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Posted on 2/2/2014
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.
Posted on 1/27/2014
Concert Blast - (l to r) Brian Hasbrook, Tom Thompson, Mike Arnold
Concert Blast Webisode 9 completes the Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival coverage (8 webisodes) with hard rockers, Three Days Grace. Enjoy how we began this webisode explaining that our audio recorder went out during the festival, getting our dinner at The Best Around Concessions, taking a backstage walk to the middle of the Three Days Grace concert and completing everything with a thank you from Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson before leaving the festival… Enjoy Our last Webisode from the 2013 Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival!
Posted on 1/7/2014
As the guys from Concert Blast reflect back on the coverage performed in 2013, we thought it would be better to show you with hundreds of photographs taken throughout the year in a video segment. The year’s photo coverage began with an interview with singer/songwriter/actress Jewel from our guest blogger/photographer friend Samantha Shrader and ended with Mike Arnold‘s visit to the annual Christmas 4 Kids benefit touring of tour buses. This year also included the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival, the CMA Music Festival, and the K-Love Fan Awards, along with numerous concerts, interviews, and CD reviews throughout the year. Enjoy this video of the Concert Blast 2013 Flashback and Happy New Year from Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson!
Posted on 1/1/2014
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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Posted on 12/23/2013
Mike Arnold - Brian Hasbrook - Tom Thompson
It’s that time of the year again where we celebrate getting together with friends and family, eat lots of great food, wind down the year, but most importantly celebrate the birth of Jesus as The Christ. This podcast is reflecting on Christmas songs by rock artists submitted by Concert Blast listeners and some of our own favorites. Actually this podcast is a spliced and diced podcast from several past Christmas specials from 2005-2007. Listen to this audio podcast while Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson take you through several Christmas song clips… ENJOY!
Posted on 11/25/2013
Concert Blast Having Fun With Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival Fans
Concert Blast hosts Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson take you on a journey of their Day 2 of the 2013 Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival. This webisode begins with getting ready for the music festival, then a visit with one of our sponsors, The Best Around Concessions. We then discuss Brian’s photography and the concerts of the day (Jerry Lee Lewis, Patti Smith, Dwight Yoakam, Gavin DeGraw, Black Keys, ZZ Top) and talk with Dwight fans. Special thanks to Steve Shattuck for his video camera work.
Posted on 11/03/2013
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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Posted on 11/1/13
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 Trouble. Concert 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!
Concert Blast at Rendezvous - Memphis, TN
Concert Blast hosts Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson take you on a journey of their day before they attend Day 2 of the 2013 Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival. This webisode begins with one of our sponsors, Rendezvous, then we walk over to the historic Peabody Hotel, and before we head to the festival we stop at Gibson’s Donuts! Having a great time before the music starts! Special thanks to Steve Shattuck for his video camera work. Enjoy our 6th Concert Blast Webisode.
Posted on 10/10/2013
Mike Arnold showing Tom Thompson's Muddy Boot in the Media Trailer at the 2013 Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival
Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson of Concert Blast have reported through 3 Webisodes on the 2013 Memphis In May Beale Street Music Festival and now this webisode begins the coverage with various clips from the Friday night performances, This coverage begins with us warming up in the media trailer before attending concerts of The Wallflowers, Sheryl Crow, Ygnwie Malmsteen, Hall and Oates, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Bassnectar, and Alice In Chains… Enjoy this short Concert Blast video webisode.