Wildflower Festival

Wildflower Festival

Eisemann Center

BRIAN POUNDS – SEARCHING FOR HIS PLACE IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

Brian Pounds is a performer and songwriter with a lot to say about music, especially how the business side of it has become fundamentally inequitable in the way the creators – songwriters in particular – have been largely cut out of the financial loop through online sales and streaming services such as iTunes, Spotify, and other web-based music streaming platforms that are taking huge bites out of the potential revenue stream for songwriters and performers alike.

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METHODIST RICHARDSON GIVING AWAY VIP PASSES!

Methodist Richardson Medical Center is the WILD title sponsor of the Methodist Richardson Amphitheater Stage featuring Kool & The Gang, Gin Blossoms, Lifehouse, Goo Goo Dolls, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, The Vinyl Stripes, Local Yoakam, Reckless Kelly, Infinite Journey and more!

They are so WILD that they are also giving away VIP passes to the 26th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival! The winner may select to attend one of three days, May 18, 19, or 20, 2018 and the prize is valued at $125. This rock star prize package includes admission for two (2), a parking pass, and access to the VIP hospitality area that provides complimentary food and beverages.  Click here to sign-up for a chance to win free passes.

Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival is a family-friendly award-winning event that includes a full line-up of bands on six (6) stages: Methodist Richardson Amphitheater Stage, Plaza Stage, Bud Light Stage, CityLine Stage, United Healthcare Singer Songwriter Stage, and Hill Hall in the Eisemann Center. General admission is $30 online or $40 at the gate and a three-day weekend pass is $65 online only. #WAMFest2018 www.wildflowerfestival.com

Kristen Grainger’s Musical Compass Points True North

Kristen Grainger photo credit Eric Frommer Photography

As her band, True North’s website states, “Kristen Grainger, (vocals, ukulele) is the voice of True North. Her songwriting has received national recognition — “Be Here Now” was named Song of the Year, folk category, for the 2015 IMEA Awards; she placed second at the 2015 MerleFest Songwriting Contest; and she was one of ten finalists in the 2014 Telluride Troubadour songwriting contest, performing solo in front of 10,000 ‘Festivarians.’  Kristen and Dan Wetzel’s song, “Mountain Boy” was featured on the European World Bluegrass Festival’s compilation CD released in 2008. The duo also was chosen from more than 800 entries to perform two originals, “Limbo” and “Doris Dean,” in the finals at the Kerrville New Folk Songwriters’ Contest. Their song “Hard Place to Suffer (And That Really Gets Me Down)” won the 2010 Wintergrass Song Contest.”

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Local Bands Rock the Bud Light Stage

The Rich Girls have a simple motto: We will make your dreams come true! Don’t be fooled by the name- this is not your typical Hall & Oats cover band. The Rich Girls have been making the rounds in the metroplex and wowing audiences with their unique renditions of traditional Hall & Oats tunes, as well as, clever interpretations of current pop, rock, and rap. They take the stage on Friday, May 18 at 9:00 pm.  Read the recent article featured on our blog: “The Rich Girls Will Make Your Dreams Come True.

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BRAD YODER — Pennsylvania Educator and Folk-Rock Balladeer

Brad Yoder (photo credit Vada Kelly)

Brad Yoder is not your typical coffee shop crooner. He’s worked hard to get where he is, and to have been able to open for such diverse artists the likes of the Cowboy Junkies, Emmylou Harris, Peter Paul and Mary, Steve Earle, and Jackson Browne, it’s taken a lot of perspiration and inspiration along the way.  Playing more than 150 shows annually — everywhere from your local coffee shops and cafés, churches, and festivals all over the mid-Atlantic and Appalachia — Yoder has made it his business and personal quest to get his music out there before the masses.

Yoder has managed to sell more than 7000 copies of his five self-released CDs, including 2010’s Excellent Trouble, 2007’s Someday or Never, 2002’s Used, 1999’s Talk to Total Strangers, and 1997’s debut CD, Best Sunday Heart. Music from these releases have also been featured on CBS’s “NUMB3RS,” NPR’s “Car Talk,” ABC Family Network’s “Beautiful People,” and as part of the Pittsburgh Regional History Center’s 9/11 Memorial Exhibit.  Read More

TEN FINALISTS – 2018 AL JOHNSON PERFORMING SONGWRITER CONTEST

We are excited to announce the finalist results of the 2018 Wildflower! Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest. Hundreds of entries poured in from all over the country and the 10 finalists have been chosen.  The selection is a blind screening process by several experienced music promoters, songwriters, and educators familiar with original songwriting and performing techniques.

The finalists will perform on the United Healthcare Singer Songwriter Stage in the Eisemann Center the weekend of the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival on Saturday, May 19th at 11:30 a.m.  Three of these artists will receive a $500 cash award.  The Michael Terry People’s Choice Award will also be judged by the audience and presented at the end of the performances. The winners of the final contest are invited to perform on the Courtyard Stage on Sunday, May 20th and sell their music or merchandise to fans. Lodging and access to the Green Room is provided as well as weekend festival passes for the finalist and a guest.

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TEXAS NATIVE RADNEY FOSTER BRINGS COUNTRY FLAIR BACK HOME

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.

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BUDDING TALENT FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR VOCAL COMPETITION

Sunday, April 22, 2018 auditions for the Wildflower! Budding Talent Vocal Competition were held at the Richardson Senior Center from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. This year more than 60 talented young singers auditioned and the judges had the challenging task of narrowing the list down to a select few.  The Budding Talent Producers, Catherine and Daniel Burdette sent out an email on Monday, April 23rd with the list of finalists and a statement to all who participated:

“We want to thank all who registered and auditioned this year. We have a very limited amount of time on stage for finals, so we had to make some really tough cuts. We are so impressed and hope that you continue to sing, perform, and improve your skill. Thank you again for sharing your talents with us.”

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JOHN FORD COLEY

By guest contributor: Christina Kennedy

Dallas-born native, John Ford Coley, brings his writing and singing expertise to the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7:15 p.m. on the UnitedHealthcare Singer Songwriter Stage in the Eisemann Center. Best known as half of the Grammy-nominated duo, England Dan and John Ford Coley, John is a singing legend.

Listening to the Grand Old Opry and early versions of rock and roll, Coley grew up with a love of music. After high school, Coley and schoolmate Dan Seals joined what would eventually become Southwest F.O.B. and toured the Texas music scene. Their hit single “The Smell of Incense” reached number 43 on the music charts back in 1969. While in the band, Coley and Seals eventually formed their own, England Dan and John Ford Coley. Their big break came in 1972 with “Simone,” an international hit in Japan and France. The two had four Top 10 Hits and two Top 20 Hits and released three albums before disbanding in 1980.

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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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