Summer NAMM, the mid-year trade show for the $17 billion music and sounds products business, comes to Nashville June 23-25 with veteran and rising stars set to join established and start-up companies showcasing their goods.
Charlie Daniels, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in March, will offer stories and songs on the opening night of the convention, which will take place in Nashville's Music City Center.
Country music icons Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill will be honored June 25 at the American Eagle Awards, presented during Summer NAMM by the National Music Council, which also will bestow its Eagle Award on the Grand Ole Opry.
Although the trade show normally is open only to members of NAMM -- the National Association of Music Merchants -- and their customers, discounted badges will be sold to the public June 25, billed as Music Industry Day. On that date, Craig Wayne Boyd, winner of the 7th season of The Voice, will perform -- with his favored instrument from Dean Guitars, a NAMM exhibitor.
Another highlight of the event will be the Top 100 Dealer Awards, presented June 24 to NAMM members nationwide, in a ceremony emceed by CMT host Cody Alan.
"Summer NAMM continues its record of solid growth," says Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM, "up six percent in exhibit space over last year."
This year's event expects to feature 1,600 brands, with 125 exhibiting for the first time.
Like The NAMM Show staged each winter in Anaheim, Calif., Summer NAMM is known for showcasing both well-known and emerging music product brands. Mainstays like Casio, Fender, Gibson, Martin Guitars more can be found in the exhibit hall as well as the likes of Tomkat Pedals, the Bourbon Barrel Guitar Company, Jambourine and Ontop World Music.
Adds Lamond: "Our manufacture and retail members are committed to leading the way in creating new tools and solutions for musicians and industry professionals in our rapidly changing musical ecosystem."