The Industry Crossroads

There is no place in the world like The NAMM Show, and the much-anticipated industry reunion in Anaheim will be one of the most dynamic shows on record. While there is always a buzz on the tradeshow floor, attendees can look forward to several after-hour award shows, events, music, and parties.
Since 1901, NAMM has been serving companies operating throughout the musical instrument industry. Today NAMM serves over 7,000 active member companies and is continuously seeking to expand its reach to better serve the music products industry and promote music-making.
Umphrey’s McGee tour is back after a scary end to 2021, which saw the Omicron wave cancel our New Year’s Eve and New York City run of shows.
Festival season is back (kind of)! Umphrey’s McGee recently performed a two-hour set at The Peach Music Festival in Scranton, Pennsylvania. I thought this would be a fun opportunity to illustrate the workflow and schedule that is required to light a music festival.
When I was hired by Umphrey's Mcgee three specific shows stood out. The first was New York City's, Beacon Theater, home to the iconic room that was only a short train ride away from where I grew up.
NAMM Member, Lightswitch, is a “collective of internationally-recognized lighting, media, and visual designers committed to changing the way people experience the world.” This spring, Lightswitch applied its core disciplines of lighting design, media design, sustainably responsible design, and control system design and programming as part of a COVID-friendly art installat
Since 2014, Gig Gear and its founder, Danny Shatzkes, have focused “on providing professionals in gigging and touring, live event and production, theater, and film and grip industries as well as musicians, DJ’s, roadies, pro audio techs, A/V techs, and all other gigging professionals” with quality products and solutions.
Just about every mainstream pop, country, hip-hop, or rock show is linked to backing tracks or a click track in some fashion.
NAMM Member, CTS is a leading supplier of sensing, connectivity, and motion solutions for the creation and advancement of products and services around the world, including some found in the music products industry.
K-array is constantly investing “in the development of innovative technologies and in the creation of unprecedented solutions, going even further in the search for a revolutionary design that never compromises sound quality.”
4Wall Entertainment is a “full-service lighting, video, and rigging company servicing all facets of the entertainment industry,” established in 1999.
“To be open, honest, and giving. If I can manage to do that, every day is an “anything-can-happen-day.”