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Drowning Pool and Trapt to Launch 2017 Festival at Sturgis Buffalo Chip®


The Best Party Anywhere!® will kick off with some hell-raising grooves and monstrous vocals.

Sturgis, SD (June 6, 2017) The two heavy metal bands chosen to open the Wolfman Jack Stage at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® on Friday, Aug. 4 have reputations for presenting shows burning with fiery musical adrenaline. Trapt, an alternative metal band with a heavy hit and seven albums on their resume, will open for Drowning Pool, a platinum-plus band that promises to deliver some aggressive heavy rock. The performances will ignite fans looking to kick off the rally with a blazing-hot concert. See the band announcement video and find more info by visiting www.BuffaloChip.com/BANDS.

Brazenly defiant, Drowning Pool’s first album, Sinner, was certified platinum within six weeks of its release. A number of songs from the album have been featured at various WWF events, including Tear Away and Bodies. Each of the band’s last three albums has debuted in the Top 5 on Billboard’s Hard Rock chart.

Trapt has produced seven studio albums and is best known for its scorching-hot hit Headstrong. The song rocketed to the number one spot on both Billboard’s Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock charts and peaked at No. 4 on the Top 40 chart. Headstrong was rated the No. 1 alternative song and No. 8 rock song of the decade of the 2000s by Billboard. The song has been featured in numerous video games and movies including the Bruce Willis film Tears of the Sun.

“These two bands have some real muscular power over heavy metal,” said Rod Woodruff, President of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “We’re opening 2017 with bands that will deliver a distinctive musical crunch and ignite the audience to sing along with their powerful hits. This is only the first of nine nights of spectacular rock performances that include the likes of Ozzy Osbourne and Blink-182. You won’t find this kind of line-up anywhere else.”

Part cirque and part burlesque, The Flaunt Girls will take the stage prior to the bands’ Friday performances. The Dirt Riot Off-Road Race trials taking place that same day at the Buffalo Chip’s PowerSports Complex located across Alkali Road, will be free to the public on Friday.

As the largest and most easily accessed concert and camping venue east of Sturgis, concert attendees not already camping at the Buffalo Chip will be able to access the free parking area at the east gate, about 5 miles from exit 37 on I-90.

The growing 2017 Buffalo Chip lineup of entertainment so far includes:

Fri., Aug. 4

Dirt Riot Off-Road Racing (Free to the Public)

Drowning Pool


The Flaunt Girls


Sat., Aug 5


Night Ranger

Dirt Riot Off-Road Racing (ticketed separately)

Motorcycles as Art Exhibit Opens Free to the Public


Sun., Aug. 6


American Flat Track – AMA Pro Grand National Championship Event

        Presented by Indian Motorcycle

FXR Bike Show and Dyna Mixer


Mon., Aug. 7

The Doobie Brothers

Legends Ride®

Full Throttle Florida Magazine Bike Show

More headlining Concerts to Be Announced Soon


Tues., Aug. 8

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Blackberry Smoke

Biker Belles®

Full Throttle Florida Magazine Bike Show

Sportster Showdown Bike Show


Wed., Aug. 9

Ozzy Osbourne

Pop Evil

Street Drag Invitational with Crazy John

RSD Super Hooligan Races

           Presented by Indian Motorcycle


Thurs., Aug. 10


George Thorogood and the Destroyers

Freedom Celebration and Ride

Rat’s Hole Bike Show

Doug Danger’s World Record Rattlesnake Jump on Evel Knievel’s 1972 XR750


Fri., Aug. 11

Alter Bridge

AMA Supermoto Races

More Headlining Concerts to be Announced Soon


Sat., Aug. 12

AMA Supermoto Races

Headlining Concerts to Be Announced Soon


The Buffalo Chip will be announcing more entertainment in the coming weeks. Those interested can get more information and purchase passes 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 are free with camping. The 2017 Motorcycles as Art exhibit, “Old Iron/Young Blood – Motorcycles and the Next Gen” 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.

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