2016 Festival: Kacey Musgraves, KONGOS, Big Head Todd top 2016 Lineup

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City’s Saturday in the Park Festival is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2016 music festival.  Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves will headline the 26th annual event, said event co-founder Dave Bernstein. The popular young artist gives SITP a cool country twist.

“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,”Bernstein said. “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, Jo-El Sonnier, and The Stockyard Kings, also will perform. Sir Mix-A-Lot will headline the Abe Stage, formerly known as the Second Stage.

Here is the schedule for the day’s performances:

12 PM • The Stockyard Kings

12:45 PM • Jo-El Sonnier

1:45 PM • Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown

3:15 PM • The Wailers

5 PM • Big Head Todd & The Monsters


8 PM • Sir Mix-A-LotAbe Stage

9 PM • Kacey Musgraves

The 2016 Saturday in the Park Festival will be held at Grandview Park in Sioux City on July 2 from noon to 10:30 pm. This music festival draws tens of thousands of people each year to enjoy food, art and a day of live music in the park.

The Saturday in the Park Festival was founded in 1991 by Bernstein and Adam Feiges.  In addition to a lineup of world class artists, the 26th Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City’s Saturday in the Park Festival will feature the return of Arts Alley, the KCAU Kids Zone, and some of the best festival food anywhere, and two beer gardens.  The festival wraps up with a fireworks finale immediately following the show.

For the latest on the 26th annual Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City’s Saturday in the Park Festival, follow us on Twitter: @SITPFest, or like us on Facebook.   The website has application forms for food and arts alley vendors as well as information on festival sponsorship packages and volunteer opportunities.


Kacey Musgraves 

Texas-native and Nashville-based singer/songwriter, Kacey Musgraves’ first two releases with Mercury Records Nashville, Same Trailer Different Park in 2013 and Pageant Material in 2015, both co-produced by Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Luke Laird, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart and were met with massive critical acclaim and recognition.  Musgraves has won two Grammy Awards for Best Country Song (“Merry Go ‘Round”) and Best Country Album (Same Trailer Different Park), and has also taken home the award for New Artist of the Year at 2013’s CMA Awards, the ACM Award for Album of the Year (Same Trailer Different Park), and the 2014 CMA Award for Song of the Year (“Follow Your Arrow”).

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The brothers KONGOS — multi-cultural, multi-faceted, multi-instrumentalists — craft a unique and irresistible sound spawned from shared DNA, diverse influences and spot-on melodic and lyrical sensibilities. On “Lunatic,” their 12-song Epic Records debut, the band’s talent shines on “Come With Me Now”; the title an impossible-to-resist aural summons, the rock-alt crossover tune kicking off with the accordion, jumping into foot-stomping, staccato rhythms, slide guitar, and soaring epic soundscapes reminiscent of U2. “I’m Only Joking,” whose lyrics hint at the album’s title, hits the mark with decisive tribal rhythms and Pink Floyd-esque mysterious modern rock. Thanks to an earlier self-release of “Lunatic,” KONGOS are already stars overseas, playing their numerous hits off “Lunatic” for crowds of up to 65,000 at South African festivals and touring the Republic with Linkin Park, and the UK and Europe with AWOLNATION and Dispatch. With a Feb-March North American tour with Airborne Toxic Event and alternative and rock radio hot on “Come With Me Now” and “I’m Only Joking,” (not to mention “Come With Me Now” in promos for NFL, NBA and ESPN), 2014 is quickly shaping up as the year the U.S. catches KONGOS fever.

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Big Head Todd & the Monsters

Since their formation in the mid-’80s, Big Head Todd & the Monsters have continued to evolve and explore, moving beyond their Colorado club circuit roots to become one of the most adventurous, respected and durable bands in America. Through constant touring and a zeal to travel down new musical avenues in the studio, BHTM (as their dedicated fans call them) have honed their collective stew of influences into a trademark hybrid sound that’s immediately recognizable. Now, with Black Beehive, their maiden release on Shout! Factory (February 4, 2014), the quartet has made its most personal and poignant album to date, a collection of new studio tracks that, says co-founder and figurehead Todd Park Mohr, “allows us to truly reach our audience through the language of the blues.”

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The Wailers
Together with Bob MarleyThe Wailers have sold over 250 million albums and have played to an estimated 24 million people across the globe performing an average of 200 dates a year.  The anchor of the band is Aston Family ManBarrett, who in addition to being Marley’s most trusted lieutenant and co-producer, played on countless other classic reggae hits throughout the seventies. The authenticity he brings to the Wailers’ sound is indisputable and yet today’s line-up combines old school know-how with lead vocals from one of Jamaica’s most exciting new singers. The Wailers are undoubtedly the world’s premier reggae and world music group who bring high energy shows to fans across the globe.

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