24 Artists Who Could Rock the Chip’s August Music Festival in 2017  

  • Thursday, January 26, 2017
  • by Jeff Smith

Securing bands for The Best Party Anywhere® is no easy feat, and it often takes the entire year before all the variables fall into place. But before The Chip gets to work, they always start the process by listening to requests from fans like you. Planning for the 2017 Best Party Anywhere is currently underway, and lots of you have been asking about bands, and listing ones you’d ride across the country naked to see perform. The following is a list of 24 bands that fans like you have put on the Chip’s radar. Are these the bands you’d go nuts for if they were to join the 2017 lineup?

DISCLAIMER:  The following list in no way indicates any of these bands have been or will actually be able to be confirmed. It simply creates a place for you to share your band requests so the Chip can find out who you'd like to have rock your socks off. Sturgis Rider® News takes no responsibility for any band on this list failing to rip their shirt off and dive into the crowd, smash and set their instruments ablaze, zipline across the amphitheater, spank your girlfriend with an oar or even show up at the Chip at all. Share at your own risk.

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg is one of rap’s most enduring and recognizable names. Since turning the game on its’ head with his 1993 debut “Doggystyle,” Snoop has gone on to dominate the genre and become one of the most influential artists to rock the mic. He’s a big name on festival bills of all types, but he’s yet to do a motorcycle-oriented music festival. Would you howl for an appearance by Snoop Dogg at the 2017 Best Party Anywhere?

Alice Cooper

The Godfather of Shock Rock is no stranger to The Best Party Anywhere, and that’s because he always delivers the goods. The band’s super spooky stage show coupled with the pyrotechnic rock guitar chops of scintillating lead guitarist Nita Strauss creates an experience that raises the dead and gets all the boys and ghouls screaming for more.


Ghost’s dark and mysterious aesthetic paired with their heavy, head-banging riffs and knack for writing pop song-worthy hooks has them rocketing toward the hard rock stratosphere. They won the 2016 Grammy award for Best Metal Performance and are currently touring the world in support of their latest album. Would a debut performance by Ghost at the 2017 Best Party Anywhere make for a supernatural good time?

ZZ Top

When you hear the term “blues rock,” you can’t help but think of the biggest little band from Texas, ZZ Top. These tres hombres have been churning out killer albums and delivering unbelievable live performances for over 40 years, and they’re not stopping any time soon. Billy, Frank and Dusty will be out on tour all spring and summer, and it looks like there’s enough time for a little break after their European tour that would make a 2017 Buffalo Chip date a distinct possibility.

King Crimson

Prog rock pioneers King Crimson led by guitar wizard Robert Fripp have never made an appearance at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, but their recent announcements of a 2017 tour create a golden opportunity for your inner prog geek to experience the rock and roll show of a lifetime.

Would you turn into a 21st schizoid man if King Crimson came to the Chip in 2017?

George Thorogood

Blues rock legends George Thorogood and the Destroyers are truly bad to the bone. Steeped in the tradition of classic blues artists Robert Johnson and Elmore James, their intense performances move both your body and soul. They’ve yet to announce Summer 2017 tour dates, so anything is possible. Would you “Move It On Over” if George came to the party?

Tom Petty

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and legendary American songwriter Tom Petty and his band the Heartbreakers recently announced their 40th anniversary tour. Currently the tour dates go right up before the start of the 2017 Best Party Anywhere, so it seems the stars could align resulting in a Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers performance at the Chip’s 2017 August music festival.

Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton has yet to make an appearance at the Best Party Anywhere. If you were to ask any classic rock fan worth his salt whether or not he should, you’d more than likely get a resounding, “hell yeah!” His legendary live album “Frampton Comes Alive!” made him a household name in the ‘70s and put the Talk Box on the map as a must have effect due to his expert use of it on the track “Do You Feel Like We Do.”

Steve Miller

Some people call him the Space Cowboy and some call him the gangster of love, but regardless of what you prefer to call Steve Miller, we can all agree the man is a master of his craft. Steve is flying like an eagle with several spring 2017 tour dates announced, but summer is still wide open. Would a return performance at the Best Party Anywhere from Steve Miller keep on rock’n you?


Imagine if the heavy metal barrage of a band like Five Finger Death Punch was instead fronted by a trio of teenaged Japanese girls that could rip through a series of choreographed moves better than any generic American pop star of your choosing while ACTUALLY singing, and you’d begin to get an idea of what Babymetal is all about. The band is currently on tour with Guns ‘N’ Roses in Japan, and will be doing American dates with the Red Hot Chili Peppers this spring. Should their next stop be the 2017 Best Party Anywhere?

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley was here once before in 2008, and since that time he’s gone on to release five full-length albums and receive numerous accolades from the industry. His duet from his latest album “Black” featuring Elle King is up for the 2017 Best Country Duo/Group Performance Grammy, and he is days away from embarking on a winter/early spring tour of North America. Would Dierks Bentley returning to the Chip in 2017 be what this party needs?


Legendary thrash metal band Megadeth are one of metal’s most prolific bands, having released 15 full length albums thus far and selling over 50 million copies worldwide. They’ve long been considered one of the genre’s “Big Four” bands, and they still tour and perform with the fire and tenacity of a much younger band. Would a Buffalo Chip appearance from Megadeth’s Symphony of Destruction satisfy your appetite for metal in 2017?

Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani is one of rock’s most technically accomplished guitarists, and he boasts a roster of former students that have gone on to have massively successful music careers themselves, including Steve Vai, Kirk Hammett and Alex Skolnick, to name a few. “Satch” is celebrating 30 years of “mind-bending guitar daredevilry” on his Surfing to Shockwave Tour, which heads to Asia next month. Would an evening spent surfing with the alien melt your face off?

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert made her Sturgis Buffalo Chip debut when she blew up the 2016 Freedom Celebration Night with her show-stopping vocal prowess and her eclectic mixture of classic rock tunes and chart-topping country-rock hits. She just released her sixth studio album, “Weight of These Wings,” to critical acclaim and is about to embark on a massive world tour that features a nice little gap during early August. Would a return performance from Miranda Lambert rock your world?


Chicago is one of the most successful rock groups of all time, having sold more than 100 million records in the course of their nearly 50 year career. They recently announced a co-headlining tour with the Doobie Brothers, and it currently contains no scheduling conflicts with the 2017 Best Party Anywhere. Would it make you smile to see them at the Chip in 2017?

System of a Down

Alternative metal band System of a Down recently announced they’re working on their first album in over a decade, and were recently added as headliners to Download Festival, one of the biggest rock festivals in the UK. They’ve also been confirmed for several other big European rock festivals through June and early July, but after that they’re wide open. Maybe a Buffalo Chip debut is in order?

Reverend Horton Heat

Dallas, Texas Psychobilly act Reverend Horton Heat describe their sound as “country-fed punkabilly.” They have built a feverishly devoted following around the United States with their hilarious and high-energy hard drinkin’, fast drivin’, and dysfunctional breakup tunes, and their ability to put on a show in even the most extreme conditions. Would you have a Psychobilly Freakout if they came back to the Buffalo Chip?

Doobie Brothers

The Doobie Brothers have long been a favorite act of bikers since their early days playing gigs at the Santa Cruz biker hotspot Chateau Liberté, and they continue to be to this day. The Doobies have been long-time favorites at the Chip as well so it’s probably about time they make a comeback, especially given that convenient early August gap in their tour schedule.

Ronnie James Dio’s Hologram

Yes, you’re reading this correctly. Dio’s HOLOGRAM made an appearance at Germany’s Wacken festival in summer 2016, and the company that created the hologram has stated they’re ready to take that act out on the road. It’s been said the concerts will showcase different eras of Dio’s career and feature live singers Ripper Owens and Oni Logan as well. Apparently Dio’s widow Wendy has given the tour her blessing, so maybe you can experience the next best thing to the Holy Diver himself at the Chip in 2017.

Kid Rock

Kid Rock is one of the Buffalo Chip’s most-requested artists of all time. He tempted fate at the Chip in 2013 when he performed during an epic South Dakota thunderstorm while being filmed for the CMT special “Kid Rock: Live at Buffalo Chip,” and waited out another crazy storm before giving an insane performance in 2016. Do you hope lightning strikes for a third time and brings him back?


Groundbreaking grunge band Soundgarden has been making hard rock headlines as of late with mentions of a new album being in the works. They’ve also been finding themselves on or near the top spot of several massive rock festivals all over the United States in spring 2017. Their current tour dates extend through May, so it seems like they could swing down to Buffalo Chip this August.


Godsmack’s pull-no-punches attitude and head-bangin’ tunes crushed fans during their Buffalo Chip debut in 2015. Guitarist Tony Rombola and drummer Shannon Larkin told Chris Trew in their Studio 14 interview how much they loved looking out and seeing all the motorcycles in the crowd. Do you hope they’ll be able to do it again at the Chip’s 2017 celebration?


Korn is a pioneer and one of the most successful bands of the nü-metal genre, having sold 35 million albums worldwide and earning two Grammy awards and numerous other accolades. They’ll be touring Europe and South America this spring, and returning to the United States in time for festival season. Would it make your life peachy if Korn made their Sturgis Buffalo Chip debut in 2017?

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Southern rock’s native sons Lynyrd Skynyrd are the quintessential biker band, and in 2016 they referred to themselves as the Chip’s “house band,” so it’s safe to say they’ve got massive biker cred. With only a handful of dates announced so far in 2017, it wouldn’t be outside of the realm of possibility for Skynyrd to return to the Chip to live up to their title in 2017.

Dying to know more about how the Buffalo Chip books its acts? You can find out what goes into the process under the "How do you choose bands?" section of the Chip’s FAQs.

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What bands would you most like to see rock The Best Party Anywhere? Are there any we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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Known as The Best Party Anywhere®, the Legendary Buffalo Chip believes festivals should be fun like a high five, reenergize you like a broken rule, and romance you like someone you just met and have to take home. This nine-day festival of concerts and motorcycle events has featured performances from artists including Aerosmith, Willie Nelson, Five Finger Death Punch, Kid Rock, Rob Zombie, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Toby Keith, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mötley Crüe, Miranda Lambert, 3 Doors Down, ZZ Top, Sublime with Rome, Slash, and many more. The Best Party Anywhere remains one of the most televised festivals in the world and has been featured on the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel, CMT Bike Week, HISTORY, TLC, National Geographic and more.

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