SIOUX CITY -- Battery Park is serving major country, '90s rock and old-school hip hop this weekend at three separate concerts.
Friday night brings Old Dominion, Walker Hayes and Brandon Lay for a Country Music Festival; Incubus takes the stage Saturday night and Sunday is bound to be a holy day for hip hop with a Tape Deck Takeover hosted by Flavor Flav.
Brad Streeter, entertainment director at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, said the triple header wasn’t intentionally planned; each act had a free night on tour.
“Touring is based on availability and routings across the country, and it just happened that way: three in a row,” Streeter said.
Old Dominion and Brandon Lay happened to have a day off between their tour with Kenny Chesney; Sioux City will be Incubus’ last tour date until August and the Hard Rock brought Tape Deck Takeover together for a fun throwback.
Streeter said a triple header like this can make for really long days of work for Hard Rock employees and those who help put the show together, but a lineup like this can also help the venue improve stage setup time and improve the guest experience.
“It’s long days, but it’s easier to get everything ready and keep it up for three days instead of taking it down and putting it back up,” he said. “There's a lot that goes into putting up a show of that scale -- lots of staff, stagehands, ushers, people.
“The longest days are the hardest for everybody, but it’s easier because everything’s up in place starting Friday and won’t be done until Monday afternoon."
Noting the varied genres of each night, Streeter said "expect to see extremely different crowds each day."
Streeter said he expects Incubus to see a great turnout.
“Incubus is probably one of my favorite bands of all time,” he said. “It’s going to be a great show that night.”
Bobby Brown will headline Sunday’s Tape Deck Takeover, hosted by Flavor Flav and featuring Warren G, Sugar Hill Gang, Tone Loc and 2 Live Crew.
Streeter said Battery Park has only recently explored the genres of rap and hip hop and decided to bring each of these artists together for an eclectic dose of nostalgia.
“Very rarely do you get that many people together on one show,” he said. “We created the Tape Deck Takeover just because a lot of those artists had these big hits when we were still listening to songs on Tape Decks and had our portable boom boxes. It’s just so eclectic.”
Streeter said the Hard Rock couldn’t pass up a lineup like this.
“All have their own sets and it’s hosted by Flavor Flav, who’s an icon himself. It’s going to be a fun show.”