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THE GUESS WHO – Canadians Rock “American Woman” And Hits In Texas

With a notorious musical career that spans decades, The Guess Who is a rock band of all genres. Originating in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1966, The Guess Who would grow from their hometown of Winnipeg to Saskatchewan where they constantly crossed paths with artists such as Joni Mitchell and Neil Young. While the band made continuous strives in Canada, releasing top 40 hits such as “Clock on the Wall” and “His Girl,” it wasn’t until they became the house band for the CBC radio show, “The Swingers,” and the CBC television show, “Let’s Go,” in 1967 that they were able to reach a larger Canadian crowd, giving them the exposure they really needed.

With works for Coca-Cola under their belt and an LP called “A Wild Pair,” The Guess Who was setting the stage for international stardom. In 1969, The Guess Who released the album “Wheatfield Soul” along with the ballad “These Eyes,” which became the group’s first top 10 U.S. hit. It sold over a million copies and was awarded the gold disc by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Expanding into an international crowd, the band started playing around musically, moving into an edgier hard-rock sound with “American Woman” in 1970. Along with the album, the title track became a No. 1 hit in the U.S., giving The Guess Who the honor of being the first Canadian group to have a No. 1 hit on the U.S. Hot 100. With this, the band re-recorded their 1969 single “No Time” for the “American Woman” album, which also became a top five U.S. hit.

Over the next 20 years, The Guess Who went through many ups and downs including hospitalized band members, solo albums and replaced guitarists, playing for Richard Nixon at the White House, and progressive sound changes allowing them to experiment with more of the psychedelic sound of the time. This didn’t stop them from the ever-growing U.S. fame from fans nostalgic for their classic 60’s sound. In 1987, the band was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. During the early 2000s, the band regularly toured across both Canada and U.S. and released a live album “Running Back Thru Canada.” In 2002, Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, Garry Peterson, Donnie McDougall and Bill Wallace received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. Additionally, their 2003 concert at the Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto SARS benefit concert was the largest outdoor ticketed event in Canadian history.

The Guess Who started their sound during the British beat and have been growing it ever since. Creating music from pop rock, blues rock, and psychedelic rock to hard rock, they are the rock n’ roll band of Canada. More information about The Guess Who may be found on their website: www.theguesswho.com.

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 8:15 p.m. The Guess Who will perform live at Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival on the State Farm Amphitheater Stage right after Asia featuring John Payne and followed by Survivor at 10:00 p.m. Tickets to #WAMFest2016 are available in advance at metroplex Tom Thumb stores or www.wildflowerfestival.com. The 3-day weekend pass for $40 must be purchased prior to the May 20-22 festival weekend since only the single day tickets for $25 will be sold at the gates located in Galatyn Park in Richardson, Texas.
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“The Guess Who – Canadians Rock “American Woman” And Hits In Texas” 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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