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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 2013 Flashback Video

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        Posted on 1/7/2014

        CMA Music Festival Riverfront Park Crowd
        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!

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          CMA Music Festival 2013 – Stadium Concerts Coverage – Saturday 6/8/2013 – Podcast 251

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            Posted on 7/13/2013

            Concert Blast Los Angeles Friends at the CMA Music Fest 2013 - Saturday 6/8/2013

            Concert Blast Los Angeles Friends at the CMA Music Fest 2013 - Saturday 6/8/2013

            It was night three, Saturday, during the stadium concerts that the CMA Music Festival 2013 got the biggest surprise on the history of the festival and Concert Blast was there to cover it. There were the guest hosts of the night with Willie, Jase, and Si Robertson from the popular TV Show, Duck Dynasty, but that wasn’t the biggest surprise. The Country Music Festival was turned into a rock and roll party as super rocker, Lenny Kravitz made an appearance to see how country fans liked rocking. They like it for about 15 to 20 minutes before they had enough and was ready to get back to the country side of life. Listen to this podcast (or read this blog) from Mike Arnold and Tom Thompson as they covered (in order) Florida Georgia Line, Lenny Kravitz, Dierks Bentley, Kelly Clarkson, and headliner Keith Urban, not to mention the other surprise guests and the fans we talked with… ENJOY!

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              CMA Music Festival 2013 – Stadium Concert Photos – Saturday 6/8/2013 – Photos

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                Posted on 7/13/2013

                CMA Music Fest 2013 during the Dierks Bentley concertIt was Saturday night, the third night of the CMA Music Festival 2013 stadium concerts, and of course Concert Blast was there to cover the shows… well Mike Arnold and Tom Thompson were.  Brian Hasbrook called in sick for the remainder of the festival, which means that the excellent photos from Brian that we always rely on will be missing.  Tom had to step in as the emergency photographer and Mike took a few shots as well, as we tried to capture our best of the night.  Our photo work doesn’t compare to Brian Hasbrook or Samantha Shrader, but we did out best to give you our best photo coverage of the night.  On this night of the CMA Music Festival we covered Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Kelly Clarkson (with her guests Trisha Yearwood and Jason Aldean), and the surprise guest performer of the night, Lenny Kravitz.  The night was also co-hosted by Willie, Jase, and Si Robertson from the TV show Duck Dynasty.  There were also some photos of two members of Little Big Town as they announced a performer taking the stage for the ABC TV special footage.  Enjoy Tom Thompson and Mike Arnold‘s  photos from Saturday night’s CMA Music Festival 2013.
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                  CMA Music Fest – Stadium Concert – Thursday 6/7/2012 (Podcast 234)

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                    Posted on 6/19/2012

                    CMA Music Fest 2012 - Miranda Lambert

                    CMA Music Fest 2012 - Miranda Lambert

                     
                    Thursday Night June 7th 2012 was the opening night of the CMA Music Fest stadium concerts.  The original Concert Blast team of Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson were on hand for the coverage.  We love covering music festivals and the CMA Music Fest is one of the best.  On opening night the performers included; Glen Campbell, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, and Brad Paisley with his surprise special guest Hank Williams Jr.  Enjoy listening to the podcast and reading the blog review.

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                      CMA Music Fest – Stadium Concert Photos – Thursday 6/7/2012 (Photos)

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                        Posted on 6/18/2012

                        Brad Paisley with Hank Williams Jr - CMA Music Fest 2012

                        Brad Paisley with Hank Williams Jr - CMA Music Fest 2012

                         
                        It’s the time of the year when Concert Blast covers the CMA Music Festival held in Nashville, TN during the second week of June.  This is the photo coverage of the first of four nights of the stadium concerts.  Concert Blast photographer Brian Hasbrook took photos throughout the night and here is his work from the concerts that took place on Thursday, June 7th 2012.  Photos include Glen Campbell, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Kellie Pickler, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, and Brad Paisley (with surprise guest Hank Williams Jr.).  Enjoy Brian’s photos!

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                          54th Grammy Awards Show Review – Los Angeles, CA – 2/12/2012

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                            Posted on 2/24/12

                            54th Grammys LogoWritten by Josh Jackson
                            I have always said what an incredibly hard job it is to produce a show like the Grammys that tries to cover all the bases of what is out there in popular music today While the 54th Grammys was a very “classic” leaning show, there were lots of styles and variations included that gave it a well-rounded feel, almost to a fault – but more on that later. Really, it all comes down to this. When you open a show with “The Boss,” Bruce Springsteen, and end it with Paul McCartney, does anything else in the middle matter much?

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                              CMA Music Fest Review – LP Field Stadium Concerts Part 1 – Nashville, TN – 6/9/2011 (Podcast 210)

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                                Posted on 6/29/2011

                                Brad Paisley In Concert - CMA Music Festival 2011

                                Brad Paisley In Concert - CMA Music Festival 2011

                                It was our annunal return to the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, TN.  On this first night of the Stadium concerts, Mike Arnold, Tom Thompson, and James Downing were on hand to cover the best event in Country Music. Special guest host Charity Taylor also joined the staff as a helper on this night of fun. 

                                Providing the entertainment on this night were; Zach Brown Band (with very special surprise guests Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Amos Lee, and others), Brad Paisley (with his special surprise guest Alabama), Jason Aldean (with special surprise guest Kelly Clarkson), Sara Evans, and Easton Corbin.

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                                  CMA Music Fest Photos – LP Field Stadium Concerts Part 1 – Nashville, TN – 6/9/2011 (Photos)

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                                    Posted on 6/29/2011

                                    Jason Aldean In Concert - CMA Music Fest

                                    Jason Aldean In Concert - CMA Music Fest

                                    It was our annunal return to the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, TN.  On this first night of the Stadium concerts, Mike Arnold, Tom Thompson, and James Downing were on hand to cover the best event in Country Music.  James Downing provided the photos on this particular night of pure fun! 

                                    Providing the entertainment on this night there were; Zach Brown Band (with very special surprise guests Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Amos Lee, and others), Brad Paisley (with his special surprise guest Alabama), Jason Aldean (with special surprise guest Kelly Clarkson), Sara Evans, and Easton Corbin.

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                                      Concert Blast Video – Look Back on 2010 Part 3 – CMA Music Festival (Podcast 193)

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                                        POSTED 1/29/2011

                                        Concert Blast - Look Back 0n 2010 - Part 3Written by Mike Arnold

                                        While the concert-touring season has slowed down for the winter, I thought it would be nice to show our listening audiences what we went through in 2010.  I created multiple videos of our experiences with a month by month journey of our adventures.

                                        Here’s Part 3 of our 2010 Concert Blast Posts.  This video takes you through our experiences of one of the best music festivals in the world – the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, TN.

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