Vinnie & the Hooligans
Catching the stage at NAMM on a
Saturday morning was a score
By Sally A.
There is so much to see at NAMM that you
often forget that music is also outdoors on a few
different stages set up around the convention center. I
caught Vinnie & the Hooligans on the main entrance stage
the morning of January 25. With the thought of only
hanging for a song or two, I ended up watching their
complete set. This band blew me away. They are a
five-piece string band out of Orange County, California,
who honed their roots from bluegrass, rock ní roll and
blues, as well as alternative inspirations. Their guts and
glory delves deep into the working class all-American
As I looked around I found that the
crowd, which began with only a few curious onlookers, grew
with every song Vinnie & the Hooligans played. People who
may not have known about this band now know and left huge
fans. I, too, can be counted among them.
Coming up on this band was a big time
score. Amid all the hustle and bustle of checking out the
products that NAMM has to offer, it pays to take a break
and really enjoy the pleasures of talented musicians that
play for your entertainment.
I look forward to hearing more from Vinnie & the
Hooligans in the future and canít wait to see them live
Boys-- you owned that stage. I wish
you much success for the future and canít wait until the
next time I can see you play!