Woodinville, WA (October 2, 2006)–All motorcycle enthusiasts know about the annual Sturgis, SD motorcycle rally, which attracts more than 600,000 people every year. One of the main attractions in recent years has been The Buffalo Chip, founded toward the end of the 1970’s when Rod “Woody” Woodruff, a local attorney and fellow Harley owner, invited revelers to camp on a portion of his 500 acres on the outskirts of the town. These days, it’s homebase for much of the festivities, including tons of concerts by bonafide rebel rockers, all presented through Mackie audio gear.
The Dan Lawson Band lets it rip at the Buffalo Chip at Sturgis, playing through a plethora of Mackie gear.This year, the Chip provided entertainment on multiple stages this year featuring a roster that included Kid Rock, Gretchen Wilson, Montgomery Gentry, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ted Nugent, Edgar Winter, Billy Idol, Foreigner, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Blue Oyster Cult, The James Gang, David Lee Roth, Alice In Chains and Buckcherry.
The various stages throughout the chip featured a selection of the latest Mackie Active and Precision Passive loudspeakers, as well as numerous Mackie Onyx Series and CFX Series mixers. Mackie Active models were a mixture of the flagship SA-Series, as well as plenty of SRM-450 and SRM-350 models. SWA Series Active subwoofers were also on hand. In addition, Mackie’s Precision Passive loudspeakers were used, including S408 two-way boxes, as well as several S410s subwoofers. Amplification for all passive systems was provided by TAPCO Juice Series amplification.
“Back when we started out, I didn’t know anything about sound systems,” Woody said. “We just had a pasture with a three-strand barbed wire fence. We’d chase the cows out, build a fire, and over time we brought in a tent and generators, invited some musicians, brought in some tables for a stage, and gradually added improvements. But these days we’re entertaining more than half a million people, and we want to give them the best experience possible.”
“When people heard that Mackie was being used this year, the reaction from everyone, musicians and management alike, was really positive,” said Kevin Karns, who works with Woody to book entertainment and manage the side stages at the Buffalo Chip. “We’ve been working hard the last few years to achieve a consistency in the quality of the sound from stage to stage and from day to day, and what a pleasure it was to have such great sounding systems this year and to get so much positive feedback. The musicians and the technical crews have all been so happy to find out they’re playing through Mackie gear, and even people in the audience, they see the Mackie banners and so many of them know the name is synonymous with great sound. We’re really looking forward to Mackie playing an even bigger role next year–as Bogart said, I think this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”