Are you a musician, DJ, songwriter or just an average music junkie? If you live for all things musical, you won’t want to miss the 2016 NAMM Show taking place at the Anaheim Convention Center January 21-24. This music expo hosted by the National Association of Music Merchants is the largest in the world, and it’s the place to be for anyone interested in the music industry.
Chat With Fellow Fanatics
From the moment you enter the doors to the bustling showroom floor, you’ll feel an energy that only the musical universe can generate. Artists, exhibitors and retailers all gather together in one spot to network, share ideas, educate and discover the newest innovations in professional audio. You can talk with like-minded people, trade stories and even meet the designers of your favorite instruments or music gear.
Satisfy Your Inner Child
Because this is a trade event, there will be thousands of products on display. You can take a look, test and tinker with absolutely no pressure to buy anything. High-end companies and startups provide demonstrations on every instrument and accessory imaginable at these conferences. There are sections dedicated to production and engineering technologies as well. Prepare to be astounded at the sheer innovation of it all.
Rock Out to Diverse Sounds
No matter what beats excite you, the live musical performances throughout the center will amplify your experience. There is usually something for everyone, and the talent is always exceptional and cutting-edge. Whether you’re into rock, pop, dance, jazz or classical, check out the concert stages every chance you get. You may develop a new interest in a genre you never expected to enjoy.
Support Your Favorite Artists and Engineers
One of the most exciting events at the expo is NAMM TEC Awards ceremony. Nominees include musicians, sound production experts, DJs and other creative forces in the industry. There are also categories honoring the latest audio products that haven’t been introduced to the market yet. Don’t be surprised if you recognize some famous faces at this day-long event as well.
Rub Elbows with Celebrities
Even if you’re not a music enthusiast, you can still benefit from attending the NAMM Show. The most prominent names in the music business visit this expo each year, and there is always a celebrity sighting. Just walking around the center searching for high-profile faces is a story waiting to unfold. You never know who you’ll see strolling by or performing on stage. You may even get lucky enough to talk with your idols.
Grab Some Swag
You’ll find promotional merchandise in every corner of the showroom, so be sure to collect a few trinkets to take home as memories. Earphones, guitar pick holders, coffee cups, magazines, guitar strings and T-shirts are just some of the fun items you’ll find as you go from exhibit to exhibit. You can walk away with some great treasures, from the ordinary to the bizarre. One company even provided adult coloring books at a past event.
With so much to take in, you’ll probably want to go each day the show is open. The Anaheim Express Inn Maingate is walking distance from the convention center, so repeat visits will be easy. In order to attend, you have to be a NAMM member or get an invitation from someone who is. If you don’t get a ticket, you can still enjoy numerous side events hosted by nearby bars, restaurants and hotels. No matter how you experience NAMM, you’ll discover a new joy for the world of music.