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Ian Anderson Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium

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    Posted on 10/5/2014

    Ian Anderson and tour band 2014

    Ian Anderson and tour band 2014

    Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson returned to Nashville, TN to play the historic Ryman Auditorium for the second straight year.  This year Concert Blast was invited to review the concert so Mike Arnold and Brian Hasbrook headed downtown Nashville, TN to review one of Brian’s all time favorite performers, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.  Since photo passes weren’t being issued for this tour, Brian got to enjoy this show while Mike took the notes for the concert review.  Enjoy the review!

     

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      Tom Petty Concert Photos – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena (Photos)

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        Posted on 9/27/2014

        Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers In Concert - Nashville, TN 9/23/2014

        Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers In Concert - Nashville, TN 9/23/2014

        It was Tuesday September  23rd in Nashville, TN while thousands of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fans were very excited to see one of the best singer/songwriters in the Classic Rock Music genre… and one of the very few rockers from that era that still releases (and sells) new music today.  Concert Blast was invited to the Nashville party with photo credentials so our friend Samantha Shrader stepped up to help us out once again to take the concert photos of Tom Petty and his Heartbreakers, since Brian Hasbrook was out of town. Thank You Sam!  Enjoy her photos…

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          Journey Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena 9/12/2014

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            Posted 9/19/2014 

            Journey (Arnel Pineda) In Concert - Nashville, TN 9/12/2014

            Journey (Arnel Pineda) In Concert - Nashville, TN 9/12/2014

            Journey returned their rock show to Nashville, TN to thrill about 14,000 rock music fans at the Bridgestone Arena on September 12th, 2014 and Concert Blast was invited to cover the party. Nashville, TN seems to always be included on a Journey tour anytime they head to the eastern side of the country.  After seeing them perform here several times, I understand the reason … lots of Journey fans!  If that is not reason enough, then maybe because keyboardist/guitarist Jonathan Cain also lives in this Music City.  Enjoy the Journey concert review with very special guests Joan Jett and the Blackhearts written by Mike Arnold.

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              Journey Concert Photos – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena (Photos)

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                Posted on 9/18/2014

                Journey (Neal Schon) In Concert - Nashville, TN 9/12/2014

                Journey (Neal Schon) In Concert - Nashville, TN 9/12/2014

                It was a magical Friday night in Nashville, TN as Journey returned to the Music City.  The city of Nashville is full of Journey fans and they came out to party and sing-along with Concert Blast and about 14,000 other lovers of 70′s/80′s rock music.  Mike Arnold was on hand for the review while Tom Thompson had a prior engagement and photographer Brian Hasbrook was out of town.  So who do we always go to first to get the best concert photos when Brian is not available?  Sam Shrader of course.  Enjoy the concert photos of Neal Schon, Ross Vallory, Nashvillian Jonathan Cain, Deen Castronova, and the highly energetic Arnel Pineda.

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                  Mike Arnold Returns to the Stage with Crawford White – Almost Unplugged Tour

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                    Posted on 9/15/2014

                    Crawford White and Mike Arnold - "Almost Unplugged Tour"

                    Crawford White and Mike Arnold - "Almost Unplugged Tour"

                     

                    Concert Blast creator, blogger, and podcast co-host, Mike Arnold, has been known to not only to review rock concerts, but to rock the stage himself. Mike is known in the Nashville, TN area as one of the best front men in the live music club scene while performing with his band, Mike Arnold and the Music City Rockers along with his extraordinaire lead guitarist (and band leader), Crawford White.  Mike and Crawford announced they are now booking shows billed as Mike Arnold and Crawford White – “Almost Unplugged Tour”.  This tour kicks off Saturday, September 20th in Adairville, Kentucky.  Read the entire press release

                     

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                      2014 CMA Music Festival – Sunday (Podcast 264)

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                        Concert Blast California Friends - 2014 CMA Music Festival

                        Concert Blast California Friends - 2014 CMA Music Festival

                        Posted on 9/11/2014

                        It was Sunday, the last day/night of the 2014 CMA Music Festival and Concert Blast was there to cover the fun.  The acts on this last night consisted of Charlie Daniels Band, Thomas Rhett, Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Zac Brown Band, and Brad Paisley.  Also included in this podcast are two quick conversations with Concert Blast fans.  Enjoy the podcast with Mike Arnold, Tom Thompson, and Will Perry.

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                          2014 CMA Music Festival – Saturday (Podcast 263)

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                            Posted on 8/5/2014

                            Riverfront Park - 2014 CMA Music Festival

                            Riverfront Park - 2014 CMA Music Festival

                            It was officially day three of the 2014 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, TN. Mike Arnold, Tom Thompson, and Will Perry continued with the concert coverage.  Day three lasted about 15 hours and this was after two prior long days!  Yes, we were tired but excited to cover more concerts.  On this day we started at the packed Riverfront Park to cover LoCash Cowboys, went to the Bridgestone Arena plaza for Chuck Wicks, strolled over to the HGTV sponsored barn to see an invitation only solo performance of Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, and then completed the daytime shows back at Riverfront Park to see one of our favorite up and coming artists, Maggie Rose. After a dinner and a hour rain delay, we headed over to the stadium to catch Sara Evans, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, and closed the night with Keith Urban.  Enjoy the podcast and written blog review by Mike Arnold.

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                              2014 CMA Music Festival – Friday (Podcast 262)

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                                Posted on 7/14/2014

                                2014 CMA Music Festival - Tom Thompson with Fans

                                2014 CMA Music Festival - Tom Thompson with Fans

                                As the Concert Blast coverage of the 2014 CMA Music Festival continues, this podcast is focused on the activities from Friday. Mike Arnold and Tom Thompson headed downtown for the first act of the day, which was Craig Morgan on the Riverfront Park stage at 10am! Later in the day helper Will Perry joined in. The coverage ended as Blake Shelton said goodnight from the Stadium stage at 12:30am. That’s over 14 hours of walking, waiting, talking, and snapping pics of many artists, fans, and others. Friday’s coverage included (in order); Craig Morgan, Will Hoge, Holly Tucker (contestant from The Voice), Trace “the rib-whisperer” Arnold (not in the podcast), Mike Wolfe (from American Pickers), Hunter Hayes (surprise acoustic show). Then they covered the stadium concerts of (in order); Travis Tritt, Eric Church, The Band Perry, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, and Blake Shelton. What an exhausting day and night, but with a lot of fun! Enjoy listening to the 262nd audio podcast and/or reading the blog written by Mike Arnold.

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                                  Concert Blast Video Webisode 16 – 2014 CMA Music Festival – Thursday – Luke Bryan and Rascal Flatts

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                                    Posted 7/7/2014

                                    2014 CMA Music Festival - Rascal Flatts

                                    2014 CMA Music Festival - Rascal Flatts

                                    The Concert Blast Webisodes continue from the 2014 CMA Music Festival. This concert footage was taken during the Thursday night stadium concerts. Rascal Flatts show us their vocal harmonies while Luke Bryan displayed his energetic dancing. Both artists perform a cover. Rascal Flatts perform the latest mega hit, “Happy” while Luke Bryan reach back several years to embed a portion of the hit “Dynamite” into one of his tunes. Special thanks to Will Perry for taking the videos for us! Enjoy the 16th webisode from Concert Blast.

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                                      Concert Blast Video Webisode 15 – Mike Wolfe of American Pickers Interview

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                                        Posted on 7/6/2014

                                        Mike Arnold (Concert Blast) and Mike Wolfe (American Pickers)

                                        Mike Arnold (Concert Blast) and Mike Wolfe (American Pickers)

                                        One of the thrills of the CMA Music Festival are the various non-music events that take place during the festival.  The daytime festivities not only allow you to get up close and personal with the country music stars, but with all types of celebrities.  This video webisode is a short fun interview with Mike Wolfe of American Pickers from the History Channel. Mike Arnold and Tom Thompson led a light-hearted discussion with Mike Wolfe on barbecue, the upcoming season six of American Pickers, and how Mike met his co-stars Frank Fritz and Danielle Colby-Cushman. Special thanks to our video camera man, Will Perry.  Enjoy our 15th video webisode.

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