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Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival 2010 – Part 2 (PODCAST 169)

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    The second night of the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival coverage for our podcast begins with recordings from the establishment who sponsored day two of the festival, Rendezvous in downtown Memphis (our favorite place to eat Bar-B-Que Ribs).

    Rendezvous Restaurant - Memphis, TN

    Rendezvous - Memphis, TN

    http://www.hogsfly.com

    The guys start the day by interviewing fans of the music festival and having a fun conversation with Percy, an employee of Rendezvous for 40 years.  Percy takes us down memory lane as he discussed the former Presidents and many stars who have attended the restaurant.

    They ate a wonderful meal before heading to the Beale Street Music Festival while to enjoy the various genres of music from Colbie Caillat, Jerry Lee Lewis, Seether, Michael McDonald, along with Hall and Oates. Continue Reading…

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      Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival 2010 – Part 1 (PODCAST 168)

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        PODCAST AUDIO LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST

        It was the first weekend in May and on Friday night April 30th 2010 Mike, Brian, Tom, with special helper Steve traveled to Memphis, TN to cover the Beale Street Music Festival during the Memphis In May festivities.

        Photographer Brian Hasbrook with  Atlanta Concert Blast Fans

        Brian Hasbrook with Concert Blast Fans From Atlanta

        The guys were pleased to be back together covering one of their favorite concert festivals.  It seems to rain at least one day every year of the festival, but the skies were clear during most of the festival times, although there were many storms before and after.  One exception was when tornado warnings came  through Memphis on Saturday night and the headliners could not perform (more on this during Saturday’s coverage – Part 2).  On this podcast we cover only the Friday night events.

        B52s - Beale Street Music Festival

        B52s - Beale Street Music Festival

        The B52s performed their fun-time dance party-rock that kicked off  the fun times at their stage.  Afterwards the stage headliner, Goo Goo Dolls, performed a full set with all their hits, several new tunes, and an encore of Supertramp’s “Give A Little Bit.”

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          Hank Williams Jr Rowdy Friends Tour Review – Nashville, TN – 4/23/2010 (PODCAST 167)

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            PODCAST AUDIO LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST

            It was a Rowdy Friday night in Nashville, TN at the Bridgestone Arena.  Hank Williams Jr. led the charge as Jamey Johnson, Eric Church, and The Grascals followed.  The crowd at the arena was full of energy and ready for fun.

            The Grascals

            The Grascals performed a free concert outside on the plaza for the attendees before the doors opened.  The Grascals were well received on the outside as well as on the inside of the arena as they opened the show.  After their set they took time to have a short conversation with Mike Arnold and Brian Hasbrook who were there covering the show.   Mike and Brian missed Eric Church’s performance due to the backstage visit, but they had such a good time it was worth it.

            Jamey Johnson

            Jamey Johnson had the crowd on their feet throughout the entire set and when Hank Jr took the stage, the crowd turned it up another notch as Bocephus rallied his troops throughout the evening with his hits, sing-alongs and many musical surprises.

            Special Thanks to Martha Moore from So Much Moore Media for setting up the interview with The Grascals and for arranging the concert review.

            Hank Williams Jr

            Listen to the podcast of the Rowdy Friends Tour and the conversation with the Grascals.

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              Hank Williams Jr – Rowdy Friends Tour Photos – Nashville, TN – 4/23/2010 (PHOTOS)

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                Hank Williams Jr and his Rowdy Friends Tour made a stop in Nashville, TN at the Bridgestone Arena on Friday, April 23, 2010.  Brian Hasbrook was on hand to bring you the photos. 

                Hank Williams Jr

                 Mike Arnold and Brian Hasbrook had a great time at the concert, but also had an excellent time with an interview with The Grascals after their show. 

                Due to the backstage interview, Brian and Mike missed Eric Church’s set.  Special Thanks to Martha Moore of So Much Moore Media for setting everything up for us.

                CLICK HERE TO ENJOY THE PHOTOS! 

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                  WHO IS CONCERT BLAST? – Concert Blast – About Us

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                    Concert Blast began with Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson. Three guys who grew up together in the Nashville, TN area. These guys have attended hundreds (if not over a thousand) concerts.

                    Every time the guys would get together with friends, they would all want to know about the shows they’ve seen and found themselves discussing these concerts for long periods of time.

                    Concert Blast on the Bonnaroo Media Stage

                    Concert Blast on the Bonnaroo Media Stage - (left to right) Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson

                    Mike thought a music talk show would make a great radio show. After failing to convince radio stations/companies that this format could be good for radio, he gave up. A couple of years later, Mike was introduced to podcasting. He approached Brian and Tom about the idea of discussing concerts on a podcast and they said let’s do it! Concert Blast formed a family friendly podcast and the first podcast was uploaded in May of 2005.

                    Since our website began back in May of 2005 and have produced more than 200 audio shows with many blogs and posted photos.

                    We have been invited to cover many concerts and music festivals such as the Bonnaroo Music Festival, Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival, CMA Music Festival, as well as many of the top Music Concerts (Paul McCartney, Aerosmith, Ringo Starr, Bob Seger, Billy Joel, Sheryl Crow, Journey, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Joan Jett, Night Ranger, and many more).

                    We usually feature Classic Rock acts, but we do not limit ourselves to it.

                    We were featured as one of the Top 5 Classic Rock podcasts from Classic Rock About.com.
                    http://classicrock.about.com/od/2005/tp/rock_myths.htm

                    In 2008 we were nominated as one of the People’s Choice Podcast Awards.

                    Concert Blast Book - Concert Blast Experiences Written by Mike Arnold

                    In 2009 James Downing joined the team as a blogger while Mike Arnold took time off to write his book on our Concert Blast Experiences.  James departed Concert Blast in 2012 to concentrate on his own blog/podcast/photos website, Monsters From The Basement.

                    In April 2010 Mike Arnold released his book:

                    “CONCERT BLAST EXPERIENCES Guest List-Backstage-VIP” and is back podcasting with Concert Blast.

                    CONCERT BLAST EXPERIENCES
                    Guest List-Backstage-VIP
                    http://www.concertblast.com/book.html

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                      TRAIN CONCERT PHOTOS – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium – 4/02/2010 (PHOTOS)

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                        One of Concert Blast’s favorite band, Train, performed in Nashville, TN at the Ryman Auditorium on Good Friday, April 2nd, 2010 and Concert Blast photographer Brian Hasbrook was on hand for the photos.

                        Enjoy the Train Concert Photos!

                        DSC_0232 by Concertblast BJH.

                        CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PHOTOS

                         

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                          TRAIN Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium – 4/02/2010 (PODCAST 166)

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                            PODCAST AUDIO LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST

                            One of Concert Blast’s favorite band, Train, performed in Nashville, TN at the Ryman Auditorium on Good Friday, April 2nd, 2010 and the guys were there to enjoy the show while writing the concert review for a podcast.

                            DSC_0140 by Concertblast BJH.

                            On this particular night, all 4 members of the Concert Blast team were together to start the podcast, but on the concert  review portion of the podcast, James Downing had a Meet & Greet VIP Pass to meet the band members after the show while Mike, Brian, and Tom recorded the concert review.

                            DSC_0166 by Concertblast BJH.

                            This is the best setlist and most energetic performance the guys had seen Train perform, although it wasn’t as energetic as the Pat Monahan Solo Tour.

                            DSC_0195 by Concertblast BJH.

                            Enjoy the Train Concert Review!

                            Concert Blast – Show 166 – Train Concert Review – 2010

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                              Drum Beat Intros – Music Discussion (PODCAST 165)

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                                Here is a popular podcast from 2006 re-edited.  Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson created this Music Discussion podcast of songs that begin with a Drum Beat.  We begin the show by taking turns naming songs from various artists, reading emails from our listeners, and then played a game of “Name That Tune” by the Drum Beat Intro.

                                Some of the Artists named are; Alice Cooper, Steve Miller Band, ZZ Top, Led Zeppelin, Bob Seger, Rolling Stones, Queen, J Geils Band, Billy Squire, Grand Funk Railroad, Judas Priest, Cheap Trick, KISS, Loverboy, Joan Jett, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Phil Collins, Eagles, Guns and Roses, Van Halen, Billy Idol, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Pat Benetar, B52s, Bruce Springsteen, INXS, Roy Orbison, U2, and Huey Lewis & the News

                                Enjoy!

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                                  George Thorogood Concert Photos – Nashville, TN – Wildhorse Saloon – 3/17/2010 (PHOTOS)

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                                    Concert Blast reviewed the George Thorogood Concert in Nashville, TN at the Wildhorse Saloon on St. Patrick’s Day.  Brian Hasbrook was on hand to take the photos.  Brian was restricted with the the first two songs from the 2nd floor at the Sound Board.  Thanks to Brian’s camera lens, the shots are still good ones. 

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                                    George Thorogood Photos

                                     

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                                      George Thorogood Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Wildorse Saloon – 3/17/2010 (PODCAST 164)

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                                        It was St. Patrick’s Day and the Wildhorse Saloon served up a great party for about 1,500 rock music fans while George Thorogood and the Destroyers provided the entertainment, which thrilled everyone in attendance.  Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and James Downing were there to cover the show (Tom Thompson was sick).

                                        There were technical difficulties while recording at the venue, so Mike later recorded a podcast of the concert review.  Click the link below to download (right click-Save Target As…) or listen to the podcast online.

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