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A guide to Flipside Fest

Published 6 months ago • 10 min read

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Flipside Fest is next weekend! Are you going?

Flipside Fest is a multi-venue music and arts festival happening in Garden City on Friday, Sept 22 through Sunday, Sept 24.

Flipside is put on by Duck Club Entertainment, which is the organization that puts on Treefort Music Fest in March and has shows every week at various venues in downtown Boise. This year, Duck Club also opened Treefort Music Hall and Hap Hap Lounge, and took over the historic El Korah Shrine building and rebranded it to Shrine Social Club, where they’ve been holding shows in the main ballroom and in the basement.

Duck Club created Flipside Fest in 2022. To find out more about Flipside and why Duck Club decided to add another festival to its repertoire, I chatted with Eric Gilbert. Gilbert is the co-founder and director of Flipside, Treefort, and Duck Club, and he’s the guy that books bands for Duck Club's festivals and shows.

Gilbert said that at its core, Flipside is a scene building exercise. “It's more of a localized version [of Treefort]. It’s celebrating the local scene in a different way,” said Gilbert. “And it's also just kind of a fun project for us. With Treefort, we're actively trying to appeal to a broader audience and we involve a lot of other things. Flipside is a little bit more of us just kind of doing what sounds fun.”

Gilbert also added that Flipside is an opportunity for Duck Club to have a festival in September and to work with Garden City partners, like Visual Arts Collective and Surel’s Place, who haven’t been as involved in Treefort over the years due to proximity.

Flipside is essentially a baby Treefort Music Fest. Last year, at the inaugural Flipside, I heard many festival attendees comment that it felt like the first Treefort, which took place in March 2012. In comparison, Flipside 2023 is three days and has 105 artists playing at 13 venues, with a dozen or so art and skateboarding events happening over the weekend. Treefort 2023 was five days and had 500+ artists and 13 forts, each bringing 50-100 additional artists and performers, with events happening at 60+ venues throughout downtown Boise.

One big similarity between Flipside and Treefort is the multi-venue festival model. Duck Club favors the multi-venue model to promote discovery of artists and the city/neighborhoods in which the festivals take place.

Gilbert comes from the touring band scene – his band, Finn Riggins, toured the country playing 200+ shows a year in the early 2000s – and that experience has informed many elements that make Treefort and Flipside different from other festivals.

“From a band's perspective – especially for a bunch of smaller touring acts – it's a great way to actually slow down and be around other touring bands. There's a lot of community building amongst bands with the multi-venue thing,” said Gilbert. “Another cool way the multi-venue model works is that people come to see a certain band, but end up experiencing an artist they aren’t familiar with before or after the set they came to see.”

He also added that a lot of people love to experience music in smaller spaces, so instead of putting fewer bands in one big space, Duck Club prefers to put a lot of bands in a lot of small spaces. Which is precisely what you can expect at Flipside Fest 2023.

Flipside guide

Here's alllll the important info to know:

Tickets

Tickets for Flipside are available right meow. Here's the details:

  • GA tickets are $99 and gets you into all events and afterparties over the three days
  • Single-day tickets are$49 for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday
  • Kids age 4 and under are free
  • Find Flipside tickets online here
  • You can also buy tickets onsite

Flipside Box Office is located outside of Main Stage and VAC (3638 Osage St, Garden City). You can pick up or purchase tickets at Box Office. Here's the hours:

  • Friday, September 22 1pm-10pm
  • Saturday, September 23 1pm-10pm
  • Sunday, September 24 1pm-9pm

Venues

Something that I love about Flipside's venues is that they are all outside! Last year it was pretty hot, not gonna lie, but this year the weather looks absolutely spectacular. 75 and sunny, baby!

Here's the list of Flipside venues, plus some helpful info:

Flipside Main Stage

  • 3638 Osage St, Garden City (VAC parking lot)
  • Music Fri 4-10pm, Sat 1-10pm, Sun 1-10pm
  • All ages
  • Drinks, full bar (inside VAC), food trucks

Visual Arts Collective

  • Main Stage is in the parking lot, afterparties + bar is inside
  • DJs Fri 9:30pm-2am, Sat 10pm-2am, Sun 10pm-12am
  • 21+
  • Full bar

Barbarian Brewing

  • 114 E 32nd St, Garden City
  • Music Fri 4-11pm, Sat 2:30-11pm, Sun 3-10pm
  • All ages
  • Outdoor
  • Beer, wine, NA, food trucks

Spaceport

  • 112 E 33rd Street, Garden City
  • Music Fri 5-9:30pm, Sat 4-9:30pm
  • All ages
  • Beer, wine, NA
  • Outdoor (+ fire pit!)

Wepa Cafe

  • 175 E 35th St, Garden City
  • DJs Fri 6-10pm, Sat 3-10pm
  • All ages
  • Outdoor
  • Food, beer, wine, NA

Push & Pour

  • 214 E 34th St, Garden City
  • Music Fri 5:30pm-12am, Sat 2pm-2am, Sun 3-10pm
  • All ages
  • Outdoors
  • Coffee, beer, wine, NA

Somewhere Bar

  • 3544 W Chinden Blvd, Garden City
  • Afterparties and drag shows happening Fri & Sat 10pm-2am
  • 21+
  • Full bar

Coiled Wines

  • 3408 W Chinden Blvd, Garden City
  • Music Fri-Sat 4-10pm
  • All ages
  • Outdoor
  • Beer, wine, NA

Sandbar

  • 2900 W Chinden Blvd, Garden City (greenbelt side of Riverside Hotel)
  • Music Fri 5-8pm, Sat 1-8pm, Sun 5-8pm
  • All ages
  • Outdoor
  • Food & full bar

The Drop

  • 300 E 35th Street, Garden City
  • Music Fri 6-10pm, Sat 5-10pm,
  • All ages
  • Outdoors

Roots Zero Waste Market & Vervain Collective

  • 3308 W Chinden Blvd, Garden City
  • Music and DJs Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-7pm
  • All ages
  • Indoor & outdoor
  • Food, beer, wine, NA

Surel's Place

  • 212 E 33rd St, Garden City
  • Music Fri 6-8pm, Sat 3-8pm
  • Art Talks Sat 10am-2pm
  • All ages
  • Outdoor
  • Beer, wine, food trucks
  • Read my story about Surel's Place, I wrote it in this house :)

New & cool stuff

Art installations will be all over the Flipside Fest footprint. A few highlights:

  • Osage "Illuminated!" - art that lights the way along the main pedestrian and cycling path on Osage Street between 33rd and 36th, and will be visible from 7:30-11pm Friday- Sunday of Flipside.
  • Carving Paths: Anticipation to Gratitude - art inspired by the pandemic, nature and the spiritual experience of Boise artist Gretchen Weitemier will be visible in the gallery at Surel's Place (212 E. 33rd Street) on Friday, Sept 22 from 5:30-8pm and Saturday, Sept 23 from 3:30-8pm.
  • GreenBox installation will be open on Carr Street between E 33rd & 34th Streets on Friday, Sept 22 from 5:30-8pm and Saturday, Sept 23 from 3:30-8pm.

Artist Talks, hosted by Surel’s Place & Garden City Placemaking Fund, will take place in the backyard garden at Surel's Place (212 E. 33rd Street) on Saturday, Sept 23rd from 10am-2pm. Talks will explore the creative economy, including “Why is our creative community so important,” “Building a creative community — two examples of organizing in action,” and “Maintaining a creative community amid gentrification and change.” All of the Artist Talks are free!

Junkside Flipjam is a skate invitational junk jam brought to you by Prestige Skateshop. It's happening on Saturday, Sept 23 on Carr Street between 34th & 33rd, near Push & Pour. It's free to watch!

The Common Well’s Clothesline Art Sale is happening in the gravel lot across the street from Push & Pour on Friday, Sept 22 from 5:30-8:30pm, Saturday, Sept 23 from 12-8pm, and Sunday, Sept 24 from 2:30-6pm. The Clothesline Art Sale is an effort to expand the population of art collectors in our community by offering original art at a steal. Hundreds of pieces of affordable, unframed, original art by local artists will be for sale plus free workshops each day.

Flipside Flea Market, hosted by the Boise Flea, is happening on 34th Street between Carr and Clay streets on Saturday, Sept 23 from 12-8pm.


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Flipside schedule

The Flipside schedule can be found on the Flipside App (aka the Treefort app), which you can download from the Apple store or Google Play store. On the app you can make your own schedule and share it with friends, find map directions to each venue, and listen to the lineup. I also wrote out the schedule for you :) here ya go:

FRIDAY, SEPT 22

  • 4pm: Roller Dome at Main Stage
  • 4:30pm: Boise Rock School at Coiled Wine
  • 4:40pm: JÜN at Barbarian Brewing
  • 5pm: Death's Dynamic Shroud at Main Stage
  • 5:20pm: Moon Reservoir at Coiled Wine
  • 5:20pm: Canyon Kids at Spaceport
  • 5:50pm: Cigarette Speedway at Push & Pour
  • 6p: We Are You at The Drop
  • 6pm: Bittermint at Barbarian Brewing
  • 6-10pm: Tropico FM at Wepa Cafe
  • 6:20pm: Roar at Main Stage
  • 6:30pm: Sheep Bridge Jumpers at Spaceport
  • 6:40pm: Nuppeppo at Coiled Wine
  • 7pm: Mylo Bybee at The Drop
  • 7pm: Wet Pet at Push & Pour
  • 7:20pm: 26fix at Barbarian Brewing
  • 7:40pm: Frost Children at Main Stage
  • 8pm: Bone Haus at Coiled Wine
  • 8pm: Lonesome Jetboat Ramblers at Spaceport
  • 8pm: Strangelily at The Drop
  • 8:10pm: Papas at Push & Pour
  • 8:20pm: Harmless at Barbarian Brewing
  • 9pm: George Clanton at Main Stage
  • 9:10pm: Ryan Curtis at The Drop
  • 9:20pm: Crush The Monster at Coiled Wine
  • 9:20pm: The Bomb Pulse at Push & Pour
  • 9:30pm: Kanders10 at VAC
  • 9:40pm: Babe Rainbow at Barbarian Brewing
  • 10pm-2am: Flipside Afterparty at Somewhere
  • 10:30pm: Cdigi & Friends at VAC
  • 10:40pm: Floating Witch's Head at Push & Pour
  • 12am: De Lux (Dj Set) at VAC
  • 1am: Rahkeem at VAC


SATURDAY, SEPT 23

  • 10-11am: Art Talk at Surel's Place - Why is our creative community so important?
  • 11am-1pm: Art Talk at Surel's Place - Building a creative community — two examples of organizing in action
  • 1-2pm: Art Talk at Surel's Place - Maintaining a creative community amid gentrification and change
  • 1-4pm: Various Lazy at Sandbar
  • 1:30pm: Mandias at Main Stage
  • 2:20pm: Tyrus Newell Into Data Lake at Push & Pour
  • 2:30pm: Causeway at Barbarian Brewing
  • 2:50pm: The Red Pears at Main Stage
  • 3pm: Sove The Second at Surel’s Place
  • 3:30pm: Rat Champion at Push & Pour
  • 3:30pm: Angel Abaya at Barbarian Brewing
  • 3-10pm: Tropico FM at Wepa Cafe
  • 4pm: Boise Rock School at Coiled Wine
  • 4pm: Bo Elledge at Spaceport
  • 4pm: Mckenna Esteb at Surel’s Place
  • 4:10pm: Spoon Benders at Main Stage
  • 4:40pm: 60 Juno at Push & Pour
  • 5-8pm: Turtle Poppers at Sandbar
  • 5pm: Petal Party at Coiled Wine
  • 5pm: Bailey Allen Baker at Spaceport
  • 5pm: Kale Brown at The Drop
  • 5pm: Jeff Crosby at Barbarian Brewing
  • 5pm: St. Terrible at Surel’s Place
  • 5pm: Jesse Blake Rundle at Telaya Wine
  • 5:30pm: Iguana Death Cult at Main Stage
  • 5:40pm: Mexican Slum Rats at Push & Pour
  • 6pm: David Henry at Spaceport
  • 6pm: Talon Smartt at The Drop
  • 6pm: Mungo at Surel’s Place
  • 6:20pm: Trippy Hearts at Coiled Wine
  • 6:30pm: Pixie And The Partygrass Boys at Barbarian Brewing
  • 6:50pm: Porcelain Tongue at Push & Pour
  • 7pm: Chai at Main Stage
  • 7pm: Nick Delffs at Spaceport
  • 7pm: Gipsy Moonrise at The Drop
  • 7:10pm: Wend at Surel’s Place
  • 7:40pm: Rodeo Screams at Coiled Wine
  • 8pm: Cactus Moon at The Drop
  • 8pm: Trauma Kit at Push & Pour
  • 8pm: Mauvey at Barbarian Brewing
  • 8:10pm: Hillfolk Noir at Spaceport
  • 8:45pm: The Walkmen at Main Stage
  • 9pm: Aterrima at Push & Pour
  • 9:10pm: Ealdor Bealu at Coiled Wine
  • 9:10pm: High Pine Whiskey Yell at The Drop
  • 9:40pm: Magic Sword at Barbarian Brewing
  • 10pm: Orographic at VAC
  • 10:10pm: Black Spring at Push & Pour
  • 11pm: Club Chow at VAC
  • 11pm: Chief Broom at Push & Pour
  • 1am: Nancy Boy at VAC

SUNDAY, SEPT 24

  • 1:30pm: Aka Belle at Main Stage
  • 2:40pm: Mall Goth Moths at Main Stage
  • 3pm: Xox at Push & Pour
  • 3pm: The Mad Cap Laughs at Barbarian Brewing
  • 3pm: Darian Renee at Telaya Wine
  • 3:40pm: Healing Potpourri at Main Stage
  • 4pm: Enigma Machine at Push & Pour
  • 4:20pm: Bet On Red at Barbarian Brewing
  • 5pm: Moon Owl's Mages at Main Stage
  • 5pm: No Can Fly at Push & Pour
  • 5pm: Bill Coffey & His Cash Money Cousins at Sandbar
  • 5:30pm: Sunsmith at Barbarian Brewing
  • 6pm: Plum Vision at Push & Pour
  • 6:20pm: The Shivas at Main Stage
  • 7pm: Sego at Barbarian Brewing
  • 7:10pm: Blix at Push & Pour
  • 7:40pm: Cable Ties at Main Stage
  • 8:20pm: Frankie Tillo at Push & Pour
  • 8:40pm: Eggy at Barbarian Brewing
  • 9pm: The Regrettes at Main Stage
  • 9:20pm: The Band Ice Cream at Push & Pour
  • 10pm-12am: Bodie Lee at VAC (21+)

Tips & things to know

Parking

Garden City is a weird mix of residential, businesses, and industrial buildings. This makes the parking situation weird. If you can, the best way to get to Flipside is ride a bike/skateboard/scooter, ride the bus, or get dropped off.

If you are planning to drive and park, DO NOT PARK at The Riverside Hotel, Stagecoach Inn, or in the parking lot of Esther Simplot Park. You'll have to find street parking, but be very mindful of neighbors!

Food at Flipside

There's food trucks at the Flipside Fest Main Stage, Telaya Wine Co, Barbarian Brewing, and near Push & Pour.

Restaurants in the area include Wepa Cafe, Roots Market, Sandbar, Yardarm, Caffe Lucianos, Greenbelt Market, Twisted District Brewing.

Things to bring

  • Sunglasses and/or hat
  • Koozie
  • Fanny pack/small bag
  • Earplugs
  • ID
  • Bike lock

Alright, that's my guide to Flipside 2023 for ya! What other questions do you have?

As a reminder, Flipside is next weekend, Friday, September 22 through Sunday, September 24. It's gonna be funn! See ya there?

Thanks for reading!

With love from Boise,

Marissa

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