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Wildflower Festival

KOOL & THE GANG BRING THE FUNK BACK TO WILDFLOWER! ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL

By guest contributor: Tamera Hurdle

If you have ever attended a wedding, graduation party, bar mitzvah, or any other unforgettable party then you probably hit the dance floor when the DJ turned up the song “Celebration!” Old and new fans alike are in for a lyrical treat at this year’s 26th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival as Kool & The Gang step onto the Methodist Richardson Amphitheater Stage. They have been entertaining audiences with their unique brand of R&B funk pop for over 50 years and sold more than 70 million albums worldwide.

Kool & The Gang have an extensive discography that includes songs like “Celebration,” “Cherish,” “Summer Madness,” “Jungle Boogie,” and “Open Sesame.” They’ve received two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, have had 25 Top 10 R&B hits, nine Top 10 Pop hits, and 31 gold and platinum albums. They have also been honored with a BET Soul Train Lifetime Achievement Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Kool & The Gang members Robert “Kool” Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown as well as former member James “JT” Taylor are among the 2018 inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

There is no denying that Kool & The Gang represent one of the hardest working bands – ever! They prove this by holding the record for the longest touring group in R&B history. Kool & The Gang have been continuously touring for the past 45 years, performing hundreds of shows every year. They also hold the record of being the most sampled band of all time. Snoop Dogg, LL Cool J, DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Beastie Boys, Janet Jackson, and Kid Rock are just a few examples of artists that sampled Kool & The Gang’s music.

A good time is guaranteed at a Kool & The Gang concert because they are next level performers who know how to entertain everyone in the audience. From the horns to the vocals, Kool & The Gang never fails to bring the funk. If you are not already a fan, you will be by the end of the show. Make sure to be front and center wearing your dancing shoes. Their high energy will make you want to move and boogie the night away!

Tickets to see Kool & The Gang start at only $30 and will be available online March 15th www.wildflowerfestival.com. The Methodist Richardson Amphitheater Stage has a full line-up for Friday, May 18th with Infinite Journey at 6:45 p.m., Starship featuring Mickey Thomas at 8:45 p.m. and headlining is Kool & The Gang at 10:00 p.m. Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival is a three-day weekend with six stages of entertainment located within Galatyn Park in Richardson, Texas. #WAMFest2018

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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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