As the music industry rapidly changes, the annual NAMM Show (National Association of Music Merchants) is evolving right alongside it. The trade show, which isn’t open to the general public, has taken place at the Anaheim Convention Center since 1978 and now draws more than100,000 registrants from the global music industry to check out and share the latest innovations in musical products, recording technology, sound, lighting and more.’

The NAMM Show will kick-off on Thursday, Jan. 25 and will run through Sunday, Jan. 28 and each year attracts a wide array of national and international artists includings Stevie Wonder, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Peter Frampton, Graham Nash, Ringo Starr and Robbie Robertson. This year’s event will feature performances by artists like OK Go, Andy Grammer and Vanessa Carlton.

During NAMM, singer-songwriter Jackson Browne will be honored at the 33rd Annual TEC Awards on Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Anaheim Hilton and Pat Benatar, Melissa Etheridge and Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson of the B-52’s will be recognized at the 6th Annual She Rocks Awards at the House of Blues in Anaheim on Friday, Jan. 26. Though the convention is for NAMM badge holders only, both the TEC Awards and She Rocks Awards are open to the general public. Tickets and more information on those events can be found at

The event will once again feature numerous music demonstrations and signings, live performances, a variety of awards shows, discussion panels and presentations. This year, NAMM will take advantage of the Anaheim Convention Center’s $190 million expansion in a glass-structure wing dubbed ACC North that offers up 200,000 more square feet of space to music merchants.


NAMM 2018: The annual trade show stays ahead of the curve in the ever-evolving music industry – Orange County Register


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