The NAMM Show 2017 Opening Event To Include Orianthi And Richie Sambora

NAMM Grande Plaza Anaheim

The 2017 NAMM Show is just around the corner, and with it, a host of today’s top musical talents are scheduled to perform for attendees at The NAMM Nissan Grand Plaza stage. This year will bring a variety of artists from across the sonic spectrum, with each evening offering performances from rock legends, a pro-athlete and accomplished jazz musician, and an R&B hitmaker, all in the spirit of musical diversity that can be found at The NAMM Show.

The event begins on Thursday, January 19th with former Michael Jackson and Alice Cooper guitarist Orianthi and her musical partner Richie Sambora (former Bon Jovi) as RSO. Offering a blend of each artist’s unique brand and style, the duo is making their debut NAMM performance to start the weekend long event!

Grammy® award-winner Sambora, also known for his passion for philanthropy, will offer up his world-renowned Songwriters Hall of Fame talent, addictive hooks and poetic lyrics. Platinum-selling guitarist Orianthi, named by Elle magazine as one of the top “12 Greatest Female Electric Guitarists” has spawned an amazing solo career, touring the world with her solo band (as seen below – courtesy of SonicMag Editor Joe Dolan) and will appear with Sambora at The NAMM Show following their recent worldwide tour schedule.

On Friday evening, January 20th, former center fielder for the New York Yankees, music education advocate and accomplished jazz musician Bernie Williams and his All-Star Band will take the stage to perform in The NAMM Foundation’s Celebration for Music Education. Williams, who enjoyed a 16-year career in Major League Baseball, is a classically-trained guitarist, Latin Grammy®-nominated (2009’s Moving Forward) musician, and designated Turnaround Arts artist a program from the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities. Williams and band will welcome fellow music and arts supporter, Turnaround Arts artist, singer, songwriter, and “Life is Beautiful” hitmaker, Keb’ Mo’, along with additional surprise performers throughout the evening. The NAMM Foundation’s Celebration for Music Education is designated to celebrate the many donors and supporters of the Foundation’s efforts and to encourage attendees to join in the organization’s efforts.

On Saturday, January 21, The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus celebrates its 20th Anniversary with The John Lennon Imagine Party featuring Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Ronnie Spector and The Ronettes. As the “Original Bad Girl of Rock & Roll,” Spector is best known for a long string of classic “girl group” rock anthems such as “Baby I Love You,” “Walking in The Rain,” and the international number one smash, “Be My Baby.”

Ronnie Spector
Ronnie Spector

The rock icon has charted material in six consecutive decades, and along the way collaborated with everyone from Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Springsteen, to Eddie Money, Joey Ramone and The Beatles. Ronnie and John Lennon first met in London during the Ronettes’ first U.K. tour in January of 1964, and in 1966, the group was personally chosen by The Beatles to open their final tour. From their first meeting forward, Lennon and Ronnie shared a close friendship with Lennon playing and singing on Ronnie‘s first solo recordings in 1971. The night will celebrate the Lennon Bus20th Anniversary, the connection we share through music, and inspire those in attendance to continue to build a more musical world.

John Lennon Educational Tour Bus
John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

Each act will start at 6:00 p.m. and be preceded by a variety of performers throughout the day. The previously announced schedule is available here: https://www.namm.org/thenammshow/2017/events/schedule#concerts