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Bars, rooftop & more: Treefort plans a permanent fort downtown, lands investment partners

Treefort Music Festival announced it would build a new, permanent venue, known as Treefort Music Hall. It would go up at Capitol Blvd. and Broad St., with a targeted opening date of next summer.

The 500-700-seat venue, would add a second, smaller concert venue to the 8th Street area, joining the Knitting Factory venue, which seats about 1,000.

The new venue would include a rooftop patio, two bar areas, standing, and seated space, a gift shop as well as office space for Treefort and its parent organization Duck Club Presents. The space is about 20,000 square feet in size.

It would replace the Office Depot store, which closed early this year.

“We are incredibly excited to bring another venue option to Downtown Boise,” Treefort co-founder Eric Gilbert said. “We envision our venue as a continuation of the momentum that already exists in Boise and hope this space will help round out the venue portfolio in Boise and further support our local live music ecosystem.”

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Treefort currently operates its outdoor festival main stage on property owned by Hendricks at 12th St. and Grove St. Hendricks has discussed developing a new boutique hotel on that property or others it owns in the area.

The Treefort Music Hall would share the ground floor of the Bodo building with a new Warehouse Food Hall, which Hendricks is at work on. That concept replaces several large national chain retailers with a multi-vendor restaurant and bar dining hall concept.

“BoDo will be a destination that embraces local brands and rising talent and draws people to come experience a one-of-a-kind adventure,” Hendricks CEO Rob Gerbitz said. “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Treefort, a true Boise institution, to join us on this journey.”

Hendricks Commercial Properties, owned by Wisconsin billionaire Diane Hendricks, has focused on revamping the Bodo property into a destination for local and regional merchants and experience-based businesses.

New investment round

Treefort and Duck Club also announced it closed a new funding round from local investors. Scoggin Capital Investment, fronted by former Albertsons executive Andy Scoggin, will be the new “lead investor” in Duck Club.

He joins other outside investors, including previous investors Jess and Decker Rolph as well as Pengilly’s owner Allen Ireland and others from the Boise area.

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“Treefort has proven to be a well run and highly successful entity run by committed and talented people who believe in building a vibrant and creative venue in our community and region,” Scoggin said. “Treefort has established a strong reputation for producing quality musical and artistic events and will continue to be a strong force in enhancing Boise’s reputation as a thriving city going forward. We are pleased to be able to support this next step in Treefort’s growth.”

Duck Club declined to detail the amount of funding or valuation from the investment round.

Treefort previously launched a crowd-funding campaign that raised $337,335 from 851 investors – or about $396 per person. The festival launched the campaign in the wake of the second postponement of the festival in 2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic began to impact Idaho.

The festival is set to take place later this month after those delays. The tenth edition of Treefort is slated for next March.

Don Day - BoiseDev editor
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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