Cal Poly Students at Outdoor Concert


The underground music scene her at Cal Poly is often overlooked, but when making an effort to explore it, a whole world is uncovered. There is a multitude of events, student musicians, and on-campus organizations that contribute to the rich music scence that make the Cal Poly experience so much more than just a classroom education. Let's explore it.


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Below is a gallery of photographs taken during Shabang SLO, an undergound music festival started by two Cal Poly students, that has grown to be one of the biggest music events in SLO.

 Music, laughter and dancing filled every corner of Laguna Lake Park as groups of strangers connected through the universal power of music at this year's Shabang SLO. Shabang was started by Greg Wolf and Carson Smith, two Cal Poly graduates whose musical passion led them to cultivate San Luis Obispo's first ever music festival. On Saturday October 7th, the 7th successful installation
of Shabang took place at Laguna Lake Park where thousands of students attended. Clara Applegarth, a third year Journalism major at Cuesta College, listens to Shabang's opening act, The Super Trio. Davis Leach, a third year Environmental Management and Protection major, plays in the background along with the other two members of the band, Cameron Segel, a third year Psychology major at UCSB, and Brenden Sallstrom, a 2nd year Environmental Engineering major. The three students are a part of a different band called 'The Super Somethings.' The remaining members of The Super Somethings are currently studying abroad, which led Leach, Segel and Sallstrom to form a trio and take advantage of the opportunities that Shabang grants the musical community. Shabang's size has exponentially grown over the years. However, there are many regular, devoted attendees who never miss the event. This attendee sports the t-shirt of last Shabang's installation that took place on May 6th, 2017 as 'William H. Klink,' a five-man band that started at Cal Poly, played in the background. Shabangers, which is the name given to attendees by the founders, get a chance to be exposed to the rich local music scene SLO has to offer, which is often encompassed of Cal Poly students themselves. As 'Shoot The Mariner,' a band composed of Cal Poly students, wrapped up their performance, a group of friends posed with the band. Pictured from left to right, Claire Therriault, 2nd year Biology Major, Kira Fores, 2nd year wine and viticulture major, and Charlotte Becker, 2nd year Nutrition Major, danced as Shoot The Mariner completed their electric performance. 'I am so grateful for events like this where we can take a break from the hustles of college life, and come enjoy live, local music with our friends.' Therriault expressed as she continued to sway to the rhythm of the guitar being tuned for the upcoming performance. Shabang not only grants Cal Poly students a chance to showcase and enjoy music, but it also gives other students the opportunity to practice their creativity in other ways. Hana Shiozakimedia, a 4th year Psychology and Photography Major, has been a regular attendee of Shabang due to the artistic climate that the event inspires. 'I photograph Shabang because I'm constantly inspired by the expression and beauty of the humans who attend these events. Capturing these wild moments in time through visual images allows me to pass the love and inspiration on.' As the sun began to set at Laguna Lake Park, local band The Ragged Jubilee gave an energetic performance to the thousands of attendees that filled the magnetic venue. The lively climate that filled the park was palpable as groups of strangers all came together to enjoy Cal Poly's biggest musical event of the year.

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Austin Grandler, 3rd year Biochemistry Major, opens up about the challenges and benefits of balancing his college and music career.


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