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The Annual Everything-Music Convention: NAMM 2014 

The annual convention for music merchants and everything music industry related converged on the Anaheim Convention Center this past week. This year's show had a modern edge where innovation, creativity and tech were highly focused on. The Bay Area music industry leaders were also present with their own impressive booths such as: Dunlop and Monster, the latter seemed to have advanced this years newest items towards the growing movement in electronics and visual presentations. I found myself not just strolling through the classic "band" gear, but found a wonderland for the DJ this year as well, where pads, lightshows and digital screens are the medium. There was no shortage of elite artists seen demonstrating instruments or just checking out the goods themselves. Spotted at the show: Marilyn Manson, Stevie Wonder, George Lynch, Steven Tyler, Doyle, Piggy D and Mike Inez. Steve Stevens was seen signing autographs at yet another Bay Area Merchant booth, Rock N' Roll Relics Guitars, based in SF. Every night after the show concluded the surrounding hotels and venues became alive with nightly performances and parties; this was the pre-Grammy place to be and there was no shortage of top level performances. Photography by Calibree.
Todd Buller/Ruben/ Paul MacLachlan of nSLASHa at Yorkville/Traynor-
Axis Percussion
DBZ Guitars:
The Blue Dragon Guitar
Dig The Kid perform in the GoPro
Members of SF's own The Soft White Sixties:
Electric cellists with Hector Ortiz-
Crush Drums and Percussion
The Airboard
NAMM 2014-
ESP Guitars custom creations
George Lynch Signature Guitars at ESP
Musicians browse the main room at ESP
ESP/Hayden Amplification live performance
Archangel custom
Archangel custom
George Lynch interview
Minarik Guitars
Sabian LTD
Birdio Gear Limited
Blackbird Guitars:
Mey America
Ben Smith (of Heart) and Jeff Fogerty
Vagina Guitar Van
Vino and Barbara (of
Buffet Group USA
Ben Smith (of Heart)
Players at Dunlop
Dunlop Manufacturers Inc.
Dig The Kid at TC Group
Air Sound Source
Dj Raffee at Monster
Perfomers at Schimmel
Billy Rowe of Rock N Roll Relics:
Mike Inez (of Alice in Chains) at David Allen Pickups:
Rex Brown (Pantera) and Mark Zavon
Steve Stevens (of Billy Idol) meet and greet at Rock N Roll Relics/David Allen Pickups
Guitarist Jeff Kalmbach:
Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein (Misfits)
Mike Keneally (Dethklok/Satriani)
NAMM Show 2014
Songwriter Winners from John Lennon Education perform
Piggy D (Rob Zombie)
Jeff Campbell performs on the lobby stage:
Audio Visual Exhibit Room
Aeson Event Technologies
Jeff Campbell
Adam West and Reyka Osbourn of Death Valley High:
Todd Buller/Ruben/ Paul MacLachlan of nSLASHa at Yorkville/Traynor-
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