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For one of the first times ever, the NAMM show is opening its doors to the public during the summer event in Nashville on Saturday, July 23. The Music Player Network (BASS PLAYER, ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN, GUITAR PLAYER, and KEYBOARD) is part of a joint effort with NAMM to present WANNA PLAY MUSIC DAY—an event that will include consumer clinics, master classes, concerts, and “first looks” at all the new gear debuted by exhibitors at the show.

“For years, the mystique of NAMM has thrilled all musicians from seasoned players to obsessed enthusiasts to starry-eyed beginners,” says Music Player Network Editorial Director Michael Molenda. “It should be no surprise the MPN reader communities are eagerly awaiting Wanna Play Music Day. Letting the public experience all that shiny new gear is a great opportunity in itself, but Wanna Play Music Day also seeks to educate musicians about how to play better, and how to sound better—both essential missions of MPN. We’re looking forward to serving this energized musician community.”

“On Saturday, July 23, we’re changing the sign out front of Summer NAMM from TRADE ONLY to MUSICIANS WELCOME!,” said Joe Lamond, president and CEO, NAMM. 

Tickets for Summer NAMM’s Wanna Play Music Day are $15 in advance (before July 8) $20 thereafter (July 8-23), and are on sale at