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.
By guest contributor: Christina Kennedy
As a young musician born in Del Rio, Texas, Radney started his musical career at age 14 playing guitar and writing songs. After high school, in 1985, he moved to Nashville to pursue his career in music, initially starting out as a songwriter. Here he met Bill Lloyd and they co-wrote “Since I Found You,” to be performed by Sweethearts of the Radio. This song reached No. 7 on the Top Ten Country Music charts, catapulting the duo into stardom.
Shortly thereafter, Foster and Lloyd teamed up and began recording. Over the four years they worked together, they produced three studio albums and had nine singles on the country music charts. “Crazy Over You” was their top single in 1987 reaching the no. 4 spot.
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.
1. Do you have a favorite quote, lyric, or credo that you live by?
My credo is real simple: be kind and be thankful. I do my very best to treat people the way I want to be treated and to show kindness and generosity whenever I can. I suppose the thing I try hardest to do is be thankful for what I have. I’ve seen the worst parts of the world and been to war five times. I know what real suffering looks like and I know how good I have it every day. I try never to forget that.
As a songwriter, I have a simple goal for every song–something I learned when I attended a Songwriting Seminar last summer with the legendary Songwriter Steve Earle. One of the things Steve said was “your goal as a Songwriter should be to make the listener feel the emotion you felt when you wrote the song.” He explained that when a listener shares an emotion with the Songwriter (who is a total stranger) it reminds the listener that they not alone in the world. Making that connection is something I hope to do in every song I write. Read More
With a notorious musical career that spans decades, The Guess Who is a rock band of all genres. Originating in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1966, The Guess Who would grow from their hometown of Winnipeg to Saskatchewan where they constantly crossed paths with artists such as Joni Mitchell and Neil Young. While the band made continuous strives in Canada, releasing top 40 hits such as “Clock on the Wall” and “His Girl,” it wasn’t until they became the house band for the CBC radio show, “The Swingers,” and the CBC television show, “Let’s Go,” in 1967 that they were able to reach a larger Canadian crowd, giving them the exposure they really needed.
With works for Coca-Cola under their belt and an LP called “A Wild Pair,” The Guess Who was setting the stage for international stardom. In 1969, The Guess Who released the album “Wheatfield Soul” along with the ballad “These Eyes,” which became the group’s first top 10 U.S. hit. It sold over a million copies and was awarded the gold disc by the Recording Industry Association of America. Read More
We have been missing John Waite since he’s been gone. The English-born lead singer of The Babys and Bad English is back in Texas after his Wooden Heart Acoustic Tour along the North Eastern part of America. For the past 35 years, John Waite has been writing, recording and performing his music for not only the love of song, but the love of his fans.
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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.”