A Podcast-Blog-Photos Website on Concert Reviews, Interviews, & Music Discussions
Posted on 5/23/2013
ZZ Top In Concert
Concert Blast continued with the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, TN. A major part of the coverage is the work of expert concert photographer Brian Hasbrook. While Mike Arnold and Tom Thompson were busy cutting up with the festival fans and covering the audio commentary portion of the music acts, Brian was busy getting to the various stages. This is part two of Brian’s work from Saturday night’s acts which included; Patti Smith, Dwight Yoakam, Big Boi, The Black Keys, Gov’t Mule and ZZ Top. Enjoy Brian Hasbrook’s day 2 from the Beale Street Music Festival concert photos!
Podcast: Play in new window
Posted on 5/21/2013
One of the three large Beale Street Music Festival Stages
The fun continued for the Concert Blast staff at the Beale Street Music Festival for Day Two coverage on Saturday May 4th. On this day we covered ZZ Top, The Black Keys, Patti Smith, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dwight Yoakam, and Gavin DeGraw. Saturday started on a great note as we have always started for many years… sleeping in late and getting a late lunch at the world’s famous barbeque ribs restaurant, Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous! They have sponsored our Saturday coverage for years and this year they asked us to return next year. We thank both sponsors that helped make these trips possible, Rendezvous and The Best Around Food Concessions! Check out the podcast and/or read the following blog on our Saturday adventures!
Posted on 5/19/2013
Yngwie Malmsteen In Concert
Concert Blast returned to Memphis, TN to cover the Beale Street Music Festival again this year. A major part of the coverage is the work of expert concert photographer Brian Hasbrook. While Mike Arnold and Tom Thompson were busy cutting up with the festival fans and covering the audio commentary portion of the music acts, Brian was busy trying to meet the demands of being on time at as many stages as possible to take photos from the pit in front of the stage. This is part one of Brian’s work from Friday night’s acts which includes; The Joy Formidable, Yngwie Malmsteen, Deftones, Daryl Hall & John Oates and The Wallflowers. Enjoy Brian Hasbrook’s Beale Street Music Festival concert photos!
Podcast: Play in new window
Posted on 5/14/2013
Beale Street Music Festival Crowd
One of the first topics Concert Blast covered on our very first show was the discussion of Tom Thompson’s trip to Memphis as he attended the Beale Street Music Festival in May of 2005. Every year since, Concert Blast has covered the three day music festival and have enjoyed every one of them. This is part one of a three part series of what happened in Memphis, TN at Tom Lee Park during the first weekend in Memphis In May. Special thanks to the Memphis In May staff for inviting us every year to cover this event and for making us feel very welcomed!
Posted on 5/9/2013
For those Broadway musical lovers, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, TN, will host one of the best and most popular performances as the Broadway tour of The Lion King stops for an extensive engagement from May 7th through June 2nd, 2013. Read the press release and make sure to purchase your tickets to see this spectacular tour. https://patron.tpac.org/events/detail/lion-king-tpac
Posted on 4/28/2013
On Saturday April 20th, 2013, Record Store Day was celebrated throughout the world to continue to bring awareness that vinyl records still exist and to bring them to turntables everywhere… well, for those who still have turntables. One of our Concert Blast friends and guest blogger, Terri Gibson, spent her day at Jack White‘s Third Man Records in Nashville, TN to celebrate this annual event. Check out Terri’s blog and be sure to make plans to attend next year’s Record Store Day!
Posted on 4/16/2013
NASHVILLE – The worldwide party musical, ROCK OF AGES, will bring a little Sunset Strip to Music City for a limited engagement of three performances at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall on April 19-20. Tickets are on sale now at www.tpac.org, by phone at (615) 782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville. For group sales, call (615) 782-4060.
Posted on 4/10/2013
Elton John In Concert - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena - 4/5/2013
Piano expert/singer/songwriter Elton John returned to Nashville, TN to excite his fans of young and old to a greatest hits concert on 4/5/2013. Elton used to visit Nashville on every tour that reached the Southeast, but it has been a while since he’s visited the Music City. Although Concert Blast wasn’t granted concert review passes for this show, Elton’s management did grant us a photo pass. Our Concert Blast friend (and excellent photographer) Samantha Shrader took on the duties of helping us out for the night. Check out her photos!
Posted on 3/29/2013
It’s that time of the year… The concert season begins and the bills are adding up. We want to extend a plea to our listeners, readers, and viewers to help us out with our expenses by joining in on donating to our our Concert Blast Pledge Drive.
Last year we created a Kickstarter Campaign to help cover our trip to Memphis as we covered the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival. This year we want to raise enough funds for the entire year and decided to create our own Concert Blast Pledge Drive by handling all the details and setting up ways to donate to our Paypal account. Please consider helping us with our bills of the internet, recording equipment, traveling, and various other expenses. We have a video explaining the pledge so please continue reading to see the gifts we are willing to give to you by donating to our cause… THANK YOU from Concert Blast! Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson.
Nashville based rockers 3 Doors Down announced they will be performing a rare acoustic performance in Nashville, TN at the historic War Memorial Auditorium on may 4, 2013. This concert will be a benefit for The Better Life Foundation. Tickets are now on sale. Continue to read the official press release.
Posted on 3/15/2013
Nashville TN’s TPAC (Tennessee Performing Arts Center) will welcome the Broadway musical, Flashdance to it’s stage March 19th-24. The popular movie from the 80′s will come alive again in a musical featuring dances and songs from the classic movie along with new ones. Tickets for this limited, one-week engagement start at $15 and are on sale now at www.tpac.org, by phone at (615) 782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling (615) 782-4060. Read the official press release and get your tickets to see this spectacular performance.
Posted on 2/28/2013
Tom Keifer In Concert - Nashville, TN
Tom Keifer, the front man for the hard rock – big hair band from the 80s, Cinderella, performed in Nashville, TN at the popular live music club, 3rd and Lindsley as a stop on his tour to promote his upcoming solo project. Concert Blast was invited to review the show so Mike Arnold and Brian Hasbrook were more than pleased to head to one of their favorite Nashville, TN night spots to review the concert. Tom Keifer and his Nashville musician friends put on a show that thrilled the over sold-out crowd consisting mainly of Cinderella fans. Read Mike Arnold’s concert review as he steps through Tom’s set list.
Posted on 2/26/2013
Tom Keifer In Concert - Nashville, TN - 3rd and Lindsley
Hard Rockers Cinderella front man, Tom Keifer, made a tour stop in Nashville, TN at the club 3rd and Lindsley to promote his upcoming solo record which is due to be released in April. Tom performed to a packed venue of over 300 Cinderella rock fans. Our Concert Blast photographer, Brian Hasbrook, supplied the concert photos… Enjoy!
Podcast: Play in new window
Rick Springfield In Concert - Nashville, TN - Wildhorse Saloon
Posted on 2/25/2013
It was that time of the year again when lovers exchange gifts and/or cards and Rick Springfield rolls into Nashville, TN for his annual Wildhorse Saloon Valentine’s Day performance. Rick Springfield has made a habit to perform in Nashville this time every year, as he told us, “Because the chicks are hot!” Let me say that the 63 year young Rick Springfield is also on fire with his rock n’ roll (and at times hard rock) performance. Rick Springfield put on a 90 minute set consisting of his hits from the 80s, his favorite cover songs, as well as many tunes from his latest album, “Songs for the End of the World“. Rick said the world didn’t end in December 2012 like some predicted, but if it would have, his new album would have been a great soundtrack for it. Enjoy our blog concert review written by Mike Arnold and Mike’s podcast recorded from the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, TN.
Rick Springfield - Nashville, TN - Wildhorse Saloon - 2/14/2013
Posted on 2/24/2013
Rick Springfield has made a habit to perform in Nashville, TN around Valentine’s Day every year. This year he performed on the special day, which brought out many couples to pack the Wildhorse Saloon once again. Our Concert Blast photographer friend, Mike Deinlein, supplied us with the concert photos… Enjoy!
Posted On 2/12/2013
ARRIVES IN NASHVILLE FEBRUARY 19-24
AT THE TENNESSEE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
NASHVILLE – TRACES, the acclaimed show by the Montreal-based troupe 7 Fingers, arrives at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s Andrew Jackson Hall for eight performances on February 19-24.
Tickets start at $15 and are on sale now by visiting www.tpac.org, calling (615) 782-4040, and visiting the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville. For groups of 10 or more, call (615) 782-4060.
New York City’s most acclaimed and groundbreaking circus, TRACES strips away everything you thought you knew about the Big Top and fuses the traditions of circus with the energy of street performance to create an explosive display of emotion and physicality set to the music of Radiohead, VAST, Blackalicious, and more.
Posted on 01/26/2013
Contest Winner "Poor Man's Poison" with Jewel and their prize check
One of our favorite concert photographers (and Concert Blast friend), Samantha Shrader, was invited to the 31st Annual Texaco Country Showdown Finals with host singer/songwriter Jewel. Not only did Jewel host the annual competition, but she also performed for those in attendance at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Enjoy Samantha’s photographs.
Posted on 1/24/2013
Written by Guest Blogger Samantha Shrader
Acclaimed singer/songwriter Jewel hosted the 31st Annual Texaco Country Showdown Finalist competition at the Historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN last week. In addition to taking photographs of their amazing event, I was given the opportunity to chat with Jewel prior to the show.
Posted on 1/06/2013
TPAC (Tennessee Performing Arts Center), the Nashville, TN venue that brings us concerts and Touring Broadway Plays/Musicals continue with their 2012/2013 Broadway season as they host the touring Broadway Musical from the Steven Spielberg hit movie with the same name, “Catch Me If You Can“. You can catch this musical on the young life of Frank Abagnale Jr. Tickets are on sale now at www.tpac.org . Please read the press release below for more information.
Posted on 12/27/2012
The Who returned to Nashville for the first time in many decades. In fact the last time The Who performed in Middle Tennessee was when they had the original lineup including Keith Moon and John Entwistle. That was “The Who By Numbers” tour in the mid 1970’s. Today there are only two original members still living and they are still performing with the energy level and playing ability they’ve always had, even though Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are now in their late 60s. The Who is currently on tour celebrating the anniversary of the Quadrophenia album. Brian Hasbrook and Mike Arnold were looking forward to seeing The Who again, but preferred a greatest hits show instead of a album concept show. Enjoy Mike Arnold’s concert review of The Who in Nashville, TN.