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Nashville Drum Show 2012The annual Nashville Drum Show will take place September 29th and 30th, 2012 at the Nashville Expo Center at the Tennessee state Fairgrounds. Part industry trade show, part swap meet, and part entertainment event, the show features exhibits by vintage drum collectors and dealers, custom drum builders, retail drum shops and music stores, drum parts wholesalers, and major drum, cymbal & percussion accessory manufacturers from around the world. Several famous performers will appear in evening concerts — Keith Carlock with Wayne Krantz, country rock pioneers Poco, and The Midnight Riders, the popular Allman Brothers tribute band from Nashville. Other features are the annual Snare Drum Olympics contest, the Drum Set Solo contest, a daily Jam Session and the Vintage Drum Museum exhibit. The show is open to the general public and any one may rent one of the 150 exhibit booths. The Nashville Drum Show is produced by George Lawrence of Not So Modern Drummer Magazine and Gary Forkum of Fork’s Drum Closet. Daily admission is $15 at the door or in advance. All details concerning exhibitor registration, admission, schedules and contests can be seen and downloaded online at NotSoModernDrummer.com or contact George Lawrence at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone (330) 338-6035.

This event began in 1996 as the Not So Modern Drummer Vintage Drum Show with a small number of exhibitors and attendees. In 1998 founding publisher of Not So Modern Drummer, John Aldridge, added the Snare Drum Olympics — a contest which showcases, publicizes and promotes high end snare drums built by major drum manufacturers and small custom drum builders. The show and contest were held during the same week as the Summer Namm Show in Nashville up until this year when it was moved to a later, cooler date in the Fall, renamed the Nashville Drum Show, and relocated to the larger fairgrounds venue. This drum show is now one of the biggest in the nation, rivaling the Hollywood Drum Show and the Chicago Drum Show.

Not So Modern Drummer Magazine is the world’s first vintage and custom drum magazine. Started in 1988 as a four page newsletter, it has grown into a major monthly digital publication, the Nashville Drum Show, the BlueBookOfDrums.com website, and the Not So Modern Drum Company featuring metal snare drums engraved by John Aldridge. Owner and editor George Lawrence is the drummer for POCO, venerable pioneers of country rock music.



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Not So Modern Drummer Magazine is the world’s first vintage and custom drum magazine. Started in 1988 as a four page newsletter, it has grown into a major monthly print and digital publication that also reviews and advertises current drum manufacturers, and a popular research and bluebook website. It is now also the parent company of the Not So Modern Drum Company featuring metal snare drums engraved by John Aldridge, and the Famous Drum Company featuring new designs in snare drums by woodworking artist Joe Partridge.