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.
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.”
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.
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.
On another day, Wicked Tinkers started our day. They brought their kilts and drums and put on a great show.
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.
You can also checkout PianoWorks Channel on YouTube for related videos.
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