No mask, no distance, no problem? The 80th annual Buffalo Chip is moving ahead full steam with a packed roster of artists taking place August 7 through 16 in Sturgis, South Dakota.
As the Reverend Horton Heat once put it, "you can't stop rock and roll."
That seems to be the impetus behind the next festival to take place during the COVID-19 health crisis -- this year’s Sturgis Buffalo Chip motorcycle rally and concert series -- featuring the Reverend himself along with '90s/2000s hit makers Smash Mouth, Trapt, Buckcherry, Lit, Drowning Pool, as well as classic mainstays Quiet Riot, Night Ranger, The Guess Who and more.
Past events have been known to pack in close to 700,000 fans into Sturgis, SD for the multi-day fest and rally, which this year is anticipating a smaller crowd than usual. This begs the question though: What can be considered "small" when "normal" approaches the size of some countries populations?
The amphitheater where bands will perform will be reduced to 50% capacity and organizers for the event are encouraging those who show up to follow CDC guidelines. Hand sanitizer will also be available but, ultimately, organizers will let people decide for themselves whether or not to wear face masks or practice proper social distancing.
Tickets, if you so choose to go, are available now via Buffalo Chip’s website.