Intonation falls victim to music fest glut

April 6, 2007


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.