Saturday in the Park

July 2, 2021
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Thousands of people gathered at Grandview Park in Sioux City, Iowa on July 2-3, 2021 to watch more than 20 artists on two different stages after a year off due to COVID-19.

Saturday in the Park brought a chance for performers to finally play in front of a live audience after the intensity of the pandemic.

Veterans and new fans alike enjoyed fun under a warm sun with diverse music, unity, and solidarity.

Siouxland Public Media/Sheila Brummer

The Mardi Gras Parade kicked off Saturday in the Park festivities in downtown Sioux city last night. SPM's Sheila Brummer shares a few highlights.

The grand marshals of the parade were Siouxland District Health’s Kevin Grieme and Tyler Brock. They were honored for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Saturday in the Park starts tonight at 5 p.m. at Grandview Park and continues Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. 

U.S. Drought Monitor

Even with the deluges of rain, hail, and thunderstorms that brought severe flash flooding to parts of Iowa, June wrapped up with below-normal rainfall statewide.

State experts tell Radio Iowa the first half of the month was in the top ten for warmth.

The second half of June brought storms and plenty of them for other regions of the state, with up to 11 inches in southeastern Iowa.

This week on The Exchange, as we commemorate Independence Day, we take a fresh look at some familiar stories in American history.  We talk with the author of a new book about the rise of President George Washington.  David O. Stewart says the first president, despite being a privileged white man in 18th century society, worked hard and used his ability to overcome the elements and forge alliances with political opponents.  He also wrestled with the problem of slavery, and how to set free the enslaved people on his plantations. 

Siouxland Public Media/Sheila Brummer

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad did not illegally discriminate or retaliate against a gay state official — overturning a landmark $1.5 million jury verdict. The court on Wednesday found a lack of evidence to show Branstad, a former U.S. ambassador to China, discriminated against then-Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner Chris Godfrey because of his sexual orientation.

Saturday in the Park

Saturday in the Park takes place this Friday and Saturday. One of the co-founders Dave Bernstein updated the media today on this year’s event. Siouxland Public Media caught up with him this afternoon for details on Siouxland’s premier summer festival.

The two-day festival kicks off Friday night at 5:00pm and continues Saturday starting at 2 p.m. at Grandview Park in Sioux City, Iowa. More information can be found at

News release from the city of Sioux City:

Ten O'clock Blues 6.26.21 (SITPreview)

Jun 28, 2021


Valerie June and Trombone Shorty with Orleans Avenue will be dropping by the SUX for what should be a SITP for the ages! We'll check out music from them and remember past performers like Aretha Franklin and George Thorogood.

Cultural Continuum 6.25.21

Jun 25, 2021

Alt-country, Rock, Jazz and Blues are all being performed at different places Downtown in Sioux City this weekend, plus Woodbury County Parks offers a chance to get to know our furry neighbors and Mardi Gras comes to Sioux City!

Cultural Continuum 6.18.21

Jun 21, 2021

Downtown Live is back, so is Ribfest take a listen to what's happening around the region with Steve Smith and Joanne Fox on Cultural Continuum.

Associated Press

Nebraska and South Dakota closed state offices today to honor the new Federal Juneteenth Holiday. 

However, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has not said anything about Juneteenth. The state started recognizing the holiday in 2002, however, state workers do not get a paid day off.

However, Reynolds did sign a pro-police measure into law yesterday. It includes heightened criminal penalties for certain protest activities.

Saturday in the Park

The summer calendar has been filling up since the easing of COVID-19 restrictions. 

The city of Sioux City announced plans for this year’s Mardi Gras Parade. The event was canceled last year due to COVID-19. The parade kicks off the “Saturday in the Park Festival” on Thursday, July 1st, at 6 p.m. in downtown Sioux City. 

Saturday in the Park will take place over two days, Friday, July 2nd, and Saturday, July 3rd at Grandview Park.

Organizers of the free music festival provided an update on Tuesday, June 8th.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a bill into law putting new limits on government agency diversity trainings and school lessons related to racism and sexism.

The new law says trainings and lessons must not promote certain ideas, including that the US and the state of Iowa are systemically racist or sexist.

In a statement, Reynolds claims that “critical race theory” teaches kids to judge people based on their race or gender. She says, quote, “I am proud to have worked with the legislature to promote learning, not discriminatory indoctrination.”

May 12, 2021
Siouxland Public Media/Sheila Brummer

A long-time tradition in Siouxland is back after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. On May 12, 2021 a news conference took place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino detailing this year’s Saturday in the Park Music Festival on July 2nd and 3rd at Grandview Park.  

News Release from Saturday in the Park:


John Fogerty and AJR to Headline 2 Day 2021 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux        City’s Saturday in the Park Festival

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Governor Kim Reynolds is defending her decision to end additional federal unemployment benefits

Reynolds and business groups say the extra payments to unemployed Iowans are keeping them from taking new jobs at a time when businesses can’t find enough workers.

However, Reynolds says employers need to step up and offer more to attract employees. She made her comment today the Food Bank of Iowa where she also announced the end of the Iowa Food Protection Task Force.

We'll cover the second half of the alphabet in Part 2 of the show this time (with apologies to Grace Potter who inexplicably came in after Bonnie Raitt. That's enough spoilers! You'll have to click and find out who else made the cut.

Tough decisions galore! Do I pick the Allman Bros. or Luther Allison? And SOOO MANY C's!!!!!! Give it a click and found out how I stacked up this special Saturday in the Park A - Z edition of the 10 O'Clock Blues!

Virtual SITP Part 3

Jul 7, 2020

Adrian Kolbo likes a chance to blow stuff up, we talk to him about the logistics of the fireworks display.  We've also got a lot more terrific music from The Wailers and a special recording of the Avett Brothers amazing set to close out the 2014 Festival.

Virtual SITP Part 2

Jul 7, 2020

Part 2 of the show includes interviews with Jason Reinert, Ken Kamradt and John Gray, and music (curated by The B-sides Eric Blumberg) from Shemekia Copeland, The Black Crowes, Aretha Franklin, Jason Isbell and Gnarles Barkley.

Virtual SITP Part 1

Jul 7, 2020

Part 1: Join Stumpy Steve Smith and Linda Santi as they play back great interviews from the people behind the scenes over the 29 year history of the Saturday in the Park Festival. SPM's Mark Munger interviewed to Ray McAvoy and Blaine Bourgeois plus music from past performers like Taj Mahal, Melissa Etheridge and Gogol Bordello!

Dave Bernstein

Saturday in the Park co-founder Dave Bernstein talks to Siouxland Public Media’s Sheila Brummer about the annual event at Grandview Park in Sioux City.  Bernstein reflects on the past, pandemic postponement and producing Siouxland’s biggest summer event.

A new task force is being put in place to fight racial injustice and to help develop police reform in Iowa after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The Equity Task force will be a joint effort with law enforcement and the NAACP and includes representatives from across the state.

Local members are Sioux City Chief Rex Mueller, Ike Rayford of the President of the local NAACP and Unity in the Community Founder Monique Scarlett.

Qooppin July 4 assanbata barra 30ffa isaa magaala Sioux city parkiti qophaayu sababa coronavirus tursiifame. Oduu conference har’a online irratti qopheesan SITP Dave Bernstain akka himeti guyyaa jarri August fi September irrati gochuuf ammaaf laalu jiran. 


Bernstein akka jedheti July 4 ammaaraa kan hafu torbaan 7 qofaa kan hafeefi murti qajeela murteesu jira jedhe. Akka inni jedheti qophiin kun baay’e askalaahe wan jiruuf duubasisiine yoo akkuma qaraati dhisnee sababa dhukuba kanaa qophin kun hafuu nimala. 


Ngày lễ hàng năm lần thứ 30 của “Saturday in the Park” đã bị trì hoãn từ ngày 4 tháng 7 tại thành phố Sioux City vì dịch bệnh Covid-19.

Trong một cuộc họp báo trực tuyến hôm nay, nhà tổ chức SITP Dave Berstein đã đưa ra thông báo một cách do dự, họ đang xem xét một số ngày khác vào cuối tháng 8 hoặc tháng 9.


30-ka Sabtida sanadlaha ah ee Park ayaa dib loo dhigay laga bilaabo taariikhdeeda 4-ta Luulyo ee Sioux City sababta oo ah COVID-19.

Shir jaraa'id oo khadka tooska ah maanta oo maanta ah, qaban qaabiyaha SITP Dave Bernstein wuxuu ku dhawaaqay, Wuxuu yiri, si muuqata, waxay fiirinayeen taariikho qaar dabayaaqadii August ama Sebtember,

በፓርኩ ውስጥ 30 ኛ ዓመታዊ ቅዳሜ ከሐምሌ 4 ቀን ጀምሮ በSioux city ከተማ በCovid -19 ምክንያት ዘግይቷል ፡፡

በዛሬው የመስመር ላይ የዜና ኮንፈረንስ ላይ የ SITP አዘጋጅ Dave Bernstein ማስታወቂያውን በሰጡበት ጊዜ እንደገለጹት በነሐሴ ወር ወይም በመስከረም ወር መጨረሻ አንዳንድ ቀኖችን እየተመለከቱ ነበር ፡፡

Bernstein July 4 ቀን ሰባት ሳምንታት ብቻ መሆኑን በመገመት ትክክለኛውን ውሳኔ እያደረገ ነው ብሏል ፡፡ በበዓሉ ላይ ለመገኘት መሞከር እና በመጨረሻም ክብረ በዓሉ ከእኛ እንዲወገዱ ለማድረግ ስጋት በጣም ፈጣን እንደሆነ ይሰማኛል ብለዋል ፡፡. እና ያ መጥፎ ነገር ነው ፡፡

Bernstein በበኩላቸው የአዘጋጆቹ በበጋ ወቅት ከበዓሉ ላይ የማስወጣት እድላቸው 50/50 ያህል እንደሚሆን ተናግረዋል ፡፡ በበዓሉ ላይ ዝግጅቱን ማዘግየት ውሳኔው ከባድ መሆኑን ገልፀዋል ፡፡

El trigésimo sábado anual en el parque se ha retrasado desde su fecha del 4 de julio en Sioux City debido a COVID-19.

En una conferencia de prensa en línea hoy, el organizador de SITP Dave Bernstein hizo el anuncio. Dijo, tentativamente, que estaban buscando algunas fechas a fines de agosto o septiembre

05.14.20 4:32

The 30th annual Saturday in the Park delayed from its July 4th date in Sioux City because of COVID-19. 

In an online news conference today, SITP organizer Dave Bernstein made the announcement,  He said, tentatively, they were looking at some dates in late August or September, 

"It’s the right decision, it’s the  decision we have to make,  July 4th is six weeks from now.  And just feels way to soon to risk tyring to have the vfest and ulitimatley having the festival pulled out from us and that would be a bummer."

05.14.20 4:04

The 30th annual Saturday in the Park delayed from its July 4th date in Sioux City because of COVID-19. 

In an online news conference today, STIP organizer Dave Bernstein made the announcement. 

“Tentatively, we are looking at some dates in late August or September, I know that this incredibly disappointing for many most notability most of us that work on the festival, and so many of our attendees, fans, sponsors, crews.  I know that this festival has a real sweet spot in the all lot of folks hearts after 29 years.” 


“Saturday in the Park” provided free entertainment and more to an estimated crowd of 25,000 on July 6, 2019 at Grandview Park.

Many musicals acts played on two stages throughout the day and evening, including George Thorogood and the Destroyers.

Bass player Bill Blough spoke to Siouxland Public Media about the festival, his long-time career with the band and thoughts on Sioux City.


“Saturday in the Park” attracted an estimated 25,000 to Grandview Park in Sioux City on July 6, 2019.

Siouxland Public Media recorded the enthusiasm, music and memories of this year’s event.  

People featured during this special segment:

Phil Claeys – “Star-Spangled Banner” Performer, Sioux City, IA

Linda – Sioux City, IA

Julia Cathleen McGowen – Sioux City, IA

Cathleen McGowen – Sioux City

Brent Stockton – South Sioux City, NE – SITP Committee Member

Jeff Sweezey – Omaha, NE