Wildflower Festival

Wildflower Festival

Richardson

KOOL & THE GANG BRING THE FUNK BACK TO WILDFLOWER! ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL

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.

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GOO GOO DOLLS HEADLINING 26TH WILDFLOWER! ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL

Goo Goo Dolls

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

LOVE PAST BLUE: STRADDLING THE LINE BETWEEN POP & ROCK

Love Past Blue – photo credit Baz Here

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

REPUBLIC TITLE DONATES GUITAR FOR ART AUCTION

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

MEDITATING ON WILDFLOWERS – HANNAH BETHEL

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

“NATHAN EVANS FOX – FIDDLING LICKS & RATTLIN’ RIFFS

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

“HIGH SCHOOL NEVER ENDS WITH BOWLING FOR SOUP”

Bowling For Soup – Sat, May 20, 2017

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

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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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