Rogue Wave, scheduled to play Rhythm Room in Phoenix on Jan. 22 (another fine Stateside Presents offering), has backed out of that date in favor of an 18-and-over show at Tempe Marketplace, our newest beacon of big-box consumerism.
The good news is the show is free. The bad news is that likely means Rogue Wave reversed field on Stateside, a staunch supporter of indie music for more than 10 years in the Valley, and took a last-minute hefty paycheck from Tempe Marketplace (or one of its sponsors; witness cheesy promotional video). For the record, the Rhythm Room cancellation was announced Monday.
In light of drummer Pat Spurgeon’s health issues, I can’t blame Rogue Wave for getting paid. Although it seems like bad business to pull out of a confirmed show just a week before the date.
Without all the information, it’s hard to pass any judgments. But my guess is – and I’m really going out on a limb here – playing outside in a sterile commercialized environment won’t have nearly the same effect as playing in an intimate, nice-sounding venue such as the Rhythm Room.