Posted on 4/22/2014
John and Jacob - In Concert - Nashville, TN
From time to time we have guest bloggers doing our job. This particular post was written by one of our favorite guest bloggers, Alabama Tina (Tina Williams). On April 10th, Alabama Tina made a trip up I-65 to Nashville, TN to catch one of her favorite new up and coming acts in the country music genre, John and Jacob (John Davidson and Jacob Bryant). In Tina’s words, “John and Jacob are like a high octane fuel taking Nashville by storm right now with their hit song, “Be My Girl,” which was featured on Season 2 Episode #205 of the ABC television show Nashville.” Enjoy the concert review, photos, and a little more from Alabama Tina.
Posted on 4/12/2014
Billy Joel In Concert - Nashville, TN
It was a festive Friday night in Nashville, TN as Billy Joel returned to the Music City to perform another one of his arena-filled, hit-filled, concerts at the large Bridgestone Arena. Concert Blast was sent an email to cover this show on the morning of the concert. Billy Joel’s staff provided two excellent seats to the concert as well as a photo pass. Mike Arnold agreed to write the review while our photographer friend, Sam Shrader took the photos. Enjoy the coverage!
Posted On 3/26/2014
Mike Arnold with George Thorogood
George Thorogood and his Destroyers returned to Nashville, TN once again to thrill classic rock and rollers with another performance at the Wildhorse Saloon. Concert Blast was invited to cover the show, but before he took the stage, he spent some time with Mike Arnold discussing his career in the backstage Green Room. Listen to the audio podcast or view the video of Mike and George discussing George Thorogood and the Destoyers. Special Thanks to Allen Atkinson for the camera work.
Two of the biggest bands in rock history will tour together this summer, KISS and Def Leppard. These two classic rock bands will share the stage across America beginning June 23rd in West Valley City, UT and wind it up at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Woodlands, TX on August 31st. This tour is presented by Live Nation and will sure to bring sold-out shows to most of these cities if not all of them. Continue to read the official press release.
Posted on 3/10/2014
The Broadway musical WICKED returns to Nashville for another extended engagement at Nashville’s Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC). The show will run nightly from March 26th through April 20th. Tickets are now on sale with an expected sell out for every performance. To purchase Tickets: www.tpac.org, by phone at (615) 782-4040 and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets now by calling (615) 782-4060. Continue to read the official TPAC press release.
2014 Musicians Hall of Fame Awards Show Grand Finale
Concert Blast covered the 2014 Musicians Hall of Fame Awards Show in Nashville, TN featuring Chris Isaak (a tribute to Roy Orbison), Will Lee (Late Night with David Letterman‘s CBS Orchestra) with Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Kenny Wayne Shepherd with Double Trouble (a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan), Randy Bachman (formerly of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive),and the legendary Peter Frampton . Tom Thompson and Mike Arnold covered this event with the help of Allen Atkinson (substituting for Brian Hasbrook ). Lots of live clips including Tom Thompson playing drums at the VIP After Party! Enjoy the Concert Blast 11th Video Webisode!
Posted on 2/23/2014
Tom Thompson, Billy Cox (Jimi Hendrix bassist), and Mike Arnold
Mike Arnold and Tom Thompson covered the 2014 Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN for another Concert Blast Webisode. In this Webisode Mike and Tom conduct short interviews with Jimi Hendix‘s bassist Billy Cox, Aerosmith‘s guitarist Brad Whitford, and David Letterman‘s CBS Orchestra bassist Will Lee. Lots of fun… Enjoy our 10th video webisode! Special Thanks to Allen Atkinson for the video work!
Posted on 2/2/2014
Mike Arnold and Tom Thompson with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top
Concert Blast was invited to cover the 2014 Musicians Hall of Fame Ceremony and Show so Mike Arnold and Tom Thompson jumped at the chance to cover this annual event again. Unfortunately our main photographer, Brian Hasbrook, was out of town, so Mike Arnold and Concert Blast friend Allen Atkinson took over the duties. Those inducted were; Peter Frampton, Randy Bachman, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Capps, Barbara Mandrell, Ben Keith, Will Lee, Corki Casey O’Dell, Velma Smith, and Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble. The 2014 Iconic Riff Award went to Roy Orbison for the famous riff in his rock hit, “Pretty Woman”. The 2014 Industry Icon Award was awarded to Mike Curb who created his own record label at the age of 18 and gained national attention a year later. Others at the show to help with the ceremony were; ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Neil Young, Don Felder, Billy Cox, Steve Wariner, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Oak Ridge Boys, Duane Eddy, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Chris Isaak, and Brenda Lee. Enjoy the photos from the Concert Blast coverage of the 2014 Musicians Hall of Fame Ceremony and Show hosted by Charles “Chip” Esten.
Posted on 1/7/2014
As the guys from Concert Blast reflect back on the coverage performed in 2013, we thought it would be better to show you with hundreds of photographs taken throughout the year in a video segment. The year’s photo coverage began with an interview with singer/songwriter/actress Jewel from our guest blogger/photographer friend Samantha Shrader and ended with Mike Arnold‘s visit to the annual Christmas 4 Kids benefit touring of tour buses. This year also included the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival, the CMA Music Festival, and the K-Love Fan Awards, along with numerous concerts, interviews, and CD reviews throughout the year. Enjoy this video of the Concert Blast 2013 Flashback and Happy New Year from Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson!