Published on May 5th, 2016 | by Sioux City Now0
Kacey Musgraves, KONGOS will perform in diverse Saturday in the Park lineup
Last night, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City’s Saturday in the Park Festival announced its 2016 lineup, which will be headlined by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves, who will bring a cool country twist to the event.
“This year we have put together one of our most diverse lineups with everything from Rock to Reggae and Blues to Country, and collectively will be covering a huge range of SITP fans’ musical interests,” said event co-founder, Dave Bernstein. “Having Kacey perform this year will be amazing as she ushers in a new era of Country to SITP. This year, like every year, is all about top notch live free music.”
In addition to Musgraves, the free music festival will feature KONGOS, the return of Big Head Todd & the Monsters (who played SITP in 1997), and The Wailers. Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown and two other artists, to be announced at a later date, also will perform.
Texas-born and Nashville-based, Musgraves has received strong critical acclaim for her first two albums, 2013’s Same Trailer, Difference Park and Pageant Material, which was released in 2015, including two Grammy wins, and two CMA awards.
The brothers of KONGOS hail from Phoenix, but spent their early childhood in London and South Africa, and they attribute their unique, multifaceted sound to a lifelong immersion in diverse musical influences.
The trademark hybrid sound of Big Head Todd & the Monsters — or, as their fans like to call them, BHTM — is the culmination of three decades of evolution and exploration by the Colorado-based blues quartet.
The Wailers, together with Bob Marley, are the world’s premier reggae and world music group, and are known for bringing high energy shows to an estimated 24 million people across the globe. Their album, Legend, is the best-selling reggae album of all time.
British Blues/Rock pioneer Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown are adding SITP to their list of over five thousand gigs as they celebrate 50 years of continuous touring, song writing, and craft honing.
As always, it will be free to enjoy the musical talents of all the performers at this year’s SITP Festival, which will be held at Grandview Park in Sioux City on July 2 from noon to 10:30 pm. Additional features include the return of Arts Alley, the KCAU Kids Zone, some of the best festival food anywhere, and two beer gardens. The festival wraps up with a fireworks finale immediately following the show.