Updated March 11, 11 a.m.:
The Record Exchange has severed ties with Alive After Five.
In a news release, Record Exchange owner Michael Bunnell said the economics of the music industry and the Downtown Boise Association's talent budget for Alive After Five have made it impossible for him to continue to partner with the 30-year-old summer concert series.
"We would gladly become involved again if the organization reconsiders their strategies to provide more funding for both local and national artists," Bunnell said.
Below is Bunnell's full statement:
The Record Exchange has helped book the Alive After Five artist schedule since 2005, when we were asked to help elevate attendance by booking national touring acts. We have attempted to help the Downtown Business Association schedule the best available talent given their limited budget, and I'm proud of what we have been able to accomplish bringing in first-class musicians and also bringing local musicians back to the event as opening acts. But the cost of booking national touring acts has changed in the digital age. Artists are now more reliant on touring revenue to make a living since sales of their art have diminished in the face of digital piracy and lower incomes from streaming sales. Without a talent budget from the Downtown Business Association to support these increased needs from the artist community, we find it impossible to support their efforts at Alive After Five and very sadly are no longer involved in the event. We would gladly become involved again if the organization reconsiders their strategies to provide more funding for both local and national artists. - Michael Bunnell, Owner, The Record Exchange
Record Exchange and Promotions Director Chad Dryden said The Record Exchange had no further comment on the issue.
Original Post March 10, 4:03 p.m.:
Now in its 30th season, downtown Boise summer music series Alive After Five boasts crowds in the thousands for the acts it brings to town, which have included the likes of Aimee Mann
and The Suffers
. The hitch: Construction in the Grove Plaza had edged it out of its performance space.
That won't stop Alive After Five 2016, which announced it will relocate to the Basque Block for live music acts set to run Wednesdays June 1-Aug. 31.
"The folks at the Basque Block were very welcoming and open to the idea of hosting Alive After Five. The Basque Block has a great energy and feel in an urban space that showcases Boise's history," wrote Downtown Boise Association Director and Alive After Five organizer Lynn Hightower in a statement.
The move isn't permanent, and when construction in the Grove Plaza is complete, event organizers say Alive After Five will return to the Grove in 2017.