Big Sturgis Gig™ Band Search Awards $10,000 and Buffalo Chip Main Stage Performance

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Big Sturgis Gig™ Band Search Awards $10,000 and Buffalo Chip Main Stage Performance 

Sturgis, SD (April 3, 2014) – Bands interested in being considered to perform at the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ just got the opportunity as the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® has launched its first ever online band submission platform. The platform offers $10,000 in prize money and a grand prize performance slot on the same famous stage that artists Motley Crüe, Zac Brown Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Florida Georgia Line and many others will play on during this year’s August music festival. The new interactive platform, located at http://www.BigSturgisGig.com, allows fans to explore top up-and-coming bands and vote for and share their favorites. Fans, along with a panel of celebrity musicians and music executives, will help choose one band to receive the prize money and the main stage set at the annual Motorcycle and Music Festival.

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“Hundreds of talented bands contact the Buffalo Chip each year hoping to land a spot on one of the Chip’s stages,” says Sturgis Buffalo Chip President, Rod Woodruff. “The Big Sturgis Gig allows these artists to showcase themselves to the world, gain exposure and broaden their fan base. We’re thrilled to foster this community of emerging artists and give one of them the opportunity to perform in front of one of the most unique crowds of their career.”

The Big Sturgis Gig winner joins a lineup of more than 25 national touring acts that will fill out the Chip’s nine-day concert lineup during the 2014 festival. The venue often invites guests into its natural outdoor amphitheater to take in stage performances while on their motorcycles. As one of the festival’s hallmarks, revving motorcycle engines often replace more traditional fan applause.

Band submission and voting for the Big Sturgis Gig ends June 30, 2014 at 12 a.m MST. A celebrity judging panel will review the 10 top-scoring band submissions after all points are tallied. Judges for the contest include Doobie Brothers guitarist and vocalist, Pat Simmons; Twisted Sister frontman, Dee Snider; Swing House Studios President, Phil Jaurigui and veteran booking agents from some of the nation’s most renowned agencies.

Bands interested in entering the Big Sturgis Gig may upload their mp3s, photos, video and bio information online. Fans will then be able to explore, vote for and share band submissions. For more information and full contest rules visit http://www.BigSturgisGig.com.
About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip

Since 1981, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® has provided nine days of epic live music experiences and exciting activities for fans from around the globe. The family-owned and operated Sturgis Buffalo Chip is host to the Sturgis Rally’s cornerstone event, known as the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ and The Best Party Anywhere™. 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 independent music festivals in the world. The Buffalo Chip is a festival experience like no other. More details are available at http://www.BuffaloChip.com.

 

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John Mayall to Perform Legendary Blues at 2014 Sturgis Buffalo Chip® Festival

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John Mayall to Perform Legendary Blues at 2014 Sturgis Buffalo Chip® Festival

Sturgis, SD (February 18, 2014) – The Sturgis Buffalo Chip announces that blues legend, John Mayall, will take the stage at the Chip’s 33rd annual Motorcycle and Music Festival on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. The living music icon will bring his driving Chicago-style electric blues to the ever-expanding lineup of Sturgis concerts taking place during the nine-day festival. Mayall joins over 20 live bands to take to the Chip’s main stage Aug. 1-9, 2014, including Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Florida Georgia Line. The Buffalo Chip will be announcing more bands throughout the year, with the next announcement scheduled for Feb. 25. Festival prices increase Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. MST.

Mayall is a blues virtuoso who has received endless acclaim for his 50-year career as a musician, songwriter and producer. He is most well known for forming the renowned group, The Bluesbreakers, in the early 1960s. The group served as a springboard to stardom for a long list of respected blues musicians including Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor. The three went on to respectively form Cream, Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones after their time with Mayall.

“John Mayall practically wrote the book on blues, so being able to watch him perform is almost like an out-of-body experience,” says Rod Woodruff, president of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Keyboard, guitar, harmonica, drums, you name the instrument, and Mayall has mastered it. I can hardly wipe the smile off my face knowing that he’ll be performing for our fans in just a few short months.”

The Aug. 4 performance may be the one and only opportunity to experience the chemistry between Mayall, his instruments and his fans at the Buffalo Chip. Attendees can expect to witness a high-caliber performance that only an icon of his status could deliver. Fans can anticipate hearing classic works from Mayall’s exhaustive catalog of releases as well as new material he’s developed with his current lineup.

Passes for this nine-day festival are on sale now and all concerts are free with camping. For more information or to get your passes, visit http://www.BuffaloChip.com or call (605) 347-9000.

About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip
Since 1981, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® has provided nine days of epic live music experiences and exciting activities for fans from around the globe. The family-owned and operated Sturgis Buffalo Chip is host to the Sturgis Rally’s cornerstone event, known as the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ and The Best Party Anywhere™. 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 independent music festivals in the world. The Buffalo Chip is a festival experience like no other. More details are available at http://www.BuffaloChip.com.