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2014 CMA Music Festival – Saturday (Podcast 263)

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    Posted on 8/5/2014

    Riverfront Park - 2014 CMA Music Festival

    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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      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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          John and Jacob Concert Review – Nashville, TN – 3rd and Lindsley

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            Posted on 4/22/2014

            John and Jacob - In Concert - Nashville, TN

            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.

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              Billy Joel Concert Review – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN

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                Posted on 4/12/2014

                Billy Joel In Concert - Nashville, TN

                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!

                 

                 

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                  WICKED Returns to Nashville March 26 – April 20 2014 – TPAC

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                    Posted on 3/10/2014

                    Wicked

                    Wicked

                    The Broadway musical WICKED returns to Nashville for another extended engagement at Nashville’s Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC). The show will run nightly from March 26th through April 20th. Tickets are now on sale with an expected sell out for every performance. To purchase Tickets: www.tpac.org, by phone at (615) 782-4040 and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville. Groups of 15 or more can purchase tickets now by calling (615) 782-4060. Continue to read the official TPAC press release.

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                      2014 Musicians Hall of Fame Ceremony and Show PHOTOS – Nashville, TN – Municipal Auditorium

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                        Posted on 2/2/2014 

                        Mike Arnold and Tom Thompson with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top

                        Mike Arnold and Tom Thompson with Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top

                        Concert Blast was invited to cover the 2014 Musicians Hall of Fame Ceremony and Show so Mike Arnold and Tom Thompson jumped at the chance to cover this annual event again. Unfortunately our main photographer, Brian Hasbrook, was out of town, so Mike Arnold and Concert Blast friend Allen Atkinson took over the duties. Those inducted were; Peter Frampton, Randy Bachman, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Capps, Barbara Mandrell, Ben Keith, Will Lee, Corki Casey O’Dell, Velma Smith, and Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble. The 2014 Iconic Riff Award went to Roy Orbison for the famous riff in his rock hit, Pretty Woman. The 2014 Industry Icon Award was awarded to Mike Curb who created his own record label at the age of 18 and gained national attention a year later. Others at the show to help with the ceremony were; ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Neil Young, Don Felder, Billy Cox, Steve Wariner, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Oak Ridge Boys, Duane Eddy, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Chris Isaak, and Brenda Lee.  Enjoy the photos from the Concert Blast coverage of the 2014 Musicians Hall of Fame Ceremony and Show hosted by Charles “Chip” Esten.

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                          John Mayer Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

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                            Posted on 12/11/2013

                            John Mayer In Concert - Nashville, TN

                            John Mayer In Concert - Nashville, TN (Photo by www.examiner.com)

                            John Mayer returned to Nashville, TN on Wednesday December 4th, 2013 for another performance with speical guests, Philip Phillips. Although Concert Blast wasn’t invited this time to review his concert, one of our guest bloggers attended the show and was kind enough to provide Concert Blast readers with her thoughts on these performances.  Enjoy the John Mayer / Phillip Phillips concert review by guest blogger Terri Gibson.

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                              Vintage Trouble Concert Photos – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Village (Photos)

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                                Posted on 11/03/2013

                                Vintage Trouble in Concert - Nashville, TN 10/18/2013

                                Vintage Trouble in Concert - Nashville, TN 10/18/2013

                                Vintage Trouble headlined the first annual Marathon Music Village Festival and Concert Blast was on hand to cover the fun activities.  This one day festival on the cool October Friday night in Nashville, TN included various food trucks, multiple bands, plenty of merchandise booths, lots of beer, and a Bar-B-Que buffet for the VIP patrons.  Concert Blast was given all access passes, which surprised us because we had full access to go anywhere we wanted… and we loved it!  Enjoy the Vintage Trouble photos taken by Brian Hasbrook.

                                 

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                                  Vintage Trouble Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Village (Podcast 257)

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                                    Posted on 11/1/13

                                    Vintage Trouble In Concert - Nashville, TN 10/18/2013

                                    Vintage Trouble In Concert - Nashville, TN 10/18/2013

                                    It was a cool October Friday night in Nashville, TN as the first annual Marathon Music Village Festival hosted the Los Angeles based, energetic rock/soul band, Vintage TroubleConcert Blast was on site to produce another audio podcast concert review on this fun evening.  “Troublemakers” (the nickname of their fan base) came in from different parts of the country and we met one fan from France.  Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson were back together again for this evening of fun.  Enjoy the podcast!

                                     

                                     

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                                      Brian Milson Interview – Anti Bullying Campaign “Nothing Grows in Shadows” – Podcast 256

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                                        Posted on 10/7/2013

                                        Brian Milson Interview with Concert Blast - Nothing Grows In Shadows

                                        Brian Milson Interview with Concert Blast's Mike Arnold

                                        Country singer/songwriter Brian Milson from Odessa, TX was in Nashville recently and stopped by to see Concert Blast while on his media circuit of his anti-bullying campaign while promoting his song, “Nothing Grows In Shadows”.  This song not only touches hearts, but the lyrics and melody reaches into a person’s chest and rips out the entire heart!  Not only is the song very touching, but the video of this emotional tune puts the song over the top.  Mike Arnold of Concert Blast  sits with the singer of this future hit, Brian Milson, to discuss the song, the video, and his career.  This is a special audio and video interview podcast… ENJOY!

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