History

Saturday in the Park is an annual festival that is held at the Grandview Park Municipal Bandshell in Sioux City, Iowa. Started in 1991, the festival falls on the Saturday closest to the 4th of July and attracts around 25,000 people from all over the Midwest for the weekend. The festival coincides with an annual pilgrimage of representatives from Sioux City’s sister city, Lake Charles, Louisiana, adding a Mardi Gras-inflected Cajun accent.

Saturday in the Park is one of the premier festivals in the upper Midwest and is best known for its eclectic mixture of musical traditions. Live music acts are offered throughout the day at one of two stages located within the park. Here are the past performers from the festival’s history:

2016

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves

Sir Mix-a-Lot

KONGOS

Big Head Todd & the Monsters

The Wailers

Kim Simmons and Savoy Brown

Jo-El Sonnier

The Stockyard Kings


2015

Aretha Franklin photographed by Matthew Jordan Smith

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin

Foster the People

Gogol Bordello

North Mississippi Allstars

Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole

Tribute to B.B. King

The Kelly Quinn Band


 

2014

Avett Brothers

 

Avett Brothers

Bonnie Raitt

Ziggy Marley

Wild Feathers

Mat D and the Profane Saints

Titans of Industry


 

2013

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Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Etheridge

Sublime with Rome

The Dirty Heads

ZZ Ward

Kris Lager Band

Tallgrass

The Harmony Project


2012

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Wilco

Wilco

Gary Clark Jr.

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Lissie

The Dirty Guv’nahs

Andre Williams and the Goldstars

Cheers


 

2011

Ben Harper

Ben Harper

Cee Lo Green

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Los Lonely Boys

Bonerama

The Kickback

Lazer Rocket Arm


 

2010

Santana

Santana

Santana

Steve Winwood

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Fitz & The Tantrums

Amanda Shaw

Indigenous

Ron Emory


 

2009

Counting Crows

Counting Crows

Midwest Dilemma

Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys

Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int’l

Lenka

Mike Doughty

Shemekia Copeland


 

2008

Phil Lesh & Friends

Phil Lesh & Friends

Snakebeard Jackson

The Nadas

Janiva Magness

Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Umphrey’s McGee

The BoDeans


 

2007

BB King

BB King

Mount Suzuki

Damon Dotson

Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles

ReBirth Brass Band

JJ Grey and Mofro

Dickey Betts & Great Southern


 

2006

The Neville Brothers

The Neville Brothers

Mat d. and the Profane Saints

Honeytribe feat. Devon Allman

New Monsoon

Carbon Leaf

Cowboy Mouth

Chuck Berry


 

2005

The Black Crowes

The Black Crowes

Curt St. Cyr and Boogie Chillin’

Dion Payton and the 43rd Street Blues Band

Josh Kelley

Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women

Violet


 

2004

Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy

Kelley Hunt

Los Lobos

Son Seals

Yonder Mountain String Band

Zucchini Brothers

Quartus


 

2003

The Wallflowers

The Wallflowers

Dan Zanes

Garrett ‘Possum’ Judice and the Couillons

John Mayall and the Bluesreakers

Marcus Yabba Griffiths

Michelle Branch

Smoking Jay’s


 

2002

John Hiatt

John Hiatt

Blues Traveler

Inda Eaton

Shemekia Copeland

Sonny Landreth

T. Wilson King and Painkillers

Terrance Simien


 

2001

Jonny Lang

Jonny Lang

Barbarito Torres

Citigrass

Double Trouble

Junior Brown

Koko Taylor

The Rogues


 

2000

Chubby Carrier

Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band

Curt St. Cyr

Ratdog

Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers

Susan Tedeshci

The Allman Brothers Band

Mike Langley Band


 

1999

Ziggy Marley

Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

Bernard Allison

Delbert McClinton

Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials

Marcia Ball

Spooncat

The Breakaways


 

1998

The Brian Setzer Orchestra

The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Alana Davis

Blue Moon

Geno Delafose and French Rockin’ Boogie

John Mooney and Bluesiana

The Robert Cray Band

Tuffy’s Klezmarim


 

1997

Big Head Todd and the Monsters

Big Head Todd and the Monsters

After Alley

Beau Jocque and the Zydeco High Rollers

Earl King with the Butanes

Govt Mule

Indigenous

Rita Marley and the Maccabee Band


 

1996

Tito Puente

Tito Puente Latin Jazz Ensemble

Coco Montoya

Lil’ Brian and the Zydeco Travelers

Sista Monica

Taj Mahal

The Funky Meters


 

1995

General Public

General Public

Nathan Cavaleri

Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women

Third World

Chicago Rhythm and Blues Kings

Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers

Terrence Simien and the Mallet Boys


 

1994

Santana

Santana

Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band

Little Scotty and the Big Tones

Bangkok Rooster

Duke Robillard

Luther Allison

Mt. Olive Choir


 

1993

Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy

Chris Duarte

Dr. John

Jain Jeffer

Jimmy Thackery

Lil’ Scotty and the Big Tones

Little Brother

Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas

Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers

Shirley Lewis

St. Cyr Roulette Band


 

1992

The Neville Brothers

The Neville Brothers

Curt St Cyr and Boogie Chillin

Markiss and the Shades of Color

Melvin Taylor and the Slack Band

Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers

Walter Wolfman and the Roadmasters


 

1991

Gatemouth Brown

Gatemouth

Bad Manners

Blues Cartel

Buckwheat Zydeco

Curt St. Cyr and Boogie Chillin’

Ian Moore and Moments Notice

Table Rockers

The Sharks