Sturgis Buffalo Chip gears up for concerts this summer



STURGIS, SD (KOTA) – Some of the biggest events surrounding the Sturgis Rally are the concerts at the Buffalo Chip, and this year is no exception.

It may seem like the staff at the Buffalo Chip are the busiest at the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Every year, during bike week, the chip hosts festivities and concerts, they nickname “the best party in the world”.

However, owner Rod Woodruff said putting everything together is a year round effort.

“We’ve had a nice, easy winter in South Dakota, and we’re in a better position than we’ve ever been in preparation for the rally,” said Woodruff. “So that’s sweet. We have almost everything freshly repainted and everything arranged.

The Chip is known for its concerts featuring famous bands from around the world.

One of them is ZZ Top, a regular visitor to Chip, whose bassist Dusty Hill died of health complications on Wednesday.

The band is still scheduled to perform this year, with former Hill guitar tester Elwood Francis stepping in to play bass.

Woodruff believes the concert will be a fitting tribute for Hill.

“It will be a very heartwarming show, and ultimately, it will be a ZZ Top show,” said Woodruff. “There is no doubt that it will be a tribute, and everyone will have Dusty in mind.”

The group will take the stage on Wednesday August 11.

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