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Day Two at NAMM
The astonishing array of every aspect of music performance -- exceeding all you can imagine -- whirls like a kaleidoscope of sights and sounds and gear and instruments and artists and skilled techies. Thing is, every year for four days, That's the status quo at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, California. We gave you an intro yesterday, so we'll jump right in.
First, get a sturdy bag to haul all the flyers, brochures, colorful catalogs, price lists, gig postcards, and everything else you collect as you make your happy odyssey through the matrix of aisles and booths and two-storey temporary structures that comprise this tuneful NAMMtown. Every third or fourth exhibitor is equipped to give you a bag of some kind.
But the best freebie giveaway we found today is available at Messe Frankfurt (booth 3033) in the lobby of the main hall.
As you can see, it's a bag that doubles as a little backpack, as modeled by the lovely FRANZISKA LIND, here to represent the German trade show organizer who produces music shows and more in Europe.
That bag will return with us tomorrow. Sometimes the simple things are appreciated most.
PERFORMANCES TO CATCH
We're excited about a bunch of artists we've seen, but we'll begin with two shows to see TONIGHT if you're here at NAMM.
First, at 5:30 pm, get to the very top of the Anaheim Convention Center. A "ROOMFUL OF PIANOS" concert event should be like nothing you've ever experienced. The world's top high-end makers of concert grands, baby grands, and more are all represented there, and their endorsed pianists are collaborating across brands to present an all-piano, many piano concert.
Then, at 8 pm, ONE OF THE FEW NAMM CONCERTS ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC happens in the ballroom of the Doubletree hotel, 2085 S Harbor, a few blocks walk from the convention center in Anaheim. It's the one that beckons us every year: it's THE JOHN JORGENSEN TRIO with Djangostyle Gypsy jazz and more acoustic string magic, plus two opening acts. Things get started with either NEW WEST, a beloved and award-winning Western / Western Swing / traditional cowboy band, or the other openers, and THE TORA BORA BOYS, a bluegrass band of musicians who happen to be music industry execs, mostly from Saga Instruments and Shubb Capo -- plus their young'un member who is still in school and who can blow you away with his playing. Three acts, all delightful.
To attend this one, just get over there by 7:15-7:30 pm. Get in line for the door and talk about needing a ticket. One for you will magically be put in your hand. Really! Just understand that parking is crazy, and you'll need to wait until the NAMM Show closes for the day at 6 pm before you can park anywhere within hiking distance.
Other artists you can still catch at NAMM on Saturday and Sunday are ukulele stars DANIEL HO and JAKE SHIMABUKURO, and various ukesters in ensemble with acoustic bass master JENNIFER LEITHAM. Just get to Hall E, on the lower level, and It's easy to find two "blocks" of ukulele neighborhood.
In that same Hall E are the Deering Banjo folks, and they have a talented bevy of banjo masters performing about three shows a day in the little stage area of their booth.
And you'll accuse us of "burying the lead" when we tell you the next part.
You can catch Adrian twice a day at the Furch booth. They are instrument makers from the Czech Republic, at their first NAMM Show. Adrian is endorsed by Furch (pronounced "Furq") and it's the right fit for both. Their handmade line of acoustic instruments combines old world craftsmanship with exceptional sturdiness.
Adrian says, "They are the only guitars I don't break with my playing style."
That will make sense when you see him. If you're not at NAMM, catch the performance links to YouTube on his website: www.AdrianBellue.com
MORE GOOD THINGS FROM EXHIBITORS
Washburn Guitars, building on the success of its AGM5K Apprentice G-Mini Guitar, today announced the addition of the "G-Mini5 BK" model featuring a stunning matte black finish. It's now joined the company's 2019 line of Apprentice Guitars, debuting here at Winter NAMM 2019. Those at the NAMM Show can give it a test drive in Booth #6814, says Washburn Vice President & General Manager Gil Soucy.
Sharing the scaled down proportions of its sister instrument, the matte-finished select spruce top with classic Washburn “Heritage” rosette and Sapele back and side pairing of the G-Mini5 BK lend to a mellow and well-defined tone with surprising note clarity for an instrument of smaller dimensions.
Take a look at the all-new Rhythm Village Benkadi Club™ Bongo Set, new from Rhythm Tech, creator of the world’s first crescent-shaped tambourine. These drums feature easy play finely pre-tuned heads and exclusive new exterior pattern designs by famed New York City artist Robert Pizzo.
These bongos are just the right size and appropriate for all ages and level of player. Rhythm Tech asserts, "The vibrant new design captures the rhythmic fun of playing."
This Bongo Set is a 6” Hand Drum, 10” Tom with Mallets, 14” Rally Drum with Mallets and 9” Djembe. Whether you're alone in the living room, looking to do your part to propel the drum circle, participating in a group jam, or as a member of a band, this will get percussions excited about keeping the proper beat.
That's it for today. MORE from NAMM while we're here and for some time to come, as we process, comprehend, and report on what we're seeing and hearing here.
'Til then, remember that ALL THE EVENTS ON THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MUSIC SCENE are in the pre-NAMM edition, at:
We'll be back again soon with music news and more "News of the Non-Trumpcentric Universe." (c)
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