SIOUX CITY | Classic rock legends and early 21st-century alternative rock bands will dominate the 2015 Concert Series at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City's Battery Park -- formerly known as The Backyard.
The lineup was unveiled Monday evening during an announcement party for about 140 guests at the Hard Rock's indoor-concert venue, The Anthem.
Classic rock fans will have a chance to see REO Speedwagon (July 14), Elvis Costello (July 24) and heavy metal pioneers Deep Purple and Black Oak Arkansas (Aug. 7).
For modern rockers, 3 Doors Down and Seether (July 11), Collective Soul and Dishwalla (July 17) and Three Days Grace (July 31) are scheduled to perform.
Nestled between the classic and alt rockers are contemporary singers Colbie Caillat and Christina Perri, who are slated to co-headline a concert on July 22. Country artists Gary Allan and Joe Nichols are to perform Aug. 14.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at hardrockcasinosiouxcity.com or at the Rock Shop, the casino's boutique.
Todd Moyer, Hard Rock general manager, said organizers are pleased with the venue's freshman summer concert lineup.
“We were looking for something for everyone, and that’s not easy to do -- it’s a very diverse community in Sioux City. But we pulled it off, we have classic rock, modern rock, country and contemporary.”
Entertainment manager Brad Streeter said he tried to diversify the shows as much as possible, a process that was "extremely tough."
"There is a lot of competition for outside music, especially with a lot of festivals and fairs around the area," Streeter said. "But I think I’m very happy with who we got."
The concerts are planned for the re-imagined outdoor venue, Battery Park, which is expected to be completed by June. The new venue will feature a beer garden -- named Biergarten -- and will hold bigger shows and emphasize outdoor entertainment.
“It’s a new focus on great pub food and fab beers, barbecue grills and fire pits,” said Moyer.
Streeter said he's already in the process of booking 10-12 more big-name concerts for later in the year. Details aren't available yet, however.
The Hard Rock plans to hire 60-100 new seasonal employees to run the outdoor venue during the summer.