Posted on 5/31/2016
Concert Blast has attended and reported on several Music Festivals over the years; Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, TN, Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN, Big Spring Jam in Huntsville, AL, and the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, TN. Although we haven’t produced a podcast/blog in nearly a year, the CMA Music Festival paid homage to Concert Blast by inviting Mike Arnold and Will Perry to be a part of the media to report on the huge festival in downtown Nashville, TN through photos and short videos on FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, and concertblast.com . Mike and Will were very surprised by the invitation and plan to attend several of the concerts and events. Since there are only two covering the festival, they have learned that they can’t do it all, so they will be selective on what to attend and what to cover.
Maggie Rose - Live at CMA Music Fest
“In the past we wanted to cover as many concerts and interview as many artists as we could, but it wiped out our energy. We refuse to let that happen again so we will be very particular on who to cover.” said Concert Blast creator, Mike Arnold. Will and Mike will be covering their favorites at the smaller stages, Chris Janson, Maggie Rose, Chris Carmack, and others. Mike Arnold mentioned, “Our favorite place to cover the event is in the small venue, HGTV Barn, where top artists from various genres perform to a small crown of a couple of hundred. There we covered Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Goo Goo Dolls, Kristen Bush, Charles Esten, and many others.“ Mike and Will will definitely plan to be at the stadium concerts each night. ”During the stadium shows we always run into Concert Blast fans, artists, and songwriters that we very seldom get to speak with.”
Concert Blast decided to slowly put on the brakes of podcasts and blogs due to their schedules being so hectic. Brian Hasbrook began traveling daily on his consulting career, Tom Thompson got married and turned his focus to his family, while Mike Arnold turned his extra time focusing on performing, writing, and recording with his Nashville Rock & Roll Party band, Mike Arnold & the Music City Rockers. Mike adds, “With Brian and Tom out of the picture and others continue to ask me when and where was my band performing next, instead of what is the our next podcast/blog will be on, I decided it was time to shift gears and record an album and get other media to be writing on me!” Be looking for Mike Arnold and Will Perry as they cover the CMA Music Fest 2016!
Devour The Day In Concert - Nashville, TN - 7/13/2015
It was time to make another trip to the standing room only Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, TN. Concert Blast was invited to cover Devour The Day (consisting of Blake Allison, Joey “Chicago” Walser, and two other touring musicians) about a month before the date and since Brian Hasbrook and Tom Thompson were already booked, Mike Arnold headed downtown with friend Allen Atkinson (to help with the photography). Taking photos at the Cannery is extremely difficult since there is not a photo pit and the crowd is elbow to elbow with lots of pushing… especially at this hard rock show! Continue reading about the night with Devour The Day written by Mike Arnold.
Posted on 6/3/2015
It’s that tour time again… the band from the 70′s that just won’t/can’t stop – Aerosmith USA Tour Announcement with the Blue Army Tour! Aerosmith continues their Rock and Roll adventure throughout America. There will be sold-out shows on every stop and we hope that Concert Blast will be attending at least one of those! Continue reading the official Press Release on the upcoming 2015 Tour of the United States.
Canadian rockers Nickelback returned to Nashville, TN to perform another show at the award winning Bridgestone Arena on Monday March 30th with opening act Pop Evil. Concert Blast co-host/partner, Tom Thompson, was on hand to review one of his favorite bands from this century. The last time Tom reviewed Nickelback was a podcast years ago in Huntsville, AL. Continue to read Tom’s concert review.
Posted on 2/12/2015
Welcome to our first post of 2015. We took off in January, but the posts are now returning as we are gear up for the concert and music festival season. For 2015 starters we are excited to learn that Slaughter‘s front man and Concert Blast friend, Mark Slaughter, is back with new music. His solo album, “Reflections in a Rear View Mirror“, is available now for down load. From Mark’s website he posted, “These tracks represent the last year of creative expression for me. When I started this journey, I had no idea of where it would take me. Now that I’m here, I hope that you love the songs as much as I loved making them for you!“ Continue to read the official Press Release.
Posted on 12/18/2014
The Who celebrates 50 years in the music business by touring the USA in 2015. Not only will you get to celebrate with The Who, but opening on this tour will be one of Concert Blast‘s favorite live artists (and pal) Joan Jett & the Blackhearts! Joan will definitely get the crowd energized and ready for The Who to take the stage, but we call this a Double Bill! Continue to read the official Press Release on The Who Hits 50 – 50th Anniversary Tour!
Posted on 11/13/2014
In honor of Garth Brooks new album, “Man Against Machine“, now on sale this week, here’s a fun interview that Concert Blast’s Mike Arnold and special guest host Shannon Perkins had with the country music superstar back in the summer. There are two segments. Shannon asks a question during his press conference and Mike gets to cut up with our old pal afterwards… ENJOY!
Posted on 10/28/2014
From time to time Concert Blast receives emails from various guest bloggers. When we receive one we are interested in, we will post it. Here’s a post from freelance writer James Dawson. James wrote an article about music living in a digital age. Thank you James for your submission. We are definitely “Living in a Digital Age”! Enjoy the post!
Posted on 10/5/2014
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!
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.