The NAMM Show returns to Anaheim, Ca

January in Anaheim, California can only mean one thing. Ducks hockey? Looking forward to an awesome Angel’s Baseball season? A day at Disneyland with lighter than normal crowds? Nope. It means it is time for the annual invasion which is The NAMM Show 2011 !

The National Association of Music Merchants or NAMM trade show returns to the Anaheim Convention Center for the largest music-products trade show in the world. This “industry only” event brings in tens of thousands of musical instrument manufacturers, retailers and associates to the industry’s annual gathering. With an economic impact to the Orange County, California economy of over $70 million, this is one serious event.

So why is Christian Concert Photos here? Well, it is simple really; as we continue to develop the CCP site and services we want to offer more editorial content like this giving you news that matters. At this show, we will try to provide a glimpse at some of the gear your favorite Christian artists will be using to deliver their gift, new apps for productivity and fun, cool gear, celebrity sightings, and more! Gov. Mike summed it up nicely calling it “Musicians heaven for anyone who plays anything…good or bad!”

Wednesday saw the opening ceremonies as well as a media preview event where we collectively were able to get a sneak-peek at some of the products being introduced. This kick-off made it clear that this year would be better than ever with folks like former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, last-year American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen kicking things off talking about and playing some music.

Former Governor Mike Huckabee, a longtime advocate of music programs talked about getting a musical instrument in the hands of every kid in America. The Governor is also featured in a new infomercial promoting the NAMM Foundation Wanna Play Fund. You can purchase a CD to help support this great cause doing great work to keep music in our schools. Gov. Huckabee also took a few minutes to sit down and play some blues with Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen and Dick Boak of Martin Guitars. As you can see from the photo below, it was a small setting with lots of folks from the media trying to get photos and video. Ah, the fun of press conferences!

But that wasn’t all for the opening day events. The National Assn. of Music Merchants (NAMM) today presented award-winning singer-songwriter Kara DioGuardi with the prestigious Music for Life Award in honor of her musical achievements and boundless contributions to the music industry.

The Music for Life award, presented during the preview ceremonies by NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond, is the highest honor NAMM bestows on an individual or corporation. Past recipients include Quincy Jones, Yoko Ono,
Henry Mancini and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

You surely know Kara from her time as a judge on American Idol, but did you know this singer-songwriter has songs that appeared on more than 150,000,000 albums sold, is a co-founder of Arthouse Entertainment, she serves as VP of talent development Warner Bros. records as well as being active with many worthy charities. Wow…this is a busy lady!

DioGuardi went on to tell those present that she was honored to receive this award for the work she loves to do. “When you take one song at a time, before you know it 10, 15 years are gone.” She went on to say “to think that I can get an award for doing what I love…is a pretty incredible concept”. During the acceptance she also took the time to thank all of the music equipment manufacturers for they do to help make this all possible. Whether your dream is to be a successful writer, artist or just a kid who wants to sit down in a room to express yourself, these are the people who help make that happen.

Stay tuned for more from The 2011 NAMM show! Check us out on Facebook. Tell us what you would like to see from the show!

For more information about The National Associations of Music Merchants, be sure to visit the NAMM homepage.

More TK…Mike

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