|Paul Reed Smith and his band were joined on stage by artist clinicians including David Grissom.
Record Attendance At
9th Experience PRS
Guitar enthusiasts from around the world make the trek to Maryland to celebrate PRS instruments and artists
THE NINTH ANNUAL "EXPERIENCE PRS" open house event at the PRS factory in Maryland drew record attendance, which has more than quadrupled since the debut Experience PRS in 2007. Over the two-day event, held June 8-9, PRS Guitar enthusiasts were treated to artist-led clinics, non-stop concert performances, factory tours, and interactive areas where they had a chance to stain figured maple and check out gear including the new Silver Sky guitar and MT 15 amplifier. Nearly 20 authorized PRS dealers were also in attendance with well-stocked exhibits, giving attendees a rare chance to buy a PRS right on the factory floor.
The event kicked off at the PRS shop in Stevensville, Maryland on Friday night with a VIP event for PRS Signature Club members and special guests. The intimate crowd was treated to a private cocktail hour and exclusive preview of the Experience PRS sales floor, where dealers presented a selection of PRS gear for sale. Included in the event’s offerings was the Experience PRS Limited Edition Paul’s Guitar, which celebrates PRS founder and Managing General Partner Paul Reed Smith. Several other limited-edition guitars were also unveiled, including a Semi-Hollow McCarty 594, Singlecut Semi-Hollow McCarty 594, Semi-Hollow Special, and a unique Private Stock “Graveyard Limited” model.
The doors opened to all for the main event on Friday night and all day Saturday. After a warm welcome from Paul Reed Smith, guests were treated to a concert with Washington D.C. go-go legends E.U. followed by the David Grissom Band. Throughout the day on Saturday, guests enjoyed performances from D!NG, Visible @ Night, the Boscoe France Band, and Sam Grow as well as clinics BY Mike Palmisano of Guitar Gate, Emil Werstler and Boscoe France, Tyler Larson of Music is Win, David Grissom, Dave Weiner, Tim Pierce, Bryan Ewald and Peter Denenberg, Simon McBride, and Gerry Leonard.
Experience PRS culminated Saturday night with a concert on the event’s main stage. Kentucky-based blues-rock band Magnolia Boulevard kicked off the concert with an electrifying performance. Vertical Horizon followed with a solid set of songs both new and old. Finally, the Paul Reed Smith Band took the stage and unleashed a fun-filled set of their signature “Chesapeake Gumbo” style. Smith’s band was joined by all of the artist clinicians, including Gerry Leonard who joined the band for a goosebumps-inducing rendition of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance.”
Experience PRS is free to guitar aficionados and guests with timely registration and has drawn visitors from every corner of the globe, including Canada, Australia, Brazil, Switzerland, the U.K., Spain, Puerto Rico, Germany, Italy, and Japan.