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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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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.

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

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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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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SINGER-SONGWRITER CONTEST SEEKS TOP 10 TO COMPETE FOR $1,000 GRAND PRIZE

The Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest seeks a Top 10 to compete for a $1,000 grand prize, two days of recording at Audio Dallas Recording Studio and travel allowance. The second place prize is $500 cash and the Michael Terry People’s Choice Award is also $500 cash. This award-winning contest is accepting only 300 submissions that must be received by March 1, 2019.

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GOLD, SILVER & BRONZE MARKETING AWARDS FOR WILDFLOWER! ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL

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.

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FOUR SINGERS AWARDED PRIZES IN THE 2018 AL JOHNSON PERFORMING SONGWRITER CONTEST

Top 10 Finalists – Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest on the United Healthcare Singer Songwriter Stage at the 26th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival

A month ago 10 finalists were selected from hundreds of entries received for the 2018 Al Johnson Performing Songwriter Contest. Saturday, May 19th the finalists competed on the United Healthcare Singer Songwriter Stage inside the Eisemann Center during the 26th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in Richardson.  The judges awarded Eric Bettencourt (Texas), Kristen Grainger (Oregon), and Brian Pounds (Texas) as the top three finalists and the audience voted that Kyle Donovan (Colorado) should receive the Michael Terry People’s Choice Award.  All four musicians received $500 in cash prize and invited to share the stage again in a Songwriting Contest Swap on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

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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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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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