Wednesday, May 17, 2017

“ALIGNING STARS BECOME UBIQUITOUS FOR EMMELINE”

Emmeline Selected as a Finalist in the Top Ten
for 2017 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest 

“HIGH SCHOOL NEVER ENDS WITH BOWLING FOR SOUP”

Bowling For Soup - Headlining Sat, May 20, 2017
at the 25th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival
Guest contributor: Maggie Hunter

On March 5, 2011, the crew of Space Shuttle Discovery received their requested wake up call to the tune of the song “Ohio,” better known as “Come Back to Texas.” The song title will be coming true this weekend.  The Wichita Falls-native band, Bowling For Soup, will take the State Farm Plaza Stage at 8:45 p.m. at the 25th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in Richardson.

“THE MUSE OF THE MOMENT - MIKE LAUREANNO”

1.  Where is the best place to experience songwriting utopia?

A place that serves you a fine vintage bottle of Bordeaux. Just kidding. I have enjoyed writing just about everywhere... from locations and climates that were glamorous to downright hideous. The vista is not as important as the muse of the moment.

2.  How did you select the songs for the Wildflower contest and are they based on any memories or experiences?

For contests, I usually select recent songs I have written. Most songwriters will tell you that they are excited about the latest song they have written, so I guess I am no different.  The songs I submitted to Wildflower were all from my latest album "Tightrope" which was released in February 2017. "Brother Leonard" is a tribute to Leonard Cohen who passed away in November 2016. He was a massive influence and inspiration to my songwriting over the years and his death was a shock. "Tightrope" was another song I submitted and it deals with the famous French high wire walker, Philippe Petit, and his famous walk for peace across the Ben Hinnom valley in Jerusalem in 1987. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

“THE ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS WANT TO SEE YOUR FACE & TREAT YOU WELL”


Guest contributor: Maggie Hunter

Your favorite songs from the early 2000’s are coming to Richardson for the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival! The All-American Rejects will take the stage as festival headliners on Saturday, May 20th at 10:30 p.m. on the State Farm Plaza Stage.

Monday, May 15, 2017

MIKE P. RYAN - EVOCATIVE & SINGING FROM THE HEART

Mike P. Ryan - Top Finalist
2017 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest
1.  Do you have a favorite quote, lyric, or credo that you live by? 

My credo is real simple: be kind and be thankful. I do my very best to treat people the way I want to be treated and to show kindness and generosity whenever I can. I suppose the thing I try hardest to do is be thankful for what I have. I've seen the worst parts of the world and been to war five times. I know what real suffering looks like and I know how good I have it every day. I try never to forget that. 

MEET & GREET WINNERS RECEIVE WILD PRIZES!

The B-52's, X Ambassadors, and Shooter Jennings to perform at #WAMFest2017

Congratulations to the three winners of the Meet & Greet packages that include tickets to the 25th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival!  Hundreds of folks submitted their information for a chance to win and we appreciate the wild participation by fans.  Here are the randomly selected names that have already been notified on how to receive their prize packages: 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

UBER PROMO CODE WAMFEST2017 TO SAVE $15 ON FIRST RIDE

This year the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival is partnering up with UBER for a wild ride offer that will save time and money the weekend of the event! Download the UBER App on your phone and enter promo code WAMFEST2017 to receive up to $15 off your first ride. No Account? No problem! Sign-up online using the app to receive this promo: https://get.uber.com/new-signup/wamfest2017

The discount will automatically apply to your first ride! Discount valid for first time riders only. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

MARILYN RUCKER - WICKED WIT OF THE WEST

Marilyn Rucker
1.  Who gave you the nickname "Wicked Wit of the West" and what does it mean? 

My friend Steve Brooks, who is a wonderful writer and songwriter, gave me that nickname several years back. We've written a few songs together, including "Let the Men Buy the Beer" and "Snot-Nosed Rag."  I think he meant it kindly, but essentially it means I'm a smart-alecky tart. 

2.  How did you select the songs for the Wildflower contest and are they based on any memories or experiences?  

"Freaked Out Teenaged Tadpoles" came to me in one big leap when I saw my son running out of his middle school with several friends.  They were running around, bumping into each other and jumping all over the place.  It brought up memories of wading in a creek behind my house as a kid, and having swarms of "almost frogs" come hopping down the creek in the same way.    Since the creek is in the Richardson area, the song seemed to fit the contest.  "We're Like this onFacebook" sums up a lot of the friendships I've found online.  Some of them are more "real" than others.

BOHEMIAN GYPSY GARDEN – ART GUITAR AUCTION


"Bohemian Gypsy Guitar" by
Richardson artist Tammy Cunningham
This Spring local artist Tammy Cunningham decided to participate in the 2017 Wildflower! Art Guitar Program & Auction, sponsored by Ebby Halliday Realtors.  The pink guitar Tammy is donating to the auction is titled “Bohemian Gypsy Garden,” and believe it or not she only used markers to create the intricate designs. 

A couple of times a week Tammy selected a fine point or ultra-fine point black Sharpie and as she describes, “used the marker to draw freehand what I envision as a peek into a free-spirited gypsy garden.” Look closely and you’ll notice flowers, curled ribbons, and a dragonfly resting in a peaceful place.

The custom guitar will be on display for the public May 19-21, 2017 at the 25th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival inside the Eisemann Center.  “I hope that when people see my guitar they feel a flowing, free spirited vibe. I had an image of bohemian flower children, peace and love, lots of music, and I hope they can pick-up that same feel.”

Thursday, May 11, 2017

2017 WILDFLOWER! STUDENT ART CONTEST WINNERS!


Congratulations to the selected winners of the 2017 Wildflower! Student Art Contest featuring "POP Art" Portraits!  Ribbons have been awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and honorable mention all grade levels listed below. The students and their schools are listed on the Wildflower! website and winning artwork displayed at the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival being held May 19-21, 2017 in Richardson, TX.  The video slideshow features the winning portraits and names are detailed below:

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

WIN A MEET & GREET WITH X AMBASSADORS, THE B-52'S OR SHOOTER JENNINGS

In celebration of our 25th we're offering three wild packages for a chance to have a scheduled Meet & Greet with The B-52's, X Ambassadors, or Shooter Jennings.  Enter the contest by clicking on the band you'd like to meet and submit your contact information to be automatically added to the list. 

The form requires that you include first name, last name, and email address. Sign-up for all three if you want but the links will close at midnight on May 14th and the winner to be announced on Monday, May 15, 2017.  All winners will receive instructions on how to pick-up their packages at Will Call the weekend of the 25th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival being held May 19-21, 2017 in Richardson, TX.  Meet & Greet times are scheduled according to the band, coordinated by the Festival, and an unforgettable picture perfect encounter!  #WAMFest2017 

The B-52's 
Meet & Greet plus two day tickets valid for Friday, May 19, 2017 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

EMILY SCOTT ROBINSON – ROOTED IN THE SOUTH

Emily Scott Robinson
1.  What does it mean to be selected as a finalist for this competition?

For me, it's an honor and a vote of confidence from the Folk and Americana music communities at an early stage in my career. The Wildflower! Festival and particularly this competition have a strong legacy and reputation for bringing talented, unique, wholehearted musicians to this contest. It's pretty exciting for me to be in such good company! It's also a message to me that, despite my fears and moments of not knowing what's ahead for me, that I'm on the right path.

HEATHER MAE - RULE #1


Heather Mae (photo credit: Sarah Stuart Walters)
1.  What does it mean to be selected as a finalist for this competition?

It's an honor! Wildflower is a festival that many songwriters hold in high acclaim and to have my songs be selected, it feels great. 

2.  How did you select the songs for the Wildflower contest and are they based on any memories or experiences?


"Stand Up" and "Wanderer" are two songs off my EP, "I AM ENOUGH," which I released in June 2016. After losing my ability to sing from vocal nodules in 2013, I took a huge break from music. I made a vow to myself, if I ever got the chance to sing again, I would only write music that was honest and made a difference in the world, every time they were heard. "Stand Up" is a protest song that focuses on touchy issues not often heard in mainstream music and "Wanderer" is my love song for my fiancee, Sarah, and the first song I've ever released that brings attention to my identity as a queer woman.

Friday, May 5, 2017

TOP 10 SINGER SONGWRITER FINALISTS COMPETE MAY 20TH


On Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11:30 a.m., 10 gifted performing singer songwriters selected from a national field of 239 submissions will take the stage on the UnitedHealthcare Singer Songwriter Stage as finalists in the Performing Songwriter Contest at the 25th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

FAN VOTE OPEN UNTIL MAY 5TH AT NOON - WILDFLOWER! BATTLE OF THE BANDS RUNNER-UP


Did you know that we're celebrating our 10th Annual Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival Battle of the Bands Competition on Saturday, May 20, 2017 on the State Farm Plaza Stage? Yes, it's true!  Three talented bands will battle it out for the grand prize and official 2017 winning title! 
Two finalist were selected by judges the evening of Saturday April 15th at the qualifier round, held at The Door Dallas.  Now fans can vote for their favorite band once a day until Friday, May 5th at Noon! The winner will be announced at 4:00 p.m.

Monday, April 24, 2017

X AMBASSADORS – Rockstars Find Their Home Town Roots


X Ambassadors - Rockstars Find Their Home Town Roots
Guest Contributor: Maggie Hunter

At this years Wildflower! Music & Arts Festival, four small-town boys from upstate New York will take the stage in a headlining performance. They might be emerging rockstars, but the X Ambassadors recent album, VHS, is a soul-searching reminder that you can’t separate who you are from where you’re from.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

ENTER TO WIN FREE PASSES - METHODIST RICHARDSON


Explore the 25th Wildflower! Art and Music Festival - with Methodist Richardson!  Sign-up for a chance to win free passes to the event being held May 19-21, 2017 in Richardson, TX.  

We are so excited that the Methodist Richardson Amphitheater Stage will feature the following bands: 
Lynyrd Skynyrd
The B-52's 
Martha Davis & The Motels
Night Ranger
Orleans
The Outlaws
Shooter Jennings
Starfruit
The Vinyl Stripes
SquareWheel
Swan Song
Raised Right Men
Whiskey Folk Ramblers


View the full line-up of entertainment on all the stages: www.wildflowerfestival.com or purchase tickets online.  Special thanks to Methodist Health System and the 2017 Sponsors: http://www.wildflowerfestival.com/sponsors/




Friday, April 21, 2017

STAGE SPOTLIGHT - ROCKIN' THE WILD SIDE!


Rockin' the Wild Side!
You don't want to miss these incredible headliner bands:


Methodist Richardson
Amphitheater Stage

The B-52s - Fri 10 pm
Martha Davis & the Motels - Fri 8:15 pm
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sat 10 pm
Night Ranger - Sat - 8:15 pm
Shooter Jennings - Sun 6:30 pm
The Outlaws - Sun 4:45 pm



State Farm Plaza Stage

X Ambassadors - Fri 10:30 pm

Guster - Fri 9 pm

The All-American Rejects - Sat 10:30 pm

Bowling for Soup - Sat 8:45 pm

The Red Rockers - Sun 6:15 pm

Stone Cold Sweat - Sun 4:45 pm


Hill Hall Eiseman Center
Almost Queen
Fri 8:15 pm, Sat 4 pm, 7 pm & 9 pm, Sun 2 pm
Ruthie Foster - Sun 5:30 pm



  Enjoy Rock Star Treatment!

Friends of the Festival VIP Package


The ultimate in a Wild experience, this VIP package gives you access to the best seats, best parking and an incredible Hospitality Pavilion with complimentary food and drinks!  For individuals to small business owners to experience WF! in Rock Star style!  Each VIP Package includes:
  • (2) 3-day VIP passes/wristbands with access to all areas available to General Admission ticket holders
  • Access to preferred VIP seating at State Farm Plaza Stage and Methodist Richardson Amphitheater Stage
  • Complimentary food and beverages (including beer and wine)
  • Shade and relaxed seating in the Dallas Fort Worth Acura Dealers VIP Hospitality Lounge
  • VIP Parking Pass (1 per package)
  • Official Wildflower! Souvenir Poster
  • Recognition at the Wildflower! Festival
Friends of the Festival Packages are $375 and can be purchased online prior to the event.




Did you know... 

 The B-52s first hit single was "Love Shack"

 in 1989??  Their band is named after the    popular Bee Hive hairdo from the 1960's,  which had a striking resemblance to the

 nose of a B-52 bomber!!



Did you know...
Shooter Jennings was in the movie "Walk the Line" where he  played his father, Waylon Jennings.  He also visited Billy Bob's as a child with his father and mother, Jessi Colter!!


Did you know...
 X Ambassadors' big hit "Renegades" was    actually written as part of a commercial  campaign for the Jeep Renegade and it was
 so popular that it became a Hot 100 hit!!!

The B52s


Lynyrd Skynyrd

Shooter Jennings

X Ambassadors

Almost Queen

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Come explore the 25th anniversary of Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival on us!


Register here for a chance to win VIP passes for your day of choice, valued at $125. Includes admission for 2, parking and access to VIP hospitality areas with food and beverages.




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Sunday, February 26, 2017

"SOULFUL SUNDAY WITH RUTHIE FOSTER"

Guest contributor: Ali Weiss

Three-time Grammy nominated singer Ruthie Foster is going to make it a soulful Sunday on May 21st at the 25th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival.  The award-winning blues and gospel diva will perform at 5:30 p.m. in Hill Hall located inside the Eisemann Center.  Ruthie Foster's performance is supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Ruthie Foster
Born in Gause, Texas, Foster grew up singing in her hometown choir and surrounded by her parents’ gospel music. Joining the Navy to experience the world led her to sing in their Pride band, which performs across the southeastern US at various recruiting events. After discharging from the Navy, she continued to expand her career in New York City. There she caught the eye of Atlantic records and was offered a pop music record. Foster was more interested in exploring American roots music such as folk and blues and decided against the deal.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

“15 FUNKY FACTS ABOUT THE B-52’S”

The B-52's announced as headliner for 
25th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival #WAMFest2017
The world’s greatest party band, The B-52’s is bringing the love back to the 25th Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival!  They are going to funk it up on Friday, May 19th at 10:00 p.m. on the Methodist Richardson Amphitheater Stage.  Here are fifteen funky facts about the B-52’s for all their bouffant fans planning to groove and shake it at their show.

1.    The idea for the band was formed in a Chinese restaurant in October 1976.
2.  B-52 was slang for the bouffant hairstyle from the 60’s and a type of bomber popular during the time with a large cone-shaped nose.
3.   Once performed before 750,000 fans in New York City’s Central Park on Earth Day.