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.”