The National Association of Music Merchants, aka NAMM, descends upon Nashville this weekend for the annual summer trade show — which should be a helluva lot nicer in the new Music City Center. And on Saturday, NAMM hosts Music Industry Day, open to anyone willing to shell out $10 in advance, $20 at the door. There are several workshops, plus about 500 exhibitors showcasing the latest amps, keyboards, basses, guitars, pedals, lights, PAs, strings, accessories and an infinite variety of musical gewgaws.
The NAMM folks have kindly provided Nashville Cream with 10 free passes to Music Industry Day. The first 10 people to email cream[at]nashvillescene[dot]com with "NAMM Music Industry Day" in the subject line will get free passes, which you will be able to pick up Saturday at the Music City Center. Be sure to include your name; winners will need to show ID to pick up their pass. Deadline 4 p.m. Friday.
Here's what Scene contributor Ted Drozdowski had to say about Music Industry Day in his Critic's Pick:
Gear addicts get googly-eyed at the mention of the Summer NAMM (National Association of Music Merchandisers) Show’s Music Industry Day, the annual everything-musical expo that anyone can attend for $10 in advance or $20 at the door. Sure, there are seminars on topics like how to become a session player, but the star attractions are the shiny new products: guitars, basses, amps, drums, keyboards, banjos, microphones, software, sheet music and more, all available to peruse or play. Reps from big manufacturers and artisan instrument builders are on hand to yak it up, and there are freebies that range from magazines to T-shirts to thumb drives. Some smooth-talking Nashvillians have left past shows with endorsements, and celebrity musicians present demonstrations and concerts — like the guitar showcase that finger-style wizard Muriel Anderson is hosting with Phil Keaggy, Jack Pearson, Rory Hoffman and others on Friday at 7:30 p.m. for a separate $20 ticket available at the door. This year attendees can expect more than ever before, thanks to the show’s mammoth new Music City Center location. For tickets and a schedule check namm.org/summer/2013. —TED DROZDOWSKI