Namm Show 2011 Takes Center Stage in Anaheim

Written by on March 10, 2011 in Live Reviews, March 10, 2011 - 1 Comment

NAMMThe Namm Show 2011 was the place to be in Anaheim, CA from January 13-16. There were hundreds of vendors including Alan Cabasso, President of GCI Technologies along with his brother Artie Cabasso, Chief Executive Officer, and several sales reps including music producer Sean Karpowicz. Their booth was one of the busiest as buyers and musicians admired the latest Gemini, Cortex and iKey technology and showcased the Firstmix, CDMP-7000, CDJ-700, CTRL-47, RS-415USB. A few rows down was Jason Jordan, Senior Sound Designer for SONiVOX, as he was playing the keys as he demonstrated his company’s new Vocalizer that magically transforms vocals. Next stop was Joseph Todaro, owner of Todaro’s Music based in Lansdowne, PA, that displayed his beautiful handmade instruments from Bolivia that included a lovely hand carved ukulele that stood out from across the room. Todaro shared a booth with two competing but friendly rivals in the string world; Daniel Mari, from Mari Strings, Inc. located in New York City; and representing Toronto, Ontario, Canada was Nick Walton, President of Wyres the strings manufacturer. Aram Basmadjian, Special Projects Manager of Allen Organ Company based in Macungie, PA, showcased a beautiful pipe style organ that would steal away the attention from the preacher with its magnificent presence. Not to be outdone, Arnold C. Poppenberg Jr., Director of Sales USA, displayed a gorgeous piano that stood out in the crowded 3rd floor room. Tom Chung, U.S. Sales Manager for Sound Plug USA, had connectors, audio, dj light gooseneck, and peripheral accessories and was there with Joy Tsai, James Chung, and Carol Hsu from Sound Plug Electronic Co., Ltd. (AKA) Dae Huan Electronic Co., Ltd. the manufacturing company located in China.

NAMMCharlie Zolezzi, Public Relations Manager for Taylor Guitars, was there with a great set-up of sensational guitars and a big smile on his face; and nearby was Mario Biferaali, Sales Manager for the luxurious Godin guitars. Jimmy Dunlop of Dunlop Manufacturing, Inc., located in Benicia, CA, was there showcasing electronics, including the famous crybaby, along with Dunlop Strings, Dunlop Picks, and various accessories. Las Vegas Hilton Music Producer Jonathan Scott was there with Sonny Cool (P-Funk) along with Music Producer Michael B. Fortune (AKA) Quint (Electric Prunes). Celebrity spottings also included Darryl Jones (Miles Davis, The Rolling Stones), Verdine White (Earth Wind and Fire), and the Zep Set (Led Zeppelin Tribute band) All-Star members with extraordinary abilities: bass player Sean McNabb (Quiet Riot, Dokken, Great White), guitarist Mitch Perry (Michael Schenker Group, Cher, Edgar Winter), lead vocalist Chas West (Jason Bonham Band), and alternating drummers Kenny Aranoff (Elton John, Smashing Pumpkins, Buddy Rich Big Band), and Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot, W.A.S.P.) that all played and partied at Namm. On Wednesday nights the Zep Set is the main event at The Howl at the Moon at Universal City Walk.

George Clinton was on the road, but his influence was felt at Namm with bass legend Bootsy Collins (James Brown, P-Funk), guitarist, Blackbyrd McKnight (P-Funk) and Music Producer Sonny Cool (P-Funk) along with Music Producer Quazedelic aka Stan Sly (P-Funk) and his artist Nickey Bringzit aka Annie Mae were there. Quazedelic and McKnight represented Warwick Guitars were all the P-Funkers were also partying. Collins was recently was honored with a 2010 Lifetime Achievement award at Bass Player Live Los Angeles at the West Hollywood’s legendary Key Club; and Bootsy Collin’s artists Buckethead and Thee Ram Jam were also part of the festivities. Anthony Kiedis, lead vocalist for Red Hot Chili Peppers, was enjoying the festivities and was easily approachable and friendly. Drummer Michael “StxXx” Sterlacci (Prophet) came up for a day to enjoy the festivities, and bass player John “Norwood” Fisher (Fishbone, Trulio Disgracias) played Namm. On Thursday nights Fisher plays with the Back of the Hand All-Stars at The Basement Tavern in the Victorian House on Ocean Park and Main Street in Santa Monica.


The unofficial highlight of the show was Anthony Aquarius Mystery performing in front of the Anaheim Convention Center. Aquarius drew crowds and brought back the spirit and soul of Jimi Hendrix. Anthony got booked for several future gigs based on his stage performance excellence. The official highlight of the Namm show was when Cheap Trick performed. Bonnie Pointer attended on opening day, and she has a soon to be new release, “Like a Picasso,” produced by Strangest Day Productions and recorded and engineered by David Williams at Melrose Music Studios with material that was created by the songwriting team of Taylor and Lloyd Poe. Pointer was recently featured in the independent movie, Road to Nowhere, that is a Romance/Thriller that has swept awards at film festivals. Session keyboard player Ronee Reece was spotted in the crowd. He was part of musical history being made as he recorded next to Pointer’s studio at the Los Angeles recording location of Record Plant (Richard Perry’s former label) as the first digital recording was created. Ronee Reece is a busy pro session keyboard player and has a new catchy song that’s a potential hit, “Why I still love you even though I know that I shouldn’t.”


Also ran into guitar player Brian Leigh Peyton, who is promoting his band’s new album, “Awake in a Dream,” that includes multiple potential hits including, “Bridge Across The Distance” and “You Bring Me Down.” Local bands Woods and Nightmare (Alice Cooper Tribute) were represented, bass player Bjorn Englen was there going around doing meets and greets that got him a lot of buzz and potential endorsements, and local musician Zachary Keane Crocker was there and promoted “Traveling,” which he wrote and composed himself. Gina Destito was there promoting her Music Medic Reality pilot, and her friend Jen Lauford was busy snapping photos. They especially enjoyed seeing Cheap Trick perform. Gina Gores, production assistant, was there too around Desito and Lauford taking her Namm experience all in. Actress/singer/song writer DeeDee Corona (AKA) Dionne Corona missed Thursday and Friday because she was on the set for “Desperate Housewives, but she made it by on Saturday. Success is contagious. Music Producer Steve Wiest (StudioStars President) was there. Wiest is from Denver and is doing quite well considering he just recently relocated to the Hollywood Hills a few months ago and has been non-stop busy. Dave Schulz (Goo Goo Dolls) played at the Albion amp booth, and Dave has already been planning his All-Star Jam Pizza Birthday Party coming up at the Rainbow Bar and Grill on February 10th that’s open to the public. Vocalist Monie Kulick was also promoting his Visions, “Words of Wisdom” musical opera, and Mike Beas from Battle Creek, Michigan who currently lives in Los Angeles stopped in for Namm, which is the must attended musical industry related event if you can get a pass.

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Thanks to photographer Jen Lauford and singer Nickey Bringzit (AKA) Annie Mae for photo donations. These ladies are both striving to take their music careers to the next level! All Access Magazines loves both of you ladies and wishes you the best of luck with your musical careers.

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