Anticipation is building as The 2018 NAMM Show is getting ready to return to Anaheim, Calif. from Jan. 25-28. Along with today’s most innovative music products on display, the newly expanded NAMM Campus will be home to informative educational panels, exciting awards shows, as well as a few thrilling performances from some of music’s most celebrated artists.
Over the course of three days, attendees can also check out a number of artist-related panels. This year’s lineup includes: Eagles of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes; Concert producer Kevin Lyman of Warped Tour Fame; Tom Petty Crew Reunion Panel; Grammy Award-winning engineer, mixer and producer Andrew Scheps; Birth of a Record: Jackson Browne's 1977 "Running on Empty." You can find the full schedule of panels and sessions here.
NAMM’s live concerts will begin each night at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, The NAMM Foundation Celebration of Music Education will kick things off with a performance from OK Go. Friday, Jan. 26, will usher in the “Yamaha All-Star Concert on the Grand 2018.” The popular show boasts a lineup of multiple artists. In the past, acts have included Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett and John Legend. Performers set to take the stage this year are still to be announced. Saturday, Jan. 27, will close things out with the annual “Imagine Party,” hosted by Bootsy Collins. The NAMM Foundation and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus presented by Other World Computing will team up to welcome Andy Grammer. Grammer will also spend part of his afternoon on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus with young musicians from local area schools. People can take in a variety of performances as part of the Bands@NAMM program throughout.
The NAMM awards shows are another huge highlight of the multiple-day music event. The 2018 She Rocks Awards will be held on Friday, Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m. at the House of Blues in Anaheim. In its sixth consecutive year, the ceremony pays tribute to women who display leadership within the music industry. Co-hosts Kat Corbett and Laura B. Whitmore will help honor Melissa Etheridge, The B-52s Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson, Karla Redding-Andrews, Exene Cervenka, Amberly Crouse-Knox, Fanny’s Jean Millington Adamian, June Millington, Brie Howard Darling, Patti Quatro Ericson and Alice de Buhr, as well as Candace Stewart, Dawn Birr, Fabi Reyna, Vanessa Mering and Kristy Porter. Recently announced to join the group of honorees this year is rock legend, Pat Benatar. For tickets to the star-studded awards show click here.
Friday also brings The Parnelli Awards. It’s the industry’s highest honor for live event professionals. That starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at Hilton Anaheim Hotel’s Pacific Ballroom. You can grab your tickets here.
Saturday, Jan. 27, will be jam-packed with celebration. The fun begins at 9 a.m. with the 3rd Annual Grand Rally for Music Education. Presented by The NAMM Foundation, the event honors music education champions and advocates. It will feature FORTE, Vanessa Carlton, Bernie Williams and the Manhattan School of Music Electronic Jazz Ensemble.
You can check out a Roomful of Pianos, a Lounge 88 Event starting at 5:30 p.m. The big grand finale event will present 50+ pianists who will be playing the same song in unison. Attendees can find this happening at the Anaheim Convention Center, Lounge 88 (Level 3 Ballroom).
The 33rd Annual NAMM TEC Awards begins at 7 p.m. on Jan. 27, and will celebrate the winners in professional audio and sound production excellence. The show is hosted by comedian Demetri Martin, The Section will reunite to be inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame and Jackson Browne will be handed the prestigious Les Paul Innovation Award.
The NAMM Show is not open to the public. Certain performances are for NAMM-credentialed attendees only. Onsite, there will be over 7,000 music brands, celebrity appearances, interactive demos and, of course, live concerts. Hours are Thursday – Saturday, Jan. 25-27, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
For a list of NAMM Show events and performances throughout the Anaheim Convention Center, surrounding hotels and concerts, click here.