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SIOUX CITY - Festival favorite Ben Harper and Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Cee Lo Green are among the high-profile names that will make up the 21st annual Saturday in the Park music festival lineup, the Journal has learned.

An official press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. today at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City. Joining Harper and Green on the Grandview Park bandshell stage for the free July 2 event are Grace Potter and the Nocturnals (named one of the best new bands of 2010 by Rolling Stone Magazine) and Grammy Award-winning rockers Los Lonely Boys.

Harper will be closing the show right after Green finishes his set.

"I was in Louisiana for Mardi Gras when I found out we got Cee Lo," festival co-founder Dave Bernstein said. "It was just such a great moment."

Most known for his work with producer Danger Mouse as the group Gnarls Barkley, Green unleashed his third solo record last year. The juxtaposition of scathing lyrics and upbeat music hit it off with critics and audiences alike, garnering him a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year.

Slated to release a new album in May, the California-native Harper has experimented with many genres including rock, gospel, blues and reggae. The singer-songwriter is most known for his guitar-playing abilities. His most notable hit came in 2000 when "Steal My Kisses" hit No. 13.

The Los Lonely Boys were thrown into the national spotlight with their 2004 Top 40 hit "Heaven." The group of brothers, who have recorded songs with last year's headliner Santana and Willie Nelson, will bring a sort of "Texas rock 'n' roll" to their set.

A hit with the indie set, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are relatively new to the scene, forming in 2002. Hailing from Vermont, expect soul infused folk-rock when they hit the stage.

Last year, Santana, Steve Winwood and Michael Franti and Spearhead drew record crowds to Grandview Park. The outdoor music festival routinely draws tens of thousands of people.

The festival lineup will feature three more artists, to be announced at a later date, playing earlier time slots.

 

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