SIOUX CITY | Saturday in the Park started as a one-time event. But sometimes, you've just got to let the good times roll.
The free outdoor musical festival has been drawing thousands of people to Grandview Park since 1991. Leading up to this year’s big Fourth of July weekend event, the Sioux City Public Museum opened a new exhibit, “Saturday in the Park: Rockin’ for 25 Years.”
One of the highlights of the exhibit is a full run of festival posters – many of which have been autographed by the performers. You’ll also find a 20th anniversary quilt made from commemorative T-shirts, dozens of photographs of the musicians, audio and video clips of performances and five original paintings by Sioux City artist Mark Kochen, including his 2015 festival artwork.
“Saturday in the Park: Rockin’ for 25 Years” will be on display through Sept. 6.
Originally billed as a “blues festival,” the annual festival has featured an eclectic mix of music that spans rock and roll, zydeco, soul, jazz, reggae, punk, gospel and bluegrass.
Festivalgoers have been able to see Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, Alana Davis, Bonnie Raitt, Melissa Etheridge, Cee Lo Green, Gary Clark Jr., Wilco and the Avett Brothers. Over the years, headliners have included music legends like Carlos Santana, the Allman Brothers Band and the late B.B. King.
It has grown to include entertainment on two stages, an array of festival food from local vendors, beer gardens, an Arts Alley and a Kids’ Zone with carnival rides, inflatables and a petting zoo. A fireworks display caps off the night.
The best part: it’s still free.
Take a look at Saturday’s lineup:
12:05 p.m. – The Kelly Quinn Band
Over the past decade, the Kelly Quinn Band has come a long way since its time as a guitar and drum duo playing in any place that would let them in. Today, frontman Kelly Quinn is joined by Scott Tott, Eric Smith and Bob Snodgrass. The alt-rock band released a debut album, Fuddruckus, in November.
1 p.m. – Tribute to B.B. King
Johnnie Bolin and a handful of local musicians will perform a set of songs by B.B. King in memory of the great blues legend. King performed at Saturday in the Park in 2007. He died in May.
2 p.m. – Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole
Cedric Watson, originally from San Felipe, Texas (population 868), is a four-time Grammy-nominated fiddler, singer-songwriter and accordion player. Watson performs Cajun, creole and zydeco music.
3 p.m. – North Mississippi Allstars
Brothers Luther and Cody Dickinson soaked up the blues music of juke joints in North Mississippi and their father, Memphis musician Jim Dickinson. They formed the North Mississippi Allstars in 1996 and pioneered their own brand of blues-infused rock and roll.
5 p.m. – Gogol Bordello
The multicultural gypsy punk band from Manhattan uses operatic elements in a dynamic and energetic show. The band is made up of eight musicians playing everything from drums and guitar to violin and accordion.
7 p.m. – Foster the People
Frontman Mark Foster wrote the song "Pumped Up Kicks," which ultimately marked the band’s breakthrough into mainstream music. It made the group an indie-pop sensation. Foster the People released its second studio album, "Supermodel," last year.
9 p.m. – Aretha Franklin
The Queen of Soul, known simply by her first name, graces Sioux City with her singing talent. Her legacy spans six decades from her first recording as a teenage gospel singer to her current release, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics.
Find out more about the main stage artists. Pick up the Blues City Journal.
On the second stage:
Noon – Rev, Sioux City
12:55 p.m. – Truckstop Mamas, Sioux City
1:50 p.m. – Manny Phesto, Minneapolis
2:45 p.m. – We Be Lions, Omaha, Neb.
3:40 p.m. – Sophistafunk, Syracuse, N.Y.
4:35 p.m. – GhostCat, Sioux City
5:30 p.m. – King Washington, Los Angeles
6:25 p.m. – Duenday, Minneapolis
7:20 p.m. – Fishbone, Los Angeles