Arguably one of the most well known and well talked about music festivals will return this summer to celebrate its 50th anniversary. In 1969, Woodstock made history as over a half a million people came together for “3 days of Peace & Music” in New York during a time of global turmoil. While the issues we face today and the music that will unite us may have changed since ’69, there is no doubt that Woodstock’s mission of bringing people “to live together in harmony and with compassion” still has a place in today’s society.



The original venue, a 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York, was purchased and the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts was built on its grounds, commemorating Woodstock. Now, in 2019 this center will help host the “golden anniversary” of the festival.



While the mission and idea of Woodstock may have stayed the same, the music sure has changed. Performers of the 50th anniversary of Woodstock are beyond excited to be a part of the commemoration of such a big piece of music history, and a laundry list of Ernie Ball players will be taking the stage.



Genre: Alternative Rock

Julien Baker of Boygenius plays Regular Slinky guitar strings.

Cage the Elephant

Genre: Indie Rock

Cage the Elephant uses Power Slinky and Regular Slinky guitar strings. On acoustic, the use Paradigm Medium Light Phosphor Bronze strings. Guitarist, Matthan Minster also plays an Ernie Ball Music Man Albert Lee guitar.

Canned Heat

Genre: Blues Rock

Harvey Mandel of Canned Heat plays Super Slinky guitar strings.

Cherry Glazerr

Genre: Noise Pop

Cherry Glazerr plays RPS Power Slinky electric guitar strings.

Courtney Barnett

Genre: Indie Rock

Barnett plays with Power Slinky and Regular Slinky strings. Check out the Ernie Ball String Theory episode featuring Courtney Barnett here.


Genre: Folk Rock

Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes plays Paradigm Regular Slinky guitar strings and Regular Classic Rock ‘n Roll guitar strings. He also uses a VP Jr 250k and 40th Anniversary Volume Pedal.

Fever 333

Genre: Rap Rock/Hardcore Punk

Band members use our 6-string Baritone strings and Paradigm STHB guitar strings. Guitarist, Stephen Harrison (aka Steevis) also plays an Ernie Ball Music Man StingRay RS guitar, check out his demo video here.

John Fogerty

Genre: Roots Rock

Fogerty plays with Hybrid Slinky guitar strings and Paradigm Medium Light 80/20 acoustic strings.

Larkin Poe

Genre: Roots Rock

Poe uses Regular Slinky guitar strings and Flatwound Group II bass strings. Ernie Ball recently released a new String Theory featuring Larkin Poe. Watch the film here.

Leon Bridges

Genre: Soul music

Bridges plays with Regular Slinky and Power Slinky guitar strings.

Nathaniel Rateliff

Genre: Soul Music

Rateliff plays Beefy Slinky and Power Slinky guitar strings.


Genre: Indie Rock

Jordan Cook of Reignwolf uses Regular Slinky electric guitar strings.

Rival Sons

Genre: Blues Rock

Band members use Hybrid Slinky Flatwound bass strings and Earthwood Medium Phosphor Bronze acoustic strings.

Robert Plant

Genre: Rock

Plant uses Medium Light Nickel Wound strings and a VP Jr 25K pedal.

Soccer Mommy

Genre: Pop Rock

Band members use Flatwound Group II bass strings.

The Lumineers

Genre: Indie Folk

The Lumineers play Power Slinky and Regular Slinky guitar strings.


***Woodstock ’96 photos courtesy of the official Woodstock 50th Anniversary website.

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