A Great First Day In AnaheimFriday, January 24th, 2014
Day 1 of the 2014 NAMM Show in Anaheim is just about to be one for the books. It was a great day on the show floor, albeit a bit hard on the feet, but I’ll be back to top form soon. Two years away from the show will do that to you…
The day began at the Sabian booth, where the company was set to introduce some new products and partnerships, highlighted by the announcement of the 2014 Cymbal Vote winners. First, though, was a short but undeniable heartfelt celebration of the life of Sabian founder and friend of the industry, Bob Zildjian. I’m sure RZ would have been proud to have seen the display this year, and how enthusiastic its visitors were to celebrate the products he pioneered.
We saw some new Gon Bops offering, heard more about Sabian’s partnership with Crescent Cymbals, and then had Korn drummer Ray Luzier reveal the Cymbal Vote winners – the AAX Freq Hats, AA Raw Bell Crash, AAX Iso Crash, and AAX X-Plosion Ride. The hats especially are calling on me for a closer look – hopefully I get some time to smash a few cymbals in the coming days.
Come lunch time, I wandered up the Grand Plaza between the Hilton and Marriott hotels which is lined with gourmet food trucks. My mouth was watering when I read the Burger Monster menu, but it seemingly had that effect on every other attendee, because the lineup was super long and informed the decision to seek out a shorter line (at a healthier destination).
There was also some great music on the stage at the end of the plaza, courtesy of a band called The Royal Sound. Not a bad way to relax for 20 minutes, out in the sun with a nice breeze.
I also had the chance to sit in on one of NAMM University veteran Danny Rocks’ presentations at the Idea Center, which has been mostly full each time I’ve darted by it en route to a new meeting. It’s always good to see people taking advantage of that great opportunity and I hope to take in a few more sessions in the coming days. Don’t be surprised if some of our upcoming feature content is based on one of these sessions.
Once the show floor closes, the CMT team will be off to the Chairman’s Reception at the nearby Marriott before CMT‘s NAMM Canadian Reception, which is sure to be a great time – good people, good music, good food, can’t go wrong. More tomorrow morning.