Summer NAMM to Host
By Rebecca Dirks
Nashville, TN – The National Association of
Music Merchants (NAMM) will be opening
up the summer session of America’s biggest musical instrument trade show to the
public on Sunday, June 18, the final day of
the show. Previously, access was limited to
badge-carrying manufacturers, retailers, distributors, artists, and media professionals.
“Wanna Play Music Sunday,” be sure to stop
by our booth. If not, visit premierguitar.com
for show coverage.
Everyday gear nuts have long wished they could take part in NAMM mayhem, and this year they get their wish. The general public is welcome on “Wanna Play Music Sunday” at this
summer’s show in Nashville. Book your flights and rooms now!
Pat Metheny, Larry Carlton
Headline Crown of the
Continent Guitar Foundation
Workshop & Festival
By Rebecca Dirks
The festival and workshop are complement-ed by the western Montana location and
four-star accommodations at the Flathead
Lake Lodge. COC describes the resort as
“family inclusive,” with access to hiking, biking, rafting, fishing, and a watercolor workshop for spouses and older children.
Workshop participation is $2128, $4400 with
accommodations for the full week. Both rates
include daily lunch and dinner. The deadline
for registration and payment is July 1.
The public day has been dubbed “Wanna Play
Music Sunday,” and it offers attendees a host of
educational sessions and attractions. Apple will
present GarageBand and Logic Pro test-drive
sessions, while a panel of artist relations professionals will host a “How to Get Endorsed”
session. Additional sessions include “Setting
up a Home Studio,” “How to Get More Gigs,”
“Recording Tips and Tricks,” and more.
Roger Waters Takes
The Wall on Tour
By Jason Shadrick
Other public attractions and events
include the Reunion Blues Vintage Guitars
Roadshow, free guitar setups from companies including Martin and Taylor, free guitar
restringing from companies like D’Addario,
live music, and more.
“NAMM is a trade-only event,” said Scott
Robertson, director of marketing and communications for NAMM. “The show exists to help our
members stock their stores for the upcoming fall
and winter seasons. But part of our mission is to
create more music makers, and if we can use the
trade show to do that, it’s a good thing.”
Bigfork, MT – The Crown of the Continent
Guitar Foundation (COC) is presenting a guitar
festival and workshop featuring guest artists Pat
Metheny, Larry Carlton (pictured above), and
others from August 29 to September 5, 2010.
Public tickets for the show are $20, with participating music retailers offering a $10 off coupon.
As always, Premier Guitar will be in Nashville
to cover the show. If you’re headed to
National Guitar Workshop is sponsoring the
event, which includes six days of seminars,
jam sessions, one-on-one lessons, and master
classes in a variety of styles, each with world-
class instructors: Pat Metheny and Jody
Fisher (jazz), Alex De Grassi (acoustic), Scott
Tennant and Andrew Leonard (classical), Larry
Carlton and Matt Smith (rock), Mark Dziuba
(blues), and Doug Smith (beginners).
Original Pink Floyd bassist and co-vocalist Roger
Waters is celebrating the 30th anniversary of
the original release of The Wall performing the
album in its entirety on tour. The show will debut
September 15th in Toronto, Ontario, and run
through December 14th in Anaheim, California.
As the album’s principal songwriter, Waters first
took The Wall on the road during the 1980-’ 81
Pink Floyd tour. “This new production of The
Wall is an attempt to draw some comparisons,