The NAMM Show returns to Anaheim

What a great way to start the new year…The National Association of Music Merchants, or NAMM as it’s commonly called returns for the annual industry-only tradeshow. The show officially opens tomorrow, January 22nd for a 4 day run at the Anaheim Convention Center. It is here that you will find all of the biggest and best companies showing off their gear for the upcoming retail year. The show is also filled with demos and performances by some of the biggest names in the industry.

316 Press will be there as much as possible looking for some hot new gear to report on with an obvious focus towards the positive music scene which (thankfully) is more and more recognized and a major market. Keep an eye out here for press releases as well. These releases are obviously a bit more product focused, but many of our readers are also musicians, producers or otherwise involved in the industry. Be sure to watch for performance coverage as well. At this point we plan to be at the 6th annual WATS Night of Worship…a free concert featuring Israel Houghton, Doyle Dykes and more.

In the mean time, here are a few pics from the media preview day and the start of the masses coming together.

A complete recording studio on wheels is what the Lennon bus brings. In support of music education, this foundation is an inspiration to all

A complete recording studio on wheels is what the Lennon bus brings. In support of music education, this foundation is an inspiration to all

Dr. Funkenstein himself,  Parliament and Funkadelic frontman George Clinton with with Lennon Bus sound engineer while a UC Berkley  student records in the booth. What a great experience for these kids...coached by one of musics biggest stars.

Dr. Funkenstein himself, Parliament and Funkadelic frontman George Clinton with with Lennon Bus sound engineer while a UC Berkley student records in the booth. What a great experience for these kids…coached by one of musics biggest stars.

Sunlight, palm trees and lots of people will gather at the entrance to this massive trade show

Sunlight, palm trees and lots of people will gather at the entrance to this massive trade show

Lots of people, lots of great new products and somewhere back there in the mix, George Clinton is speaking

Lots of people, lots of great new products and somewhere back there in the mix, George Clinton is speaking

Showing the new Ekoa guitar...a departure from their usual carbon fiber designs...is founder Joe Luttwak

Showing the new Ekoa guitar…a departure from their usual carbon fiber designs…is founder Joe Luttwak

Got my hands on this very nice Blackbird Ekoa concert size Ukulele. What is Ekoa you ask? How about a bio-based fabric material that produces amazing sound? We will hopfully have a feature on this soon

Got my hands on this very nice Blackbird Ekoa concert size Ukulele. What is Ekoa you ask? How about a bio-based fabric material that produces amazing sound? We will hopfully have a feature on this soon

In support of music education around the country, the Lennon Bus is a regular sight at the NAMM Show.

In support of music education around the country, the Lennon Bus is a regular sight at the NAMM Show.

Think these headphones are big enough? Photo op at the Lennon Bus

Think these headphones are big enough? Photo op at the Lennon Bus

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