By Benjamin Leatherman
Innerpartysystem will perform at the Edge 103.9's Third Thursday concert in Scottsdale.
This is just an FYI for those who might not have heard the news: Starting tonight, the Edge 103.9’s Third Thursday monthly free concert series will no lo longer be held at the Tempe Marketplace, but instead is moving a few miles north to the Venue of Scottsdale (7117 East 3rd Avenue in Old Town).
Tonight’s event features a performance by techno-rockers Innerpartysystem, who just released a self-titled album on California indie label Stolen Transmission. The synthy alt-rockers of local outfit Housmans Athletes open the show, which starts at 7 p.m.
So what’s the deal behind the relocation of the Third Thursday event?
It obviously wasn’t from a lack of interest, as Third Thursday drew plenty of music fans to the Tempe Marketplace to witness gigs by such national-level alternative acts as The Ataris, MGMT, and Rogue Wave.
According to Denise Hart, Tempe Marketplace’s VP of marketing, the relocation was due to expiration of the Edge’s contract with the outdoor mall for the concert series.
“Prior to the expiration of the agreement we were in negotiations with them, but we couldn’t come to a mutual decision,” Hart says.
Tim Virgin, assistant program director for Edge 103.9, confirmed this and says the non-renewal of their contract with Tempe Marketplace “wasn’t a bad thing.”
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“I just think we wanted to [hold] it in different places than just one venue all the time [and] kind of move it around,” Virgin says.
Hart declined to comment further on the matter due to the confidentiality of their contract negotiations. However, she did say that Tempe Marketplace will be “moving forward” with its own alt-rock concert series on the same night, kicking off tonight with performances by local bands Comfort for Change, Good With Grenades, and Marissa Mishelle.
Much like the Edge, Hart says, they also plan on booking national-level acts for the series.
I guess local music fans will decide which Third Thursday event is better.