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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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      Concert Blast Webisode 8 – Memphis in May 2013 Part 7 – Sunday – Vintage Trouble

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        Posted on 1/1/2014

        Concert Blast Ready For Day 3 of the Beale Street Music Festival

        Concert Blast Ready For Day 3 of the Beale Street Music Festival

        This Webisode continues with the Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival coverage as we begin our final day of this fun festival.  The day began with Mike Arnold and Tom Thompson attending a church service at Highpoint Church.  Then the coverage picks up as we leave the hotel and arrive at Tom Lee Park to grab a bite to eat (thanks to our sponsor, The Best Around Concessions) before catching the media golf cart ride to the stage in the middle of the park, watching Brian head to the Photo Pit, and showing clips of the Vintage Trouble Concert before interviewing them.  Enjoy our 8th Concert Blast Webisode!

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          Concert Blast Webisode 4 – The Sheryl Crow Photo Dilemma – Memphis in May Part 3

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            Posted on 9/30/2013

            Concert Blast in the Media Trailer at Memphis in May 2013

            Concert Blast in the Media Trailer at Memphis in May 2013

            On this fourth Concert Blast Webisode we explain that during the opening night of the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival, Sheryl Crow was the first of three acts for the entire weekend to refuse the photographers from taking concert photos of her show. The photographers in the media trailer were very upset on this decision and you will see and hear their rants about her. Brian Hasbrook explains the photo pit access while Tom Thompson and Mike Arnold pick on Brian for not taking photos of Sheryl from the middle of the crowd. Enjoy Concert Blast Webisode 4 – The Sheryl Crow Photo Dilemma – Memphis in May 2013 Part 3.

             

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              Concert Blast Webisode 3 – Arriving at the Music Festival – Memphis in May Part 2

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                Posted on 9/25/2013
                 

                Concert Blast Arrives at Memphis in May

                Concert Blast Arrives at Memphis in May 2013 - Brian Hasbrook, Tom Thompson, and Mike Arnold

                The co-hosts of Concert Blast (Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson) arrives at the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival. They introduce the show then head to a stage before getting kicked off of the back path (which they nicknamed The Media Path) and now they must walk through the crowd and the mud throughout the cold, wet weekend. The webisode finishes up at a wine tasting booth which Mike Arnold (who doesn’t drink) partakes in the various flavors. Enjoy this Concert Blast webisode!

                 

                 

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                  Concert Blast Webisode 2 – Memphis Bound – Memphis in May Part 1

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                    Posted on 9/20/2013

                    Concert Blast Webisode 1 - Memphis Bound - Memphis in May Part 1

                    Tom, Brian, and Mike discuss the Beale Street Music Festival before leaving the hotel.

                    Concert Blast continue with the video webisodes.  In “Webisode 2 – Memphis Bound“, Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson take you on their travel from Nashville to Memphis as they prepare for the 2013 Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival.  This is the first of many webisodes from the famous music festival.  This webisode begins with Mike, Brian, and Tom discussing what it’s like for media covering the music festival.  Then they stop for lunch in Jackson, TN at the Casey Jones Village to enjoy the food at the Old Country Store and Restaurant (Tom’s favorite place to eat).  The guys finally arrive in the cold, wet town of Memphis, TN to prepare for the festival.  Enjoy the video!

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                      Beale Street Music Festival Concert Photos – Saturday 5/4/2013

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                        Posted on 5/23/2013

                        ZZ Top In Concert

                        ZZ Top In Concert

                        Concert Blast continued with the Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, TN.  A major part of the coverage is the work of expert concert photographer Brian Hasbrook.  While Mike Arnold and Tom Thompson were busy cutting up with the festival fans and covering the audio commentary portion of the music acts, Brian was busy getting to the various stages.  This is part two of Brian’s work from Saturday night’s acts which included; Patti Smith, Dwight Yoakam, Big Boi, The Black Keys, Gov’t Mule and ZZ Top.  Enjoy Brian Hasbrook’s day 2  from the Beale Street Music Festival concert photos!

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                          Beale Street Music Festival Review – Saturday – 5/4/2013 – Podcast 244

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                            Posted on 5/21/2013

                            Beale Street Music Festival Stage

                            One of the three large Beale Street Music Festival Stages

                            The fun continued for the Concert Blast staff at the Beale Street Music Festival for Day Two coverage on Saturday May 4th.  On this day we covered ZZ Top, The Black Keys, Patti Smith, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dwight Yoakam, and Gavin DeGraw.  Saturday started on a great note as we have always started for many years… sleeping in late and getting a late lunch at the world’s famous barbeque ribs restaurant, Charlie Vergos’ Rendezvous!  They have sponsored our Saturday coverage for years and this year they asked us to return next year.  We thank both sponsors that helped make these trips possible, Rendezvous and The Best Around Food Concessions!  Check out the podcast and/or read the following blog on our Saturday adventures!

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                              Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival Review – Friday 5/4/2012 (Podcast 230)

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                                Posted on 5/14/2012
                                    Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival Welcome Banner

                                Concert Blast returned to Memphis, TN to cover the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival once again.  This time the team consisted of Mike Arnold, Tom Thompson, and our stand in photographer and helper, Steve Shattuck. 

                                Friday’s festivities included performances from Vol Beat, NeedToBreathe, Florence & the Machine, Megadeth, Evanescence, and Johnny Winter.  Not only does this podcast include the performance clips and our commentary of the performances, but Mike also enjoyed talking with some of the fans in attendance.  Enjoy the blog and podcast review!

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                                  Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival Photos – Friday 5/4/2012 (Photos)

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                                    Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival - The Night Crowd

                                    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.

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                                      CONCERT BLAST TOP TEN FROM 2011

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                                        Posted 1/13/2012

                                        Concert Blast 2011 StatsThe year of 2011 is now in the history books.  Concert Blast had another successful year of improving our stats from the previous year.  We want to thank everyone who has ever downloaded/listened to our podcasts, read our blogs, and looked at our photos.  Let’s make 2012 even a bigger and better year!  With having 292,785 downloads of our podcasts in 2011, we devote this blog to our various Top 10 Stats from 2011.

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