Two Outstanding Bands and One Gigantic Race Added to Sturgis Buffalo Chip® 2018 Lineup

The Marshall Tucker Band and Aaron Lewis bring strong country rock while American Flat Track Racing returns for round two of some of the most electrifying motorcycle racing in the world.

Sturgis, SD – The world’s largest motorcycle and music festival has added two more block-busting bands to its nine-day line-up and announced the return of American Flat Track Pro Grand National Championship, Buffalo Chip TT races presented by Indian Motorcycle in the amphitheater on Sunday, Aug. 5. Southern rock icons The Marshall Tucker Band will kick off the 2018 festival on Friday, Aug. 3. Former front man for alternative rock band Staind, Aaron Lewis, is set to perform on the Buffalo Chip’s Wolfman Jack Stage on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Festival passes can be purchased for a limited time for as little as $26 per day. Buffalo Chip President Rod Woodruff’s official announcement video can be seen here:

“This is shaping up to be the best year in Buffalo Chip history,” said Rod Woodruff, Sturgis Buffalo Chip President. “The list of incredibly talented musicians and racers coming to entertain guests in 2018 is so over the top that nobody will want to miss even one day this year.”

Goliaths of Southern Rock
Hit songs from seven gold and three platinum albums have made The Marshall Tucker Band part of the soundtrack of many lives. The anthem “Heard it in a Love Song” leads the parade of hits that also includes “Fire on the Mountain,” “Can’t See You” and “Take the Highway.” The band’s music has been featured in numerous movies and TV shows.

American Country Rock Sensation
Aaron Lewis 
took his success with alternative rock band, Staind and returned to his traditional outlaw country roots with a whole lot of experience and a couple of unforgettable hits. “It’s Been Awhile” and “Outside” will follow Lewis as testaments to his incredible success as a songwriter and singer. He’s bringing his remarkable talents with him as he ventures into the country side of music creating hits like the certified platinum “Country Boy” performed with George Jones and Charlie Daniels and his new album, “Sinner.”

Heart-Stopping, Adrenaline-Pumping Racing Action
The electrifying action of American Flat Track Grand National Championship racing returns to the amphitheater on Sunday, Aug. 5, and will later be televised on NBC Sports. Spectators will feel the excitement of the Buffalo Chip TT Races, presented by Indian Motorcycle as they witness the action trackside, from skywalks, bars and other elevated viewing decks, a thrill not found at any other race in the world. In 2017 Shinedown lit up the amphitheater after the race. This year another great headliner, yet to be announced, will explode onto the stage following some of the best racing on the planet.

The 2018 Growing Lineup of Entertainment for Friday, Aug. 3 – Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018 Announced So Far Includes:

  • Friday, Aug. 3             The Marshall Tucker Band
  • Saturday, Aug. 4         Foreigner
  • Sunday, Aug. 5           American Flat Track Race Buffalo Chip TT 
                                        Presented by Indian Motorcycle
  • Monday, Aug. 6          Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Tuesday, Aug. 7        Aaron Lewis
  • Wednesday, Aug. 8   Eric Church
  • Thursday, Aug. 9        Kid Rock
  • Friday, Aug. 10           John Kay and Steppenwolf
  • Saturday, Aug. 11      Headlining concerts to be announced

More information is available and passes may be purchased at


2024 Sturgis Buffalo Chip

Pre-Rally Party Jul. 29–Aug. 1
Concerts Aug. 2–Aug. 11

2025 Sturgis Buffalo Chip

Pre-Rally Party Jul. 28–Jul. 31
Concerts Aug. 1–Aug. 10

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