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JOHN WAITE – BACK IN TEXAS MAY 21

John Waite will perform at Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival
Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. #WAMFest2016
– photo credit Michael Cavacini

We have been missing John Waite since he’s been gone. The English-born lead singer of The Babys and Bad English is back in Texas after his Wooden Heart Acoustic Tour along the North Eastern part of America. For the past 35 years, John Waite has been writing, recording and performing his music for not only the love of song, but the love of his fans.

Since going solo in 1982 with his debut album “Ignition,” Waite has had growing international success, including 1984s “Missing You,” which landed him a #1 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and a top ten hit on the U.K. Singles Chart. A move that knocked Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” from the number one spot. Waite has also had successful soundtrack singles for films like, “About Last Night,” “Rover’s Return” and “Days of Thunder.”

In 1988, Waite reunited with former bandmates, Jonathan Cain, and Ricky Phillips, along with Neal Schon and Deen Castronovo, two former Journey members, to form the sugergroup Bad English. Although Bad English broke up in 1992, they released two albums and reached both no. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and earned a gold-certificate single.

Since returning to his solo career in 1995, Waite hit the ground running, more so the recording studio. Over the last decade, John released numerous rock ‘n’ roll albums, including 1995’s “Temple Bar,” 1997’s “When You Were Mine,” 2001s “Figure in Landscape,” 2004’s “The Hard Way,” 2006’s “Downtown: Journey of the Heart,” and 2010’s “In Real Time,” an amazing live recording album. His tenth solo album “Rough and Tumble,” in which the tile track went no. 1 on classic rock radio in 2011, proved that Waite was here to stay.

You may have noticed Waite’s single “Missing You” in the movie Warm Bodies, but John Waite and Alison Krauss re-released the ’84 hit single as a duet and even performed it on The Tonight Show back in February 2007. Listen to hit songs here: http://www.last.fm/music/John+Waite

Waite hasn’t slowed down on touring either. In addition to his own touring schedule, in 2003 he toured with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, and in 2005 John Waite was the opening act for Journey. Coming off the release of his greatest hits album, Waite has no plans to slow down. Tackling the beast that is the music industry with his take on rock, blues and country, this has transformed the lead singer into a rock star, balladeer, storyteller, and above all, entertainer. More info about John Waite may be found on his website: http://www.johnwaiteworldwide.com.

Saturday, May 21, 2016 John Waite will perform at 6:30 p.m. on the State Farm Amphitheater Stage at Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival in Richardson, Texas. Following his performance is Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx at 8:15 p.m. and legendary guitarist Peter Frampton at 10:00 p.m. Tickets to #WAMFest2016 are available at metroplex Tom Thumb stores, www.wildflowerfestival.com, and single day passes will be sold at the gate.
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“John Waite – Back in Texas May 21” written and contributed by guest blogger Christina Kennedy for Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival. #WAMFest2016

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GATES OPEN AT 6:30PM AND WILDFLOWER! STAGES TO ROCK ON SATURDAY

It’s been a wild weekend here at Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival! We are so excited to update that the gates are going to open at 6:30 p.m.. The festival has been partially open since this morning and indoor performances inside the Eisemann Center have continued as scheduled throughout the day.

Unfortunately, Blue Oyster Cult had to cancel its appearance at the Festival due to its flight into DFW International Airport being cancelled because of the severe weather. All acts prior to 6:30 p.m. set to perform on outdoor stages have been removed from the schedule.

Want the good news? The Methodist Richardson Amphitheatre Stage, Plaza Stage, and Bud Light Stage are ready to rock (after a lot of hard work by the festival folks).

Methodist Richardson Amphitheatre Stage
8:15 p.m. The Guess Who
10:00 p.m. Grand Funk Railroad

The Guess Who

Plaza Stage
8:45 p.m. Judah & The Lion
10:30 p.m. Fitz and the Tantrums

Bud Light Stage
6:45 p.m. Devil’s Sooty Brother
8:15 p.m. Joshua Ray Walker
9:45 p.m. Big City Outlaws

Aeromyth

Hill Hall
9:00 p.m. Aeromyth

UnitedHealthcare Singer Songwriter Stage
6:00 p.m. Jason Castro
7:45 p.m. Darrell Scott
9:15 p.m. Crystal Bowersox

The Plaza Stage viewing grounds consist of solid concrete but you’ll want to bring a lawn chair for the Methodist Richardson Amphitheatre Stage area, or wear comfy boots to navigate the soggy grass. The wet conditions have created high humidity of 94% and cool temperatures in the 60’s.

Due to schedule changes caused by today’s severe weather, all Saturday general admission tickets to the festival will be honored for use, either today or tomorrow. We scan it once and you can decide whether that will be for Saturday or Sunday. Ticket prices for Saturday have been dropped to $30 at the gate. On Sunday, children 12 and under will be allowed free admission.

Street performers scheduled to appear on Performance Row have been cancelled for today. Due to wind damage, the WF! Kids area is closed for the rest of the weekend.

The schedule for all acts is updated and posted on the website. www.wildflowerfestival.com

Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival Announces Revised Saturday Schedule Due To Severe Weather Impacts

All gates to open at 6:30 p.m. with most national acts set to perform

The Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will open all gates at 6:30 p.m. The Festival has been partially open since 11 a.m. this morning, with indoor music performances taking place as scheduled on Eisemann Center stages.

Weather Impacts On Performances
With the exception of Blue Oyster Cult and Quiet Company, all performances set for this evening on outdoor stages at Wildflower! will perform as scheduled. Blue Oyster Cult had to cancel its appearance at the Festival this weekend due to its flight into DFW International Airport being cancelled because of severe weather. Tonight’s 7:15 p.m. performance by Quiet Company on the Plaza Stage has also been cancelled along with all other acts scheduled to perform on outdoor stages prior to 6:30 p.m.

Weather Impacts From Today’s Storm
At approximately 1 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon, severe weather passing through North Texas impacted the festival grounds causing limited wind damage. Festival staff are in the process of cleaning the grounds and all six gates at the festival will reopen at 6:30 p.m.

Patrons Asked To Prepare For Wet Conditions
People planning to attend the festival this evening to enjoy the outdoor stages will want to prepare accordingly for wet conditions. Bring water resistant clothing and lawn chairs are recommended.

Saturday Passes To Be Honored Today Or Tomorrow
Due to schedule changes caused by today’s severe weather, all Saturday passes to the Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will be honored for use either today or tomorrow.

Saturday Pass Dropped To $30 For Saturday Performances / Children Get In Free Sunday
Ticket prices for Saturday have been dropped to $30 at the gate. On Sunday, children 12 and under will be allowed through the gates free of charge.

Other Updates
Street performers scheduled to appear on Performance Row have also been cancelled for today and, due to wind damage, the Children’s Area on the festival grounds is closed for the rest of the weekend. Information on the performance schedule for all acts is available at www.wildflowerfestival.com.

WILDFLOWER! FESTIVAL TO PARTIALLY OPEN DUE TO THREAT OF SEVERE WEATHER

Festival grounds expected to fully open at 5 p.m., or once area storms pass; performances on Eisemann Center stages continue as scheduled

(Richardson, TX) – Richardson’s Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will partially open at 11 a.m. due to the threat of severe weather in the area. Gate F, located on the north side of the event, is open for patrons to directly enter the Eisemann Center to enjoy performances on the Singer Songwriter and Hill Performance Hall stages. The closest parking area to Gate F is the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas parking garage. View the Festival Map for locations.

All six gates on the festival grounds are expected to reopen at 5 p.m., or once the threat of severe weather has passed. People planning to attend the festival to enjoy the outdoor stages this evening are asked to prepare accordingly for wet conditions. Bring water resistant clothing, umbrellas and lawn chairs. All afternoon performances scheduled to take place on outdoor stages prior to 5 p.m. have been cancelled.

Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival has historically had bouts with rain over the past 27 years of its history in Richardson, but the event has always been held rain or shine. Richardson’s Emergency Management team consistently monitors the weather, and public safety personnel have plans in place to shelter people if necessary.

Tickets available online or at the gate.

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