Oscar-Winning Actor to Join Friends for Concert During Sturgis
BUFFALO CHIP CAMPGROUND, SD – Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges will show music fans a new side of his multiple talents when Jeff Bridges and Friends perform a concert at the Legendary Buffalo Chip Campground on Thursday, August 11 during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
According to numerous interviews and biographies, Bridges had intended to pursue a music career since high school in Los Angeles, but was side-tracked by his actor father (Lloyd) and brother (Beau) into what would become a long and successful acting career. He would later demonstrate his musical talent in The Fabulous Baker Boys, with his brother Beau.
He won the Oscar® for Best Actor in 2010 for his role as Otis “Bad” Blake in the film Crazy Heart in which he performed songs written by T Bone Burnett, who also won a Crazy Heart Oscar® for best original song.
Bridges’ resume includes films many critics consider among the best ever made with a string of awards and nominations to match. The movies include “The Last Picture Show,” “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,” “Starman,” “The Fisher King,” “The Contender,” and “Crazy Heart.” Each of his performances in those films was nominated either for a Golden Globe or Oscar, or both. And, he may be best known for his roles as The Dude in the Coen Brothers’ classic, “The Big Lebowski” and as the video game programmer in “Tron” and its sequel, “Tron: Legacy.”
Bridges has collaborated with his “Crazy Heart” music producer, T Bone Burnett to record his first country album, which is due on shelves later this year. Guests on the album will include Rosanne Cash and Sam Phillips.
Woodruff said Bridges’ concert at the Buffalo Chip will include performances by Bridges, his band, and some yet-to-be announced “very special friends.” While at the Buffalo Chip, he will help raise funds for The Bob Woodruff Foundation, which provides resources and support to service members, veterans and their families. The foundation is named for ABC correspondent Bob Woodruff, who, in 2006, suffered a critical brain injury from a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq.
Through a public education movement called ReMIND.org, the Bob Woodruff Foundation helps educate the public about the needs of service members returning from war – especially the one in five service members with hidden injuries such as traumatic brain injury, combat stress and depression and anxiety.
“We are so honored to have an actor and musician of Mr. Bridges’ caliber gracing our stage at the Buffalo Chip,” said Rod Woodruff, campground owner. “He is one of those very special celebrities who has earned the respect of his peers and his fans through a kind heart and a lack of ego and we are deeply touched that he will be entertaining our campers and raising money for our troops at the same time.”
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