The Summer NAMM Show is only a few weeks away, and unlike the 100% industry-only Winter NAMM Show, the Summer version includes a day for the general public to attend. So if you’ve ever wanted to see what NAMM is like, check out a bunch of killer gear before it hits the stores, catch some rare live performances, attend seminars and workshops, and generally hobnob with your fellow musicians, I highly recommend making the trip to Nashville.

The details of Public Day are at the end of this post, but here are a few experiences I’ve personally had at the last few Winter NAMM shows, to give you an idea of the stuff that generally goes on at these events. These are just from my experiences. Your NAMM experience may vary, but is likely to be awesome.

Performances I’ve seen: Mike Keneally, Frank Gambale, Stu Hamm, Orianthi, Coheed & Cambria, Testament, Steve Vai/Steve Morse/Paul Gilbert/Blues Sarasceno/Joe Bonamassa/Albert Lee/Dave LaRue, David Grissom, Paul Reed Smith Band, The Aristocrats, Eric Johnson, Lee Ritenour…

Nice folks I’ve met: Steve Vai, Bryan Beller, Paul Gilbert, Vivian Campbell, Alex Skolnick, DJ Ashba, Richie Kotzen, Frank Gambale, Devin Townsend, Marco Minnemann, Nuno Bettencourt, Phil Collen, Rich Ward, Paul Crook, John 5, Davy Knowles, Brad Whitford, Dweezil Zappa, Dave Weiner, Mark Tremonti, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Petrucci…

Folks who I didn’t meet but saw wandering around or signing stuff: Yngwie Malmsteen, Quincy Jones, Kerry King, Duff McKagan, Joe Satriani, Mick Mars, Vinnie Paul, Eric Peterson, Chris Jericho, David Ellefson, Michael Anthony, Donovan, Herman Li, Eddie Kramer, Rob Trujillo, Jack Bruce, Dave Mustaine, Michael Wilton, Steve Morse, Steve Lukather, Mike Portnoy, Scott Ian, Bootsy Collins, Buckethead, Dick Dale, Lita Ford…

Legendary industry folk: Buddy Blaze, Sterling Ball, Dudley Gimple, Seymour Duncan, Evan Skopp, Michael Molenda, Rick Turner, Brad Tolinski, Grover Jackson, Bob Taylor, Steve Blucher, Joseph Knaggs, Paul Reed Smith, Tom Wheeler, Dave Burrlock, Phyllis Fender, Andy Brauer, Rich Harris, Darren Johansen, Thomas Nordegg…

And then there’s the gear I’ve got my hands (or at least eyes) on: Ibanez Universe swirl reissue, Ibanez Jem Evo relic, the EverTune bridge, the Music Man Game Changer, the Paul Reed Smith Dweezil Zappa model, Fender American Select series, Jaden Rose guitars, the Taylor SolidBody, EVH 5150III 50 watt… I could go on and on and on.

So if you’d like to see what kind of NAMM experience awaits you, here’s the info:

What: Summer NAMM “PUBLIC DAY”

Where: Nashville Convention Center

When: Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: $15

Details: Summer NAMM opens its doors to the general public and music enthusiasts of all ages for live music, a rare look at new music-making technologies and interactive musician workshops.

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SUMMER NAMM “PUBLIC DAY” / Nashville Convention Center

Summer NAMM opens its doors to the general public and music enthusiasts of all ages for live music, a rare look at new music-making technologies and interactive musician workshops.

9:15am – 10am: Richard Gilwitz, Fingerstyle Guitarist, Foundation Lounge, Room 210

10:00am – 1:00pm: World’s Fastest Drummer preliminary competition / Level 1, East Lobby

10:30am – 11:00am: “Haiti 10 – Faith, Love and Music” / Idea Center Booth 837, Level 1

11:00am: How to Use a Work Station in a studio setting / Room 102, Level 1

10 Best Social Networking Sites for Marketing to Fans / Room 211, Level 2

Win a Digital Record Deal with Guitar Player Records / Room 214, Level 2

Sticks ‘n’ Skins – The Sessions / Idea Center Booth 837, Level 1

Ergo We Play performs (SchoolJam USA winners) / Foundation Lounge, Rm. 210

Ukedelics Perform / Exhibit Hall Acoustic Stage

12:00pm: New TC-Helicon Vocal Effects for the Acoustic Singer / Songwriter / Room 102, L1

Live Sound Basics / Room 207, Level 2

10 Ways to Make Better Sounding Recordings / Room 211, Level 2

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Ukulele Circle hands-on demo / Foundation Lounge, Room 210

1:00pm: So, You Want To Be a Session Player panel discussion/ Room 208, Level 2

10 Tips for Effective Pre-Production / Room 211, Level 2

1:30pm: Live Sound Tips & Tricks / Room 207, Level 2

1:30pm – 2:15pm: Ukedelics Perform / Foundation Lounge, Room 210

2:00pm: The Psychology of Producing Hit Songs / Idea Center Booth 837, L1

GigEasy Demo with Darren Kramer / Room 102, Level 1

10 Elements of a Hit Song / Room 211, Level 2

2:00pm – 4:00pm: World’s Fastest Drummer Competition Finals / Level 1 East Lobby

3:00pm: Drum Circle hands-on demo / Level 3, East Lobby

10 Ways to Exploit Facebook for Success / Room 211, Level 2

And finally, some of my NAMM pics:

Jacksons, anyone?
Itty bitty baby Marshalls!
Eric Johnson concert!
Mysterious glowing Ibanez room
Steve Vai playing a Les Paul? What the hell?