Wildflower Festival

Wildflower Festival

“ALIGNING STARS BECOME UBIQUITOUS FOR EMMELINE”

Emmeline Selected as a Finalist in the Top Ten for 2017 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest

1. Other than sweet potato tater tots, what’s the most interesting aspect to performing live in local venues?

Wait, there’s more to a show than sweet potato tater tots? Are you SURE? Honestly, my favorite thing about performing live is the chance to forge a connection with people. I love playing songs and watching them resonate with different audience members. It means the world to me when someone comes up to me after a show and tells me a story about his or her life that a song dragged to the surface of consciousness. Music unites people from all walks of life; it reminds us that we’re not alone in our emotions, that most of the things we feel–even the unspeakably ugly things–have been felt before. I love it when my songs give someone permission to confess something or open up about something personal.

Sweet Potato Tater Tots at Coffee House Café

2. Elaborate a little on the tagline “Pop Music for Smart People” for folks who are pondering this genre hybrid.

I’ve always had an awkwardly large vocabulary. When I was four, I used the words “unmitigated disaster” to describe a broken gumball machine, and my mother has never let me live it down. When I started sharing my songs with their equally ambitious word choices, my best friend said, “No one uses the word ‘ubiquitous’ in a pop song. People aren’t going to listen to that.” I decided that I could change my awkward stripes, or unapologetically own them. I’m not very good at being someone else, so “Pop Music for Smart People” was born. It seemed like a self-aware, silly, tongue-in-cheek way to acknowledge that I’m not always good with one- or two-syllable lyrics. I also get a really big, Sheldon-esque kick out of plays on homophones.

3. Since learning piano at the age of four, how many instruments do you play? What make/model will you bring to the stage at Wildflower?

I play piano, guitar, ukulele, drums, flute, electric bass, and a pretty mediocre kazoo. I can also play the concert Bb scale on some of the instruments in marching band, thanks to patient high school friends and insatiable curiosity. I’m excited to bring my Yamaha P-85 to the Wildflower Festival stage. Her name is Belle, and she’s been with me since my first solo show in 2009.

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

I tend to pray before I play. I’m also one of those rare musicians who enjoys the sound check. I like watching the dust particles float across the beam of the spotlight and anticipating the way the energy of the room will change when the audience arrives. I like the foreshadowing in the echo of reverb in an empty hall. Good microphones are magical. I used to get really, really, nervous before shows, but I’ve reached a point now where putting my fingers on stage-lit keys feels like coming home.

5. What does it mean to be selected as a top finalist in the Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest?

At the risk of sounding dramatic, EVERYTHING. I was so, so, so excited, honored, giddy, thrilled, and happy-tearful. I write songs to make sense of things that don’t make sense to me. I share the songs in hopes I can help someone else the way music has helped me. For someone to say they saw something of note in anything I’ve written is a huge, incredible compliment that I will cherish for a long, long time. Plus, to get to perform on the Wildflower Festival Performing Songwriter Stage with so many amazingly talented artists is a huge honor and a wonderful, humbling opportunity. I’m still pinching myself. Sometimes, the stars align in a really, breathtaking way.

6. How did you select the songs to submit to the contest and are they based on any memories or experiences?

Over the last year, I’ve tried to be as honest as possible in my songs. “Empire” and “Orlando,” the two songs that comprised my entry, really exemplified that honesty for me. I feel like I, as a musician, have a responsibility to write about love and hope and empowerment in the face of adversity to combat some of the toxicity in the news. I think our generation needs to feel real, honest, imperfect love—not just the tiny jolt of validation when someone else double-taps our Instagram post or clicks the thumbs-up icon on Facebook. These songs are about striving to find that kind of flawed and beautiful love. They’re about learning to search for blessings, even when hard to find, not just when we feel hashtag-blessed. I wanted to write the kind of music that inspires people to be kinder to themselves and each other. That felt like a message worth sharing, so I took a shot in the dark and entered. I’m SO glad I did.

7. Where is the best place to experience songwriting utopia?

There’s a really great and inspiring energy at a lot of the local open mics. It’s a very special moment when artists share their work in the intimacy of an acoustic setting. Watching other singer-songwriters be honest and vulnerable, watching them own their emotions and invite the audience into their sacred space–that moves me so, so deeply. It gives me hope. As for a personal songwriting utopia? Sit in a LoveSac. You won’t regret it, but you may never get up.

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

“Nothing is impossible. Even the word itself says, ‘I’m possible.'” – Audrey Hepburn

I love that quote. I frequently tell my students that I don’t allow the word “can’t” in lessons. A positive mentality is key. This past year, my mantra about musical opportunities is “Someone will say yes.” A close friend told me to set a number goal for rejections rather than acceptances, so that every chance I take results in something worth celebrating. That paradigm shift has been really, really cool.

Emmeline Miles

9. How long have you been taking ballet and does it play a creative role in your music process?

I started ballet when I was three and danced seriously for the first half of my life. I think that ballet can be simultaneously beautiful and toxic. It taught me a lot about discipline–I was onstage or in class regardless of how I felt. However, the focus on image can be detrimental and exhausting. In college, I traded ballet for hip-hop (yes–as a tiny little white girl) because I liked the way that the latter celebrated different shapes, sizes, and strengths. Re-entering the world of ballet as a pseudo-adult has forced me to confront my body-image insecurities, though, and it challenges my authenticity. Some days (okay, most days), I’m not very graceful. The Ballet Burn, where I take classes now, is a studio that embraces everyone’s individual fitness journey and values progress over perfection. I love that. I think that’s what most artistic endeavors are really about.

Chloe The Conqueror

10. Last question, does your beautiful beast aka Chloe the Conqueror really enjoy crossing the finish line for medals?

Hahaha…honestly, I’m pretty sure she couldn’t care less about the medals. Whenever I have her wear one to take a picture, she looks extremely put out about it. She loves crossing the finish line, though. I think she likes the energy of the space. A few times, they’ve announced her name at the finish line, and she seems like she prances a bit more proudly when that happens.

Chole is very much a social butterfly at races–she goes up to all kinds of strangers and nuzzles their hands until they pet her. She recently finished her first 10K, and she ran (read: dragged her slow human) the whole way!

#shamelesslyprouddogmom

Unsolicited PSA: Everyone should adopt a dog at some point in his or her life. I’ve done some cool things, and I’ve been blessed with lots of really amazing opportunities, but Chloe is by far one of the best things that has ever happened to me. God definitely knew what He was doing when He paired us up.

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Emmeline will be competing with other finalists 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. Emmeline will also perform on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. on the CityLine Stage.

Additional information about the 2017 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest and the full list of Top 10 Finalists, may be found on the website: http://www.wildflowerfestival.com/songwriter-contest-workshop/. #WAMFest2017

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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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