Earlier this year the City of Richardson released a star-studded first round of the 2016 musical lineup for the 24th annual Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival being held May 20-22 in Galatyn Park. The list included a nightly performance by Unforgettable Fire – A Tribute to U2 and 13 additional top artists:
1. First instrument he learned to play was his grandmother’s banjolele, described as ukulele shaped like a banjo. He was seven years old when he taught himself and later recounts the memory in “Vaudeville Nanna and the Banjolele.”
2. By the age of 12 he formed a band called “The Little Ravens.”
3. His fifth solo album “Frampton Comes Alive!” was recorded in 1975, a double album priced at $7.98, and sold more than 17 million copies worldwide. It is celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary and available on iTunes for $10.99 including all 14 songs.
The Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival is more than rock bands, groovy vibes, and live concerts. Since 2003 the annual event also invites students in Kindergarten thru 6th grade to participate in an art contest. Last year more than 1,100 students returned a drawing for the “Pooch Portraits” contest. Read More
Open Bidding on “Bass to the Bone” Donated by KidKraft for Annual Charity – Wildflower! Art Guitar Auction
The Wildflower! Art Guitar Program & Auction committee is currently offering this custom designed work of art titled “Bass to the Bone.” The instrument was originally donated by KidKraft, designed by Crystal Elisondo, and featured in the annual charity auction on display May 15-17 inside The Eisemann Center during the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival.
“Bass to the Bone” was unclaimed by the winning bidder and is now once again available to the public for a starting bid of $1,000 or the best offer received before 5:00 p.m. on July 3, 2015. Due to the size of the item, it must be picked up in person and will not be shipped or delivered.
The Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival was honored to have Denny Dent perform in 1997. With three brushes in each hand Denny painted one of his legendary masterpieces, an ode to John Lennon. In the time it took to play a few music selections Denny has completed the “passionate dance on canvas.”
Denny lived to become a world renowned “rock and roll painter” but tragically passed away in 2004. His “two-fisted art attack” depicting one of rock’s most iconic musicians remains part of the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival collectibles. Denny’s painting is on display in the Eisemann Center during May 15-17, 2015 and truly a work of art that every Wildflower! fan should experience up close.
Photographs are permitted and encouraged so that Denny Dent’s legacy continues to be shared within the art and music communities. www.wildflowerfestival.com
Authentic folk music creates stories that take you through a wide range of feelings and experiences. Richard Berman is a classic American folk storyteller and the Massachusetts based singer-songwriter a true craftsman of the art.
When asked about his genre, Berman says “I would call myself a lyric driven singer/songwriter in the folk tradition- but please don’t ask me to define that tradition.” Read More
“Music is something that has always been there,” says John Carroll. His mother is a church pianist, his father a drummer. When he was five years old John started piano lessons. But John says it wasn’t until high school that he took up the guitar and everything changed. Music became his platform of expression and gave John an identity.
“When I want to grapple with an idea or even just to write a fun story, music is my language.” – John Carroll
Folk ballads are a great way to tell a story and Angela Easterling takes this craft to a new level with her angelic voice. Bluegrass and country were all around, but Angela didn’t listen to it while growing up because she preferred story telling musical theatre. It wasn’t until she was older that Angela started listening to other types of musicians such as folk singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris. The Grammy winning vocalist inspired Angela to follow and appreciate other great singers like Neil Young, The Byrds, Pete Seeger, and Joni Mitchell.
Angela was raised in the South Carolina foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Much of her childhood was spent on a farm that has been in her family for seven generations since 1791. She embraces her heritage in a big way as a writer and an artist on her debut album, “Earning Her Wings.”
The title song for her second album, BlackTop Road, tells of her family’s struggle to hold onto their farmland in the face of development and represents a new step in her singer-songwriter career. Angela’s music has been featured in commercials for Southwestern Bell and several of her songs were used in the series “Horsepower” on Animal Planet.
Hundreds of hours have been donated by local artists and organizations in an effort to create a unique piece of art to be auctioned in the 2015 Wildflower! Art Guitar Program & Auction. Electric and acoustic guitars are painted, chopped, molded, airbrushed, layered, built, and completely redesigned at the sole discretion of the artist. The collection annually displays new themes, rocking embellishments, and impressive conversions of the traditional instrument.
This year the donated guitars reflect an extraordinary group of artists and their individual vision of wild, musical masterpieces. See the pictures in the Wildflower! Art Guitar Program & Auction album.
The 2015 Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival Battle of the Bands Qualifiers were held Friday, May 1, 2015 at The Door – Dallas. Five bands from around the DFW metroplex came out to compete for a chance to be one of just three bands selected to play at the finals on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival.
Judges selected The Hey Heys and Future Nest as the two bands to auto qualify to the final competition round. The three Wildflower! Battle of the Band judges consisted of Melissa Garcia, Mark Williamson, and Jon Meyer.