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Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival

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

MEET & GREET PACKAGES: GOO GOO DOLLS, KOOL & THE GANG, RECKLESS KELLY, AND STARSHIP FEATURING MICKEY THOMAS

Fans always want to know how to get a Meet & Greet pass and access backstage during the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival.  This year we have four Meet & Greet Packages to give away and each one includes two (2) passes and two (2) general admission tickets to the festival the day of that performance.  Register for your chance to win two (2) tickets to the 2018 Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival and two (2) Meet & Greet Passes. One registration per person. Participants may register through Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 12:00 a.m. Winner will be announced Monday, May 14, 2018 on the Wildflower! Facebook page and also via email. #WAMFest2018

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TWO BANDS COMPETE FOR FAN VOTES TO ROCK IN THE WILDFLOWER! BATTLE OF THE BANDS FINAL ROUND

Saturday, April 14th seven high school bands competed in the Wildflower! Battle of the Bands Qualifier Round at The Prophet Bar in Dallas, Texas. The Fifth Flight was announced as the Winner of the Qualifier Round and Cinema For The Bling selected as the Qualifier Runner-Up. These two bands automatically move on to the finals to compete on Saturday, May 19th on the Plaza Stage at the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in Richardson, Texas.

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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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KNEEL BEFORE THE KING – GRACELAND NINJAZ

Graceland Ninjaz to perform on the Bud Light Stage at the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in Richardson

By guest contributor: Morgan Kosinski

A little less conversation, a little more action. Bring it on!

Audience favorite Graceland Ninjaz return to the Wildflower! Art & Music Festival for what is sure to be another life-changing experience. This funky band will take over the Bud Light Stage on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 9:45 p.m. in Galatyn Park.

Can a band be life changing, really? Yes, really. Known in the metroplex as the ‘King of Party Bands,’ this diverse group boasts three Emmy winners, and unlimited talent: David “EzE” McMahon, Johnny “Paycheck” Kenny, Jason “Joey G” Gonzalez, Brady “B-Funky Allstars” Gouthro, Adrian Lea “Kid A” Jarvis, and Bobby “Bobby-Q” Hoke, set the floor on fire with every performance…and would also appear to have a knack for clever nicknames.

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THE RICH GIRLS WILL MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE

By guest contributor:  Morgan Kosinski

Don’t be fooled by the name- this is not your typical Hall & Oats cover band.  Wait- what?!

The Rich Girls have been making the rounds in the metroplex and seducing audiences with their unique renditions of traditional H&O tunes, as well as, clever interpretations of current pop, rock, and rap. This six piece local band consists of Cheyenne Schweitzer, Kevin Howard, Tony Webb, Karen Young, Justin Young, and Ed Chaney.

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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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