The promoters of the Intonation Music Festival announced Thursday they will
not be hosting their weekendlong indie-rock and underground hip-hop festival
in Union Park in September.
"We looked at what was happening this summer,
and the festival crowds of Chicago are being well served at this point,"
Intonation spokesman David Singer said, citing competition from the
Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park on July 13-15, Eric Clapton's
Crossroads Guitar Festival at Toyota Park on July 28, Lollapalooza in Grant
Park on Aug. 3-5 and the combination of the Hideout Block Party and Metro's
25th anniversary celebration at Elston and Wabansia on Sept. 7-9.
"We want to do something unique, cool and interesting," Singer said.
"When we started Intonation, there was nothing like it on the scene, and now
there's a lot. So we've decided to concentrate on doing other cool events
for the rest of the year."
Concert industry observers said Thursday the fact that Intonation has
dropped out of the busy summer concert season for what would have been its
third year underscores that the vibrant Chicago live-music market may be
becoming saturated with weekendlong multiband events.