Smash Mouth Are About to Play a South Dakota Music Fest — COVID-19 Be Damned

The Guess Who, Buckcherry, Trapt and more will also be at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip next month

BY Brock ThiessenPublished Jul 22, 2020

If you think hearing Smash Mouth play "All Star" live and in person is worth dying for, you're in luck. The '90s band are set to play an IRL music festival in South Dakota next month — COVID-19 be damned.

Smash Mouth are scheduled to play the the 80th annual Sturgis Buffalo Chip motorcycle rally and concert series, which takes play from August 7 to 16 in Meade County. Other acts lined up to perform include the Guess Who, Buckcherry, Trapt, Lit, Big Skillet, Saving Abel, Drowning Pool, and Quiet Riot, among others.

As Spin points out, organizers are still plowing ahead with the event despite the frightening spike in COVID-19 cases in the U.S. That said, the event will be reduced to 50 percent capacity and various safety measures will be employed — though mandatory masks do not seem to be required.

"We are going to have quite a few people here, not nearly as many as everybody would have expected but we are going to have a lot of people here," Buffalo Chip owner Rod Woodruff told the Newscenter1. "And they're all coming to have a good time and to see friends that they haven't seen probably for a year."

Whether you agree with the event going ahead as planned or not, here's a ton of fine print and a lot of explaining on why Sturgis Buffalo Chip isn't being cancelled due to COVID-19.

Of course, various other live music events have been taking place in the U.S. — though they haven't exactly been going very smoothly.

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