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Saturday in the Park, Siouxland’s free music festival, announced five additional artists that will be featured at this year’s event.
Below is a little information, courtesy of Argosy’s Saturday in the Park, about the artists that will join previously announced-headliner Counting Crows this July 4th from noon to 10:30 p.m. at Grandview Park.
Shemekia Copeland: At a young age, Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues. While still in her 20s, she’s opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous festivals around the world, scored critics choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic (The New York Times and The Times of London) and shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Taj Mahal, and John Mayer.
Mike Doughty: Mike Doughty’s new album, Golden Delicious, is a loose-limbed, freewheeling set that brings all the aspects of his singular muse together in one smart, humorous and eloquent package. Doughty’s last offering, 2005’s Haughty Melodic, was a sprawling, expansive set that took years to produce. On Golden Delicious, Doughty hewed close to his “dude theory” – the idea of making a relaxed record that sounds like a bunch of dudes playing music for the pure joy of playing.
Lenka: “I’m really in my element,” says Lenka ask the wind chimes sound and she surveys the forest outside the Woodstock, NY, recording studio where she laid down the final tracks of her self-titled solo debut and is now noodling around on a few other tunes. The natural setting clearly reminds her of home – not her adopted home of Los Angeles, but the Australian bush, where she grew up.
Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int’l: Chicago’s Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int’l plays classic Central and West African dance music – specializing in soukous, Highlife, Rumba, Dry Guitar, and other delights from the great continent. The multi-racial band mixes their backgrounds in traditional African music, jazz, and underground rock to bring these classic sounds to life. The group has been winning over a diverse audience of listeners, dancers and rockers, and causing a buzz among established African music critics.
Midwest Dilemma: Justin Lamoureux has toured coast to coast under the name Midwest Dilemma for nearly five years. Many know Lamoureux as Omaha, NE, based signer-songwriter whose debut release Timelines & Tragedies was nominated Album Of The Year in his hometown. The album also charted CMJ (College Music Journal) Top 200 bands in the United States shortly after the release. Lamoureux is now bringing his new record out on the road for a near three week solo tour with long time friend and singer-songwriter Brad Hoshaw (nominated Best Singer-Songwriter in Omaha, NE).
For more information visit http://www.saturdayinthepark.com/