Wednesday, March 07, 2012

NAMM, Concerts and musicals

As students of Musicians Institute we got to go to NAMM on the last day, so me and Dan headed to Anaheim convention center and enjoyed the madness. All instruments you could think of were shown there and a lot of celebrities with it, including Paul Gilber (guitarist of Mr. Big), Derrick Wright (drummer for Adele), Vinnie Moore (guitarist UFO), Steve Morse (guitarist for Deep Purple, Kansas)
Dave La Rue (bassist Steve Morse Band, Dixie Drags), Carmine Appice (drummer, Ozzy Osbourne, Ted Nugent, Rod Stewart, etc), Vinnie Appice (drummer Black Sabbath, etc.), Rusty Coolidge (guitarist Day of Reckoning). I didn´t really know them but it was fun taking photos of Dan with his idols. He had dreamt of going to this convention since he heard about it.

We have had the pleasure of going to a couple of concerts, mostly at our school Musicians institute.

We went to Venice Beach Townhouse to see Shana Halligan (singer of the band Bitter:sweet) sing. The best part was that Dan got to know her guitarist. Great guy and great concert. Really low key and personal. There were even artists painting in the back. Awesome place.

Our friend Eytan joined the band Midnight Mirage, so we saw them perform at Whiskey A Go Go. They´ve got great chemistry and a great show. Pop rock at its best.

I was sick but Dan said i had to see the Aristocrats play at school and boy was he right. They rocked!

I was most surprised at guitarist Tommy Emmanuel. I saw him because of Dan but fell in love with his music. Acoustic guitar at its best. Songwriting at its best. So personal and sweet. See the video...

My school interviewed Brandon Boyd (singer of Incubus) and we were there. Dan even asked him a question regarding songwriting, where Brandon referenced Joseph Campbell. Smart fella!

One of my favourite musicals is the Monty Python musical Spamalot, so i had to take Dan to see it

I also have great musician friends, check them out

Sara Smith

Yokul Jonsson

Jonina G. Aradottir

Mer Pollack

Steed Lord

my man dan and his band Granite Janet

then of course my site

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