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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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      2014 CMA Music Festival – Thursday Night (Podcast 261)

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        Posted on 7/4/2014

        2014 CMA Music Festival - Thursday

        2014 CMA Music Festival - Thursday

        The 2014 CMA Music Festival put another shot in the arm of the Nashville, TN economy and Mike Arnold, Tom Thompson, and Will Perry (substituting for Brian Hasbrook) of Concert Blast was there to cover as many events as they could. There were so many concerts and other events that no one person could attend, not even the three of us. This is the first of many podcasts from this festival. Enjoy the Thursday night stadium show coverage with plenty of live clips and fun with the attendees. Concerts covered were (in order); Alabama, Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, and headliner Tim McGraw. Also interview fun with country music newcomer Jenny Casey and Concert Blast fans… Enjoy the listening or the reading of Mike Arnold’s blog… or both!

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          Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival 2014 – Saturday (Podcast 260)

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            Posted on 6/24/2014

            2014 Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival

            2014 Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival

            It was day two of the 2014 Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival and the guys from Concert Blast was ready for another day of fun and music.  They started the day with a delicious lunch with their friends (and Saturday sponsor) at Rendezvous.  The best barbecue ribs in town… maybe the planet!  From there Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, Tom Thompson, and Will Perry headed to Tom Lee Park to begin their duties.  We covered several top acts, but only a few made the audio podcast; Four Vines Winery interview, Los Rabanes (from Panama), Jerry Lee Lewis, Blues Traveler, Joan Jett, and the headliner for the night, Kid Rock.  Special thanks to our festival sponsor, The Best Around Concessions.  Enjoy the audio podcast coverage and Mike Arnold’s written blog review!

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              Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival 2014 – Friday (Podcast 259)

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                Posted on 6/16/2014

                Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival 2014

                Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival 2014

                It was one of our favorite times of the year, the first weekend in May.  Also known to us as time for the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival. Every year Concert Blast has been invited to cover this huge music festival.  This year’s lineup was not as good as the past years, but we still had a good time.  This year’s Concert Blast staff consisted of Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, Tom Thompson, and our special guest helper, Will Perry.  Here is the podcast on Friday night’s events with live clips from Third Eye Blind, Dropkick Murphys, Fitz and the Tantrums (our favorite), 311, Foster The People, and we closed out the night with Dickey Betts & Great Southern.  We also must thank our Friday festival sponsor, The Best Around Food Concessions… Enjoy the podcast and the Mike’s written blog review!

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                  John and Jacob Concert Review – Nashville, TN – 3rd and Lindsley

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                    Posted on 4/22/2014

                    John and Jacob - In Concert - Nashville, TN

                    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.

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                      Billy Joel Concert Review – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN

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                        Posted on 4/12/2014

                        Billy Joel In Concert - Nashville, TN

                        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!

                         

                         

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                          Concert Blast Webisode 11- Musicians Hall of Fame 2014 Awards Show – Nashville, TN

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                            Posted 3/1/2014

                            2014 Musicians Hall of Fame Awards Show Grand Finale

                            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!

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                              John Mayer Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

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                                Posted on 12/11/2013

                                John Mayer In Concert - Nashville, TN

                                John Mayer In Concert - Nashville, TN (Photo by www.examiner.com)

                                John Mayer returned to Nashville, TN on Wednesday December 4th, 2013 for another performance with speical guests, Philip Phillips. Although Concert Blast wasn’t invited this time to review his concert, one of our guest bloggers attended the show and was kind enough to provide Concert Blast readers with her thoughts on these performances.  Enjoy the John Mayer / Phillip Phillips concert review by guest blogger Terri Gibson.

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                                  Vintage Trouble Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Village (Podcast 257)

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                                    Posted on 11/1/13

                                    Vintage Trouble In Concert - Nashville, TN 10/18/2013

                                    Vintage Trouble In Concert - Nashville, TN 10/18/2013

                                    It was a cool October Friday night in Nashville, TN as the first annual Marathon Music Village Festival hosted the Los Angeles based, energetic rock/soul band, Vintage TroubleConcert Blast was on site to produce another audio podcast concert review on this fun evening.  “Troublemakers” (the nickname of their fan base) came in from different parts of the country and we met one fan from France.  Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson were back together again for this evening of fun.  Enjoy the podcast!

                                     

                                     

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                                      Jenny Casey CD Review – Rockin’ The House

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                                        Posted on 8/31/2013

                                        This year Concert Blast has been asked to review many new CDs from various artists and music genres.  While we were covering the CMA Music Festival in Nashville this year we were introduced to a local country music artist from Oklahoma with a wonderful personality that we loved, Jenny Casey.  We spent some time with Jenny during the multiple events and we all had a fun time together.  Since Jenny was about to release her new CD, “Rockin’ The House”, we asked her if she was brave enough to have us review her new project.  Jenny was thrilled for us to offer and sent us a CD to review.  Enjoy Mike Arnold’s song by song review with an overall recap of Jenny Casey’s “Rockin The House”. Continue Reading…

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