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NAMM 2020 Show Report

Nook Schoenfeld • FeaturesFebruary 2020 • February 9, 2020

NAMM welcomed in a new decade with another tremendous show, with over 115,000 people stopping by the Anaheim Convention Center from Jan 16-19th. The lighting section enjoyed an attendance level from the opening morning on, that was unheralded. PLSN caught up with 30 different friends of ours for a grip and grin to see what they were offering new. The Parnelli Awards as well as the TEC Awards boasted quite a few popular musicians stopping by to pay respects and pickup their own awards in some case. Once again, NAMM offered a selection of educational experiences to all who attend that are free of charge, along with others requiring a separate fee. This brought out stacks of industry pros to talk at sessions, as well as technical classes on everything from console operation to pixel mapping. We thank the following companies for showing their wares.

4Wall/Used Lighting were on hand to show their expertise as a vendor as well as seller of used gear.

Absen showed some of their video displays, from the Polaris Series to the fine pitch Aries line.

















Adam Hall Group featured many different products, including the Cameo Lights brand.

ADJ’s packed booth was full of flashing lights and IP65 stuff worth checking out.

Altman Lighting was on hand to show their latest Siren Series, with two followspots and a par.

Antari was at the show to feature their many lines of fog, smoke and haze devices.

CM is always available to educate the masses about rigging and hoist needs for any event or install.

Cosmic Truss/GLP had their guitar made of truss synced up

Drape Kings showed why they are the go-to folks for all pipe and drape nationwide.

Duck Lights, those wonderful guys behind timecode applications, offer fully-synced visuals for shows.

Dura Truss/Global Truss America displayed their wares with a ground-supported structure.

Elation displayed the Mondrian, Monet and Rembrandt fixtures from their Artiste line. The new Fuze Wash FR is amazing.

ESTA was on hand to offer info on the ETCP and how to become more knowledgeable through training.


Froggy’s Fog showed off their various devices, including the new F8 machine for Fobbles, and HazeBase fixtures. Pictured here are David Rollins and Bruce Bandy.


Galaxis had wireless firing systems for controlling pyro as well as their G-Flame unit for canisters or propane use. Pictured here is Charles, a.k.a. Redd.


Harlequin Floors were on hand to discuss all their flooring options for your stage.


Master FX had their Atlas LED fog generator pumping as well as their Mystic Haze machines.


Mega Systems’ big news was their ClearView (see-through) LED display that’s IP65-rated. Their Disco Lighting Control software is hip.


Reliable Design displayed their mobile, rotating upside down drum kit design, perfect for a Mötley Crüe cover band.


Swisson showcased their expertise in signal flow and DMX converter/expansion devices.

The Light Source brought their mobile display of hardware, house lights and nifty devices to the show.

TMB has something for everyone, from Nuri*Lites to Floppy Flex, Pro Cables and Solaris fixtures.


Ultratec and Grand Majestic FX joined forces to show their smoke and confetti-blowing capabilities.


PLSN LD-at-Large columnist Chris Lose interviewed Bob Bonniol (pictured here), Sooner Routhier, Chris Lisle and Aron Altmark for live podcasts from NAMM’s Designer Studio, in the heart of the exhibition’s Entertainment Technology Showcase area.


See you next year!



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