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Bowling For Soup Comes to Wildflower! Rescue with Friday Night Performance

Band becomes Wildflower! Friday night savior as Good Charlotte announces last-minute cancellation of all May shows.

Richardson’s Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival is ecstatic to announce Bowling For Soup has agreed to appear Friday night on the Plaza stage, filling in for Good Charlotte which cancelled all of its May performances due to unforeseen circumstances.

Bowling For Soup is a Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival favorite, having first appeared on stage at the event in 2006. The band came back in 2010 and again in 2017 and this Friday-night-saving performance will be the act’s fourth appearance at Wildflower! Bowling For Soup will appear on the Plaza Stage at 8:45 p.m. and the Neon Trees performance has moved to 10:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are $30 online or $40 at the gate for general admission and weekend passes are also available online for $65 each. Click to buy tickets now! Check-out the full schedule of bands for all six stages. #WAMFest2019

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.

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

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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WES COLLINS – A SOUND YOU CAN SINK YOUR TEETH INTO

Describing his music style as “guitar-driven folk-pop with teeth,” it’s no mystery why we’d want to sink in deeper to this songwriter’s curious psyche. We sat down with Wes Collins, one of the top ten finalists in the 2018 Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest, in an effort to find out more about his mush-mouthed noises and how he finds the lyrics and tunes within his music.

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ERIC BETTENCOURT – SONGWRITER, BARBER, MECHANIC & MUSIC PRODUCER

Eric Bettencourt, photo credit Pledge Music

Award-winning songwriter Eric Bettencourt is making the journey from Austin to compete as a finalist in the Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest at the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in Richardson. Over the years Bettencourt has released four albums, two EP’s, and collected a steady stream of national recognition and prestigious songwriting awards.

Bettencourt rested his guitar long enough to vibe through our set list of questions as we attempted to seek answers about the unique sound that labels his songwriting career.

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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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City of Richardson
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