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Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival - Friday May 4 2012
Posted on 5/12/2012
Every year Concert Blast is invited to cover the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival and every year the guys look forward to attending the annual event. This year was the year that Concert Blast didn’t have their professional photographer Brian Hasbrook with them. Brian had a previous engagement so Mike and Tom borrowed a camera and brought along Steve Shattuck to help them with the photography duties.
Posted on 5/10/2012
Concert promoters AEG Live / The Messina Group will be presenting three amazing concerts during the last three days of May at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. AEG Live / The Messina Group will be presenting PRIMUS on May 29th. The Weir, Robinson, & Greene Acoustic Trio will perform in concert on May 30th. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will take over the Ryman Auditorium on May 31st. Three nights in a row, the last three days in May, AEG Live / The Messina Group produces the fun at The Ryman.
Posted on 5/7/2012
Written by Josh Jackson
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. You either love it for the recognition it gives to the greatest of the genre, or hate it because of all the arguably deserving artists who have been left behind. Me? As a music lover, it’s hard for me not to be sucked into the scene. This was my 3rd year attending the ceremony, and in my opinion, was perhaps one of the best celebrations yet.
Posted on 5/3/2012
Written by Mike Arnold
Having been a Train fan from the day I heard the song, “Drops Of Jupiter”, I always look forward to hearing new material from the San Francisco based band. Although I am a fan of Train, I am not fanatic about any artist. Some fans love everything their favorite artist records. I never understood that and that is definitely not me! In fact since I am such a huge fan, when listening and reviewing their music and concerts, I will be much more particular on what my favorite band from this century produces.
Posted on 5/1/2012
It was Friday, April 27th, 2012 when the long awaited return of Van Halen landed in the Music City. Thousands of Van Halen fans were looking forward to this event and many of them asked us if Concert Blast were going to cover this event. Several of the fans in attandance even were emailing and texting us wanting to know where we were. Unfortuantely the Van Halen management did not approve us for concert review tickets (although their publicist tried). They did approve our photo pass, but our photographers didn’t want to take photos from the sound board (too hard to shoot over the crowd) for three songs and be escorted out the door… HOWEVER, our good friend Josh Jackson was there and surprised us with a written review. Enjoy the Review!
Podcast: Play in new window
Posted on 4/29/2012
On Saturday April 21st, Concert Blast attended the Nashville premiere viewing of the Rick Springfield documentary movie, “An Affair of the Heart” at the Nashville Film Festival. With this movie being focused on the relationship between Rick and his fans, you know there were fans attending this premiere! Mike Arnold was there for his podcasting services and Concert Blast friend Joe Nelms provided the photography. This podcast includes a lot of conversations with the fans before the showing, an introduction from the producers of the movie, a portion of the Q & A session after the movie, a short interview with movie director Sylvia Caminer and producer Melanie Lentz-Janey, a review of the movie, and favorite parts of the movie from the attending fans who traveled in from all over for this event. Listen to our podcast and read Mike’s blog on the evening.
Posted on 4/25/2012
Concert Blast was invited to cover one of our favorite entertainer’s new documentary movie, ”An Affair of the Heart” featuring Rick Springfield. This coverage took place during the Nashville Film Festival on April 21st, 2012 at the Regal Green Hills Stadium 16. Mike Arnold was on hand to produce a special podcast, while Concert Blast friend, Joe Nelms produced the photos.
Dick Clark - American Bandstand
Posted on 4/18/2012
Written by James Downing
There comes a time when most kids graduate from watching cartoons to listening to music. For me, that happened in the late 60′s and early 70′s. There was one man that helped me make that transition and that was Dick Clark. Everyday Saturday after the cartoons were over, “American Bandstand” was a show I never missed. On that show you could see what songs were popular that week, see your favorite rock and roll stars and watch teenagers dance to the top hits of the day.
Posted on 4/14/2012
Written by Mike Arnold
Pat Benatar, actually Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, wrote her “thus far” life story in her recent book, “Between a Heart and a Rock Place.” Pat takes the reader not only on her life’s musical journey, but also through her childhood in New York, being as tough as the boys her age as well as being a very charming girl… then growing up to become a military wife that led to a broken marriage. The book described Pat growing into a tough woman who knew what she always wanted in life, especially when she met the guitarist in her band, Neil Giraldo.
Posted on 4/5/2012
On Tuesday April 3rd, 2010 the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) announced the Broadway Series shows coming to the elaborate Andrew Jackson Hall. The announcement was open to the current season ticket holders and media. This announcement was also done in style!
The lights went down in Andrew Jackson Hall while the huge video screen displayed the logo of “The Lion King”. That alone brought cheers, but when the New York Broadway star from The Lion King , Tshidi Manye, took center stage to sing “The Circle of Life”, instantly the cheers got a lot louder!