Well, there you have it. Punk Rock Bowling is a music festival based in Las Vegas, founded in 1999 by brothers Shawn and Mark Stern. Last year this iconic event celebrated its 20th anniversary and it was one for the books. But with that landmark commemoration behind them, they can now look forward to an even bigger year: their 21st birthday! What did you do for your 21st?! Bet you didn’t get Rancid, The Hives, Descendents, Fucked Up, The Specials and a million other bands to play your party. Good news is that this IS your party. All are welcome. You and a crowd of like-minded folks from all over the world will descend upon Sin City for Memorial Day Weekend, May 24th-27th, 2019.
It’s a convergence of rockers, revelers, amateur bowlers, activists, music industry types, and even a fair amount of random onlookers who just wanna see what all the hubbub is about. When thousands of punks from a thousand different scenes gather in one place it is quite a spectacle, we can assure you.
The veteran bands are staying relevant by releasing new material (The Damned, The Specials, Teenage Bottlerocket, Adolescents, etc.) and according to the organizers, there are thirty (30!) new bands who have never yet played PRB Vegas. What else is new in 2019? They’ve added a 2nd stage to the big outdoor party so now they will offer almost twice as many bands playing. There’ll be nonstop music, but unlike other festivals, there are no overlapping bands, so you won’t have to miss anything. Plus, if you get there early, the first 1,000 people to enter the festival get a free drink at the Hooligan Happy Hour!
“We like to encompass all aspects of the Punk Rock community and all the genres that helped create it. Punk Rock is not just one sound. It has influenced and has been influenced by so many different musical styles, so it’s our goal to celebrate all of that diversity at Punk Rock Bowling. From bands like Devo to Refused to Rancid and The Specials to Wanda Jackson and Iggy Pop, It's all Punk Rock to us. Without Jazz, Rockabilly, Experimental, Garage Rock, Rocksteady, or Rock ‘n’ Roll, there would be no Punk Rock.” – Mark Stern, Punk Rock Bowling Co-Founder
In addition to a perfect combination of legacy bands and hungry newcomers, there’s also a poker tournament, late night club shows, pool parties, lounge shows, gambling galore, and of course the bowling tournament. Last year a team called “Snakes On A Lane” won, so if they can do it… anybody can!
For more information, tickets, hotel deals, bowling and poker registration, visit www.punkrockbowling.com, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates and news around the festival.
21st ANNUAL PUNK ROCK BOWLING & MUSIC FESTIVAL full lineup:
Lower Class Brats
The Split Seconds
Maid of Ace
Dirk Vermin & The Hostile Takeover
Jail City Rockers