In a lot of ways, Punk Rock Bowling has become the little festival that could. What started as a small, festival and scratch bowling tourney between labels and scene friends has grown to over a thousand bowlers and seemingly as many bands spread across venues of all shapes and sizes in three different states on back-to-back-to-back weekends. Steering the shop the whole time has been the same dynamic duo, brothers Shawn and Mark Stern (pictured above), whom you probably know are also the longtime core members of seminal punk band Youth Brigade and co-founders of BYO Records.
The 2017 edition ranks as probably the biggest yet, with Iggy Pop headlining Las Vegas over Memorial Day weekend, The Vandals and Face To Face taking over Denver last weekend, and NOFX and the Specials and a handful of club shows this Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Asbury Park, New Jersey. We caught up with Mark Stern to discuss just what goes in to such a mammoth undertaking, some highlights from Punk Rock Bowlings past, and maybe a hint at what’s in store for the big 20th installment of PRB next year. Check it out below!