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Devour The Day In Concert - Nashville, TN - 7/13/2015
It was time to make another trip to the standing room only Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, TN. Concert Blast was invited to cover Devour The Day (consisting of Blake Allison, Joey “Chicago” Walser, and two other touring musicians) about a month before the date and since Brian Hasbrook and Tom Thompson were already booked, Mike Arnold headed downtown with friend Allen Atkinson (to help with the photography). Taking photos at the Cannery is extremely difficult since there is not a photo pit and the crowd is elbow to elbow with lots of pushing… especially at this hard rock show! Continue reading about the night with Devour The Day written by Mike Arnold.
Canadian rockers Nickelback returned to Nashville, TN to perform another show at the award winning Bridgestone Arena on Monday March 30th with opening act Pop Evil. Concert Blast co-host/partner, Tom Thompson, was on hand to review one of his favorite bands from this century. The last time Tom reviewed Nickelback was a podcast years ago in Huntsville, AL. Continue to read Tom’s concert review.
Posted on 10/5/2014
Ian Anderson and tour band 2014
Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson returned to Nashville, TN to play the historic Ryman Auditorium for the second straight year. This year Concert Blast was invited to review the concert so Mike Arnold and Brian Hasbrook headed downtown Nashville, TN to review one of Brian’s all time favorite performers, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. Since photo passes weren’t being issued for this tour, Brian got to enjoy this show while Mike took the notes for the concert review. Enjoy the review!
Posted on 9/27/2014
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers In Concert - Nashville, TN 9/23/2014
It was Tuesday September 23rd in Nashville, TN while thousands of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fans were very excited to see one of the best singer/songwriters in the Classic Rock Music genre… and one of the very few rockers from that era that still releases (and sells) new music today. Concert Blast was invited to the Nashville party with photo credentials so our friend Samantha Shrader stepped up to help us out once again to take the concert photos of Tom Petty and his Heartbreakers, since Brian Hasbrook was out of town. Thank You Sam! Enjoy her photos…
Journey (Arnel Pineda) In Concert - Nashville, TN 9/12/2014
Journey returned their rock show to Nashville, TN to thrill about 14,000 rock music fans at the Bridgestone Arena on September 12th, 2014 and Concert Blast was invited to cover the party. Nashville, TN seems to always be included on a Journey tour anytime they head to the eastern side of the country. After seeing them perform here several times, I understand the reason … lots of Journey fans! If that is not reason enough, then maybe because keyboardist/guitarist Jonathan Cain also lives in this Music City. Enjoy the Journey concert review with very special guests Joan Jett and the Blackhearts written by Mike Arnold.
Posted on 9/18/2014
Journey (Neal Schon) In Concert - Nashville, TN 9/12/2014
It was a magical Friday night in Nashville, TN as Journey returned to the Music City. The city of Nashville is full of Journey fans and they came out to party and sing-along with Concert Blast and about 14,000 other lovers of 70′s/80′s rock music. Mike Arnold was on hand for the review while Tom Thompson had a prior engagement and photographer Brian Hasbrook was out of town. So who do we always go to first to get the best concert photos when Brian is not available? Sam Shrader of course. Enjoy the concert photos of Neal Schon, Ross Vallory, Nashvillian Jonathan Cain, Deen Castronova, and the highly energetic Arnel Pineda.
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Posted on 8/5/2014
Riverfront Park - 2014 CMA Music Festival
It was officially day three of the 2014 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, TN. Mike Arnold, Tom Thompson, and Will Perry continued with the concert coverage. Day three lasted about 15 hours and this was after two prior long days! Yes, we were tired but excited to cover more concerts. On this day we started at the packed Riverfront Park to cover LoCash Cowboys, went to the Bridgestone Arena plaza for Chuck Wicks, strolled over to the HGTV sponsored barn to see an invitation only solo performance of Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, and then completed the daytime shows back at Riverfront Park to see one of our favorite up and coming artists, Maggie Rose. After a dinner and a hour rain delay, we headed over to the stadium to catch Sara Evans, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, and closed the night with Keith Urban. Enjoy the podcast and written blog review by Mike Arnold.
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Posted on 7/14/2014
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.
Posted on 4/22/2014
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.
Posted on 4/12/2014
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!