Monday, January 29, 2018

The NAMM Show 2018: Saturday Report: Andy Grammer, Nolan Neal, others

Another fine NAMM Show drew to a close in Orange County, Calif. this past Sunday.

Over the course of four days, the huge music trade show drew more than 100,000 industry professionals and a couple thousand exhibitors from around the world.

Held annually at the Anaheim Convention Center and adjoining hotels, The NAMM Show was definitely improved by a recently completed expansion that added 200,000 square feet of booth space.

From new product demonstrations, displays, education sessions, training and discussions to artist appearances, signings and live performances, there is always plenty to do. It’s nearly impossible to get everything you want out of NAMM (the National Association of Music Merchandisers) in a single day though. Somehow, I still managed to experience an array of live music and activities Saturday during my dozen hours on site.

The morning started with the NAMM U Breakfast Session at the Hilton Hotel's Pacific Ballroom. Stanton Moore (pictured, below), drummer for New Orleans jazz-rock band Galactic, was the featured entertainment.
photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM
Joined by a keyboardist, the pair laid down some tasty grooves, including a sumptuous version of Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel.” Several music companies were commemorated to mark their 50th anniversary. Marcus Sheridan (AKA The Sales Lion) followed with a talk about the current makeup of the digital consumer.

While briskly making my way through the main convention center floor, I was stopped in my tracks by Dixie Jade at the Sennheiser microphones booth. The Nashville-based female country duo sported some gorgeous harmonies, especially during “Blame it on Me” and “I Can’t Turn You Off.”

As the lunchtime crowd waited in long food truck lines, Street Light Cadence played the Grand Plaza Stage. The Hawaii-bred, LA-based trio played pleasant alternative/folk/pop tunes on accordion, violin and cello. They closed with a feisty cover of the Charlie Daniels Band’s “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

Last year at NAMM, I missed Kenny Charles and the Open Road when a scheduled indoor performance was cancelled (a torrential rainstorm caused problems everywhere), so I was glad to finally see them on Saturday afternoon for the first time.

photo: George A. Paul
Charles is a SoCal native who has received radio airplay on Coachella Valley radio station KIX Hot Country 92.1/96.3 FM for the song “Kiss Me if You Dare.” It was part of a mighty impressive 40-minute set outside at the Arena Plaza Stage.

The band kicked off with a rousing “Drunk Wedding Day” from solid 2016 album “Lightning in a Bottle. The Keith Urban-esque “Cussin’ & Fussin’” and heartland rock vibe of “I Get That” were early standouts. Charles provided background on the songs. He said the outlaw country tune “The Drifter” was inspired by repeated viewings of the 2009 Jeff Bridges music-themed drama “Crazy Heart.”

An appealing “Black Rose” brought to mind the best Goo Goo Dolls material, while the early ‘70s Laurel Canyon country rock scene influenced “Every Bullet.” Later, a party song about Saturday Night name checked Billy Ray Cyrus, Brooks & Dunn and Trace Adkins in the lyrics. Charles and company closed with a credible, spirited take on Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl.”

Back over at the convention center, the Taylor Guitars room hosted Nolan Neal. The bearded rock musician – who has toured or performed with Hinder, Tonic, Saliva and Shinedown – did a compelling 50-minute late afternoon set with several special guests.

Playing acoustic guitar and backed by a percussionist, Neal fared best during the quiet ballad “I’ll Be Fine” and an intense “Lost.” The latter, about past struggles with addiction, saw him really belt the vocal out. 

Aaron Gibson, a fellow former contestant on NBC’s “The Voice,” joined for solid covers of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' “Into the Great Wide Open” and R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion.” Dixie Jade contributed sweet harmonies on a tune and Neal finished with his popular song from the TV show: Elton John & Bernie Taupin’s “Tiny Dancer.”

Andy Grammer (pictured, top) headlined the Imagine Party, the big evening show on the Grand Plaza sponsored by the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus. “I play a lot of shows and this one is special,” he said, about a quarter way through the 85-minute set. “You are my people. Music is the love we all share.”

The LA-based pop/soul musician was exuberant throughout the concert. Backed by a four-piece band, Grammer played keyboards as they launched with his first two singles from 2011: the infectious platinum-seller “Keep Your Head Up” and insanely catchy “Fine by Me.”

After noting that “Always,” the first of 10 (!) tracks off engaging 2017 album “The Good Parts” was written for his infant daughter while in the womb, Grammer worked both sides of the stage and even played the song’s trumpet break.

There was some fun beat boxing and audience call and response action during the lively “85”; the older selection “The Pocket” had a 1970s Jackson 5 vibe, complete with keytar. Grammer did a snippet of Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” and playfully demonstrated a vocoder (with a bit of The Beatles’ “All You Need is Love”).

Meanwhile, the musicians often did synchronized moves. The smooth R&B-meets EDM of 2016 gold single “Fresh Eyes” went down well with fans, as did the final stretch of hits like the frantic “Honey, I’m Good” (where many people danced up a storm), a breezy cover of Maroon 5’s “Sunday Morning” and another hit, the sprightly “Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah).”

Andy Grammer, Nolan Neal photos by Bob Steshetz

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Elton John's Farewell Tour dates

Kicking off in the U.S. on Sept. 8, Elton John's ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour will consist of more than 300 shows across five continents, hitting North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australasia before reaching its conclusion in 2021.

These dates mark his last-ever tour. Elton’s new stage production will take his fans on a musical and highly visual journey spanning a 50-year career.

“Performing live fuels me and I’m ecstatic and humbled to continue to play to audiences across the globe,” said Elton. “I plan to bring the passion and creativity that has entertained my fans for decades to my final tour. After the tour finishes, I’m very much looking forward to closing off that chapter of my life by saying farewell to life on the road. I need to dedicate more time to raising my children.”

Tickets for initial shows listed below go on sale to the general public beginning February 2 at 10 a.m. local.Tickets and VIP packages can be purchased at

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in advance in North America beginning Thursday January 25 at 10 a.m. local time, through Monday January 29 at 10 p.m. local time. A limited number of exclusive VIP Packages will also be available for sale starting Thursday January 25 at 10 a.m. local time.

These exclusive offers can include premium tickets, on-stage photo opportunities at Elton John’s piano, backstage tours, limited-edition lithographs, custom merchandise and much more.

The ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour’ pre-sale is powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan (Ticketmaster’s fan-first technology, built to help artists combat ticket bots and get tickets into the hands of fans that intend to go to the event).

Tickets for the tour will be available through registration using Ticketmaster Verified Fan. Registration opens Wednesday January 24 and continues until Saturday January 27. Pre-sale will begin Tuesday January 30 at 10 a.m. and run through Wednesday January 31 at 10 p.m. (all times are local); supplies are limited. Registration is required to participate in the TM Verified Fan Pre-sale.

For more information and to register, visit

It was also announced at today’s launch that Gucci will be exclusively designing Elton’s ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour wardrobe. Elton admires the Italian fashion house which last year unveiled its S/S 2018 collection - designed by Creative Director, Alessandro Michele and inspired by Elton’s inimitable style, referencing original items taken from his iconic style archives.

North America

8 September 2018
Allentown, PA
PPL Center

11 September 2018
Philadelphia, PA
The Wells Fargo Center

12 September 2018
Philadelphia, PA
The Wells Fargo Center

15 September 2018
Buffalo, NY
KeyBank Center

16 September 2018
University Park, PA
Bryce Jordan Center

19 September 2018
Hartford, CT
XL Center

21 September 2018
Washington DC
Capital One Arena

22 September 2018
Washington DC
Capital One Arena

25 September 2018
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre

26 September 2018
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre

28 September 2018
Ottawa, ON
Canadian Tire Centre

29 September 2018
Québec City, QC
Videotron Centre

4 October 2018
Montreal, QC
Bell Centre

6 October 2018
Boston, MA
TD Garden

10 October 2018
Pittsburgh, PA
PPG Paints Arena

12 October 2018
Detroit, MI
Little Caesars Arena

15 October 2018
Grand Rapids, MI
Van Andel Arena

18 October 2018
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden

19 October 2018
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden

23 October 2018
Louisville, KY
KFC Yum! Center

24 October 2018
Nashville, TN
Bridgestone Arena

26 October 2018
Chicago, IL
United Center

27 October 2018
Chicago, IL
United Center

30 October 2018
St. Louis, MO
Scottrade Center

2 November 2018
Columbus, OH
Schottenstein Center

3 November 2018
Cleveland, OH
Quicken Loans Arena

8 November 2018
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden

23 November 2018
Sunrise, FL
BB&T Center

24 November 2018
Miami, FL
AmericanAirlines Arena

27 November 2018
Orlando, FL
Amway Center

28 November 2018
Tampa, FL
Amalie Arena

30 November 2018
Atlanta, GA
Philips Arena

1 December 2018
Atlanta, GA
Philips Arena

4 December 2018
Birmingham, AL
Legacy Arena at The BJCC

6 December 2018
New Orleans, LA
Smoothie King Center

8 December 2018
Houston, TX
Toyota Center

9 December 2018
Houston, TX
Toyota Center

12 December 2018
San Antonio, TX
AT&T Center

14 December 2018
Dallas, TX
American Airlines Center

15 December 2019
Dallas, TX
American Airlines Center

11 January 2019
Boise, ID
Taco Bell Arena

12 January 2019
Portland, OR
Moda Center

15 January 2019
Fresno, CA
Save Mart Center

16 January 2019
Sacramento, CA
Golden1 Center

18 January 2019
Oakland, CA
Oracle Arena

19 January 2019
San Jose, CA
SAP Center at San Jose

22 January 2019
Los Angeles, CA

23 January 2019
Los Angeles, CA

26 January 2019
Glendale, AZ
Gila River Arena

29 January 2019
San Diego, CA
Valley View Casino Center

7 February 2019
Denver, CO
Pepsi Center

9 February 2019
Tulsa, OK
BOK Center

12 February 2019
Omaha, NE
CenturyLink Center

13 February 2019
Kansas City, MO
Sprint Center

19 February 2019
Milwaukee, WI
Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center

21 February 2019
Minneapolis, MN
Target Center

27 February 2019
Cincinnati, OH
U.S. Bank Arena

1 March 2019
Albany, NY
Times Union Center

8 March 2019
Brooklyn, NY
Barclays Center

12 March 2019
Raleigh, NC
PNC Arena

13 March 2019
Columbia, SC
Colonial Life Arena

15 March 2019
Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena

NORTH AMERICA – Fall 2019 - On Sale from December 7, 2018

Anaheim * Baltimore * Bossier City * Calgary * Charlotte * Chattanooga * Des Moines * Edmonton * Eugene * Grand Forks * Green Bay * Greenville * Indianapolis * Las Vegas * Lexington * Long Island * Madison * Manchester * Newark * Memphis * N. Little Rock * Oklahoma City * Peoria * Regina * Salt Lake City * San Francisco * Saskatoon * Sioux Falls * Tacoma * Wichita * Winnipeg * Vancouver

UK - 2019/2020 - On Sale TBA

Plymouth * Cardiff * Brighton * London * Liverpool * Leeds * Aberdeen * Glasgow * Sheffield * Birmingham * Newcastle * Nottingham * Manchester

EUROPE - 2019/2020 - On Sale TBA

Paris * Bordeaux * Marseille * Lyon * Nimes ** Madrid * Zaragoza * Valencia * Palma * Malaga * Seville ** Cologne * Mannheim * Leipzig * Berlin * Hamburg ** Rome * Lucca * Bologna * Milan ** Faro * Lisbon * Oporto ** St Petersburg * Moscow ** Tel Aviv ** Oslo ** Stockholm ** Helsinki ** Vilnius ** Riga ** Tallinn ** Wroclaw ** Budapest ** Graz * Linz ** Liechtenstein ** Bern ** Andorra

ASIA - November/December 2019 - On Sale from November 1, 2018

Tokyo * Hong Kong * Singapore * Seoul * ADDITIONAL MARKETS TO FOLLOW

SOUTH AMERICA - 2020 - On Sale September 2019

Sao Paulo * Rio de Janeiro * Belo Horizonte * Porto Alegre * Buenos Aires * Santiago

AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND - Late 2019, early 2020 - On Sale November 26, 2018


*Markets/on-sale dates subject to change

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The NAMM Show '18 news: Taylor Guitars stage performance schedule

Taylor Guitars has released its artist lineup set to perform on the Taylor Stage at the 2018 Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.

This year’s showcase brings exciting new acts including rising international singer songwriters, sensational bluegrass stylings, popular US acoustic acts and more.

Leading off the show performances on Thursday, January 24 will be three incredible Japanese singer songwriters - Ai Fujimori, CJ Li, Natsumi Miki. Fujimori is a passionate acoustic performer with a devoted following in Japan. Li hails as a Canadian pop singer songwriter with over 1 million views on YouTube and has performed in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics while Miki boasts a unique playing style and loyal fanbase. Fujimori, Li and Miki all participated in Taylor Guitars “IZU Sessions” video series in Japan in collaboration with Yamano which can be found on the Taylor Guitars YouTube Channel.

Thursday will be rounded out by the sensational bluegrass band, Barefoot Movement by way of Nashville, TN. Winner of the 2014 IMBA Momentum Band Of The Year Award, Barefoot Movement is known for delivering a heartfelt, energetic and down home style that will put a punctuation mark on the inaugural day of 2018 Winter NAMM Show.

Friday, January 25 NAMM goers will be treated to the California country band - Sour Blossom. Based in Los Angeles, members Sean Verchick, Josiah Rosen and Carly Simmons draw inspiration from legendary California artists such as The Eagles, Neil Young and Carole King.

YouTube sensation and San Diego native, Elise Trouw will then dazzle the crowd with her muti-instrumental abilities using loop technology to create an impressive, full band sound from just one person. Trouw’s videos receive millions of views, like her mashup “Everlong” by Foo Fighters and “What You Won’t Do for Love” by Bobby Caldwell.

Closing out Friday will be a joint performance from singer songwriters Will Champlin and Kurt Hugo. Will Champlin is best known for his appearance on NBC’s The Voice while Kurt Hugo is a multi-talented musical YouTube star with nearly 10 million subscribers.

The final day of Taylor Stage performances, Saturday will be kicked off by the 15 year old country music sensation and California native, Brennley Brown. Brennley also appeared on Season 12 of The Voice.

Another The Voice alum and Nashville native, musical artist Nolan Neal will perform next offering up his soulful acoustic act.

Saturday’s performances will end with - Miyavi - a talented Japanese musician, actor and philanthropist with a unique percussive guitar style. He was appointed as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in November 2017 and is also known for his lauded acting performance in Unbroken in 2014.

Fans attending the NAMM Show are welcome to view the performances live by visiting the Taylor Room located at 213 ABC in the Anaheim Convention Center.

Taylor Guitars NAMM Performance Schedule* 

Thursday, January 24 
● 4pm:​ Barefoot Movement 
● 5pm:​ ​Ai Fujimori, CJ Li, Natsumi Miki

Friday, January 25
● 3pm:​ Sour Blossom
● 4pm:​ Elise Trouw
● 5pm:​ Will Champlin and Kurt Hugo 

Saturday, January 26
● 3pm:​ Brennley Brown
● 4pm:​ ​Nolan Neal
● 5pm:​ Miyavi 
*Acts are subject to change 

About Taylor Guitars

Founded in 1974, Taylor Guitars is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of premium acoustic guitars. Renowned for blending an innovative use of modern technology with a master craftsman’s attention to detail, Taylor guitars are widely considered among the best sounding and easiest to play in the world. Many of today’s leading musicians make Taylor their guitar of choice, including Jason Mraz, Zac Brown and Taylor Swift, among many others.

Note: The NAMM Show is not open to the public.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Daryl Hall & John Oates, Train to team for summer tour

photo: Kelly Swift
I really enjoyed covering Hall & Oates last year when they played Staples Center with Tears for Fears (see review elsewhere on this blog). Now they'll be hitting the road again. Read on below...

Daryl Hall & John Oates and Train announced a co-headline North American summer tour, kicking off in May in Sacramento and wrapping in August in Seattle, WA. This marks the first time legendary duo will tour together with the Pat Monahan-fronted band. Fans can expect full sets from both acts, followed by a joint set.

Tickets for the tour go on sale to the general public beginning Monday, January 29 at 10am local time in most cities on Please see below for full tour itinerary and details.

Daryl Hall said of the summer outing, "This is going to be a tour filled with fun as well as great music. I love Train, and have a close relationship with Pat Monahan, going back to our 'Live From Daryl's House' show together."

"Looking forward to an amazing tour with our buddies from Train and seeing all our fans around the country in 2018," added John Oates.

"I've known Daryl Hall and John Oates for a few years now and after being their fan my entire life, we now get to tour with them and spend time with legends in the world of music. This will be a career highlight for all of us in Train and a show that you won't want to miss," said Pat Monahan.

The 2018 tour also marks the return of Daryl Hall and John Oates' HoagieNation Festival, taking place Saturday, May 26 in their hometown of Philadelphia at the Festival Pier. The annual celebration of food, music and culture will include tour mates Train as well as special guests Fitz and the Tantrums, Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers, and more to be announced. There will also be a pre-party Friday, May 25 at the Fillmore Philadelphia, complete with live music and an exclusive culinary experience. Full festival details at

Citi® is the official presale credit card for the Daryl Hall & John Oates and Train tour. As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase U.S. presale tickets beginning Tuesday, January 23 at 10am local time until Sunday, January 28 at 10pm local time through Citi's Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit

Tour dates:

Tue May 01
Sacramento, CA
Golden 1 Center

Fri May 04
San Jose, CA
SAP Center

Sun May 06
Anaheim, CA
Honda Center

Tue May 08
Salt Lake City, UT
Vivint Smart Home Arena

Thu May 10
Denver, CO
Pepsi Center

Sat May 12
St. Louis, MO
Scottrade Center

Wed May 16
St. Paul, MN
Xcel Energy Center

Fri May 18
Chicago, IL
United Center

Sun May 20
Detroit, MI
Little Caesars Arena

Tue May 22
Cleveland, OH
Quicken Loans Arena

Thu May 24
Columbus, OH
Nationwide Arena

Sat May 26
Philadelphia, PA
HoagieNation Festival

Tue Jun 05
Toronto, ON
Air Canada Centre

Thu Jun 07
Boston, MA
Xfinity Center

Sat Jun 09
Pittsburgh, PA
PPG Paints Arena

Mon Jun 11
Washington, DC
Capital One Arena

Thu Jun 14
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden

Mon Jun 18
Charlotte, NC
Spectrum Center

Wed Jun 20
Duluth, GA
Infinite Energy Center

Fri Jun 22
Tampa, FL
Amalie Arena

Sun Jun 24
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
BB&T Center

Tue Jun 26
Orlando, FL
Amway Center

Thu Jun 28
New Orleans, LA
Smoothie King Center

Sat Jun 30
Nashville, TN
Bridgestone Arena

Fri Jul 13
Montreal, QC
Bell Centre

Sun Jul 15
Grand Rapids, MI
Van Andel Arena

Wed Jul 18
Omaha, NE
CenturyLink Center

Fri Jul 20
Kansas City, MO
Sprint Center

Sun Jul 22
Oklahoma City, OK
Chesapeake Energy Arena

Tue Jul 24
Dallas, TX
American Airlines Center

Thu Jul 26
Houston, TX
Toyota Center

Sat Jul 28
Austin, TX
Frank Erwin Center

Tue Jul 31
Los Angeles, CA
The Forum

Sat Aug 04
San Diego, CA
Viejas Arena

Tue Aug 07
Oakland, CA
Oracle Arena

Thu Aug 09
Portland, OR
Moda Center

Sat Aug 11
Seattle, WA

The NAMM Show '18 news: John Lennon Tour Bus, party with Andy Grammer

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, the non-profit 501(c)(3) state-of-the-art mobile production facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages, presented by Other World Computing (OWC), makes its return to The 2018 NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center with special guests Bootsy Collins, the legendary funk/R&B bass player, and Andy Grammer (pictured), a multi-platinum pop recording artist.

Kicking off at NAMM, and chock full of new gear and equipment, the Lennon Bus will stop in cities across America throughout the year including Sacramento, Texas, Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Miami and many more.

Throughout The 2018 NAMM Show, the Lennon Bus will be parked on the central Grand Plaza in front of the Anaheim Convention Center. The Lennon Bus will offer trade show attendees interactive tours and will showcase the updated display of state-of-the-art equipment and gear, advanced recording technology, and innovative capabilities with products provided by OWC – the official presenting sponsor of the 2018 Lennon Bus Tour.

Highlights include:

· Saturday, January 27 from 6:00 -7:30 p.m., Collins will host the annual John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Imagine Party featuring a performance from Grammer. In addition to hosting, Collins will take the stage with local Anaheim students to perform “Together We Can," a song he first recorded on the Lennon Bus in New York City.
· Saturday January 27 at 11 a.m., Collins will host the Funk Off. at OWC Booth 11802. Open to anyone, Collins will judge contestant’s bass skills. The top five finalists will take home OWC gear and move on to the finals, which will take place live on stage at the Imagine Party. The winner, picked by Collins, will win his signed Yamaha bass guitar and an OWC package.
· Thursday, January 25 – Sunday, January 28, attendees will be able to win free, limited-edition OWC / Lennon Bus T-shirts with an onsite game at OWC Booth 11802.

This year, the Lennon Bus will be premiering many new features. The Lennon Bus studios and the demo tent will be powered by the new Apple iMac Pro with additional 5K displays providing an expansive monitoring system for editing ultra-high definition video and photography. OWC’s innovative products provide the bus with fast, dependable and silent storage solutions.

Musicians onboard the Lennon Bus will now get to pair Yamaha electric guitars with Yamaha guitar amps including the THR10C combo and the THR100H dual head with the THRC212 cabinet. The Yamaha MX61BU will be the new featured synth keyboard in the demo tent and all support products are now provided by K&M Stands.

A new feature in the Lennon Bus demo tent is the Creator’s Station. In this space, visitors can participate in an interactive experience using an Apple iPad Pro, Audio-Technica’s iOS-compatible AT2020USBi microphone and ATH-M50x headphones. During select events throughout the year, visitors can participate in a project entitled “What does peace mean to you?” by recording their unique answer in the Creator’s Station. The audio, photos and b-roll captured for this activation, from students of all ages across the country, will lay the foundation for an original short film.


Lennon Bus Interactive Tours

Wednesday, January 24 – 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Thursday, January 25 – 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Friday, January 26 – 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Saturday, January 27 – 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Sunday, January 28 - 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Wednesday, January 24

2:00PM - 4:00PM - NAMM FOUNDATION PANEL w/ Lennon Bus - Hilton, Lower Level, Catalina 7
Table 1 - Working with Schools to Advance Music Education

Thursday, January 25

12:00PM - Olivia Millerschin (John Lennon Songwriting Contest NAMM Show Winner) performs on stage in Grand Plaza
2:00PM - Giveaways at Lennon Bus

Friday, January 26

2:00PM - Giveaways at Lennon Bus

Sunday, January 27

11:00AM - FUNK OFF w/ Bootsy Collins at OWC Booth 11802
12:00PM - Common Souls (John Lennon Songwriting Contest Song of the Year Winner) performs on stage in Grand Plaza
2:00PM - Giveaways at Lennon Bus
5:00PM - Press/VIP Badge Pickup at Lennon Tent
6:00PM - 7:30PM - Imagine Party:
Bootsy Collins performs with Anaheim Students "Together We Can"
Funk Off finals - Winner takes home Bootsy's Yamaha Bass & OWC Package
Andy Grammer performs


The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus presented by Other World Computing (OWC) is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages. In its 21st year of touring, the Lennon Bus features the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world; proceeds from which help support the Lennon Bus. The Lennon Bus travels across the U.S. and Canada year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining artists, and at major industry conferences. Lennon Bus Europe began providing these same opportunities to the young people of Europe when it launched in Liverpool, UK in May 2013.

The Lennon Bus is made possible by Yoko Ono Lennon and the following sponsors and contributors: Apple, Inc., Other World Computing, Canon U.S.A., Inc., Nearpod, Juniper Networks, Yamaha, Securematics, Neutrik, The NAMM Foundation, Ruckus Wireless, Avid, Audio-Technica, Genelec, K&M Stands, Sonnet Technologies, Focusrite, SSL, NewTek, Reflecmedia, Viprinet, Baker & McKenzie, Litepanels, Clear-Com, Anton/Bauer, AJA, Copperpeace, Applied Acoustics Systems, Mobile Roadie, McDSP, Native Instruments, IK Multimedia, Noise Industries, iZotope, Mad Mimi, Ableton, Mackie, Guitar Player, Bass Player, Electronic Musician, Keyboard Magazine, SKB, and LiveU.


Having served the Apple community worldwide since 1988, OWC has become the reliable manufacturer and upgrade provider of choice for Apple and PC enthusiasts with its extensive catalog of accessories, storage, and memory upgrades for nearly every Mac made in the last decade. Recognized for award-winning customer service, OWC provides extensive U.S.-based technical support for Mac and PC users around the world and comprehensive step-by-step installation and support videos.


The NAMM Foundation is a non-profit supported in part by the National Association of Music Merchants and its 10,300 members around the world. The NAMM Foundation works to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Note: The NAMM Show is not open to the public.

Friday, January 19, 2018

The long-awaited return of Tracey Thorn

Tracey Thorn just revealed her new single “Queen,” the first song to be taken from her first solo album of entirely original material in seven years. Titled Record, it will be released on March 2.

Watch the Carol Morley-directed video for “Queen” now, and pre-order the album on CD and smoky red Peak Vinyl in the Merge store, where each format can be bundled with a beautiful full-color Tracey Thorn zine featuring 20 pages of handwritten lyrics and photos from the recording sessions. The record is also available for pre-order through your preferred independent record store and digital music service

Watch & share the music video for Tracey Thorn’s “Queen” now 

Describing “Queen,” Tracey says: “It’s a great opener for the album. Driven along by Ewan Pearson’s unashamedly glittering electro-pop production, and drums and bass from Warpaint’s Stella and Jenny, it features me playing electric guitar for the first time in a while, and singing my heart out.”

As ever, the personal has often been political in Tracey Thorn’s work. “Nine feminist bangers,” Tracey jokes when asked to describe Record. If this album is in part about freedom and disenthrallment, new single “Queen” is the opening broadside, all personal fire and desire. Her voice, self-assured and richly textured yet confessional and affecting, spits out the lyrics on Record with a fresh, compelling drive and remains one of the finest female pop voices of the last four decades.

“I think I’ve always written songs which chronicle the milestones of a woman’s life,” she says. “Different ages and stages, different realities not often discussed in pop lyrics. If 2010’s Love and Its Opposite was my mid-life album—full of divorce and hormones—then Record represents that sense of liberation that comes in the aftermath, from embarking on a whole new ‘no fucks given’ phase of life.”

On Record, the synth-driven tracks arrive and leave with a punchy sub-three-minute directness. “I wanted it to be a record you’d listen to in the daytime,” Tracey says. “On your headphones or on the move. Not necessarily in the evening, or in your bedroom.” For all its no-fuss pop brevity, the album rotates around “Sister,” a dubby nine-minute Compass Point-style disco jam where Tracey is joined again by Warpaint’s rhythm section and glorious backing vocals from Corinne Bailey Rae.

Across four decades, Tracey’s songs and writing have offered up a clear-eyed woman’s view of the immediate world around her, from the acerbic teen love songs of her first early-eighties band Marine Girls, through sixteen years as one half of articulate multi-million-selling duo Everything But The Girl, to her recent acclaimed memoirs and journalism.

Track list:

1. Queen
2. Air 
3. Guitar
4. Smoke
5. Sister
6. Go
7. Babies
8. Face
9. Dancefloor

Josh Rouse tackles 'Love in the Modern Age'

Singer-songwriter Josh Rouse will release his new album Love in the Modern Age on April 13 via Yep Roc Records. Forbes premieres the 1980's inspired single "Businessman" with an exclusive interview.

Read the full interview at Forbes and stream/embed the track here:

Similar to his work on his album 1972 where he captured the aesthetics of a specific moment in time, Josh’s new album Love in the Modern Age takes inspiration from the sound and production of early 1980's releases by The Blue Nile, The Style Council and Prefab Sprout.

Also serving as inspiration were Roxy Music’s Avalon, Leonard Cohen's Various Positions and I'm Your Man. Non-ironic touches like sax, handclaps, reverbed guitar, backing vocals and keyboards give the moody but infectious songs a New Romantic flair.

Josh Rouse has solidified his status as one of his generation's most acclaimed songwriters in both the US and Europe, where he's lived on and off since 2004. Spending the better part of a year touring behind his critically acclaimed eleventh album, The Embers of Time, Rouse was ready for a change.

"Coming off such a heavy record, I wanted to try something different," he explains. "I wanted to explore new sounds and write with a fresh backdrop." Trading in his trusty acoustic guitar for a synthesizer, Love in the Modern Age still bears Rouse's distinct fingerprints even as it pushes his limits and forges a bold new chapter more than twenty years into his celebrated career.

Late last year, Rouse released the title track, "Love in the Modern Age" and Official Video as part of his Pledgemusic Campaign. Listen to the track and watch his epic campaign video at Second single "Businessman" is also available today as an instant grat track.

Album available for pre-order here:

Josh Rouse will kick off his tour in the UK in April, followed by North America in May.


May 9 - Washington, D.C. @Union Stage
May 12 - Cambridge, MA @Club Passim
May 13 - Philadelphia, PA @World Cafe Live
May 15 - Toronto, ON @Horseshoe Tavern
May 16 - Ferndale, MI @The Magic Bag
May 17 - Evanston, IL @SPACE
May 19 - Minneapolis, MN @Dakota
May 20 - Milwaukee, WI @The Back Room @Colectivo
May 24 - Nashville, TN @3rd & Lindsley
May 25 - Atlanta, GA @Terminal West

Click HERE for a full list of UK/North American dates.

Afghan Whigs, Built To Spill inaugural tour together

The Afghan Whigs and Built To Spill are teaming up for a North American tour in April and May.

This is the first time the two bands have toured together.

Special guests Rituals Of Mine (April 11th – 25th) and Ed Harcourt (April 27th – May 15th) will serve as support. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.

Tour Dates:

Apr. 11 - Madison, WI - Majestic
Apr. 12 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
Apr. 13 - Indianapolis, IN - Vogue
Apr. 14 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
Apr. 16 - Providence, RI - Fete Music Hall
Apr. 18 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Steel
Apr. 20 - Boston, MA - House Of Blues
Apr. 21 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
Apr. 23 - Toronto, ON - Danforth
Apr. 24 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
Apr. 25 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
Apr. 27 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head
Apr. 28 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
Apr. 29 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
May 01 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
May 02 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
May 03 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
May 04 - Austin, TX - Emo's
May 05 - San Antonio, TX - Aztec Theatre
May 08 - Phoenix, AZ - Van Buren
May 09 - San Diego, CA - North Park Observatory
May 10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
May 11 - Berkeley, CA - UC Theatre
May 15 - Seattle, WA - Showbox At The Market

Rituals Of Mine opens April 11th – 25th
Ed Harcourt Opens April 27th – May 15th

MGMT head into 'Little Dark Age'

MGMT announce the release of their fourth album, Little Dark Age, out Feb. 9 via Columbia Records. The band has released a behind-the-scenes video chronicling the making of Little Dark Age at Tarbox Road Studios in Cassadaga, NY. Fans can pre-order the album now. Visit for more info. The duo will embark on a North American headlining tour this spring. See all tour dates below. Tickets are on sale now.

Earlier this month, MGMT released the lyric video for the enchanting track "Hand It Over". Listen HERE. The group previously released the visuals for shadowy title track, "Little Dark Age," watch HERE, and "When You Die", a dream-like journey through the cycles of life. Watch HERE. See full track listing for Little Dark Age below.

Little Dark Age was produced by MGMT, Patrick Wimberly and long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Spoon, Tame Impala). Late last year, the band teased in-studio visuals and snippets of music via Instagram. MGMT has incorporated songs from the upcoming release into their live show at festivals across North America throughout 2017.

Track listing:

She Works Out Too Much
Little Dark Age
When You Die
Me and Michael
Days That Got Away
One Thing Left To Try
When You're Small
Hand It Over

Tour Dates:

1/30 Berlin, Germany Huxley's
2/2 Amsterdam, Netherlands Paradiso
2/3 Brussels, Belgium AB Main Hall
2/5 Paris, France La Cigale
2/6 London, UK Electric Brixton
3/2 St. Paul, MN Myth
3/3 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
3/5 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
3/7 Dallas, TX South Side Ballroom
3/8 Austin, TX ACL Live at Moody Theater
3/9 New Orleans, LA BUKU Music & Art Project
3/11 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
3/13 Atlanta, GA Coca-Cola Roxy
3/15 Washington, DC The Anthem
3/16 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
3/17 Montreal, QB MTELUS
3/19 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
3/20Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
3/24Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre
3/25 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Steel
5/7 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
5/9 Calgary, AB Big Four Building
5/11 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre
5/12 Seattle, WA Showbox SODO
5/15 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
5/18 Hollywood, CA Palladium
5/19 San Diego, CA San Diego Civic Theatre
5/20 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
6/14-17 Dover, DE. Firefly Music Festival
6/29-7/1 Beuningen, Netherlands Down The Rabbit Hole Festival
7/6 Hérouville Saint Clair, France Festival Beauregard
7/12 Madrid, Spain Mad Cool Festival
7/17 Milan, Italy Milano Summer Festival

Formed in 2002, MGMT released their influential, Grammy-nominated, debut album Oracular Spectacular in 2007. This was followed by 2010's Congratulations and 2013's self-titled album MGMT. 

Dave Matthews Band to hit the road again this summer

After taking 2017 off, Dave Matthews Band returns with a new studio album - set for release this summer - and a North American tour. The band is currently putting the finishing touches on the album, which will mark its ninth studio release and first since 2012's Away From The World.

Dave Matthews Band will kick off its extensive summer outing in May and will wrap up the tour in September.

An online ticket presale for members of the DMB Warehouse Fan Association is underway now at Every online ticket order for the 2018 summer tour, purchased by May 17 will include a choice of CD or digital download of the new album when it is released.

Citi® is the official pre-sale credit card of Dave Matthews Bands 2018 tour. As such, Citi card members will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, January 30, at 10 AM local time until Thursday, February 1, at 10 PM local time through Citi's Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 2, at 10 AM local time. For itinerary, see below or visit

Tour dates:

5/18 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
5/19 Dallas, TX Starplex Pavilion
5/22 Austin, TX Austin360 Amphitheater
5/26 Atlanta, GA Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood
5/27 Orange Beach, AL The Wharf Amphitheater
5/29 Brandon, MS Brandon Amphitheater
5/30 Rogers, AR Walmart AMP - Arkansas Music Pavilion
6/1 Burgettstown, PA KeyBank Pavilion
6/2 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
6/5 Syracuse, NY Lakeview Amphitheater
6/6 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/7 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
6/9 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
6/12 Gilford, NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
6/13 Gilford, NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
6/15 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
6/16 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
6/22 Mansfield, MA Xfinity Center
6/23 Hartford, CT Xfinity Theatre
6/27 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater
6/29 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion
6/30 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion
7/1 Milwaukee, WI American Family Insurance Amphitheater
7/6 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
7/7 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
7/10 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
7/11 Ottawa, ON Ottawa Bluesfest
7/13 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/14 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/17 Wantagh, NY Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
7/18 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/20 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Park at Walnut Creek
7/21 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
7/24 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion - Charlotte
7/25 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
7/27 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds
7/28 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds
8/24 Denver, CO Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
8/25 Denver, CO Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
8/28 Bend, OR Les Schwab Amphitheater
8/31 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
9/1 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
9/2 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
9/7 Stateline, NV Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
9/8 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
9/10 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl

Coachella '18 artist update: David Byrne

David Byrne has announced a world tour in support of his forthcoming solo record, American Utopia. Byrne will perform songs from the new album, which is out March 9 via Todomundo/Nonesuch Records, as well as classics from his solo career and his days with Talking Heads.

A twelve-piece band will also join Byrne on stage for a choreographed concert that he has called “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.”

All online ticket purchases for US will receive a CD of the new album.

Last week, Byrne announced the release of American Utopia during a presentation of “Reasons To Be Cheerful,” an ongoing series he curates of hopeful writings, photos, music, and lectures. The presentation was given at New York’s New School to a live audience and also was streamed via his Facebook page.

He also released the first track from the album, “Everybody’s Coming To My House”— co-written with Brian Eno, featuring contributions from TTY, Happa, Isaiah Barr Leader of the Onyx Collective, Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never), Mercury Prize winner Sampha, and others. The song’s visual companion piece can be seen here.

“Everybody’s Coming To My House” is available to download instantly with pre-orders of American Utopiaon iTunes and at Nonesuch Store pre-orders also include an exclusive print facsimile of an early handwritten lyric sheet to the song.

Track listing: 

1. I Dance Like This
2. Gasoline And Dirty Sheets
3. Every Day Is A Miracle
4. Dog’s Mind
5. This Is That
6. It’s Not Dark Up Here
7. Bullet
8. Doing The Right Thing
9. Everybody’s Coming To My House
10. Here

Tour Dates:

3/3 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre SOLD OUT
3/4 Wilkes-Barre, PA F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts SOLD OUT
3/6 Buffalo, NY Center For The Arts SOLD OUT
3/7 Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre SOLD OUT
3/9 Waterbury, Ct Palace Theater SOLD OUT
3/10 Kingston, NY Ulster Performing Arts Center SOLD OUT
3/16 Santiago, CHI Lollapalooza (Chile)
3/18 Buenos Aires, ARG Lollapalooza (Argentina)
3/19 Teatro Gran Rex Buenos Aires (Argentina)
3/20 Teatro de Verano Montevideo (Uruguay)
3/24 Sao Paulo, BRA Lollapalooza (Brazil)
4/3 Mexico City MX Metropolitan Theater
4/5 Monterrey MX Auditorio Pabellón M
4/7 Guadalajara, MEX Corona Capital Guadalajara
4/14 Indio, CA Coachella
4/15 Tucson, AZ Centennial Hall
4/17 San Diego, CA San Diego Civic Theater
4/18 Las Vegas, NV Smith Center for the Arts
4/19 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center-Ikeda Theater
4/21 Indio, CA Coachella
4/24 Dallas, TX Winspear Opera House
4/25 Oklahoma City, OK The Criterion
4/27 San Antonio, TX Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
4/28 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall Outside Lawn
5/4 - 5/6 Atlanta, GA Shaky Knees
5/6 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
5/8 Asheville, NC Thomas Wolfe Civic Auditorium
5/9 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium
5/10 Durham PAC Durham, NC
5/12 Washington, DC The Anthem
5/13 Pittsburgh, PA Benedum Center for the Arts
5/15 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theater
5/16 Madison, WI Orpheum Theater
5/17 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theater
5/19 Saskatoon, SASK TCU Place
5/20 Edmonton, ALB Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
5/21 Calgary, ALB Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
5/23 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theater
5/24 Seattle, WA Paramount Theater
5/27 Portland, OR Keller Audiorium
5/28 Eugene, OR Hult Center
5/30 Salt Lake City, UT Capitol Theatre
6/2 Chicago, IL Auditorium Theater
6/5 Des Moines, IA Des Moines Civic Center
6/7 Kansas City, MO Kauffman Center for the Arts
6/8 St. Louis, MO Peabody Opera House
6/9 Indianapolis, IN Farmers Bureau Lawn Amphitheater
6/14 Oxford, England New Theatre
6/15 Glasgow, Scotland Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
6/17 Birmingham, England Birmingham Symphony Hall
6/18 Manchester, England Manchester Apollo
6/19 London, England Eventim Apollo
6/22-23 Prague, Czech Republic Metronome Festival
6/25 Zagreb, Croatia INmusic Festival
6/26 Wien, Austria Museumsquartier
6/30 - 7/1 Ewijk, Netherlands Down The Rabbit Hole
7/5 - 7/8 Werchter, Belgium Rock Werchter
7/6 Roskilde, Denmark Roskilde Festival
7/5 Gdynia, Poland Open'er Festival
7/11 Oeiras, Portugal Cool Jazz Festival
7/13 Bilbao, Spain Bilbao BBK Live Festival
7/13-14 Barcelona, Spain Cruilla Barcelona
7/17 Zürich, Switzerland Theater 11
7/19 Ravenna, Italy Ravenna Festival
7/20 Perugia, Italy Umbria Jazz Festival
7/21 Trieste, Italy Piazza UNita
7/27 Camden, NJ XPoNential Music Festival
7/31 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
8/1 Shelburne, VT Shelburne Museum - The Green
8/3 Toronto, ONT Sony Center for the Performing Arts
8/5 Canandaigua, NY Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
8/8 Grand Rapids, MI Devos Performance Hall
8/10 Detroit, MI Fox Theater
8/11 Huber Heightes, OH Rose Music Center
8/12 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
8/16 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
8/18 San Jose, CA City National Civic Auditorium
8/21 Sacramento CA Community Theater
8/24 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
8/28 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater

Editors band news

Earlier this week, Editors unveiled "Magazine," from forthcoming album Violence - the band’s first single in three years. 

Frontman Tom Smith says it is "a pointed finger aimed at those in power...some corrupt politician or businessman...a character, and a tongue in cheek poke at the empty posturing and playing to the masses of the power hungry." 

Violence is the sixth album from Editors, and follows 2015’s acclaimed top 5 UK charter In Dream. It is produced by Leo Abrahams (Wild Beasts, Florence & The Machine, Frightened Rabbit) and Editors with additional production from Benjamin John Power and mixed by Cenzo Townshend, except "Hallelujah (So Low)," mixed by Alan Moulder.

The "Magazine" video was shot in Amsterdam by photographer, director and long term Editors collaborator Rahi Rezvani. A US tour is slated for spring. Tickets on sale now.

Tour dates:

May 8th - Seattle, WA - Neumos
May 9th - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
May 11th - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
May 12th - Pomona, CA - The Glass House
May 13th - Los Angeles, CA - Belasco Ballroom
May 15th - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
May 16th - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
May 17th - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts 

Track listing: 

1. Cold
2. Hallelujah (So Low)
3. Violence
4. Darkness At The Door
5. Nothingness
6. Magazine
7. No Sound But the Wind
8. Counting Spooks
9. Belong

Out today: Phillip Phillips' 'Collateral'

Platinum-selling Interscope Recording artist Phillip Phillips' new album Collateral is out now. It is the follow-up to 2014's Behind the Light. The track “Into The Wild” was co-written by Phillips, produced by Ryan Hadlock and came after the release of “Dance With Me,” a song Phillips penned, along with his friend Tim Bruns, for his 2015 wedding to longtime girlfriend Hannah Blackwell. Listen to “Into The Wild” HERE.

A North American headline tour starts next month. Striking Matches will support on the first half of the tour followed by The Ballroom Thieves on the second half. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

Since releasing his five-times-platinum debut single "Home" in spring 2012, Phillips has released two chart-topping albums. The Georgia-bred 26-year-old saw his first full-length effort, The World from the Side of the Moon, go platinum after debuting at #4 on the Billboard Top 200. Behind the Light offered up the folk-rock radio hit "Raging Fire." Phillips spent this past summer on tour with Goo Goo Dolls.

Tour dates:

Harrah's Cherokee - Event Center
Cherokee, NC

The Neighborhood Theatre
Charlotte, NC*

Norva Theater
Norfolk, VA*

Union Transfer
Philadelphia, PA*

The Sinclair
Cambridge, MA*

The Sinclair
Cambridge, MA*

The Fillmore
Silver Spring, MD*

Irving Plaza
New York, NY*

Cat's Cradle
Carrboro, NC*

Georgia Theatre
Athens, GA*

Variety Playhouse
Atlanta, GA*

Cox Capitol Theatre
Macon, GA*

3rd and Lindsley
Nashville, TN*

Music Farm
Charleston, SC*

Palladium Theatre
St. Petersburg, FL*

Florida Theatre
Jacksonville, FL*

Revolution Live
Ft. Lauderdale, FL*

Universal Studios Florida – Music Plaza Stage
Orlando, FL

The Truman
Kansas City, MO^

Ogden Theatre
Denver, CO^

The Lincoln
Ft. Collins, CO^

The Depot
Salt Lake City, UT^

Knitting Factory
Boise, ID^

Neptune Theatre
Seattle, WA^

Vogue Theatre
Vancouver, BC^

Wonder Ballroom
Portland, OR^

The Fillmore
San Francisco, CA^

The Fonda Theatre
Los Angeles, CA^

Belly Up Tavern
Solana Beach, CA^

Belly Up Tavern
Solana Beach, CA^

House of Blues
Dallas, TX^

White Oak Music Hall
Houston, TX^

Hard Rock Live Biloxi
Biloxi, MS

Griffin Music Hall
El Dorado, AR^

Des Moines, IA^

First Avenue
Minneapolis, MN^

Turner Hall Ballroom
Milwaukee, WI^

House of Blues
Chicago, IL^

Majestic Theatre
Detroit, MI^

The Opera House
Toronto, ON^

Beachland Ballroom
Cleveland, OH^

Louisville, KY^

Horseshoe Bluesville Casino
Robinsonville, MS

Walker Theatre - Memorial Auditorium
Chattanooga, TN^

*Striking Matches support
^The Ballroom Thieves support

Monday, January 15, 2018

NAMM '18 news: RME booth performances

German interface manufacturer RME [NAMM 2018 booth 14701] will showcase a new high-end audio DAC and a flexible software mixer, based on its TotalMix platform, for recording and live sound professionals.

During the four-day exhibition, Ferrofish and myMix will also unveil new products including PULSE16 converters and myMix II — an exciting v2 update that includes powerful Dante compatibility, among other features, making it suitable for studio as well as live use.

The RME booth is sure to draw music fans over the course of the exhibition, hosting former Tower of Power lead singer and Ambassador of Soul artist Ellis Hall Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11 am, 2pm and 4pm, as well as legendary bassist Chuck Rainey and veteran drummer John Martinez both of Rhythm Intensive on Friday and Saturday at noon.

Breaking New Ground at NAMM 2018
RME is set to unveil its ADI-2 DAC for NAMM 2018, a compact and extremely flexible two-channel high-end Digital-to-Analog converter. The best-in-class unit — which also serves as a top quality headphone amplifier — supports up to 192 kHz sample rates, while offering top-notch conversion and a range of connectivity options. All with the unsurpassed stable performance and German engineering that RME users have come to expect over the last 20 years.

Additionally, RME will also highlight its new TotalMix v1.50 update as well as Total Mix Remote, which now supports network remote over TCP. TotalMix Remote, offering full network remote control for all TotalMix and TotalMix FX software, is now available for every RME interface, and will be available for Mac, PC and iOS. The TotalMix Remote is perfectly suited for FOH engineers and recording studios whose workflow requires control of TotalMix from a remote location.

Meantime, myMix, also at booth 14701, is set to unveil its myMix II, a v2 studio modification of its popular myMix personal monitor mixing and recording system. The new system features two local network inputs, which can be mic, line or instrument level. The unit can operated as a self-contained unit, or integrated with any analog or digital mixing consoles. The myMix II also sports brand-new Dante capability connectivity via any format — Dante, MADI, ADAT, analog — and will operate seamlessly with any digital console on the market.

Ferrofish will highlight its new PULSE16 and PULSE16 MX, which both provide an entirely new range of A/D D/A conversion options — and among various formats such as ADAT and MADI. Presented at an incredible price point, both the PULSE16 and PULSE16 MX use SFP technology, making the PULSE16 and Verto series capable of single and multimode MADI by the user. The PULSE16 and PULSE16 MX are the first offerings in the PULSE series.

The Power of Live Music Through myMix
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday during NAMM, composer, producer and former Tower of Power lead singer Ellis Hall will perform at RME’s booth at 11am, 2pm and 4pm. For each of his performances, Hall will be hooked up to the new myMix II personal mixing and recording system.

On Friday and Saturday of the show, legendary bassist Chuck Rainey will perform alongside veteran drummer and Rhythm Intensive partner John Martinez at noon. The members of the paramusic education organization will perform through myMix systems.

For more information on RME, visit
For more information on myMix, visit
For more information on Ferrofish, visit

The NAMM Show is not open to the public.