The Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival is more than rock bands, groovy vibes, and live concerts. Since 2003 the annual event also invites students in Kindergarten thru 6th grade to participate in an art contest. Last year more than 1,100 students returned a drawing for the “Pooch Portraits” contest. Read More
Open Bidding on “Bass to the Bone” Donated by KidKraft for Annual Charity – Wildflower! Art Guitar Auction
The Wildflower! Art Guitar Program & Auction committee is currently offering this custom designed work of art titled “Bass to the Bone.” The instrument was originally donated by KidKraft, designed by Crystal Elisondo, and featured in the annual charity auction on display May 15-17 inside The Eisemann Center during the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival.
“Bass to the Bone” was unclaimed by the winning bidder and is now once again available to the public for a starting bid of $1,000 or the best offer received before 5:00 p.m. on July 3, 2015. Due to the size of the item, it must be picked up in person and will not be shipped or delivered.
The Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival was honored to have Denny Dent perform in 1997. With three brushes in each hand Denny painted one of his legendary masterpieces, an ode to John Lennon. In the time it took to play a few music selections Denny has completed the “passionate dance on canvas.”
Denny lived to become a world renowned “rock and roll painter” but tragically passed away in 2004. His “two-fisted art attack” depicting one of rock’s most iconic musicians remains part of the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival collectibles. Denny’s painting is on display in the Eisemann Center during May 15-17, 2015 and truly a work of art that every Wildflower! fan should experience up close.
Photographs are permitted and encouraged so that Denny Dent’s legacy continues to be shared within the art and music communities. www.wildflowerfestival.com
Authentic folk music creates stories that take you through a wide range of feelings and experiences. Richard Berman is a classic American folk storyteller and the Massachusetts based singer-songwriter a true craftsman of the art.
When asked about his genre, Berman says “I would call myself a lyric driven singer/songwriter in the folk tradition- but please don’t ask me to define that tradition.” Read More
“Music is something that has always been there,” says John Carroll. His mother is a church pianist, his father a drummer. When he was five years old John started piano lessons. But John says it wasn’t until high school that he took up the guitar and everything changed. Music became his platform of expression and gave John an identity.
“When I want to grapple with an idea or even just to write a fun story, music is my language.” – John Carroll
Folk ballads are a great way to tell a story and Angela Easterling takes this craft to a new level with her angelic voice. Bluegrass and country were all around, but Angela didn’t listen to it while growing up because she preferred story telling musical theatre. It wasn’t until she was older that Angela started listening to other types of musicians such as folk singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris. The Grammy winning vocalist inspired Angela to follow and appreciate other great singers like Neil Young, The Byrds, Pete Seeger, and Joni Mitchell.
Angela was raised in the South Carolina foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Much of her childhood was spent on a farm that has been in her family for seven generations since 1791. She embraces her heritage in a big way as a writer and an artist on her debut album, “Earning Her Wings.”
The title song for her second album, BlackTop Road, tells of her family’s struggle to hold onto their farmland in the face of development and represents a new step in her singer-songwriter career. Angela’s music has been featured in commercials for Southwestern Bell and several of her songs were used in the series “Horsepower” on Animal Planet.
North-Texas based singer-songwriter Lizza Connor joins Pat Benetar, Wynonna & the Big Noise, Kansas and other musical acts onstage at the upcoming Wildflower! Art & Music Festival. Lizza is an award-winning artist and songwriter whose latest release, Commander Salamander, encourages healthy lifestyle for families through fun, original songs. Wildflower! is one of the area’s most recognized and anticipated musical events held at Galatyn Park in Richardson, Texas. Read More
Originally from Nebraska, California transplant Brad Colerick brings the art of storytelling, to the roots based Americana genre, with an enthusiasm that gets you out of your seat and tapping your toes to the beat. His love for songwriting and performing inspired his founding of the popular Wine & Song event he calls “a midweek spirit-lifting hootenanny.” This weekly session brings artists together for a fun night of music and is something you absolutely must check out next time you’re in the Los Angeles area.
Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival welcomes daredevil extraordinaire, Wacky Chad, for six shows on Performance Row, Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17, 2015. Laugh, gasp, cheer and hold your breath while stunt comedian Wacky Chad reaches heights of 9 feet on his pogo stick, rides a nine-foot tall unicycle and does handstands on a skateboard all while wearing a wireless headset microphone to interact with his crowd. Read More
They say that everything in Texas is bigger, and Crystal Yate’s voice certainly lends credence to that claim. The soul and gospel music genres of the South’s influence on Crystal’s style is evident in her smooth full-bodied vocals and the heart and soul that goes into her music. When asked about her genre, Yates says that she is more soulful country than anything, and I wholeheartedly agree.
A transplant to McKinney, TX, Crystal was born and raised in Niceville, FL. She and her husband, Will, took a leap of faith when they moved to Texas to pursue her musical carrier. Since that time, Yates has produced a full album, Love Wins, and in October she released an EP titled I Believe. In 2014 she was the winner of the prestigious Texaco Country Showdown competition where she was named best new act in country music. Read More