We’ve spent the last month or so almost continuously being immersed in the sweet, sweet world of metal, as ESP had a big presence at three consecutive festivals… Welcome to Rockville in Jacksonville, FL from April 27-29, Carolina Rebellion in Charlotte, NC from May 4-6, and Rock on the Range in Columbus, OH from May 18-20.
Not only was there a huge number of ESP players on the stages at all three festivals, but in conjunction with our friends at The Music Experience, we had a direct connection to many people who got to stop by the tent and pick up our guitars and basses. We hosted our artists for signings and photo opportunities throughout each festival, and despite the usual challenges of travel, rainstorms, and crazy crowds.
Here are a few of the photos we grabbed while proudly representing ESP on the road!
The ESP area in The Music Experience tent at Welcome to Rockville. Visitors were welcome to pick up our instruments, plug in, and rock.
In addition to a selection of guitars and basses, we brought a true masterpiece with us... part of our one-of-a-kind ESP Exhibition Limited Series.
That guitar became even more unique when personalized by the gentleman who purchased it, who had it signed by the ESP artists performing at the festival. Here he is with Squiggy DiGiacomo of The Music Experience (left).
Here's Josh James and Chris Rawson from Stick To Your Guns, adding their autographs to a bunch of guitars.
Michael "Padge" Paget of Bullet for My Valentine tries to find some space for his own signature.
Here's the ESP display at Carolina Rebellion (when it was nice and neat before thousands of metalheads started taking them for test drives).
Luke Kilpatrick and Jeff Ling of Parkway Drive give us some rock and roll poses in the backstage area with their ESP E-II guitars.
Doc Coyle of Bad Wolves adds some extra metal to our day.
James Barnett of Cane Hill and his LTD SN-1000.
This visitor to the ESP area of the Music Experience deserves a special shout out. We first met him at Carolina Rebellion in Charlotte, where he got the ESP t-shirt he's wearing here. Then, he came by again at Rock on the Range in Columbus to try out this E-II Eclipse. Awesome!
Travis Miguel and Dan Jacobs of Atreyu try a new guitar performance technique at Rock on the Range.
If you came to Columbus to party hard, Andrew W.K. was there to provide the pizza and tacos to make your party all the more awesome.
Dave Stephens and Lou Cotton of We Came as Romans hold two of the plentifully-autographed LTDs at Rock on the Range.
Reba Meyers of Code Orange rocks hard and kicks ass. She's holding one of the autograph guitars here, but is usually seen with her LTD Viper.