Wednesday, July 20, 2016

"Adrenaline Junkie Photographer, Clicking to the Beat"

The crowd stirs restlessly behind me.  Many of them have been standing for hours.  There’s no anger or frustration, just an anxious undercurrent waiting for the show to begin.  Adrenaline junkies…maybe, but then so am I.

2016 Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival
Copyright David Downs Photography
I check my camera settings again as the lighting has changed substantially since the last show.  High speed continuous shutter release “On.” Auto ISO “On.”  I turn toward the crowd and a group of young women start posing and waving at me; “Take our picture!”  They’ll probably never see it although occasionally I pass along my social media link so they can find the image later. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Jam & Cheer at Wildflower! Tribute Band Sunday, May 22

Cheers for Tears - Tears for Fears Tribute Band to rock
at Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival Sunday, May 22, 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016

THE GUESS WHO - Canadians Rock "American Woman" And Hits In Texas

The Guess Who will perform Friday, May 20, 2016 at 8:15pm
at Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival #WAMFest2016


John Waite will perform at Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival
Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. #WAMFest2016
- photo credit Michael Cavacini

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Earlier this year the City of Richardson released a star-studded first round of the 2016 musical lineup for the 24th annual Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival being held May 20-22 in Galatyn Park. The list included a nightly performance by Unforgettable Fire - A Tribute to U2 and 13 additional top artists:
Peter Frampton
John Mayall
Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx
John Waite
Alien Ant Farm
Soul Asylum
The Guess Who
Finger Eleven
Black Joe Lewis
Jimmie Vaughan and The Tilt-A-Whirl Band featuring Lou Ann Barton

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Wildflower! Student Art Contest “Picasso Portraits” – Entries Due April 25

2016 Wildflower! Student Art Contest
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.

The 2016 theme is “Picasso Portraits” because it is hip to be square and Pablo Picasso believed that “Every child is an artist.”  The contest is free and Wildflower! provides 12” square white poster boards for students to design their portrait.