NAMM Show 2019

Anaheim, California

NAMM Show 2019
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, California
Review & Photos by Estelle Massry

The NAMM Show! The National Association of Music Merchants! NAMM takes place every January in California, and it is the largest show of its kind in the world. Every major company in the world is there to show off it's wares and spotlight new products. 

Being a photographer and a non musician, the pedals, gadgets and speaker cabinets are nice and all, but I am in it for the glamour. I will let Consumer Electronics Digest tell you all about that side of NAMM, I will tell you about the music, the parties and the fun.   
I flew in from NJ, got off the plane and went straight to cover the Derek Smalls concert at The Palace Theater in Los Angeles, CA. You all remember Derek Smalls as the Bass Player from Spinal Tap! What a fun show. The highlight was 
the Bass extravaganza with Steve Vai, Dweezil Zappa, Steve Lukather, Tenacious D, Will Lee, Paul Shaffer and more performing the Spinal Tap classic Big Bottom! 

NAMM is so much fun, the hall is full of excitement and energy, there were so many signings and guest lecturers. Every booth has something musical or interesting to offer. I got to hobnob with Duff McKagen, Peter Frampton, Orianthi and Nita Strauss. Singer/Songwriter husband and wife duo Matt & Eryn O'Ree performed a great set at The Guild Booth.
Another highlight was the Randy Rhoads celebration at the Yost Theater in Santa Ana. There must have been 100 of the worlds best guitarists performing in many different combinations to celebrate the legendary Ozzy guitarist Randy Rhoads. A special highlight was Madonna guitarist Monte Pittman nailing 'Revelation' along with Rudy Sarzo on Bass.
NAMM is like Disneyland for musicians. Where else can a building full of musicians get together and have fun talking shop, making and listening to music together and trying out new toys.  

Well it's been another successful NAMM. I drank a lot of coffee and wine. I didn't get enough sleep, but I sure had a lot of fun. I connected with old friends, I made new ones. I saw so many amazing musicians, and I took a lot of photographs. I can't wait for next year to see you all again in 2020! I am booking my flight and hotel today. 
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