Press Pass LA was back for the second year at NAMM at the Anaheim Convention Center for three days (Jan 23- Jan 26) of celebrating music and all the latest gear the industry has to offer.
The event featured five major stages filled with performances like Johnny Lang (opening night), The Imagine Party by the John Lennon Songwriting Bus with guest Sheila E, Bernie Williams and Gil Parris, and Robby Krieger’s Jam Kitchen with guest Gaby Moreno.
In addition, there were a variety of smaller performances and special guests at booths by Fender, Gibson, Yamaha, Roland, Marshall, Peavey and more, showcasing music gear ranging from amplifiers and guitars to recoding software and electric sampling tech popular in the growing DJ and EDM market. With over 1500 exhibits and over 5000 brands on display, I was like a kid at Disneyworld- too many attractions and so little time!
But the conference features more than just the latest in music equipment and instruments, it’s an opportunity to network with the people shaping the industry. I did plenty of that too at placed like the SoCal food trucks on the Grand Plaza, the various lounges, and The Loft Restaurant.
One of the highlights of the NAMM conference is that it includes the TEC Awards. This year featured the Hall of Fame recognition going to Wrecking Crew Drummer Hal Blaine and John Meyer, and The Les Paul Award for lifetime achievement going to Todd Rundrgren.
As a music photographer, my passion for music can only be trumped by one thing- my passion for photography- so I really enjoyed seeing the use of the GoPro cameras at the NAMM GoPro Stage in the Grand Plaza.
But above all, my all-time FAV moment of the experience…running into music legend Steven Tyler! Bring it on 2015.
Check out my PHOTO GALLERY of NAMM.