Wanna Play Music Day

Wanna Attend Summer NAMM? Now You Can!

Saturday, July 23, you're invited to...

Wanna Play Music Day at Summer NAMM 2011

Hundreds of music products industries biggest brands and hottest newcomers will be exhibiting new gear and product at Summer NAMM. Be sure to plan a visit to your favorite company while touring the show floor.

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$20 at the door
No refunds. All sales are final.

At Summer NAMM in Nashville you'll see:

  • Hundreds of exhibits from leading music products companies - the latest guitars, basses amps and accessories that you can play.
  • Valuable workshops and educational sessions, including:
    Learning the Basics of Garage Band
    Logic Pro Test Drive—a hands-on look at basics of Logic Pro for beginners
    Home Studio Technology for Songwriters—professional songwriters discuss how they use computers and the latest technology in their home studios Live Sound Basics—tips on how to purchase, rent and set up a live sound system that's appropriate for your band or group
  • Rhythms of the Game, Former NY Yankee Bernie Williams Talks Music!
    Moderated by Frank Alkyer, Publisher, Music Inc, N.Y. Yankee great and Latin-GRAMMY-nominated guitarist Bernie Williams will speak and play, Saturday, July 23, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the NAMM Idea Center, Booth #837. Immediately following this session, Bernie will sign copies of his new book, Rhythms of the Game, in the Hal Leonard Booth #1018, across from the NAMM Idea Center.
  • “The Wrecking Crew” Film Presented by Denny Tedesco, Director. Denny Tedesco, son of session guitarist Tommy Tedesco, presents a world –class documentary film about the experienced and finest studio musicians from the American pop music and recording scene in the 1960's-70's. ~ A wonderful, touching and hilarious film about the unsung stars of so many records that you carry in your heart. - Elvis Costello ~ The Wrecking Crew is in the league of the best music documentaries ever made. - Vintage Guitar. Saturday, July 23, 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., NAMM Idea Center, Booth #837
  • Roland demos the Jupiter 80 synth for the first time ever shown/played in the U.S.! Join in every 30 minutes starting 1/2 hour after Wanna Play Music Day at Summer NAMM opens. Demonstrations to last 20 minutes each. Featured artists: Robert Marcello of Danger Danger on Roland GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer and Scott Tibbs renowned keyboardist/composer and synthesizer programmer on Roland Jupiter 80 Synthesizer.
  • C.F. Martin & Co. is proud to present “The Evolution of the American Guitar” featuring Martin's Director of Artist and Public Relations, Dick Boak.

    Acoustic guitar aficionados are in for a treat during a presentation that will showcase one of America's favorite instruments and feature musical vignettes by featured Martin guitarists. The presentation will be given by Dick Boak, archivist for Martin Guitar. who will offer an interactive history of the 178-year-old guitar company, as well as showcase several important examples in the evolution of Martin acoustic guitars. The presentation will focus on the development of the modern acoustic guitar, Martin's historical contributions to the definitive acoustic guitar design, artist signature model collaborations, and on specific guitar shapes, sizes and tonewoods that lend themselves to particular musical genres.

    Boak, long-time Martin Guitar employee and author of Martin Guitar Masterpieces and Martin Guitars: A History, is a woodworker, guitar designer and builder, draftsman, Martin's public relations liaison, graphic artist, author, and guitarist. He is responsible for some of the most unique collaborates with top celebrity guitarists to design and build the finest instruments made at C.F. Martin & Co.
  • World's Fastest Drummer Competition—a Nashville favorite returns to Summer NAMM to celebrate its 10th anniversary! Come prove you have what it takes to be the world's fastest drummer!
  • Live music, and many more sessions and artists to be announced—stay tuned!

Carl Verheyen   Scott Tibbs Bernie Williams

Guitar Player Guitar Superstar 2011
Presented by Ampeg, EMG, Framus, NAMM, SKB, and Warwick.

Watch the top five finalists in Guitar Player Magazine's search for the ULTIMATE GUITAR STAR compete for the title of GUITAR PLAYER's GUITAR SUPERSTAR of 2011!

Finalists will perform original instrumental compositions in front of a panel of guitar-star judges. This year, the panel includes guitar alchemist Reeves Gabrels, Los Angeles session legend and Supertramp guitarist Carl Verheyen, and acoustic-music virtuoso Muriel Anderson. Hosting this year's competition is the legendary Larry Carlton.

Saturday, July 23 at 3 p.m.
Renaissance Hotel Nashville
611 Commerce St., Nashville TN
Tickets: $25 at the door
PLEASE NOTE: The Guitar Superstar 2011 tickets are a separate purchase from the Wanna Play Music Day tickets. After registering, you will be given the option to purchase a Guitar Superstar ticket in addition to a Wanna Play Music Day ticket.

For complete event info, and a preview of the competitors, judges, and sponsors, visit www.guitarplayer.com/superstar2011

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