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THE MAN BEHIND THE WILDFLOWER! MURALS – CHARLES CLAUDET III

Measuring 144 ft long and 8 ft high, this Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival mural is one of several murals and an annual rockstar project. Behind the mural is a leather goods designer for Bioworld Merchandising who happens to moonlight as a masterful artist every May. Charles Claudet III has been painting the murals since 2007 and says, “This is something that I look forward to every year.”

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PETER FRAMPTON, TOADIES, HOOBASTANK AND MORE TO PERFORM MAY 20-22 AT #WAMFEST2016

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:

Peter Frampton
Toadies
Hoobastank
John Mayall
Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx
John Waite
Alien Ant Farm
Soul Asylum
The Guess Who
Survivor
Finger Eleven
Black Joe Lewis
Jimmie Vaughan and The Tilt-A-Whirl Band featuring Lou Ann Barton

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Ten Wild Facts About Guitarist Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton

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.

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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.

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“Two-Fisted Art Attack” – Denny Dent

Denny Dent

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

Richard Berman – Lyric Driven Fellow-Traveler

Richard Berman

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

John Carroll – Every Word and Note Counts

John Carroll Wildflower Festival Top Ten Finalist

“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

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Angela Easterling – A Lifesong Journey

Angela Easterling 

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.

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2015 Wildflower! Art Guitar Auction Rocks Community Fundraiser

Artist: Misty-Roze Carnell
2015 Wildflower! Art Guitar Auction

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.

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BIG CITY OUTLAWS

Big City Outlaws is a high energy country rock/pop cover band that performed on the Bud Light Stage at Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in Richardson. They have been entertaining the DFW metroplex since 2012.

This rockin’ group of musicians deliver country classics like Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash to keep the audience on their feet and singing along. Accurate renditions of classic rock includes Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey, and Poison to current country artists such as Taylor Swift, Big & Rich, Kenny Chesney, and Zac Brown Band.

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CHRIS CHISM RECEIVES MICHAEL TERRY PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

The Michael Terry’s People Choice Award was given to Chris Chism of Dallas at the conclusion of the Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest. 10 finalists were selected from 300 applicants in a blind screening process. The top 10 then traveled to Richardson and performed live on the UnitedHealthcare Singer Songwriter Stage inside the Eisemann Center during the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival. Along with the honor of the award, Chism also received a $500 cash prize.

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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.

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