime this year.

They perform Wednesday, 6pm, at El Korah Shrine.


Firesigns is Mariah Priddy, Adam Frost, and Chance Welton. They create sexy indie electropop tunes that draw you to the dance floor.

See Firesigns on Thursday, 8pm, at The Balcony


The Love Bunch is a perfect mix of surf and garage with a pinch of old-timey doo-wop. Their songs are fun, playful, and bound to get you dancing and smiling.

The Love Bunch plays Saturday night/Sunday morning, 12:40am, at Grainey’s Basement.


Luci Kolada has killer pipes and tight compositions, self-described as a “brooding baby faced Boise musician with a soft spot for blues and psychedelic angst.” Sounds about right.

Luci Kolada’s set is on Friday, 7:20pm, at Ha’Penny


Melacrusin is Boise musician Noah Jessee. His music is a unique fusion of hip hop and slow indie electronic. He’s dropping his self-titled EP on Saturday, March 24.

Catch him Sunday, 10pm, at Boise All-Ages Movement Project.


Red Light Challenge isn’t necessarily new, but they are new to Boise. Hailing from Hawaii, brothers Sean and Kyle Luster create upbeat pop rock melodies that are almost as uplifting as the duo’s perpetual peppiness and bright smiles.

See their set on Friday, 8pm, at Hannah’s.


Another not so new but kind of new band is Wild Spells (formerly We Are Apes). Band members Erin Nelson, Eric Larson, Zack Evans, and Kory Parsley renamed their band and are releasing their first EP later this year. Wild Spells is a mix of dark metal and airy, bewitching vocals.

Catch them on Saturday, 5:30pm, at Boise All-Ages Movement Project.