Friday, January 8, 2016

The NAMM Show '16 News Update

Note: The NAMM Show is a trade-only show, not open to the public. But members of the public can purchase tickets to the NAMM TEC Awards here: and the She Rocks Awards here:

Graham Nash, Dr. John, The return of the Legends band, Don Was (at the TEC Awards), Chaka Khan and others at the She Rocks Awards, new interactive music circles and much more will all be part of The NAMM Show.

Hundreds of artists from various musical genres will perform on five NAMM Show stages and at dozens of industry events during the 2016 NAMM Show in Anaheim, January 21-24.

Live music will set the stage for product debuts from more than 5,000 brands throughout the four-day music industry event. Awards shows, top name speakers, musicians and music-making opportunities are all part and parcel at The NAMM Show. 

"The annual gathering of the musical tribes during the NAMM Show naturally seems to create a festival type atmosphere; craftsman, artists and innovators coming together from around the globe united in their passion for music," said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. “And all the parties, concerts, and intimate networking that occurs during and after show hours are legendary, as are the friendships and deep connections formed at NAMM."

Live Music

Each night from 6-7:30 p.m. on the NAMM Nissan Grand Plaza Stage, check out iconic artists noted for shaping their musical eras and genres. Immediately following the Industry Tribute on opening night, legendary singer-songwriter Graham Nash (CSN, The Hollies) will take the stage for an Evening with Graham Nash.

Friday night, celebrate music education with another Rock and Roll Hall of Famer: Multiple Grammy winner Dr. John and his band the Nite Trippers. The NAMM Foundation and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus present John during The Imagine Party. 

Saturday night, members of The Legends band will headline the NAMM Nissan Grand Plaza Stage from 6-7:30 p.m., playing cover songs from each of their previous bands. The Legends consists of Bill Champlin (Chicago), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Dennis Tufano (The Buckinghams), Chuck Negron (Three Dog Night), Jimy Sohns (Shadows of the Knight), Spencer Davis (Spencer Davis Group) and other guest artists.

Drop in for the Pioneer DJ Happy Hour Thursday-Saturday, 3–3:40 p.m. and Sunday, 2-2:40 p.m. at the NAMM CenterStage Presented by Pioneer DJ. High profile guest DJs will fill the center of the show with beats as industry guests refuel. Check out the full line up of performances on the NAMM Show stages, including Don Wilson of The Ventures, Kruger Brothers Band, Bernie Williams & Gil Parris, and other top names.

She Rocks Awards

Friday from 7-8:45 p.m., the She Rocks Awards presented by the Women’s International Music Network pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry. Held in the Hilton Anaheim Pacific Ballroom, the event honors performers Nita Strauss (co-host of the event), Chaka Khan, Jennifer Batten, Amy Heidemann of Karmin, along with other female industry leaders including Executive Director of the NAMM Foundation, Mary Luehrsen. Purchase tickets for the show at

TEC Awards

Hosted by comedian Sinbad on Saturday, Jan. 23, the 31st Annual NAMM TEC Awards honor excellence in sound technology and creativity. This year’s Les Paul Award will go to musician and producer Don Was.

Record Plant co-founders Chris Stone and Gary Kellgren, as well as guitarist “Skunk” Baxter will all be inducted into the NAMM TEC Awards Hall of Fame. The VIP reception starts at 6 p.m. and the awards show begins at 7 p.m. For a list of all the TEC award nominees and to purchase tickets, visit

Industry Icons

This year, the NAMM Foundation will host the inaugural Grand Rally for Music Education at the 2016 NAMM Show, a salute to music educators everywhere. The Grand Rally features multi-GRAMMY winning artist and producer, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and the internationally acclaimed Canadian Brass, taking place Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the Hilton’s NAMM Foundation Lounge. The event is open to everyone with NAMM Show credentials.

Make Music!

Everyone’s welcome at Friday’s All-Industry Drum Circle presented in collaboration with Remo Inc. from 5:45-7 p.m. at the Palm Garden outside of the Anaheim Convention Center. Sunday, join a wind circle at 10 a.m., a harmonica circle at 11:30 a.m., and a uke circle at 1 p.m. in the NAMM Member Center, presented in collaboration with Nuvo Instrumental, Hohner, and Kala Brand Music Co.

Register today for access to more than 5,000 music product, instrument and technology brands, educational opportunities and live entertainment at the 2016 NAMM Show. Very limited exhibit space is still available.

About NAMM

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $16.6 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 10,300 member companies located in 102 countries and territories. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation's efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, please visit, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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