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CMA Music Fest – Stadium Concert – Saturday 6/9/2012 (Podcast 236)

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    Posted on 7/4/2012

    Luke Bryan In Concert - CMA Music Festival 2012

    Luke Bryan In Concert - CMA Music Festival 2012

     
     
    Saturday Night June 9th 2012 was night three of the CMA Music Fest stadium concerts. Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson were on hand for the coverage. On this night the performers included; Luke Bryan, Faith Hill, Eric Church, Little Big Town, and Hunter Hayes. Enjoy listening to our podcast coverage and reading Mike Arnold’s blog review.

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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 – Various Events Coverage – 6/8/2012 (Podcast 233)

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            Posted on 6/15/2012

            Mark Miller of Sawyer Brown In Concert - CMA Music Festival

            Mark Miller of Sawyer Brown In Concert - CMA Music Festival

              
            Concert Blast returned to the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, TN once again to attend and cover one of the best and most organized music festivals in the world.  The CMA Music Festival is a week long celebration of country music which brings in people from all over the world.  There are fan club parties, free concerts in the streets and at Riverfront Park, the hotels and restaurants are packed with tourists, and who knows what star will make their way to the stage in the downtown bars.  We always do our best to cover the Stadium shows of the top selling country acts, but we also try to participate in the other special events.  This podcast covers the unique events.  An interview with three stars from the History Channel’s hit TV show Swamp People (Troy, Jacob, and Chase Landry),  Coverage of Little Big Town fans, Detroit’s country band Cold City Cowboys, and Sawyer Brown’s concert at Riverfront Park.  Enjoy our podcast and reading about these experiences!

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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
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                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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                  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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                      Alice Cooper Concert Review – Knoxville, TN – 5/17/2010 (BLOG)

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                        Alice Cooper
                        May 17, 2010
                        Knoxville Memorial Coliseum
                        Knoxville TN

                        Written by James Downing


                        When I was 14 years old I was listening to the music of The Partridge Family, Bobby Sherman, The Osmonds and all of the other “Bubblegum Music” of that era. I thought this music was so cool. Little did I know I had no idea what cool was.

                        I remember sitting in study hall reading a teen magazine and a friend came up and thumbed through it.
                        He asked me a question that would change the way I looked at music for the rest of my life. He said, “Have you ever listened to Alice Cooper?”

                        Alice Cooper In Concert

                        Alice Cooper In Concert

                        Of course my response was “Who is she?” He laughed and said it was a guy. Continue Reading…

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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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