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KELLY AUGUSTINE – THE LUMINOUS LYRICIST

Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest finalist, Kelly Augustine, is no stranger to song slaying competitions. Recently selected as one of 32 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Finalists for the Kerrville Folk Festival, this folk-American crooner is quickly making a name for herself within the songwriting community. The luminous lyricist graciously took pause for an interview, before traveling to Richardson, allowing us to ask the musician a short list of questions.

Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival:  What song inspired you to become a songwriter?

Augustine:  Wow! There are so many songs that have touched me over the years and inspired me to be a songwriter. The music that first inspired me was the folk music Bob Dylan was writing in his early years like “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall,” and “Don’t Think Twice It’s Allright.” Joni Mitchell’s album Blue was also very inspirational to me at that time, specifically songs like “California” and “A Case of You.” More recently Lyle Lovett’s songs like, “South Texas Girl,” “If You Were to Wake Up,” and “Natural Forces,” as well as, John Fullbright’s “Forgotten Flowers,” “High Road,” and “Satan and St. Paul.”

WAMFest:  What inspires you to write? 

Augustine:  I’m inspired by injustice that I see in the world. I want to be a voice for those who feel alone and who feel like no one hears them. I want people to know how inherently valuable they are and that no matter how bad things may seem, there’s always hope. Nothing makes me madder than when people dismiss other people as being worthless or unworthy.

WAMFest:  What typically strikes you first, the music or the lyrics?

Augustine:  As a listener, the music is typically what first gets my attention but the lyrics are what keep me listening. When I write I usually write the melodies and the lyrics together.

WAMFest:  When did you learn guitar?

Augustine:  I taught myself how to play in college.  I was classically trained on piano and still love playing the piano. I write on both instruments.

WAMFest:  What is an interesting tidbit of information that makes you unique?

Augustine:  I spent the last ten years practicing medicine as a physician assistant. When I had my daughter two years ago I decided to stay home with her and seriously pursue music and songwriting. I’ve always wanted to be a songwriter but didn’t really start trying to perfect the songwriting craft until then.

WAMFest:  What song can make you cry?

Augustine:  “High Road,” by John Fullbright.

WAMFest:  What song can change your mood in moments?

Augustine:  Lyle Lovett’s “That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas).” I grew up in Oklahoma, but went to college in south Texas, and spent some of the best years of my life, in Texas. This song resonates with me for that reason and is just a blast. I can’t help but dance around when I hear it- and I always want to be wearing a cowboy hat when I’m listening to it!

WAMFest:  Favorite songwriters?

Augustine:  Bob Dylan, Lyle Lovett, John Fullbright

WAMFest:  Do you have any other hidden talents?

Augustine:  I’m an amazing dancer. Ask my sister she can vouch for me. She’s seen my moves in the clubs.

WAMFest:  What is the best live show you’ve seen?

Augustine:  Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers at Red Rocks in 2014.

WAMFest:  If you could play with any artist, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Augustine:  Lyle Lovett. He is an amazing songwriter and I love his quirky persona. I think he’d be a blast to play music with. Plus, I’d love to meet and play on the same stage as all the incredible musicians in his large band. Oh, and I want to sing back-up harmonies with Luke Bulla while he kills it on fiddle.

WAMFest:  What obstacles do you face on this journey as an artist?

Augustine:  Making time and space for myself to write as often as I need to and keeping my mindset in the place I need it to be for writing. As a writer, I live as an observer of the world around me and most specifically an observer of people and their emotions. It can be exhausting to observe as intently as required to get to the meat of what I like to write about. It can also feel emotionally heavy to carry the burdens of others but that’s part of the songwriter process for me.

WAMFest:  Do you have any other talents?

Augustine:  I’m an amazing dancer. Ask my sister she can vouch for me. She’s seen my moves in the clubs.

Kelly Augustine will compete for one of four $500 prizes including the Michael Terry People’s Choice Award on May 19, at 11:30 a.m. on the United HealthCare Singer Songwriter Stage in the Eisemann Center.  Kelly is also set to perform on the CityLine Stage at 6:00 p.m. at the 26th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in Richardson.  #WAMFest2018 www.wildflowerfestival.com

 

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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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