Ernie Ball Music Man’s HQ town of San Luis Obispo, California welcomed Shabang Music Festival again this past weekend, May 5-6th. What started as merely a few friends playing music on top of Cuesta Ridge Mountain for 20 people in 2014 has spiraled into the go-to music event for Central Coast natives. Now, Shabang hosts over 10,000 people sprawling across 5 stages. This is much more than your typical small-scale music festival experience, hosting 50+ live performances, and spotlighting local talent, artisan vendors, and artists of all kinds.

Fans gathered on Friday and Saturday at Shabang to enjoy art installations and celebrate up-and-coming musicians. Shabang’s newly implemented Battle of the Bands event highlights new acts in various cities across California. The winner of each show won a spot on the lineup at Shabang. This year, the festival featured San Luis Obispo’s own Couch Dog.

Shabang 2023 featured Ernie Ball artists VundabarTijuana PanthersJAWNYLunar Vacation and more.

Take an All Access peek below!

Tijuana Panthers

TJP shredding on Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Guitar and Hybrid Slinky Bass strings


Vundabar uses Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Guitar and Super Slinky Bass strings


JAWNY uses Ernie Ball Cream Straps and Ernie Ball VP JR Volume pedal

Death Valley Girls

Death Vally Girls use Ernie Ball Regular Slinky and .88mm Everlast Picks

LA Witch

LA Witch get down with Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Cobalt Guitar Strings

Lunar Vacation

Lunar Vacation Rocks with Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Guitar and Hybrid Slinky Bass

The Undercover Dream Lovers

Under Cover Dream Lovers choose Ernie Ball Classic Cables and Regular Slinky Guitar Strings

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