Final 2 concerts confirmed for 2016 Battery Park Concert Series


SIOUX CITY, Iowa (May 16, 2016)On Monday, May 16, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City announced the final two concerts to complete the 2016 Battery Park Concert Series lineup. Taking the stage on July 29th is Grammy Award winner Chris Stapleton. Stapleton has taken the country music industry by storm, bringing home top honors for CMA & ACM Male Vocalist and Album of the Year, the #1 Billboard Album across all genres in 2015, and the 2016 Grammy Award for Country Album of the Year.


Headlining Battery Park’s stage on August 14th is the alternative rock group X Ambassadors. Most recently known for its time on national TV ads for the Jeep® Renegade, X Ambassadors’ hit “Renegades” has been holding steady on the Billboard charts for 16 weeks, and were recently nominated for Top Rock Artist for the upcoming 2016 Billboard Music Awards.


The complete 2016 Battery Park Concert Series is as follows:



Tickets for Chris Stapleton and X Ambassadors go on sale Friday, May 20 at 10am. They can be purchased at the Rock Shop or online at Battery Park concerts are open to all ages.


CHRIS STAPLETON with Brandy Clark

Friday, July 29

Chris Stapleton boldly introduced himself to the public at-large in 2015 with the release of his breakthrough debut album, Traveller.

Released in May on Mercury Records Nashville, Traveller initially debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart with more than 27,000 albums sold, making it one of the bestselling first weeks by a debut country artist in 2015. The album also received extensive critical acclaim and has landed him bookings on multiple national TV shows including recent appearances on Saturday Night Live and CBS News Sunday Morning.


Following a historic turn on the CMA Awards—where Stapleton became the first artist to win Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the same awards—Traveller became the first album to re-enter the Billboard 200 all-genre album chart at No. 1, where it stayed for two straight weeks.


The breakthrough success continued earlier this year at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, where Stapleton took home two awards for Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance (“Traveller”). Most recently, Stapleton won six awards at the 51st Annual ACM Awards—Album of the Year (for Traveller as both artist and producer), Song of the Year (for “Nobody To Blame” as both artist and songwriter), Male Vocalist of the Year and New Male Vocalist of the Year. With the six wins, Stapleton ties the record for most ACM Awards won in a single year (only Garth Brooks and Faith Hill have previously won six in the same year).

Co-produced with Dave Cobb, Traveller is comprised of songs written throughout Stapleton’s 15-year career and evokes his childhood when country, blues, rock and R&B swirled together to create a distinctive sound that still resonates with modern fans.


X AMBASSADORS with Betty Who

Sunday, August 14

Some of our most enduring rock and roll is built upon the following truth: Sometimes you have to replant yourself to find your roots. Nearly a decade ago, three of the four young members of Ithaca, New York, quartet X Ambassadors left home with great ambition, vowing not to look back. After years of hustling and overcoming personal challenges, rock stardom felt imminent. X Ambassadors’ stomping, syncopated full-length debut, VHS, is all about that exploration. Ironically it proved to be a journey — as the antiquated technology name-checked in the album’s title indicates — through the past.

It is unusual for a guitar-driven band to welcome elements of soul and hip-hop into their guitar assault with as much balance and care as X Ambassadors do. They have been, after all, all about the rock since their early days.

In 2012, their ballad “Litost” was included on a Spotify playlist and caught the ear of the program director at Virginia rock station 96X. It quickly became a local favorite and the station’s most requested track of the year. That led to a management deal and a lot of buzz. Another song, “Unconsolable,” provided yet another breakthrough, this time creative, as it detailed Sam’s own relationship struggles. Enter an impressed Alex Da Kid, who was working with on-the-verge alternative rockers Imagine Dragons. Alex, Imagine Dragons’ frontman Dan Reynolds, and band friend Dan Stringer co-produced X Ambassadors 2013 EP, Love Songs Drug Songs, for KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records.

The songwriting got better and better with Sam figuring out how to transform even the most painful circumstances of his personal life into the songs on the band’s 2014 EP The Reason, like “The Business” and “Free and Lonely,” which resonate with universal truths about out-running your past and chasing your goals. It’s a trait that’s evolved one of VHS’ standout tracks, “Unsteady,” which addresses his and Casey’s parents’ divorce — a blow to the close-knit Harris family.

Soon after, the small-town boys became a bonafide, touring rock and roll band, playing shows with Imagine Dragons, The Lumineers, and Panic! At the Disco. Each stellar live show added members to their formerly elusive fan base. VHS brings X Ambassadors full circle. X Ambassadors’ KIDinaKORNER label mates Imagine Dragons and Jamie N Commons appear on VHS (“Fear” and “Low Life,” and “Jungle,” respectively). VHS’s main ingredient is unapologetically hard rock, like “Superpower,” and soulful, moody pop like “Renegades” and “Unsteady,” but there’s a rhythmic unpinning that can only come from a hip-hop fan, and it gives even the album’s most introspective moments a fresh swing.

The group continues to dominate the digital airwaves as one of the Top 100 artists worldwide streamed on Spotify and 300 million digital streams, downloads, and views.


Tickets for the following previously announced concerts are on sale now at the Rock Shop or online at



Saturday, June 4

  • 75 million records sold
  • Second highest selling debut album of all time
  • Classic Rock radio staple



Friday, June 17 – Awesome Biker Nights

  • Over 100 Million digital streams, downloads and views
  • Numerous #1  Active and Mainstream Rock hits
  • Noted as some of the most entertaining live bands in rock music


CHEAP TRICK w/ Edgar Winter

Saturday, June 18 – Awesome Biker Nights

  • 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees
  • 20 Million Albums Sold
  • Over 5,000 lifetime performances


SHINEDOWN w/ Halestorm

Sunday, July 17

  • Over 400 Million digital streams, downloads and views
  • Ten #1 Mainstream rock hits
  • Three Billboard chart topping albums


Dwight Yoakam w/ Lee Ann Womack

Saturday, August 13

  • Five #1 Billboard Albums
  • 30 million records sold
  • Twenty Five Top 10 Country Radio singles


JAKE OWEN w/ Love and Theft

Friday, August 26

  • Multiple #1 Country Radio Hits
  • 2009 ACM Best New Male Vocalist
  • Grammy Nominated Artist


Rock. Roll. Follow.



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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City is an award-winning gaming destination offering more than 835 slot machines and a wide variety of table games. The property’s Hard Rock Hotel is a AAA Four Diamond rated hotel, a distinction which only five percent of the more than 28,000 properties approved by AAA achieve. Complementing the Hotel and Casino are six restaurants and bars including the World Tour Buffet, Fuel American Grill, and Main + Abbey, the property’s AAA Three Diamond rated restaurant. Throughout the property, guests can experience the legends by viewing the vast Hard Rock memorabilia collection, with iconic pieces from SLASH to Johnny Cash.


The indoor live-entertainment venue, Anthem, hosts an impressive weekly lineup of concerts and performances from rock, pop, and country to comedy and blues. This unique venue leaves attendees with a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience from artists like Slash, Clint Black, Rick Springfield and George Thorogood. Battery Park, the outdoor entertainment venue with a festival-type atmosphere, hosts nationally touring performers along the likes of 3 Doors Down, Cheap Trick,Boston, Elvis Costello and Gary Allan, during the summer months.


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