June 3-4, 2016 at the PRS Factory

Public Registration is now closed.

Mark your calendars, register and come join us! Experience PRS 2016 will take place on June 3rd and 4th, 2016 at the PRS factory in Stevensville, MD. The 8th Experience PRS event will kick off on Friday, June 3rd with an exclusive Signature Club cocktail and sales floor preview hour followed by an open-to-the-public concert featuring some of our hottest PRS artists. Saturday, June 4th we’ll continue Experience PRS 2016 – the Ultimate Guitar Festival – with a day filled with informative clinics, new products, gear demonstrations, interactive displays, games, contests, jam stages, factory tours, and artist performances culminating with an awesome star-studded Concert.

We look forward to seeing you in June!

*Schedule Subject to change without notice. Registration is now closed, but you can register at the gate (for a $50 entry fee).

Friday June 3rd

  • 5:00 – 6:45 Signature Club exclusive cocktail hour and Experience sales floor preview

    Catch up with old friends over a drink and a snack, and be the first to see the selection of gear available for purchase at Experience PRS 2016.

    The sales floor will be open exclusively for Signature Club members. This is a great opportunity to buy your next PRS guitar or amplifier in an intimate, memorable setting.
  • 7:00 - ? Welcome / Concert event - Open to the public The Friday night concert will start around 7:30 at the Main Stage located out back of PRS Guitars shop. Come see a rockin’ show and get pumped for a Saturday full of fun!

Saturday June 4th

  • 10:30AM - Gates Open
  • 5:00PM - Concert
  • Guided factory tours See the whole process from start to finish with a PRS employee as your guide.
  • Self-Guided Factory Tours Know the area of the shop that most interests you? We will staff the shop floor with seasoned PRS employees who are ready to show you what they do and answer your questions.
  • Private Stock Interactive Demonstrations One of our most popular experiences! Meet the Private Stock Finish Hall team and stain a piece of maple scrap wood for your very own.
  • Product Demonstrations and Clinics PRS staff and artists will be presenting various clinics throughout the day on all things PRS. Q&A welcome – more details on specifics topics and times will be made available closer to the event.
  • Experience PRS Jam Stage Sit in with our house band for a low stress jam session! We will have a tent dedicated to letting you rock out on stage in front of a group of adoring fans – a great photo opportunity for your visit. This year’s Jam Stage band will include Simon McBride (guitar and bass), Emil Werstler (guitar and bass), and Blues Webb (on drums).
  • Artist Performances As an added perk this year, we are creating a festival atmosphere with two day stages delivering music performances from a great line up of PRS artists all day long. Music lovers unite!
  • Experience PRS Sales Floor Guitars and amplifiers will be up for sale in what we think will be the largest PRS sales floor in the world. This is a great opportunity to buy your next PRS in a memorable setting.
  • West Street East Store The West Street East accessory store and museum room will be open for all your apparel, parts, and accessories needs.
  • Main Stage Concert Saturday will culminate in a not-to-be-missed concert on our Main Stage.

*This schedule is intended to give our guests an idea of the event’s scope. Exact times and details will be identified as the event gets closer.

A full program will also be available at the door for guests to be able to plan their day.

Friday Night Concert June 3rd

The public portion of Experience PRS 2016 kicks off with a Friday night evening concert with two Kentucky-born PRS artists. This not-to-be-missed concert event is not only a night of great music but a celebration for friends new and old to come together and have a rippin’ good time.

Boscoe France Band

Hailing from Western Kentucky, Boscoe France picked up his first guitar at the age of three and has been playing the blues ever since. Boscoe beat more than 4,000 players from all across the nation to win the 2012 Guitar Center Battle of the Blues competition, and was noted for his dexterity, creativity, and boundless collection of riffs and bends.

Bosco France

Black Stone Cherry

From the southern backwaters of Edmonton, Kentucky, Black Stone Cherry broke out big in 2008 and haven’t let up since. Blackstone Cherry is known as an authentic southern hard-rock band and has shared the stage with everyone from Bad Company and Halestorm.

Black Stone Cherry

Saturday Day Stages June 4th

New to Experience PRS 2016, PRS will have two day stages bringing top-tier performances to attendees all day long on Saturday, June 4th. More artists will be added to the line up as the event gets closer, but here is a first look at what is in store!


Recently named Rolling Stone's "Band to watch", Lovebettie has gained national attention with their neo-soul pop-rock hybrid sound, deemed by their fans as "Swagger Rock". Led by fiery haired powerhouse front woman Alexandra Naples, Lovebettie has performed direct support slots for the likes of Pat Benatar and Rick Springfield at major festivals like Summerfest and Rocklahoma, to mainstage headliner spots at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally with Queensryche and The Cult. Touring regularly over 200 dates per year, Lovebettie has also performed on Van's Warped Tour, South By Southwest, and The Official Lady Gaga Afterparty for her Monsters Ball Tour.



RDGLDGRN (pronounced red gold green) have already distinguished themselves in the DC music scene. Their highly stylized sound (that Go Go drum beat- a distinct DC rhythm) takes hip-hop infused punk and indie rock to create something refreshingly unique, is getting attention from fans stretching far beyond the DC niche scene.

Comprised of three members who identify as Red, Gold, and Green, RDGLDGRN began making music in their basement studio, drawing from a vast and almost ironically diverse pool of influences like Chuck Brown, Vampire Weekend, Outkast, The Neptunes, and Bad Brains. What many might consider a wildly ambitious, even impossible task to pull off, RDGLDGRN managed to effortlessly combine genres of music to create something new, something all their own, and something that has the music industry buzzing with excitement.


The Kelly Bell Band

Formed as a backing band for Bo-Diddley, The Kelly Bell Band is now in its twentieth year. The Baltimore, Maryland band has been voted Best Blues Band in the Mid Atlantic Region twelve years in a row. They bring a truly signature sound to the Blues by combining rock, funk, and dreadlocks with this most classic of music genres.

Kelly Bell

Hot Tub Limo

Hot Tub Limo got their start on Kent Island, Maryland and has become a staple in the local music scene. Their signature “rocked-up” versions of cover songs as well as their catalog of original music keep their fans happy, dancing, and drinking throughout the set. Hot Tub Limo is currently unsigned but hopes to sell out, go platinum, and tour the world.

Hot Tub Limo

Boscoe France Band

Hailing from Western Kentucky, Boscoe France picked up his first guitar at the age of three and has been playing the blues ever since. Boscoe beat more than 4,000 players from all across the nation to win the 2012 Guitar Center Battle of the Blues competition, and was noted for his dexterity, creativity, and boundless collection of riffs and bends.

Bosco France

Saturday Night Concert

The culmination of Experience PRS 2016 will, of course, be a concert on the Main Stage MC’d by Paul Reed Smith. Always a highlight of the event, PRS is pleased to host another great evening of music.

John Hiatt

For more than four decades, singer and songwriter John Hiatt has had his tunes covered by a vast amount of significant artists, including Bonnie Raitt, Rosanne Cash and B.B. King and Eric Clapton. Additionally, Hiatt has amassed a discography full of first-rate albums without ever really breaking through to a mass-market audience. Most recently, he released his 22nd studio album, “Terms of My Surrender.”

John Hiatt

The Paul Reed Smith Band with Special Guests

With incredible guitar playing from the man himself, the Paul Reed Smith Band’s sound is self-described as Chesapeake Gumbo. Anchored by Gary and Greg Grainger in the rhythm section, Michael Ault and Bill Nelson on guitars, Mia Simone on vocals, and Paul on guitar, the Paul Reed Smith Band delivers funk infused rock that is full of heart, soul, and love. Come see Paul and the band do what they do best.

Paul Reed Smith Band

Living Colour

Formed by London-born guitarist Vernon Reid, Living Colour’s sound is a fusion of everything from heavy metal and punk to funk and jazz to hip hop and alternative rock. The bands experimental nature and mix of personal and political lyrics broadened the landscape of popular music and has made Living Colour one of the most influential rock bands of the last three decades. 

Living Color

Clinicians & Attending Artists

Additional artists attending the event include, David Grissom, Bernie Marsden, Emil Werstler, Simon McBride, and PRS product specialist Bryan Ewald.

More artists will be added to the line up as the event gets closer, so keep checking back to what additional talent is in store.

Martin Simpson

When and Where

Date: June 3rd and 4th, 2016

PRS Guitars Factory
380 Log Canoe Circle
Stevensville, MD 21666


Registration is required for all events.

Early Bird Registration: Opens February 12th (current Signature Club Members only)

Public Registration: March 15th – May 23rd

Hotel Information

If you are in need of a hotel room, you may contact one of the hotels listed below. Availability is limited. All guests are responsible for making and managing their individual hotel reservations and travel arrangements.

Best Western Kent Narrows Inn

3101 Main Street
Grasonville, MD 21638
Rate: $160/night plus tax
Reservation instructions:
Call 410-827-6767 and reference “PRS Group"

Best Western Annapolis

2520 Riva Rd
Annapolis, MD 21401
Rate: $119/night plus tax
Reservation instructions:
Call 410-224-2800 and reference “PRS Guitars”

Hampton Inn & Suites

124 Womack Drive
Annapolis, MD 21401
Rate: $149/night
Reservations: 410-571-0200 and reference “PRS”

Holiday Inn Express Kent Island

1020 Kent Narrows Rd
Grasonville, MD 21638
Rate: $169.95/night
Reservations: 410-827-4454 and reference “JUN PRS”

Holiday Inn Express Annapolis

2451 Riva Rd
Annapolis, MD 21401
Rate: $139/night + tax
Reservations: 410-224-4317 reference “PRS Guitars”

Springhill Suites Marriott

189 Admiral Cochrane Dr
Annapolis, MD 21401
Rate: $169/night + tax
Reservations: 888-287-9400 reference ”PRS Guitars”

Hotel & Travel Cancellation Policies - vary by company. Be sure to ask.

Note: There are plenty of other great hotels in Annapolis and Baltimore if the above does not suit your needs or are filled.

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Signature Club Member–Only Benefits

Signature Club members will receive an “EXP PRS 2016” gift big loaded with a selection of accessory items, including a commemorative “EXP PRS 2016” truss rod cover and pint glass, as well as gift certificates from some of our partners

Signature Club members are invited to a private pre-show Cocktail Hour in the factory on Friday night before the Friday night concert. There will be an open bar and light hors d’oeuvres available on the Experience sales/factory floor. This is a great opportunity to get a sneak peek at the Experience PRS offerings, and the first buying opportunity of the show. The West Street East accessory store will also be open for anyone who wants first dibs on Experience swag. Other than this exclusive event, the building is closed to the public on Friday night.

Signature Club members receive 15% discount in the West Street East accessory store during the event

Paul has set aside three 30 minute autograph sessions during the event for Sig Club members only. Paul will sign one item for each guest that this time allows.

The Signature Club is open to anyone who has an interest in PRS Guitars. Sign up here by May 1, 2016 to enjoy special benefits during the Experience PRS 2016 event.

Food and Beverage

Hors d’oeuvres and Beverages will be provided at no cost on Friday evening during the exclusive Signature Club Member cocktail hour event.

Food vendors will be onsite to provide a wide variety of cuisines at a reasonable cost. Please come prepared with extra cash to cover your meals. Complimentary bottled water will be provided. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.


General parking is available throughout the business park but is limited. Please feel free to park along the business park circle but we need to ask that you refrain from parking in the parking lots of the surrounding businesses.

Note: Some of our neighbors have decided to solicit parking in their lots by charging a parking fee. We have addressed the issue and have kindly asked these businesses NOT to do this but we cannot guarantee they will abide by our request. If you choose to park in a ‘paid’ lot, it’s ok but please do not feel obligated to do so.

Handicapped parking areas have designated in the rear parking area of the PRS building.


We'll be posting updates to Twitter leading up to Experience PRS and throughout the event. Use the #expprs hashtag to get Experience updates from PRS and to keep in touch with other Experience attendees.

If you're not already following PRS on Twitter, now's the time!

Join us: @prsguitars

Factory Tours – Guided and Self-guided

Guests are free to explore the PRS factory at your leisure. If you prefer a guide, please sign up at the tour sign-up booth onsite on Saturday. We will have ongoing demonstrations in all major areas of the factory.


On Saturday, clinics will be given throughout the day as well. You are free to attend whichever ones are of interest to you. There will be no sign ups for clinics; however, a schedule will be provided for your reference. This should help you figure out how to plan your day.

Interactive Area

Play all the latest PRS models including some made exclusively for this event on Saturday!

Jam Stage

Back by popular demand! Jam with the PRS house band. Jam slots fill up quickly – Sign up early on Saturday.

Buying Opportunity

Signature Club members and the General Public will have the opportunity to purchase select models from authorized PRS Dealers. Our West Street East Museum store will also be open during the event and will feature some unique, exclusive Experience PRS 2016 items.

Much, Much More!

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Signature Club members and the General Public will have the opportunity to purchase select models from the following authorized PRS Dealers:

Brian’s Guitars
Hamden, CT

Brian's Guitars is a high-end guitar shop that was formed in 2010 with the mission to pair you with the absolute perfect guitar. Brian’s parents bought him a Custom 24 when he was twelve years old, and he hasn’t looked back since. Consistently among the top PRS dealers in the country, Brian’s carries all sorts of snazzy gear from SE’s to Private Stocks. Brian specializes in brokering custom builds of your (and his own) design, including Wood Library Dealer Limited Runs and one-of-a-kind Private Stock creations.

Ryan Fowler's Guitar Experience
Towson, MD

Ryan Fowler's Guitar Experience is a boutique, independent guitar shop located just North of Baltimore, MD. Our expert staff specializes in professional level guitar products and are 100% focused on providing the best customer experience available. We understand that you work hard for your money, so we are here to provide impeccable product advice and repair services to make sure that when you finish your purchase, you can look back on your decision to shop with us as the best decision you have ever made. 

Bills Music
Catonsville, MD

Bills Music is independent family owned retail musical instrument store proudly celebrating its 51st year servicing the entire Mid-Atlantic area. Started in 1965 by William Higgins and his wife Nancy, Bill still works in the store today along with their 3 kids, Brian Tracey and Jamie. Bills has proudly been a Paul Reed Smith dealer since the 1980’s and is very excited to be part of the PRS experience for the 1st time.

Music Store Live
Burlington, VT

Founded in 2010, Music Store Live is a two-time NAMM Top 100 Dealer and winner of the NAMM’s 2014 Best Emerging Dealer and Best Marketing & Sales Promotion Awards. MSL’s goal is to revolutionize the way guitars are sold online and to shape the best buying experience possible by bringing the guitar shop to your living room. We’re musicians just like you. We strive to offer the best gear, the best online experience, and the best personalized service in the industry.

Moore Music
Evansville, IN

Since 1976, Moore Music has been a destination shop for guitarists all over the midwest and now the world.  We go by the motto of "Old School Service" because we still treat all of our customers with respect and courtesy.  Our many PRS customers have all become friends over the years, and PRS has rewarded us with the "Top 10 Dealer" Award several years in a row due to our ongoing courtesy to our customers and loyalty to the PRS Brand.

Music Villa
Bozeman, MT

Music Villa opened on East Main St. in beautiful Downtown Bozeman, Montana in 1980.  This legendary shop is a full line independent dealer selling quality musical products for everyone from beginner to expert and from hobbyist to collector. The shop specializes in one-of-a-kind, limited run, and custom acoustics and electrics and is truly one of the finest pro-gear music stores around. With an expert staff, fun atmosphere, and active event calendar, Music Villa is well worth a visit!

The Guitar Sanctuary
McKinney, TX

When I was a young player, big corporate retailers did not exist. Buying my first custom guitar was a memorable and personal experience. The store was managed by musicians and was a gathering place for players where the finest gear could be explored. For years, that experience has fueled my passion to create a similar musicians’ haven. I have been blessed with the opportunity to do just that. Welcome to The Guitar Sanctuary.

Guitars USA
Lexington, NC

Guitars USA provides unsurpassed service, high quality, and high value products to our customers while expanding a profound sense of community in the musicians and area we serve. Our customers are our most valuable asset. We pride ourselves on being a different kind of music store in that we have never forgotten where we have some from: years of being full-time musicians...all those wonderful and difficult times. Life is good!

Righteous Guitars
Roswell, GA

Righteous Guitars is a NEW Top 10 PRS Dealer with more than 400 USA PRS guitars in stock, including more than 50 Private Stocks (both electric and acoustic) and at least one PRS from every year – 1985 to 2016. Our expert staff offers the ultimate guest experience, and our warm and friendly showroom includes a comfortable guest lounge with TV, internet, and refreshments for non-players. Located in North Atlanta, we offer complimentary airport pickup. Hotel Discounts available.

Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center
Wheaton, MD

Chuck Levin’s Washington Music Center has been one of the largest independent musical instrument retailers in the country since 1958. Started by Chuck and Marge Levin, and now in its 3rd generation of family ownership, “Chuck’s” continues to be a staple in the music community. We were one of the first PRS dealers, but we had an inside contact: Paul Reed Smith worked in our guitar repair shop about 40 years ago.

Willcutt Guitars
Lexington, KY

Founded in 1968 as a repair and custom guitar shop, Willcutt Guitars has been with PRS since 1986 and always stock the best examples of Paul's work. We have been the top dealer for Private Stock almost every year. All inventory is stored in a climate controlled warehouse & each instrument is personally checked by our master luthier with 50 years of experience then carefully packed and shipped to your door.

John Mann’s Guitar Vault
Bedford, NH

Founded in 2010, John Mann’s Guitar Vault has a memorable history with Paul Smith, working together on bridge designs as early as 1979. Jump forward 37 years and John Mann’s Guitar Vault is one of PRS’s signature dealers featuring all thing PRS - guitars, amps, parts, accessories, and service. “John Mann is an expert in PRS Guitars.”  - Paul Smith 2011

Northeast Music Center
Dixon City, PA

Jack Gretz has been selling PRS guitars for 21 years and during that time he has forged a solid relationship with the company. Jack was one of the first Private Stock dealers to come on board and offers only the best products at his shop.  Pair that with his knowledge of all things guitar related, lessons and top notch customer service, and you can feel confident you’ll be treated the right way: with respect and dignity.


Physical Address:

380 Log Canoe Circle
Stevensville, MD 21666

From All Points West of Kent Island

Rte. 50 East towards Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Proceed over Bay Bridge (Toll $4.00) and take the first exit once you have crossed the bridge. Exit is Rte. 8 North towards Stevensville. Turn left at the traffic light at the end of the exit ramp and proceed through the next traffic light. At the 2nd light, turn left onto Schooner Parkway (entrance into Chesapeake Bay Business Park). Follow Schooner Parkway to stop sign and turn right. PRS Guitars will be on your left.

From all points East of Kent Island

Rte. 50 West towards Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Do not cross the bridge. Take the last exit before the bridge - Rte. 8 North towards Stevensville. Turn right at the traffic light at the end of the exit ramp and proceed on Rte. 8 North. At the first traffic light, turn left onto Schooner Parkway (entrance into Chesapeake Bay Business Park). Follow Schooner Parkway to stop sign and turn right. PRS Guitars will be on your left.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I bring my guitar?

A. Sorry, but NO.
 Due to the parameters of this event and past security issues, we have decided that it is in everyone's best interest to leave your guitars at home where you know they will be safe. We realize many of you would like to have Paul Smith sign your guitars. We will have backplates available for sale onsite in our "West Street East" accessory store and, if time permits, Paul will be available to sign these instead. If you are interested in having your guitar serviced by our PTC staff, you will be able to place your "order" for PTC services. Unfortunately, there will be no PTC services performed during the event.

Q. Are cameras permitted at the event?

A. Yes. Cameras are welcome at all clinics, seminars, artist meet & greets and various other activities throughout the event. Post your pics and tag us! #expprs

Q. What if I need a hotel reservation or transportation?

A. Hotel reservations and travel arrangements are your responsibility to arrange. 

Q. Will I be able to get autographs from PRS artists?

A. Yes, however, we ask that you please be respectful of the artists as they are "mingling" around the event.

Q. Will I be able to get Paul Smith's autograph?

A. Signature Club Members ONLY will have a designated time slot for Paul to sign one item of your choice. Please refer to the schedule of events for these times.

Q. Who is playing at the Concerts?

A. Please see the above schedule for the current artist listing. More artists will be added as we get closer to the event. A full schedule will be posted on this page in late May to help you plan your day.

Q. Do I have to be a Signature Club member to attend the special PRS Signature Club Event?

A. Absolutely! The Friday, June 3rd PRS Signature Club Member Cocktail Hour Event will only be open to Signature Club members with current membership that have registered for the event. Signature members may register and bring one spouse, significant other or family member with them to the Signature Club Event. Folks interested in becoming a Signature Club member can learn more about the program and join here: PRS Signature Club. The cutoff date for becoming a new Signature Club member to register to attend the private Signature Club Member Cocktail Hour Event is May 1, 2016. 

Additional Questions?

If you have any additional questions, please EMAIL us, and we will do our best to respond in a timely manner.

Email: events@prsguitars.com

Subject line: Experience PRS Event question

Email is the best form of communication for Experience PRS 2016 questions.