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10 Treasure Valley Musicians to Look Out For

Updated: Aug 4, 2020

The Treasure Valley [aka the Boise / Meridian area of what used to be rural farmland Idaho] is now one of the fastest-growing regions in the country. What was once an almost non-existent modern music scene has recently blossomed into a close-knit community of musicians and devoted fans. Every year, thousands gather from across the United States [and around the world] to participate in Boise's Treefort Music Fest. With styles and genres spanning across the board, the Treasure Valley has something to offer to all.

While in the area for the past four years, I became familiar with the "most-talked-about" names in Boise music. I also had the ability to connect with some musicians who are currently flying a bit under-the-radar, but who have the potential to become something great in the very near future.

So, without further ado, here is my go-to list of 10 Treasure Valley Musicians to Look Out For:

1. The Phets

"The Arctic Monkeys' and Muse's evil cousin." I genuinely believe that The Phets may be one of the first Boise bands to hit it big. While labels can be incredibly picky about who they sign, this band can score a record deal if they seek one wholeheartedly. The Phets have the whole package: talent, skill, cohesive branding, stage presence, audience engagement, and finally, "the look." Formed in 2017, The Phets have already made a local name for themselves, with standout shows and a strong, devoted fanbase. Originally set to perform at this year's Treefort Music Fest [which has since been canceled for 2020], the group has continued to engage with their audience through live videos and social media content.

The Phets' members include Thomas Salazar (Vocals/Guitar), Hayden McCandless (Bass), and Cameron Elgart (Drums). Though only a 3-piece band, The Phets can fill the stage (and the sound waves) as if they are a 4 or 5 piece group.

Their debut EP, Dark Again, is available now [see links below]. If you are ever in the

Treasure Valley, I highly recommend catching a Phets performance. You will be able to one day boast of the fact that you saw them play in a tiny, local venue before their big claim to fame. As young musicians devoted to their craft, these dudes know what they're doing and where they're going.

Follow The Phets:

Facebook: @thephetsofficial

Instagram: @the.phets



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2. Ana Lete

This songstress is unique, both in her sound and in her unwavering work ethic. As an experimental neo-indie folk musician, there is no one who sounds quite like Ana does. Ana Lete has only been an independent artist since 2017 but has already learned how to make a full-time income in an area where rent continues to skyrocket. She holds a degree in Music Composition from the College of Idaho and earns her income through a combination of live performances, merchandise sales, and private lesson instruction (ukulele and guitar). She was also set to play at this year's Treefort Music Fest.

Her most recent project? Lete has just created and launched her very own online Guitar Program for Adults. With the current uneasiness that COVID-19 has brought to self-employed pocketbooks, Ana has found a way to work around some of the uncertainty that comes with month-to-month income based on in-person lessons. Her new course aims to instill "confidence in [adults'] guitar-playing abilities so that they can have a fulfilling, confidence-boosting, stress-relieving hobby for years to come." If you are interested in signing up for this course, email Ana at

Follow Ana Lete:


Facebook: @analetemusic

Twitter: @analetemusic

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