patty collins & bootsy collins

Patty Collins & Bootsy Collins

*Anaheim-It’s a wrap!

The 110th Annual NAMM Show concluded on Sunday, January 22nd, 2012. I’m sure that another attendance record was broken when the official numbers are officially released.NAMM continues to be an economic boom for Anaheim and surrounding cities.”The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) today announced the final registration and exhibitor numbers for the 2012 NAMM Show, the largest and longest-running musical instruments and products trade show in the United States.At show close, NAMM reported 95,709 registered attendees, a six percent increase from last year and representing a new record for the 110-year-old show. International registration also experienced a 15 percent increase from last year to 11,981. The association previously reported strong exhibitor numbers, with 1,441 exhibitors at this year’s show, including 236 new exhibitors.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Celebrated its’ 15th Anniversary at 2012 NAMM Show with a special performance by Bootsy Collins with special guest Verdine White and Bernie Worrell on January 20th, 2012.

Bootsy Collins played a mesmerizing set of high octane funk with a flurry of thumping bass fireworks for the funkateers in the large crowd.The powerful show took place on The Wanna Play?Stage of the Arena Plaza.A new generation of Funkateers were initiated in the Galaxy as a result of this concert.Several memoralbe tunes from the evening were “The Name is Bootsy,” and “Flashlight.” The Anaheim Convention Center Arena Plaza will never the be the same again after this show.Opening for Bootsy were The Bootsy Girls featuring Tamah-bass and Guitar Sallye.Malina Moye rocked out the show with guest bassist Divinity Roxx and Judith Hill on vocals.

This concert was held in conjunction with The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.This is the most amazing premiere non-profit mobile recording studio and HD production faciltiy.This concert was a kick off to 15th years of bringing music education to students nationwide at the 2012 NAMM Show.The bus unveiled a new arsenal of equipment for the 2012 year,including Avid Pro Tools/HDX,and the show was streamed live made possible by NewTek and TodoCast via www.lennonbus.org.

The 15th Anniversary Party was hosted by Avid,along with Neutrik USA,DR Strings,Fishmand,Ampeg,and Mix Magazine.The Principal sponsor equipped the Bus with Avid Pro Tools/HDX and Pro Tools/HD Native Systems, the leading recording technology available on the market today.The Lennon Bus studios continue to be powered by Apple with new iMacs,Mac Minis,and dozen of MacBook Pros.The bus added new techology of several iPads 2,which allows participants in the creative production workshop to utilize Pro Tools Remote and Avid Scorch.Providing live streaming capabilities for the 2012 tour are NewTek and TodoCast.NewTek’s TriCaster 850 Extreme with the Tri-Caster 850 CS will provide live switching of HD video sources,discreet recording of each source in addition to program output,live keying,and compression for real time web streaming.TodoCast has partnered with the Lennon Bus to provide a roof-mounted satellite dish and high quality connectivity to facilitate live video streaming of special events throughout the year.The Bus travels across the United States and Canada year-round,providing free tours and workshops at schools,retailers,festivals,on tour with leading artists,and at major industry conferences.The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is made possible by an agreement with Yoko Ono Lennon. www.lennonbus.org

I stopped at the Logitech Ultimate Ear Booth at NAMM earlier in the day.Logitech Ultimate Ears,which equips 75 percent of the world’s top touring professional aritst with custom earphones for live performances and produces a range of high quality noise isolating earphones.I’m sure that you have noticed many artists sporting one of these Custom Stage In Ear Monitors at a recent concert or festival.I tried out the Ultimate Ears 1 Pro Custom Stage In-Ear Monitor.It is equipped with 4 Proprietary Speakers in Single In-Ear monitor (R or L) with summed stereo experience with the full clarity of all instruments and no loss of audio signal.The proprietary dul-armature,dual bore speaker system plus an integrated passive crossover directs the low-end frequencies to dedicated speakers for bass and mids, and the high frequencies to dedicated for speakers for treble while maintaining detailed vocals and other instruments found in the mid range.The results are evenly balanced frequency response and the best possible detail while taking into account the introduction of ambient stage noise.Please visit www.ultimateears.com and www.logitech.com for more information on this product and other products provided by Logitech.

Walking around the Convention Center floor provided some memorable sights and sounds.Comedian Sinbad was spotted checking out the latest gear at NAMM.Guitarist Sheldon Reynolds,Phil Gates and Alan Foster were jamming in the Marshal Electronics Booth.Blues guitarist Gregg Wright was also testing some guitars.Drummer Jonathan Moffett and guitarist,musicians on the Michael Jackson’s This Is It Band were signing autographs in the Marshal Electronics booth with other band mates.German guitar maker Jens Ritter presented blues guitarist Fillmore Slim with a custom made guitar name Isabella.Mr.Fillmore stated “B.B.King has his guitar he named Lucille,and now I(Fillmore Slim) has a custom made guitar named Isabella.”

This was my first time attending the NAMM Show.In the past I’m either out of town covering another event or covering another event around Los Angeles.My calendar will feature NAMM Shows in the future.

Ricky Richardson is a Southern California based writer, music reviewer and photographer. Contact him via: [email protected]