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AEROMYTH – ULTIMATE TRIBUTE EXPERIENCE

By guest contributor: Cathy Labus

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” is a famous Oscar Wilde quote that undoubtedly applies to Aeromyth. This Aerosmith tribute band is praised as The Ultimate Aerosmith Tribute Experience across the globe since 2007. The representation of the original band that is displayed individually and in its entirety is astonishing. Aeromyth takes you back to the 1970s, and swiftly rock through the 1990s.

Their one goal is, “The suspension of belief while remaining true to the undeniable spirit of America’s greatest rock band.” They have perfected their technique in recreating a true Aerosmith experience down to the finest details. Yes, he looks like Steven Tyler and absolutely walks, talks, and portrays the part like only a rock star could.

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THE HEART OF A LION

Folk-Hop Hitmakers Dig Deep with New LP and Debut at Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival

By guest contributor: Morgan Kosinski

Over the past three years, Judah & the Lion has become one of the most sought-after and genre-defining acts to come out of Nashville.

Making their Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival debut, fans can expect to not only jam to their hits from the last 8 years, but be invited on a deeply visceral and personal experience as they play songs from their soul-searching new LP, Pep Talks.

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IS IT REAL – OR MORE THAN JUST A DREAM?

Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival Announces 2019 Official Headliners Fitz and the Tantrums

By guest contributor: Morgan Kosinski

Either you know all the words to the refrain of “HandClap,” or you’re just lying. Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival is elated to announce the addition of the indie pop Fitz and the Tantrums, to the 2019 line-up.

Established in 2008, Fitz and the Tantrums have quickly grown from indie upstarts, to bonafide hitmakers. Scorching up the scene with the soulful R&B revival sound, their debut album Pickin’ Up The Pieces (2010 Dangerbird Records) introduced us to Michael Fitzpatrick, Noelle Scaggs, James King, Joseph Karnes, Jeremy Ruzumna and John Wicks.

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HEADLINERS ANNOUNCED & TICKETS ON SALE

General admission tickets, weekend passes, and VIP tickets are now on sale for the 27th annual Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival May 17-19, 2019. Headliners include Fitz and the Tantrums, Judah & the Lion and more than 80 other bands and musicians are booked to perform on six stages during this smashing three day festival.

The line-up is more than just a dream!! Bust out the big hair, cow bells, bandanas, shoulder pads, and throw back threads because this year fans are going to rock to these headlining bands:

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2019 Line-Up Announced February 15

The line-up for the 2019 Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival is going to be announced on Friday, February 15. The exciting reveal of more than 20 bands is also coupled with the activation of online ticket sales including the VIP passes that historically sell out very quickly.

Fans should check the website and social media to see the promotional video featuring the headliners and more!

For the first time ever we’re also giving away a set of weekend passes prior to ticket sales. The contest that began on February 6 is posted on the Facebook Event Page. Look for the “Wildflower! Wednesday Weekend Giveway” post in the discussion tab and vote for a chance to win. The randomly selected winner to be announced on Wednesday, February 13.

Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival LINE-UP!

The 2019 Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival line-up is…

Posted by Wildflower Arts & Music Festival on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

SINGER-SONGWRITER CONTEST SEEKS TOP 10 TO COMPETE FOR $1,000 GRAND PRIZE

The Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest seeks a Top 10 to compete for a $1,000 grand prize, two days of recording at Audio Dallas Recording Studio and travel allowance. The second place prize is $500 cash and the Michael Terry People’s Choice Award is also $500 cash. This award-winning contest is accepting only 300 submissions that must be received by March 1, 2019.

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GOLD, SILVER & BRONZE MARKETING AWARDS FOR WILDFLOWER! ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL

The City of Richardson Parks & Recreation received Gold, Silver and Bronze level marketing awards for Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival at the 63rd International Festivals & Events Association Convention presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance.  The prestigious IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition was held October 1-3, 2018 and includes 69 different categories and four budget categories. Each entry is judged within their own budget and against the requirements and criteria of the individual categories.

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FOUR SINGERS AWARDED PRIZES IN THE 2018 AL JOHNSON PERFORMING SONGWRITER CONTEST

Top 10 Finalists – Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest on the United Healthcare Singer Songwriter Stage at the 26th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival

A month ago 10 finalists were selected from hundreds of entries received for the 2018 Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest. Saturday, May 19th the finalists competed on the United Healthcare Singer Songwriter Stage inside the Eisemann Center during the 26th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in Richardson.  The judges awarded Eric Bettencourt (Texas), Kristen Grainger (Oregon), and Brian Pounds (Texas) as the top three finalists and the audience voted that Kyle Donovan (Colorado) should receive the Michael Terry People’s Choice Award.  All four musicians received $500 in cash prize and invited to share the stage again in a Songwriting Contest Swap on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

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EMMA WALSH – THE NEW INGENUE

At nineteen years young, Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest finalist Emma Walsh may be only teetering on the precipice of formal adulthood, but her music is rich in maturity and sophistication.  Having recently completed her first year at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University (Percussion Performance) we caught up with Emma to learn a little more about this blossoming musical ingenue.

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

Walsh:  In second grade, my parents got me two Norah Jones albums “Feels Like Home” and “Not Too Late” for Christmas. It was while listening to these two albums non-stop that I first realized that writing songs was a thing and that it was what I wanted to do. I’ve always loved creating new things, and through songwriting I can do that. I was always intrigued by how everyone kept coming up with new things to write about and sing about in songs, this fascination then became somewhat of a challenge for myself to write songs and then I ended up falling in love.

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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.

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