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Winter NAMM 2010: wrap up
By Sam Bennett
1/18/2010 9:29:00 PM
Saturday night I caught the redeye flight out of LAX and meandered my way back to Atlanta.  Low on sleep, my father and I prepared our showroom for a visit by an area church considering a new instrument for their sanctuary.  No rest for the weary traveler, but then NAMM was worth it.  I even have a few pictures to share.

Between my laptop, camera, video camera and cellphone, I found it difficult to weild the right media weapon.  No, I don't have a smartphone yet, but perhaps next year.  The bigger picture is that what I really needed was my own crew of photographers and cameramen, because everywhere I looked was something I wanted to share later.  I don't know what notions you may have about the music industry, but the NAMM Show encourages all kinds, all ages.

Mixed among the Suits (I wore a sportscoat) are crowds of blue jeans, leather and even some spandex.  I admit that some outfits really got my attention, but I loved that people could relax or dress for full effect.  This young lady dressed for full effect.
NAMM costume
And I continue to walk around the main floor of the showroom and I look to my right and see "Weird" Al Yankovic and think to myself, "No, she was weirder."
Weird Al Yankovic signing autographs
Okay, so besides the people watching, there was some great music.  I spent a few hours at the Estonia Piano booth to conduct business as well as help develop content for their new YouTube Channel.  Dr. Indrek Laul is both the owner and a very accomplished pianist.
Dr. Indrek Laul at Estonia Concert Grand Piano
Some other great musicians stopped by, so check the Estonia Piano Channel for videos to come.

There is also a stage in the lobby near the main entrance, and throughout the day, performers rev up the crowd.  NAMM organizers do a great job of inviting a good variety of performers.  PRS Guitars presented Orianthi and I snapped a few pictures.
Orianthi onstage at NAMM 2010
Orianthi onstage at NAMM 2010, closer
On another day, Wicked Tinkers started our day.  They brought their kilts and drums and put on a great show.
Wicked Tinkers on stage, NAMM 2010
Wicked Tinkers off stage, NAMM 2010
NAMM attracts musicians at every turn who just enjoy performing like these two guys who brought a battery-powered setup to play on the sidewalk outside the Anaheim Convention Center.
Street performers outside NAMM
You can also checkout PianoWorks Channel on YouTube for related videos.

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On Wednesday, March 3, 2010 Rich wrote:

Very interesting post. Thank you for the insight!

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