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John Kay and Steppenwolf Bring Heavy Metal Thunder to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®

1Iconic motorcycle rock band to bring Chip fans back to the dawn of motorcycle culture as it’s known today.

 Sturgis, SD – Motorcycle and music fans will have the chance to see true living legends at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip this August when John Kay and Steppenwolf bring their heavy metal thunder to the Wolfman Jack Stage on Friday, Aug. 10. Steppenwolf changed the rock ‘n’ roll landscape and the world of motorcycling forever. Their songs featured in the biker culture classic “Easy Rider” became synonymous with riding and rebellion. The official announcement video can be seen here: www.BuffaloChip.com/BANDS.

Steppenwolf is the original biker band and is credited with spawning an entire genre of music when singer John Kay coined the term “heavy metal” in the lyrics “heavy metal thunder”. The band’s music gave the world of motorcycling the impetus for many a road trip with anthems that include “Born to be Wild” and “Magic Carpet Ride.” Classic hits like “Rock Me,” “The Pusher” and “Jupiter’s Child” became engrained in the hearts of bikers everywhere.

STURGIS-BUFFALO-CHIP-STEPPENWOLF-740x400“When these guys said ‘Get Your Motors Runnin’, they inspired a movement and became the soundtrack for bike nights, garage sessions and hangouts for generations,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “It just doesn’t get any more authentic than John Kay and Steppenwolf on the largest stage in motorcycling. They are the real deal. This will be the biker event of the year.”

The headlining performance by John Kay & Steppenwolf is the most recent of three huge names to sign on to perform at the Buffalo Chip in 2018. Eric Church is scheduled to perform Wednesday, Aug. 8 followed by Kid Rock on Thursday, Aug. 9. Many more world-class bands will be announced soon.

In additional to musical entertainment, the Buffalo Chip TT American Flat Track race will take place in the amphitheater on Sunday, Aug. 5. The annual concert and event series, known as the “Best Party Anywhere®,” will begin on Friday, Aug. 3 and run through Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. More information is available and passes may be purchased at BuffaloChip.com.

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling®. It is the world’s first and leading entertainment destination for the motorcycle enthusiast and 2017 South Dakota Excellence in Tourism Innovation award winner. Since 1981, the venue’s high-profile, nine-day festival, known as The Best Party Anywhere®, remains one of the world’s most televised and longest running independent music festivals. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers eight stages of entertainment, a swimming hole, bars, mouth-watering food, showers, cabins, RVs, camping and more to visitors traveling from all corners of the world. The Chip’s concerts and races are free with camping. The 2018 Motorcycles as Art exhibit curated by Michael Lichter, numerous bike and stunt shows and all shopping, live music and events at the CrossRoads are free and open to the public. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.

Queensrÿche to Unleash at Sturgis Buffalo Chip

Sturgis, SD (June 10, 2014) – Progressive heavy metal band Queensrÿche will take to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® main stage armed with its arsenal of hit songs including “Silent Lucidity,” “I Don’t Believe in Love,” “Jet City Woman” and “Revolution Calling” Saturday, Aug. 2. The three decades worth of hits they’ll be performing at the world-famous motorcycle and music festival have helped the band to move over 30 million albums and sell out shows all over the world, Queensrÿche’s Buffalo Chip performance will take place prior to that of British, post-punk hard rockers, The Cult, on day two of the nine-day music festival,

queen“Queensrÿche and The Cult are a great combination of bands to help kick off the first weekend of the festival,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Guests who have just arrived will be riding high in anticipation of the good times ahead, and these two bands’ explosive energy will keep them there.”

The Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ officially kicks off its early bird party on July 28 and its annual Friday Fest bash on Friday, Aug. 1. In addition to top-name, nightly concerts, guests are invited to drool over top custom bikes a number of unique bike shows, fly over the amphitheater on the zip line, roll a strike at midget bowling, enter one of many off-the-wall contests and experience the multitude of other daily activities happening exclusively at the Buffalo Chip.


The concert line-up to date includes:

Friday, Aug. 1 – Loverboy and Friday Fest with six bands, dance troupes and free beer

Saturday, Aug 2 – The Cult and Queensrÿche

Sunday, Aug. 3 – Lynyrd Skynyrd and Collective Soul

Monday, Aug. 4 – Zac Brown Band and John Mayall

Tuesday, Aug. 5 – Mötley Crüe – The Final Tour with Alice Cooper, and Sweet Cyanide

Wednesday, Aug. 6 – ZZ Top and Florida Georgia Line

Thursday, Aug. 7 – Train and Pop Evil

Friday, Aug. 8 –Cheap Trick and The Pretty Reckless

Saturday, Aug. 9 – To be announced soon


Passes for the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ may be reserved online at www.BuffaloChip.com or by calling 605-347-9000.

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

The Sturgis Buffalo Chip is host to the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ and The Best Party Anywhere™. The Chip’s nine days of concerts are free with camping. Passes grant access to music industry’s hottest stars, the Bikini Beach Swim Paradise, 25 bars, mouth-watering food and beverage vendors and thrilling exhibits. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip offers clean, well maintained facilities, private showers, cabins, RVs, paved roads and more. Outrageous events such as unforgivably hot bikini contests and jaw-dropping daredevil stunts are a few of the many daily spectacles unique to the Chip. The famed creek-fed, 580-acre camping resort is located three miles east of Sturgis, SD. Now in its 33rd year, this event is one of the few remaining family-owned, independent music festivals in the world. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.