SIOUX CITY -- Soul sensation Joss Stone will headline this summer’s Saturday in the Park, which also will feature two New Orleans-inspired acts -- funk player Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and rock hybrid masters The Revivalists.
At a news conference Wednesday morning, SITP organizers will formally announce the lineup for the 27th annual free music festival in Sioux City’s Grandview Park on July 1.
This year's festival will also include JOHNNYSWIM, local sensation 35th and Taylor, and two other artists to be announced at a later date.
Stone, an English R&B singer/songwriter, grew up imitating the sounds of American artists like her idol Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, who closed for SITP in 2015.
At age 13, Stone a won British talent show, leading to a major label deal two years later. At age 16, she released her debut album, The Soul Sessions, with both the album and hit song, “You Had Me,’’ receiving 2005 Grammy nominations. In 2007, she shared a Grammy award for best R&B performance by a duo or group for her performance with John Legend and Van Hunt.
Stone, 29, has sold over 12 million albums worldwide. Her most recent, Water for Soul, was released in 2015. She is in the midst of the second leg of a world tour.
The Revivalists are also currently on tour, selling out arenas around the country. The band’s song, "Wish I Knew You," hit No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s Adult Alternative Songs chart last September.
The group, which includes frontman David Shaw, pedal steel guitarist Ed Williams, bassist George Gekas, guitarist Zack Feinberg, drummer Andrew Campanelli, saxophonist Rob Ingraham, and keyboardist/trumpeter Michael Girardot, will be honored as Entertainer of the Year at the Big Easy awards in New Orleans later this month. Their latest album, "Men Amongst Mountains," scheduled for release on July 17, is described as an album about growth.
Troy Andrews, who goes by the stage name Trombone Shorty, began his career as a bandleader at the tender age of 6. He toured internationally at age 12, and spent his teens playing with various brass bands throughout New Orleans and worldwide with Lenny Kravitz.
He fronts Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a funk/rock/jazz/hip-hop band that has toured across the U.S. and several other countries. In 2010, Trombone Shorty released his debut album, the Grammy-nominated "Backatown," followed by "For True" in 2011, which topped Billboard magazine's Contemporary Jazz Chart for 12 weeks. His newest album, "Say That to Say This," was released in 2013 and features funk/jazz elements of New Orleans.
Saturday in the Park, presented by Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City for the third straight year, annually draws tens of thousands of people to Grandview Park. The 2017 festival, which starts at noon, will culminate with a fireworks finale presented by Tyson Foods immediately following Stone’s set.