Boise-bound musicians perform free in La Grande


Screen Shot 2018-03-21 at 11.55.22 AMLA GRANDE — Each year around this time, La Grande welcomes many traveling musicians on their way to perform at the massive Treefort Music Festival in Boise, Idaho. With support from local businesses, HQ will open its doors for three nights of cover-free music from some of the hottest emerging musicians on tour today.

Catskills, La Grande’s own Treefort participating band made up of Gregory Rawlins, Wayne Callahan, Jeff Grammer and Andy Steele kicked off the three nights of music along with Portland’s The Mutineers March 20.

On March 21, La Grande welcomes back Portland’s New Move, who recently paired with Tender Loving Empire’s Jared Mees for an HQ show. Boise’s Nick Delffs will also perform that evening.

March 22 is a night of Bay Area bands. The Brankas, Everyone is Dirty and Battlehooch will wrap up the three nights of free music.

The opportunity to enjoy live music for free is an effort to engage community members and to create connections downtown. By providing access to engaging art and cultural programming, HQ hopes to catalyze connections and engagement in our communities and focus that energy downtown. 

According to a press release from HQ, “an active and creative downtown creates a positive impact on our quality of life and the downtown economy while letting visiting artists and guests that we care about art, culture and life in the Grande Ronde Valley.”

This event is supported in part by Baum Smith, LLC, Kneads Bakery, Sky High Imaging, LLC and Cold Coffee Media. Hq thanks these participants for helping keep this event free and open to all. HQ will collect donations at the door to help support the event.

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The Mutineers

The Mutineers, of Portland, will perform during Treefort at 7:30 p.m. March 23 at Pengilly’s Saloon.


La Grande locals Catskills will perform during Treefort at 11:10 p.m. March 24 at Ha’Penny. Learn more at

New Move

New Move, led by Portland native Jesse Bettis, consistently produces exceptional vintage pop with a distinct modern sensibility. Since early 2016, they’ve released a self-titled LP through Bug Hunt (TLE imprint), a corresponding cross-genre remix, “New Move II: Back in the Habit,” and two music videos, all of which resulted in New Move generating over 700,000 Spotify plays to date, and an impressive amount of buzz and notoriety in the Portland music scene.

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New Move will perform during Treefort at 11:40 p.m. March 22 at The Olympic.

Nick Delffs

“Redesign” is the first full-length album Nick Delffs has ever released under his own name. Musically, his themes are stitched together by the album’s warm, organic production and Delffs’ playing — he’s behind every instrument on the record — but Delffs also connects those seemingly disparate dots under the heading of “Redesign.” Heading into wilderness provides the insight for dealing with life’s heaviness; the responsibility of being a parent is also an opportunity for endless imaginative self-exploration.

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Delffs will perform during Treefort at 1 p.m. March 25 at the Main Stage.

Battlehooch (pictured above)

Battlehooch, from San Francisco, California, is the kind of band you thought went extinct along with landline phones and cassette tapes. They’re a band from another, sturdier era: a band that releases consistently quality material on a consistent basis, a band that doesn’t sacrifice creative drive for commercial interest, a band that grows and evolves with each successive release.

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Battlehooch will perform during Treefort at 7:30 p.m. March 24 at The Olympic.

Everyone is Dirty

Everyone is Dirty, from Oakland, California, plays DIY hi-fi garage symphonic post-punk disturbia. Their new LP, “My Neon’s Dead,” is out now on Oakland’s OIM Records.

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Everyone is Dirty will perform during Treefort at 8 p.m. March 23 at Linen Building.

The Brankas

The Brankas, from San Francisco, California, are an experimental punk duo. The band was formed in 2014 by Theo Slavin (guitar and vocals) and Taylor McElroy (drums and synthesizer) and they have since fine-tuned an asymmetrical style focused around start/stop dynamics, odd time signatures, and off-kilter pop. Their ensuing records (2016’s “Exchanges” EP and “Identical Tentacles” EP and 2017’s “My Parkour Body”) would certainly be at home with fans of The Locust and Tera Melos, as well as in collections featuring Black Moth Super Rainbow or Deerhoof.

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The Brankas will perform during Treefort at 4:30 p.m. March 24 at the Boise All-ages Movement Project.


Side A Brewing

Treefort performer Astro Tan will play a show at Side A Brewing on March 22. The three-piece creates landscapes of psychedelic R&B, marked by sophisticated arrangements and a deep, dark heart.

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Astro Tan will perform during Treefort at 8:30 p.m. March 23 at Grainey’s Basement.

Non-Treefort performers

Side A Brewing and Ten Depot will also host concerts this week featuring artists who are not scheduled to perform at Treefort. Visit and for event details.

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