Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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.

Proceeds from the auction are tax-deductible and will benefit the NETWORK of Community Ministries and the fine arts programs in the secondary level of the Richardson Independent School District. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

"Two-Fisted Art Attack" - Denny Dent

Denny Dent - "Two-Fisted Art Attack"
 ode to John Lennon
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.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Richard Berman – Lyric Driven Fellow-Traveler

Richard Berman - Top Ten Finalist
Wildflower!Singer/Songwriter Contest
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.”

The sources of inspiration for Richard’s lyrics are quite varied; some from his own experiences, observations of those around him, imagination, and literature ranging from Greek myths to the Bible, and even an evocative novel. “I write for myself and for those fellow-travelers who love stories that touch them, raise questions, or just tickle their fancy.” - Richard Berman

John Carroll - Every Word and Note Counts

John Carroll - Top Ten Finalist
Wildflower! Singer/Songwriter
“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

This Nashville based singer-songwriter looks to the likes Paul Simon, Vienna Teng, and Billy Joel as lyricists of the highest ranking; poets with an incredible attention to detail.  Guitar player songwriters like Dave Matthews and John Mayer have had a great influence as well, proving to be some of the building blocks for Carroll’s style of acoustic guitar playing.  John also loves Broadway music for its story-telling. He says Jason Robert Brown and Stephen Schwartz rank among the best writing currently.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Angela Easterling - A Lifesong Journey

Angela Easterling - Top Ten Finalist
Wildflower! Singer/Songwriter
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.”

2015 Wildflower! Art Guitar Auction Rocks Community Fundraiser

Artist: Misty-Roze Carnell
2015 Wildflower! Art Guitar Auction
Hundreds of hours have been donated by local artists and organizations in an effort to create a unique piece of art to be auctioned in the 2015 Wildflower! Art Guitar Program & Auction.  Electric and acoustic guitars are painted, chopped, molded, airbrushed, layered, built, and completely redesigned at the sole discretion of the artist.  The collection annually displays new themes, rocking embellishments, and impressive conversions of the traditional instrument.
This year the donated guitars reflect an extraordinary group of artists and their individual vision of wild, musical masterpieces.  See the pictures in the Wildflower! Art Guitar Program & Auction album.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Battle of the Bands Qualifiers - The Hey Heys, Future Nest & Nothing Stranger

The 2015 Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival Battle of the Bands Qualifiers were held Friday, May 1, 2015 at The Door – Dallas.  Five bands from around the DFW metroplex came out to compete for a chance to be one of just three bands selected to play at the finals on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival. 
The Hey Heys at Wildflower! Battle of the Bands
The Door Dallas on May 1, 2015 

Judges selected The Hey Heys and Future Nest as the two bands to auto qualify to the final competition round.  The three Wildflower! Battle of the Band judges consisted of Melissa Garcia, Mark Williamson, and Jon Meyer.

Additionally, two runner-up bands, Timeless City and Nothing Stranger, were selected to compete online to allow fans the chance to vote on the third and final band to play at the finals. Video excerpts of each band’s qualifier performances were posted on the Wildflower! Festival website for public viewing. Online voting began Tuesday, May 5, 2015 and ended Friday, May 8, 2015. Thousands of fans voted once daily and the band with the most votes was Nothing Stranger.

Lola Toben – Heartstring Lyrics to Feel Human

Lola Toben - Top Ten Finalist
Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival
Seldom do you come across a young woman with a voice mature enough to sing jazz and blues like the greats. Lola Toben is a rare gem. Her rich vocals and lyrics are clearly influenced by her childhood favorites, Aretha Franklin, Carole King, the Moody Blues, Elton John and Billy Joel.

Toben is a composer, pianist, songwriter, singer, and music teacher. She also contributes to studio projects as a vocalist or musician. When asked about her favorite of these vocations, Lola says she loves performing best because of the connection she experiences with the audience. She says you just don’t get that in the studio.
Music should remind people what it’s like to feel human.” - Lola Toben

Jazz is all about heartstrings. It conveys the longings, emotions, the highs and the lows like no other music can. Lola’s passion for this art is evident in every song she plays. Lola Toben was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She began taking music lessons at age eight. By the time Lola was ten she was performing professionally for sporting events and church. Over the years Lola has led or been a member of multiple groups featuring her jazz, blues and pop talents.

Lizza Connor Sings Commander Salamander at Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival

Lizza Connor - Commander Salamander
2015 Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival
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.  

Lizza brings her interactive, one-of-a-kind live performance to the Kidz Corner on May 16 and 17, 2015 providing a special event show that kids and grown ups can enjoy together.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of Wildflower!,” says Connor. “As a musician and a mom, I love that Wildflower! provides an opportunity for families to enjoy music together.”

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Brad Colerick - Setting the Midwest to Music

Brad Colerick - Top Ten Finalist
Singer/Songwriter Contest
Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival
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.

We tend to think of story-songs as being autobiographical in nature, when often the songwriter’s inspiration comes from observing what’s happening around him. When Colerick found himself stranded in Toronto he started the idea for his song, Late Winter Snow, but never finished it because it didn’t really feel like his situation. He shelved the song only to retrieve it later when a friend was going through a divorce. Brad then used the empathy he felt for his friend as inspiration to finish the song.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Cherie Call - Finding Homes for Songs

Cherie Call - Top Ten Finalist Singer Songwriter Contest Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival
Cherie Call - Top Ten Finalist
Singer/Songwriter Contest
 Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival
Music has a way of connecting us to life events, memories and emotions. Every song written was initially felt, experienced, and birthed by a writer hoping that someone, somewhere, connects with the story or lyrics. Cherie Call’s I am a Homeless Song conveys this passion and dream in a beautiful way.
Songwriting is a talent Cherie has been polishing since her early teens.  "I can't keep from writing songs.  It's a huge part of who I am.  Writing songs is kind of how I make sense of my world.  So I'm always going to do it, no matter what," says Cherie Call.
In college Cherie picked up a guitar for the first time and realized the acoustic sound was just the medium she needed to bring together her storytelling lyrics and the alt-country genre she loves so much. Cherie says that artists like Alison Krauss, Sarah Groves, James Taylor and Mary Chapin Carpenter and others like them have played a part in shaping her style. Call’s beautifully clear strong voice is a breath of fresh air; decidedly not the “angry barbie sound” as her husband calls that whiney-teen-angst sound that’s been popular for the last decade.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Wacky Chad to perform May 16-17 at
Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival 
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.

Wacky Chad defies gravity by preforming backflips on his air-powered pogo stick, while throwing out the notion that these remarkable stunts take full concentration. For more than a decade, Wacky Chad has made thousands of people laugh while performing his variety of tricks. Beyond serving as a street performer around the world since 2004, Wacky Chad’s award-winning extreme pogo stick skills and charmingly funny jokes landed him a stellar invitation to the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII.

Watch this awesome video clip of Wacky Chad and you’ll understand why his live performances at Wildflower! will be an unforgettable experience for the whole family to share. More information about Wacky Chad may be found on his website at www.wackychad.com or www.facebook.com/wackychad.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Crystal Yates - A Voice As Big As Texas

Crystal Yates - Top Ten Finalist
Performing Songwriter Contest
2015 Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival

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.

When asked about the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival and what she hopes to gain from the competition Crystal said “You know, I don’t enter a lot of competitions, but Wildflower! is different. They are legit. They are classy and respectable and I just want to get to know the people involved because I respect that community; the people who put it on and the songwriters who come.”

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Richardson’s Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival Announces Final Acts to 2015 Lineup

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
For the 23rd year in a row, the City of Richardson’s Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival, North Texas’ largest music event will bring a distinctive lineup of Grammy-award winning artists that include Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Wynonna & The Big Noise, American rock legends Kansas and Everclear, and prolific singer-song writers Susan Werner and Max Stalling. The festival will be held on May 15-17, 2015 at Richardson’s Galatyn Park Urban Center. The award-winning, multi-day eclectic arts and music festival draws local and national acts performing the best in classic rock, country, pop, alt-rock, folk and Americana.