5GB With Jared Blake; Playing Hard Rock Cafe Nashville’s IMAGINE There’s No Hunger Event, Dec. 11

By Eileen Tilson/ @tktalt_tn

IMAGINE!  Join the Hard Rock Cafe Nashville on De. 11  as part of the Hard Rock International’s 2011 global IMAGINE THERE’S NO HUNGER campaign, which is supported by John Lennon’s wife, artist and musician Yoko Ono Lennon, to combat childhood hunger and poverty around the world.  Dedicated to the brand’s “All is One” core value, proceeds from Hard Rock’s campaign will directly benefit WhyHunger, a leader in building the global movement to end hunger and poverty, and its grassroots partners around the globe in hopes of finding long-term solutions through sustainable agriculture. With an amazing lineup consisting of Tiffany, Lukas Rossi, Bonnie Bishop, Jared Blake, Shawn Mayer and Mark Collie, this is a show not to be missed!

We will be interviewing all the amazing artists performing that night before the big show on Sunday. First up is country singer and The Voice contestant, the hilarious Jared Blake!

What was the first gig you ever went to?

I didn’t get far from my small town growing up. My family only traveled to Branson, MO. That being a show town, I’m sure that’s where I experienced seeing my first gig. And, it would have been an Ozark-hillilly-mountain-folk type band. I am positive that it was in a cave.

What is the best gig that you ever played/performed at?

My first gig after being on the tv show, The Voice was in a small town outside of Tacoma, WA. It was about 200 people at a pizza joint (Louie G’s) that had a great stage in the back. It was my first experience in a town I had never been to, or known anyone, and fans were singing my original songs along with me. I’ll always remember that.

What is the best gig you have ever been to?

Oh man, this is where the violins come in. I’ve always been either too broke, busy taking care of my kids, or out working myself. I haven’t been out to see a lot of my idols. I do buy all of their music though.

Gig you would most like to play?

I’d love to play at The Grammys, where you can pull out all the stops! Where it relates your success and acceptance to an industry, and I can put on the kind of grand show I’ve always wanted to. I mean, where else can you have an entire orchestra with you to pop out from behind a curtain?

What would be the lineup for your dream gig?

I’d open for Guns N Roses, Kid Rock, Bob Segar, and Johnny Cash.  After all, what could be better than bringing a legend back from the dead for one last show? At, Disneyland. I hear that where dreams come true.

Catch Jared Blake and the rest of the crew Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Hard Rock Cafe Nashville

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