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    Rally Week: A Calendar of Concerts

10 days, all day, every day As motorcyclists and non-riders alike come together in the beautiful Black Hills for the 77th Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ (August 4-13), the area comes alive with 10 incredible days of live music. From Pine Ridge in the southern hills, all the way to Sundance, Wyoming, rally goers, whether on motorcycle, bicycle, ATV, or in car, will revel, rock and roll to over 100 music concerts. Country, hard rock, heavy metal, classic rock, oldies or folk -- anyone can find countless music opportunities that fit every taste and style. Want something chill and low-key? Numerous mid-size settings, like The Gaslight (Rockerville) provide easy access to local artists in a down-home, easy-to-access atmosphere. Or take it to the top at the larger venues in Sturgis like Iron Horse Saloon® or the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® for full-blown, heart-pounding events featuring countless national acts. Here’s just a sampling, north to south, on where to experience music fit for any and all. Photo courtesy of The Legendary Buffalo Chip.   NORTHERN HILLS: Sturgis Lazelle Street Sturgis: The main drag through the City of Sturgis is home to the incredible – and always free — Iron Horse Saloon®, which features national acts on the Dennis Kirk Main Stage all week long, as well as acoustic entertainment indoors and dueling pianos at night. The Knuckle Saloon’s sprawling 45,000-square-foot premises has both open air and interior bars with bands all week, in an easy, laid-back, come-as-you-are setting. Harley-Davidson Rally Point, 2001 Harley-Davidson Way. Live entertainment every day from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Main Street Sturgis: Main Street is a must-visit during rally – music abounds every day at rally favorites One-Eyed Jacks and the Loud American Roadhouse. Sturgis Buffalo Chip®: Over it’s 36-year history, the “Chip” has offered guests legendary acts from all over the country. Located three miles east of Sturgis, SD, on 600 creek-fed acres, it offers seven stages of entertainment. The Chip's concerts are free with camping. Non-campers can purchase tickets to any concert. Stone House Saloon: Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. during rally, this old house on sprawling ranchland features three bands every day: The Cindy Witt Band, South Hwy. 85 and Cory & Roger of Prime Country. Each band will play every day, rotating throughout the day, offering a mix of country, rock and roll, oldies and crowd requests. Sturgis Shade Valley Resort: Concerts free to all who camp, and tickets for purchase by anyone else, Shade Valley’s Eye Candy Saloon brings in bands from all over the country. Deadwood Saloon No. 10: No visit to South Dakota is complete without stopping by this iconic saloon, home of the infamous in-broad-daylight murder of Wild Bill Hickok. Enjoy live music every night during Rally while you enjoy South Dakota's largest whiskey selection (over 171 Bourbons, Scotchs & whiskeys). Other Deadwood favorites to check out live music opportunities include:

Hulett, Wyoming

  • Ham ‘N Jam: The place to be on Wednesday during Rally (August 9) is Hulett, Wyoming. It’s a day packed with bikes, bands, food, and vendors.

Sundance, Wyoming

  • Live music to accompany the burnout contest on Wednesday, August 9.

Photo courtesy of The Legendary Buffalo Chip.   CENTRAL HILLS: Hill City


  • BaRLee’s Food and Drink

Rapid City

  • Firehouse Brewing Company: Free, Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5, 8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., live music featuring The Lonely Rangers.
  • Firehouse Wine Cellars: Free, Wednesday, August 9, , Wine Wednesdays with blues and jazz artist Sophia Beatty.
  • Paddy O’Neills at the Alex Johnson Hotel: Thursday, August 10, featuring live local talent.
  • Main Street Square Summer Concert Series: Every Thursday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., all summer long, free concerts are held in the heart of Rapid City.


  • The Gaslight Restaurant & Saloon: Every night between Friday, August 4 and Friday, August 12, this open and friendly restaurant and bar will be filled with the music and good times. Featured acts are Rapid City-based bands Crash Wagon and the Wilt Brothers.

Photo courtesy of The Legendary Buffalo Chip.   SOUTHERN HILLS: Custer

  • Music in the Park: Free all summer, every Tuesday and Thursday, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Rally days: Tuesday, August 8 and Thursday, August 10) live music in Way Park (corner of Mt. Rushmore Road and 4th Street)

Hot Springs

Pine Ridge

  • Oglala Nation Fair: PowWow & Rodeo, Live entertainment Thursday, August 3 – Sunday, August 6.
  • Live Music & Cultural Performances: Thursday, August 10, a guided tour of Pine Ridge will leave from The Journey Museum in Rapid City.

Photo courtesy of The Legendary Buffalo Chip.  

About the Author

Stacy is a motorcycle enthusiast and has a deep love for South Dakota. With a long line of family ties to the state, beginning with her great grandparents who were homesteaders, Stacy spent many days of her youth in South Dakota. Stacy owns a public relations firm and is a licensed attorney.

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