7 Event Tech Highlights at The 2019 NAMM Show

The 2019 NAMM Show features more offerings for event technology professionals than ever before. With opportunities to earn free ESTA credits through dynamic and informative education sessions, attendees are urged to take advantage of the full suite of trainings. ESTA has curated four education tracks, including safety, lighting and electrical, lighting networking, and rigging. In addition, PLSN and FOH have developed the Pro Production sessions, an exciting program featuring interviews, panel discussions and sessions with event tech thought leaders.

These sessions are located on Level 4 of the NAMM U Education Center at the Hilton Anaheim, conveniently adjacent to the pro sound community in ACC North and the dedicated event technology area in Hall A—offering the perfect complement to power your live event experience.

Visit our Events Schedule page for the full list. When you find your favorites, add them to your calendar, via the My Show Planner tool and the new NAMM Shows app.

The following are few highlights from the upcoming show:

It Doesn’t Get More Real Than This: Mortal Danger at Shows
Thursday, January 24, 1:30–3:30 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Level 4, A5

Live events give rise to a huge variety of potential dangers, from the health and safety of touring professionals to crowd management and event security. This session will feature two presenters with unfortunate, first-hand experience in tragedy. Jim Digby, president of the Event Safety Alliance and former tour manager for Linkin Park, will talk with Shawn London, who was the sound engineer for Eagles of Death Metal at the Bataclan nightclub. Attorney and ESA Vice President Steven Adelman will moderate. This session is brought to you by the Event Safety Alliance, ESTA and PLSN/FOH.

ESTA’s Happy Hour for Behind the Scenes
Thursday, January 24, 6–8 pm, Marriott, Level 1, Platinum Ballroom Patio

Purchase your tickets to this networking session held on the opening night of The NAMM Show. Beer, wine and light bites will be served while you connect with friends old and new.

Lighting Design in All the Wrong Spaces
Friday, January 25, 2– 3:30 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Level 4, A2

Expert Steve Shelley will discuss lighting “alternate venues.” You’ll learn an effective toolkit for powering and placing lights in less-than-ideal spaces.

In Conversation With Stefaan 'Smasher' Desmedt
Friday, January 25, 2:30–4:00 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Level 3, A5

Stefaan "Smasher" Desmedt was a 25-year member of the creative team for U2, as video director and technical director. Smasher will discuss the evolution of his video design during the band's consecutive groundbreaking world tours, as well as the possibilities in the future of video and audience-technology interaction.

18th Annual Parnelli Awards
Friday, January 25, 6–10 pm, Hilton Anaheim, Level 2, Pacific Ballroom

Purchase your tickets and join the event technology industry’s greatest stars for good doing, food and the privilege of honoring the best of the best.

An Introduction to DMX512
Saturday, January 26, 9–11:00 am, Hilton Anaheim, Level 4, A3

After over 30 years in existence, the industry-standard DMX512 lighting control protocol still offers challenges for users and designers. This course will dive deep into the history, technical background, application and standard practices needed to assemble a reliable DMX512 control network. Some of the topics to be covered include cabling, connectors, wiring topologies, end-of-line termination, addressing and the architecture of the protocol itself. In addition, attention will be given to common myths about the protocol referencing the ANSI standard and ESTA's Recommended Practice for DMX512.

In Conversation With Peter Morse (Production/Lighting Designer)
Saturday, January 26, 10–11:30 am, Hilton Anaheim, Level 4, A5

Peter Morse is a renowned production designer and lighting designer for concert touring, video and film. With a career that spans more than 35 years, Emmy Winner and Parnelli Award Winner Peter Morse has worked with some of the world’s best performers on astonishing productions. He has collaborated with Michael Jackson, Madonna, Barbara Streisand, Prince, Usher, Bette Midler, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, Andrea Bocelli, The Eagles, Sean Combs, Dolly Parton and many more.