SIOUX CITY | The wait for this year’s Saturday in the Park lineup is finally over.
Soul singer Joss Stone will headline Sioux City’s annual outdoor music festival July 1 at Grandview Park, along with the funk influenced Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and rising indie rock stars The Revivalists, Dave Bernstein announced during a Wednesday press conference at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City.
“Given the lay of how these bands developed since we booked some of them, [it’s] almost a triple headliner scenario,” said Bernstein, who co-founded Saturday in the Park with Adam Feiges 27 years ago.
Also performing on the Main Stage is Johnnyswim, a Los Angeles-based folk soul duo, and 35th & Taylor, a Siouxland blues rock band that recently opened for Bon Jovi at the United Center in Chicago. Bernstein said the remaining two bands scheduled to play the noon and 2 p.m. time slots will be announced at a later date.
Stone was initially chosen to perform Saturday in the Park in 2012 but postponed her tour, including the Sioux City date, due to a delay in her recording schedule. Bernstein said the England-born singer plays a combination of soul, funk and R&B, and seldom performs in the United States.
“Really looking forward to her performance here,” said Bernstein. “Trombone Shorty just finished a stint supporting the entire Red Hot Chili Peppers tour. Trombone Shorty has been somebody that we’ve been looking to book for many, many years."
Also of note is the inclusion of The Revivalists, a band that reached the top of the U.S. Adult Alternative Songs charts with the single “Wish I Knew You” and received critical acclaim for its 2015 album “Men Amongst Mountains.” Last year, Rolling Stone included The Revivalists on its list of “10 New Artists You Need to Know,” comparing the band’s sound to that of the Grammy Award-winning Alabama Shakes.
“The Revivalists, we booked them early this year, and those guys continue to rise up the charts,” said Bernstein. “We’re really psyched that they’re going to be here. I’m sure they’re a band that you’re going to hear a lot more of.
“My guess is by the time they make it to Sioux City they will be incredibly wide known.”
Both Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and The Revivalists hail from New Orleans, which Bernstein said will fit in nicely with Sioux City’s Mardi Gras Festivale and The Big Parade, which tends to take place a few days before the Fourth of July weekend and Saturday in the Park.
With the rock bands Journey and Asia booked to play Hard Rock’s Battery Park one day before Saturday in the Park, Bernstein said “Sioux City is definitely the place to be that weekend.”
“If you’re looking for something to do and you like music, you’re nuts not to come to Sioux City,” he said.
Organizers for The Abe Stage, formerly known as Saturday in the Park’s Second Stage, have yet to disclose details on the their official lineup. Last year, organizers Kelly Quinn, Jason Reinert and Brandon Stowe booked hip-hop artist Sir Mix-a-Lot to headline The Abe and attracted the stage’s largest audience to date. The music continued well into the night with a closing performance by Iowa-based dubstep artist Kill OG. Bernstein said the resulting turnout was “phenomenal.”
“Seeing what was going on there was as refreshing and as unique as a lot of the stuff in the first couple years of doing Saturday in the Park in the mid-90s when we’d try something new and it would blow up,” he said. “I give total credit to those guys that do The Abe Stage. The vibe over there is going to be amazing. We want to make sure we put great live music on the Main Stage to complement that as well. And we have.”
The festival co-founder added that the success of The Abe’s hip-hop performances could eventually spill over onto the Main Stage in the next few years. “We’re always bouncing around,” he said. When looking for a headliner, Bernstein said that he looks for a band or a musician with “star appeal” and the ability to “hold and move and big crowd.”
“The last three artists we announced could all fit that bill,” he said. “There’s something for everybody.”
Reflecting on the festival’s impact on Siouxland for the past 27 years, Bernstein hopes Saturday in the Park continues to nurture live music.
“Specifically live music that you may not know,” he said. “The gem of live music is seeing someone you don’t know and being like, ‘Whoa! What’s up with these guys?’ Hopefully we inspire folks to get into live music.”
Saturday in the Park will kick off July 1 at Grandview Park. Fireworks will conclude the festival, following Stone’s set.