Music fans attending this year’s annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally should be pleased to learn that rock legend Edgar Winter will kick start the annual party at the Buffalo Chip on Friday, Aug. 3.
Child prodigy Edgar Winter achieved international musical success early. His music encompasses jazz, rock, blues and pop. From his critically acclaimed 1970 debut “Entrance,” his unique style has struck a chord with fans worldwide. The emotionally charged “Tobacco Road” is widely considered a masterpiece.
He followed with “White Trash” and “Roadwork” both of which were commercial and critical successes. Perhaps best known for his hits with The Edgar Winter Group, “Free Ride” and “Frankenstein” Winter has been a prolific hit machine since. A master of many instruments, Winter was the first artist to feature a synthesizer as the main instrument in a song. The instrumental “Frankenstein” revolutionized rock.
After “They Only Come Out At Night,” Edgar released Shock Treatment, featuring guitarist Rick Derringer. Later albums included Jasmine Nightdreams, The Edgar Winter Group with Rick Derringer, a live album, Together Live With Johnny Winter, Recycled, a reunion with White Trash, Standing On Rock, Mission Earth, Live In Japan, Not A Kid Anymore, The Real Deal, and Winter Blues. There is no question his string of hits are the perfect opener for the Buffalo Chip, long known as the Best Party Anywhere, for its consistently outstanding Sturgis Rally concerts.
With over 20 albums and numerous collaborative efforts to his credit, Edgar Winter has not been satisfied to ride the wave of popular music stardom. Major national television and radio campaigns have relied on Edgar's music to advertise their products. Edgar has also made frequent television appearances, both to promote his music, and to give his opinions on everything from Politically Incorrect to a commercial with George Hamilton for Miller Lite beer. He has appeared in the film "Netherworld", and the TV shows "The Cape", "Mysterious Ways", "Dave Letterman", and "Jimmy Kimmel".
Edgar's music can be heard in no fewer than fifteen film and television projects, including Netherworld, Air America, My Cousin Vinny, Encino Man, Son In Law, What's Love Got to do With It, Wayne's World 2, Starkid, Wag the Dog, Knockabout Guys, Duets, Radio, The Simpsons, Queer as Folk, and Tupac Resurrection. Edgar's hauntingly beautiful song, Dying to Live, is featured as "Runnin” (Dying To
Live) in the film "Tupac Resurrection", the biography on the life of rapper Tupac Shakur. Produced by Eminem, the song uses the vocal talents of the Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, and Edgar Winter himself.
"Runnin" is on numerous Billboard charts. It peaked at number 5 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Singles Sales chart, and the soundtrack CD was number 1 for 8 consecutive weeks.
Edgar Winter's live shows consistently receive rave reviews. His music is always evolving and he is a master at stretching his skill and imagination to produce amazing results. He continues to thrill audiences with his live performances, always remaining on the cutting edge of music and style. Edgar is now at the very top of his game, and his future looks even brighter than his past. His performance at the Legendary Buffalo Chip will electrify our Sturgis Rally crowd.