This site was launched in summer of 2011, a year that let us know the end is near with the unleashing of thunder snow, nuclear meltdowns, hail storms the size of VW bugs, riots in London, and of course, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. We figured there was no better time to archive the going ons of the last few years of our music community.

It started on an internet message board, and moved to a basement. From there it journeyed to New York, and Austin, soon to be followed by Copenhagen, Oakland, Louisville. Mattawan and Durham. The PRF BBQ is a festival of music and a celebration of friends.


Every festival has a team behind it. Our team of volunteers, who selflessly pull these events together, are amazing to us. Food has been lovingly prepared and organized by Jeff Fox of Kitchen Sink, among many others. Beer has been brewed by John Albert and Jim Donaldson. The A/V team includes Rich Fessler, Mark Oster, Scott Picco, Matt Engstrom, Jim Birch, Keith @ Quenchers, and Ryan Denmark Steele, Justin Foley, Evan Rowe, and Boombats.

The Massive Organization and Boring Details Board of Correctors includes, but is not limited to, Scott Picco, Rich Fessler, Jonah Winnick, Bradley R. Weissenberger, Liz Bustamante, Trey Pool, Jeff Fox, Brent Mix, John Houlihan, Ryan Duncan, Mat Biscan, John Barlow, Julia Barlow, Conan Neutron, DJ Hostettler, Elliot Turton, and probably a whole bunch more people that I am forgetting.

What Does PRF stand for?

In one of the most underwhelming of answers, it is a long standing in-joke that stands for “Premiere Rock Forum”

Pretty underwhelming right? Anyway, it also stands for Premiere Rock Festival, Premiere Rock Family, Predominately Residing on Facebook. Whatever! The name isn’t important, the quality of bands and people are.

Special Thanks

We must send out a special thanks to the venues that have allowed up to come in, take over, and have dozens of bands play loud music.

To everyone at Klas Restaurant, Metropolis Coffee, The Observatory, Quenchers Saloon, Secret Project Robot, The Slab, THInk Space, Union Rock Yards, Borelli’s, Mag Bar, The Pinhook, Elbo Room (SF and Oakland) , Terrace Bay Inn and Suites, Pretty Lake Camp, and Livewire Lounge a big hearty thanks, from all of us, to all of you!


If you wish to contribute something monetarily, please purchase something from the bands themselves, or better yet go see one of their shows, or come to a BBQ and say hello. You will be able to find available items from bands on bandcamp, as well as the PRF Distro (on Facebook and Twitter too), if you wish to find recordings that are listed and “frozen in amber” from the launch of this site, go to the Recordings Category


The PRF also has a presence on Facebook, twitter and instagram. This is an open source movement and community with No Lords and no masters.

Don’t Quit.