Jesse Spencer of Fox's House
Photo: Courtesy Fox
The NAMM Show will start each morning with live music from many diverse acts. On Thursday, the show kicks off with the 40th anniversary of the Petiot All-Industry Marching Band who will join forces with the Get a Life Marching Band from Portland, Ore., to lead the parade. At 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, at the Wanna Play Lennon Bus Stage at the Arena Plaza, Yoko Ono, Quincy Jones and a host of other celebrities will show their support for music education and The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus in 2010—the year that would have been Lennon's 70th birthday and 30th anniversary of his death. Thursday's events conclude with a tribute to Industry Leaders Lost, featuring guitarist Doyle Dykes and the L.A. Scots, followed by a concert from The Mark Wood Orchestra featuring Jesse Spencer from FOX's House.
On Friday, the Wicked Tinkers will open the show with plenty of energetic Celtic music. That evening, the NAMM Icon Jam takes centerstage and features a variety of music artists, including Alan White, Lee Oskar, Liberty DeVito, Peter Tork and more.
Saturday opens with the 350-piece Los Angeles Unified School District All-District High School Honor Band thundering up Convention Way in front of the Anaheim Convention Center. Then, the U.S. Airforce's Mobility band will take the main lobby stage. In the afternoon, NAMM will present the finals of the SchoolJam USA teen battle of the bands competition, featuring a performance by Jive Recording artists The Dares. That evening, Michael Jackson guitarist Orianthi will play a special concert on the main lobby stage, presented by PRS Guitars.
Steel Pan Palooza will kick off the last day of the show and later, the final act on the main lobby stage will be Grammy Award winners the Mariachi Divas. Also on Sunday, Roland Corporation will present a performance by contemporary Christian artist Andrae Crouch.