Tickets for the 26th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival will go on sale March 15, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. and fans have a variety of options. This 3-day weekend includes performances on the Methodist Richardson Amphitheater Stage, Plaza Stage, Bud Light Stage, CityLine Courtyard Stage, UnitedHealthcare Singer Songwriter Stage, and Hill Hall in the Eisemann Center.
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.
Guest contributor: Amanda Fazzino
Goo Goo Dolls will headline the 26th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival, Saturday, May 19, 2018 on the Methodist Richardson Amphitheater Stage. Goo Goo Dolls were the soundtrack of the late 1990’s, with their rock ballads on steady radio repeat. Alt rock song “Name” released in 1995 and reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Goo Goo Dolls successfully rocketed into stardom with “Iris.” Written for the City of Angels soundtrack, and later released on the 1998 album Dizzy Up The Girl, “Iris” was #1 on the Billboard’s Pop Chart for four weeks and also nominated for two Grammy Awards.
John Rzeznik, the group’s lead vocalist and guitarist, and Robby Takac on bass, have been creating music together for over two decades and released a greatest hit album in 2007, which included “Slide,” “Broadway,” and “Better Days.” Read More
Guest Contributor: Tamara Hickman
Since Winning Battle of the Bands and Best Vocalist awards at Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in May 2016, indie-alternative pop-rock band Love Past Blue™ has been entertaining audiences along the West Coast and across North Texas with their dynamic, retro-inspired live show. Love Past Blue’s sound is bold and sassy, straddling the line between pop and rock, and infused with a subtle blend of jazz and funk. Read More
The Wildflower! Art Guitar Program and Auction was held May 19-21, 2017 during the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in Richardson, Texas. Republic Title donated a custom guitar for the fundraiser that benefits NETWORK of Community Ministries and the Richardson ISD Fine Arts Program. The piece was on display inside the Eisemann Center and sold to the highest bidder at the conclusion of the silent auction that ended Sunday, May 21st at 5:00 p.m. Read More
What exactly is “Appalachian” vocal style?
I am not sure! It’s a comment I received from music industry critic Robert Oermann on my project, “The Freedom EP.” The full quote:
“She has a very cool Appalachian vocal style. The upbeat tune is produced perfectly with plenty of open spaces between the fiddle, dobro and steel line. The accomplished singing is as impressive as the fact that she wrote or co-wrote all of the EP’s fine songs.”
This guy can be brutally honest and I wait with bated breath each time I know he’ll be reviewing my work. Read More
1. What does it mean to be selected as a finalist?
My wife and I are super new to Texas, and neither of us knew too much about the music scene here before we moved to Houston. Being selected as a top ten finalist is a really exciting way to dive into the scene and get to know so many amazing songwriters and performers. Obviously, it’s a huge honor. Read More
Guest contributor: Maggie Hunter
On March 5, 2011, the crew of Space Shuttle Discovery received their requested wake up call to the tune of the song “Ohio,” better known as “Come Back to Texas.” The song title will be coming true this weekend. The Wichita Falls-native band, Bowling For Soup, will take the State Farm Plaza Stage at 8:45 p.m. at the 25th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in Richardson.
Bowling For Soup was officially formed on June 4, 1994 in in Wichita Falls. Jaret Reddick, Chris Burney, Erik Chandler, Lance Morill and Gary Wiseman played under several names before settling on their current moniker. Mixed and matched members of the band had performed as the Persecuted, the Folkadots, Slaw, Terminal Seasons, coolfork!, and Rubberneck.
There is a humorous flavor that distinguishes the music of Bowling For Soup from that of their punk rock cohorts. They manage to depict unusually specific characters and narratives in their songs, somehow without detracting from the contagious choruses. If you’ve heard “1985,” “High School Never Ends,” or “Girl All the Bad Guys Want,” you know exactly what I’m talking about. Read More