The Abe Stage, a destination to showcase alternative national, regional and local acts, typically features six to seven bands from noon to 9 p.m. on a stage located just inside Grandview Park at Grandview Avenue and 24th Street, Sioux City, Iowa.
This year’s schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.
In 2016, Sir Mix A Lot, legendary rap and hip-hop artist, played before a huge audience.
2017 will mark the 10th year since organizers Jason Reinert and Brandon Stowe brought back the Second Stage to offer national, regional and local music during the popular Saturday in the Park festival.
This year’s Saturday in the Park is July 1 and runs from noon to 10:30 p.m.
Young artist coming from a city in Nebraska pushing a different style of hip hop as well as pushing a brand. Alejandro was influenced by many things to start creating and writing his own music since he was 15. His mother, a classically trained professional pianist with varied music genres including: musical theater, classical, christian and jazz genres, has influenced Alejandro since he was a baby. Alejandro’s father an avid lover of music continues to listen and blare the banda and Mexican ballads. Alejandro is released first solo mixtape called “Studio & Controversies” And now is Working on his new Short Album (EP) “Little Town “which is going to surprise many but most importantly push culture and inspire the youth to follow their dreams. Dedication * Respect * Grind *
Noah Bucy a.k.a. BucyBAD is a 19 year old Hip-Hop artist out of Sioux City, Iowa. He has been writing and master his craft since he was only 14 years old. Coming out the Eastside of the Sioux, Bucy was highly supported by his classmates and family when starting his music career. His highly anticipated first EP, Vivid Descriptions, had topped at over 10,000 plays via Soundcloud. BucyBAD has also won a King of the City competition put on at the Chesterfields in which he had won 34 votes to 16. With his amazing lyricism and hard work BucyBAD has grown to be one of the most outstanding and influential artists in the Sioux today.
Port Nocturnal was started September 2015 in Sioux City, Iowa by Zach Pickens (guitar), Seth Wozny (vox), Grace Claeys (drums), Spencer Aspleaf (guitar) and Alex Emery (Bass) later resigned and was replaced by Layne Medema. The band’s sound can be described as a postmodern Midwestern Desert Rock, with elements of Blues, Psychedelic, Progressive/Art Rock and improvisational music ala jazz informing their grooves and timbres. As a unit sincerely dedicated to the power of the groove and making high quality music, with the first album coming mid 2016, they are bound to end up on quite a roll making ever the more buttery jams for audiences.
One Pimp Avengers
One Pimp Avengers is a hip hop infused rock band out of Sioux City, Iowa. The five-piece lineup features Rosario Perez (better known as ‘Rev’) on vocals, Cody Shipp on guitar, Billy Pelchat on bass, Josh Garwood on keyboards and Jake Rains on drums. Their unique style brings together bluesy elements with crunching, riff-laden guitars and flowing synthesizers under Rev’s rap and hip hop inspired vocals.
Formed in 2015, they came together to compete in ‘Band Roulette’ at The Chesterfield in Sioux City, a contest in which area musicians are put together at random to form bands. With four weeks to write and craft a performance of four songs, they came back strong and blew the doors off the competition, winning the contest and spawning a strong local following in the process.
With diverse influences that include Sevendust, Les Claypool, Rage Against the Machine and a myriad of bands from 90’s era rock, indie, rap and metal, they deliver a sound that could be described as ‘funk punk’ at its core, but there is no denying they’ve created something entirely new and certainly indefinable by current genre divisions. With each member bringing elements of their vastly different musical leanings into the mix, the result is truly remarkable in its originality, even as much as it might be considered a conceptual conundrum: it shouldn’t work, but it does. And the evidence is as clear to their audience as it is to the band members themselves.
They’re having a great time, people dig their music and their fan base continues to grow with each successive gig. Their debut EP is set to drop in 2016, and they are having the time of their lives building something that is undoubtedly greater than the sum of its parts.
Se7en (No. 7 Band)
Se7en formed in the underground of Sioux City. What started out as a two-piece, gigging for fun, quickly turned into one of Siouxland’s best and brightest.
Considered by many to be in their infancy, in just three years they’ve played with high profile acts like Eric Sardinas, Cash’d Out, Bobaflex, Chad Sullins and the Last Call Coalition, as well as Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Establishment. Last summer they opened the Main Stage at Sioux City’s Awesome Biker Nights with Saving Abel and Saliva, and will make another appearance this year’s Biker Nights weekend with Edgar Winter and Cheap Trick.
Lauded as one of Sioux City’s most diverse cover bands, they have a number of original songs under their belt as well. Their debut EP “Hey Girl”, who’s title track hit #1 on the local rock charts and was runner up for Best Local Song by Z-98, was released in August of 2014. The group was also runner up for Best Acoustic Band in 2013 and Best Rock Band in 2014 on the Siouxland’s Choice Awards, as well as Runner Up for the 2014 Z-98 Underground Awards for Best Local Band. “Hey Girl” has various tracks receiving regular airplay on The Z-98 Underground.
The band continues to climb the ranks within the local music scene. SiouxCityNow.com voted Se7en as “Sioux City’s Best Local Band”, and they won “Best Acoustic Band” via the annual Weekender’s Best of Sioux City awards.
Se7en combines the sounds of Modern & Classic Rock with Blues and Country, and throws in an extra shot of adrenaline. The high octane group performs as either an acoustic two-piece, or hard-hitting four-piece stage show. Their music can be as hard as a shot of your favorite whiskey, or as smooth well timed pick-up line. They’re known for powerful vocals, laid back energy, an eclectic library of songs and having something for everyone.
On the surface, Steddy P could be characterized in many positive ways. He started his own label Indyground Entertainment. He has released over 9 projects including his most recent album Breakfast With Doctor Gonzo. He has toured the country multiple times over with his partner DJ Mahf. He has opened up and received the support of many legends including Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Tech N9ne, MURS, Brother Ali, and Raekwon of Wu Tang Clan.
The night before Con Brio headed into the studio to record their first full-length album, 23-year-old Ziek McCarter had a dream. In it, the singer received a visit from his father, an Army veteran who died at the hands of East Texas police in 2011. His father delivered an invitation: Come with me to paradise.
McCarter woke up with a song in his bones. “It was one of the most spiritual moments of my life,” he recalls. It was up to him, he knew, to rise above injustice, and to perform in a way that lifted up those around him as well. To make Con Brio’s music a place of serenity, compassion — even euphoria — right here on earth.
Paradise, which saw the San Francisco band teaming with legendary producer Mario Caldato Jr. (Beastie Boys, Beck, Seu Jorge), is the result: a declaration of independence you can dance to; an assertion of what can happen when the human spirit is truly free.
Formed in 2013, Con Brio is the offspring of seven musicians with diverse backgrounds but a shared love for the vibrant Bay Area funk and psychedelic-soul sound pioneered by groups like Sly & the Family Stone.
By 2015, when the band self-produced their debut EP, Kiss the Sun, Con Brio had already become a West Coast institution on the strength of their magnetic live show, with McCarter’s swiveling hips, splits and backflips earning him frequent comparisons to a young Michael Jackson or James Brown.
After a busy 2015 spent touring the U.S. and Europe, playing alongside veterans Galactic and Fishbone, and racking up critical acclaim on proving grounds like Austin City Limits — where PopMatters declared Con Brio “the best new live band in America” — they headed home to parlay their momentum, chemistry and tight live sound into a full-length record.
In an era when much has been made of the “death of the album,” there’s no question that Paradise, released internationally in summer 2016, is a fully-formed journey — a trip made all the more immersive by Caldato’s raw, live style of production. “We tried to create a narrative in the studio, in the same way that we segue between songs live,” explains McCarter of the record’s arc.
From the first primal wail of Benjamin Andrews’ electric guitar on the title track — Paradise is bookended by intro and outro versions — the album tells a story about modern life through its contradictions: “Liftoff” speaks of an urge to fly, to transcend the day-to-day with a starry, bird’s-eye view. “Hard Times” brings us crashing back to earth with the struggles of city life, inequality, and a fractured society desperate for healing. “Money” is a revolution, a rejection of societal pressure to equate success with a paycheck and abandon one’s dreams in the process.
“Free & Brave,” the band’s most overtly political anthem, is also arguably its most infectious. Over a driving R&B groove courtesy of veteran rhythm section Jonathan Kirchner and Andrew Laubacher (bass and drums), McCarter name-checks Trayvon Martin and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Clearly inspired by his own personal relationship with police brutality, the song is equal parts heartbreaking and hopeful.
“‘Free & Brave’ is in part a response to the Black Lives Matter movement, but it was also created to serve as a reminder — to myself and to whoever finds joy in that song — that there is a light there. We don’t have to get bogged down, we don’t have to feel helpless,” says McCarter. “We might not see it on a daily basis, but we are still ‘the land of the free and home of the brave’…I still take pride in that, in what pieces of joy and happiness we can create here with our actions.”
Of course, songs about love and passion remain Con Brio’s native tongue. (At a recent Australian festival in which the band shared a bill with D’Angelo, one journalist told McCarter his sex appeal had eclipsed that of his longtime idol. McCarter continues to have no comment.) So it’s a refreshing surprise that the strongest love song on Paradise, in fact, is “Honey,” a sweet, spacious and vulnerable tune that allows the band’s horn section, Brendan Liu and Marcus Stephens, to shine. Though the band’s built a reputation on sonic bravado, it’s choices like these — moments in which the music’s power flows from its subtlety — that truly highlight where Con Brio is going.
As for where they’re literally going: The second half of 2016 will see Con Brio embarking on an ambitious international touring schedule, including stops at the lion’s share of major American music festivals (Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Summerfest and San Francisco’s own Outside Lands); Fuji Rock, Japan’s largest annual music event; Montreal Jazz Fest, the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands; London; Paris; and more.
Which is not to say they’re intimidated. After performing most of these songs live throughout the past year, the team is running on adrenaline, and they’re thrilled to finally put this record in people’s hands. To bring old fans along for the journey, to help new fans lose themselves in a beat or a message. To spread music that, hopefully, shakes away the daily grind — and nurtures listeners’ dreams about what their version of paradise on earth might look like, even for the duration of a song.
Ziek McCarter already knows what his looks like, because Con Brio’s building it. And from where he’s sitting, they’re well past ready for liftoff.
“We don’t want to walk, we don’t want to drive,” he says with a laugh. “We want to fly. We want to levitate.”