Wildflower Festival

Wildflower Festival

MARILYN RUCKER – WICKED WIT OF THE WEST

Who gave you the nickname “Wicked Wit of the West” and what does it mean?

My friend Steve Brooks, who is a wonderful writer and songwriter, gave me that nickname several years back. We’ve written a few songs together, including “Let the Men Buy the Beer” and “Snot-Nosed Rag.” I think he meant it kindly, but essentially it means I’m a smart-alecky tart.

How did you select the songs for the Wildflower contest and are they based on any memories or experiences?

“Freaked Out Teenaged Tadpoles” came to me in one big leap when I saw my son running out of his middle school with several friends. They were running around, bumping into each other and jumping all over the place. It brought up memories of wading in a creek behind my house as a kid, and having swarms of “almost frogs” come hopping down the creek in the same way. Since the creek is in the Richardson area, the song seemed to fit the contest. “We’re Like this on Facebook” sums up a lot of the friendships I’ve found online. Some of them are more “real” than others.

What does it mean to be selected as a finalist?

I am thrilled and honored to be included as a finalist in Wildflower. I grew up in North Dallas, went to Richardson schools, and I love the area. I’ve been excited to see how the festival has grown in size and scope. I love that Wildflower continues to promote and support songwriters and musicians of all genres.

Do you have any pre-show superstitious habits, calming techniques, or plain old good luck charms?

I like to imagine the audience wearing Groucho Marx masks. And I do vocal warmups that sound like drunk pigeons.

How would you describe your songwriting style?

Sporadic yet persistent. Meaning I write a bit every day, and fiddle with tunes all the time, and every now and then it comes together in a song that works for me.

Where is the best place to experience songwriting utopia?

On long road trips, especially if you can pull off and jot down lyrics and melodies as they come while overlooking a scenic rest stop.

Do you have a favorite quote, lyric, or credo that you live by?

Right now I am haunted by “Theme For the Eulipions” by Rahsaan Roland Kirk. It’s just a very comforting tune for uncertain times.

Have you performed in Finland and Germany for Xena fans?

Nope, but people have bought the MP3 of that tune in strangely high numbers there. I figured I might have to get over there and play a gig one day and see what happens.

Are you a member of Hootchcakes Band and The Studebakers (are there more to list)?

Yes, I’m a member of The Hootchcakes and The Studebakers. I also play with my own group, Marilyn Rucker and Friends, and I’m on an “out patient” basis with The Therapy Sisters. I’ve also played with Mr. Fabulous and Casino Royale, Original Recipe Band, The Big Band Sound of Austin, Maryann Price, Mary Reynolds and really anyone who asks.

Website: https://www.marilynrucker.com/
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/marilynrucker
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MRNorrod
ReverbNation: https://www.reverbnation.com/marilynrucker

Make plans to see Marilyn Rucker compete on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. on the UnitedHealthcare Singer Songwriter Stage located inside the Eisemann Center at the 25th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival. Marilyn is also scheduled to perform on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. on the CityLine Stage.

Additional details about the Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest, and the complete list of Top 10 Finalists is available on the Wildflower! website: http://www.wildflowerfestival.com/songwriter-contest-workshop/.

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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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City of Richardson
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