The Crowd featuring Mike Arnold

The Crowd featuring Mike Arnold

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandRockClassic Rock

The Crowd known as Nashville's Party Rock Band energizes the audience with sing-alongs and high energy. The Crowd started in 1981 and made their way to local radio by 1983. The Crowd disbanded in 1988 and re-grouped on 12/9/11 for a successful reunion show and now the fans are requesting more shows!


The band "The Crowd" began from an idea that Mike Arnold's guitar instructor had back in 1980.

Bob Dipiero (one of Nashville's most successful songwriters) challenged Mike by suggesting him to start a party band playing fun simple music.

Mike told this to a few friends who decided to begin to learn how to play and in 1981 The Crowd played their first gig at a party with Mike Arnold, Tom Thompson, Jim Thompson, and Dwayne Smith in the lineup. From someone being at that party led to another party gig and another and another and...

The guys wanted to experiment in writing some original songs so they went to a Nashville recording studio to record four songs, two originals (“I Don’t Wanna Hear These Things” and “Without You”) and two covers (“Street Fighting Man” and “Land of a Thousand Dances”)

Mike took the two originals to Vanderbilt University's rock radio station 91-Rock WRVU-FM. The two originals began receiving airplay and began receiving many requests that earned their 2 original songs to be in the Top 5 request list of the day on many occasions.

With their songs now on the radio, the clubs were calling to book the band. Their first club gig was performing an opening slot for a band from Atlanta called The Night Porters at Nashville’s Rock Club, Cantrell's. On this first club set The Crowd received a surprising encore and the owner of the club told the booking agent to book them as a headliner.

The band’s live show attracted the attention from popular Nashville main-stream rock DJ Patti Murray from 103-KDF and began booking the band on several occasions.

Lead Guitarist Dwayne Smith left the band to enjoy more family time while the guys welcomed new guitarist Chris Moran from the popular regional band from North Carolina “The Accelerators”. Chris stayed with the band for about a year before moving back to North Carolina and local lead guitarist Gary Conn joined the guys.

The Crowd was the first band to perform at Nashville's legendary nightspot, the Exit In, during their re-open phase in 1984 to prove to the new owner, Mike Tidwell, he could have a good business by having live music instead of just a restaurant. This also led to Mike Arnold helping the re-opened historic club with booking popular local music acts.

Mike left The Crowd in 1985 to start his own band, Mike Arnold & the Music City Rockers, but The Crowd continued as a three piece with band leadership from Gary Conn. They continued writing songs and recorded a self-produced CD before calling it quits in 1988. Mike continued performing with his band until 1990.

With the popularity of Facebook, old friends of the band suggested a reunion show, after discussing this idea, Mike Arnold, Tom Thompson, Jim Thompson, and Gary Conn, along with original guitarist Dwayne Smith all agreed for a one night performance for old times sake.

They discussed a set list, got together for a practice, contacted a club, and performed that show on Friday December 9th 2011 at Douglas Corner Café. To everyone's surprise, the club was packed and the fans kept yelling for more. Today fans are still requesting more shows and now The Crowd is booking high energy shows for 2012.

The Crowd is looking to book opening slots for national/regional established rock bands, music festivals, clubs, and parties.

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Current Self Promoted Music:
I Don't Wanna Hear These Things
Without You
Crazy About You
Fantasy Girl
Alone With You
Much Too Young
Land of 1,000 Dances (cover)
Street Fighting Man (cover)
Mony Mony (live cover)

Set List

The Set List will vary depending on the type of gig.

On shows that are less than an hour (festivals, multiple bands on the same bill, opening for others), the set will mainly consist of original material with a few classic covers performed in our unique style.

On shows that consist of parties or shows with multiple sets will contain about 4 originals per set with classic unique cover songs.

Past Set List
The Reunion Celebration
12/09/2011 - Douglas Corner Cafe - Nashville, TN
(C) = Cover (O) = Original

What I Like About You / R.O.C.K. in the USA (C)
Califonia Man (C)
Mony Mony (C)
Crazy About You (O)
Saw Her Standing There (C)
Tonight (O)
Fantasy Girl (O)
Birthday (For Mike) (C)
Street Fighting Man (C)
Good Lovin (C)
Melt With You (C)
Alone With You (O)

Acapella Sing Along With Mike (C)
-- Na Na Songs (Hey Hey Goodbye / Lovin Touchin Squeezin / Hey Jude)
-- Church Songs (Let It Be / I'll Fly Away)
-- Fun Song (Lov