Don’t Miss ‘Best in Show’ at Summer NAMM

What will be the best-selling products this holiday season? How about the most talked-about new musical technologies? Find out at “Best in Show,” the closing NAMM U Breakfast Session at 2018 Summer NAMM. Held Saturday, June 30 in the Davidson Ballroom at Nashville’s Music City Center, the event starts at 8:30 a.m., with a hot breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. (first come, first served). “Best in Show” is free and open to all NAMM members and attendees.

Hosted by Frank Alkyer, publisher of Music Inc. and UpBeat Daily magazines, this Breakfast Session features a panel of music retail gear experts who’ve shopped the far corners of the show floor. They’ll reveal their top picks—the can’t-miss products, services and technologies to see before you leave Summer NAMM. And exhibitors, make sure you’re there, too. You might just be a “Best in Show” winner.

You’ll hear about more than 24 new picks in four different categories: Best Add-Ons and Accessories, Gotta Stock It, Companies to Watch and Best in Show. This will include everything from guitars and drums to band and orchestral instruments to pro audio gear. And as a bonus, expect demos, previews and discussions about why these products matter to you.

“Year after year, ‘Best in Show’ remains one of the most exciting events at Summer NAMM and reason alone to be there Saturday morning,” said Zach Phillips, NAMM’s director of professional development. “Music retailers get an inside look at the biggest products that are about to make waves in the industry, and in their own businesses. Exhibitors, who are usually busy at their booths and may not have time to see the show floor, get a rare opportunity to check out the best of Summer NAMM. And, of course, there’s always the chance that they’re a ‘Best in Show’ winner.”

“Best in Show” is one of three NAMM U Breakfast Sessions. Thursday morning features “Retail Innovators” with NAMM President and CEO Joe Lamond, and Friday morning welcomes marketing pioneer Marcus Sheridan for “How to Become a Digital Powerhouse: 7 Steps to Online Transformation.” All are free and open to NAMM members.