Friday, September 15, 2017


Love Past Blue - photo credit Baz Here
Guest Contributor: Tamara Hickman

Since Winning Battle of the Bands and Best Vocalist awards at Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in May 2016, indie-alternative pop-rock band Love Past Blue™ has been entertaining audiences along the West Coast and across North Texas with their dynamic, retro-inspired live show. Love Past Blue’s sound is bold and sassy, straddling the line between pop and rock, and infused with a subtle blend of jazz and funk.

Earlier this year, the band performed at the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, and again at Wildflower, this time on a professional stage, followed by Bowling for Soup and All-American Rejects. The group recently completed a mini-tour of the L.A. area, performing at several venues including the legendary Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip.

The band members, include:  vocalist Clio Cadence (16), guitarist Jack Hickman (14), bassist Joe Galate (17) and drummer Logan Ellis Sheppard (16), who is based in L.A. Love Past Blue already has one EP under their belts and another album in production, despite the fact that the band’s members have only been playing together for about 18 months. The band’s self-titled debut EP is available now on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. Their sophomore album is currently being produced by Sylvia Massy, who has a history of over 25 gold and platinum records, including several Grammy-nominated albums. The first single off that album, V.I.P., is scheduled to release this winter.

In June 2016, Love Past Blue brought their show to Houston for SpringBoard South, and by January 2017, they were headed to San Diego, California for SpringBoard West, where they opened for headliners The Big Pink and Frankie J. Both music festivals were designed to bring emerging artists and music industry professionals together for mutual benefit. For Love Past Blue, this led to their partnership with legendary management consultant Vicky Hamilton, who is perhaps best known for launching the careers of multi-platinum bands Guns 'N Roses and Poison, among others.

“We are absolutely thrilled to be working with Vicky,” says vocalist Clio Cadence. “She really knows what it takes to make it in this business, how to get us connected and in front of the right people.”

2016 Wildflower! Battle of the Bands in Richardson, TX
Hamilton will bring Love Past Blue to New York City in October to promote her book, Appetite for Dysfunction, as well as to perform music from their new album, Details about their performance schedule are available on the ‘Shows’ page at The band will be featured in Hamilton’s second edition of Appetite for Dysfunction, chapter 34.

Love Past Blue - Honorary Emcee of the 2017 Wildflower! Battle of the Bands
Final Round at Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival
“It’s amazing to see what we’ve been able to accomplish in basically just a year and a half,” says Cadence. “We’ve had some awesome opportunities and met some great people that have really helped us move forward. There are so many exciting things on the horizon for us as a band, and I think we’re all ready for the next chapter.”

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017


Republic Title Donates Guitar for Wildflower! Art Auction

The Wildflower! Art Guitar Program and Auction was held May 19-21, 2017 during the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival in Richardson, Texas. Republic Title donated a custom guitar for the fundraiser that benefits NETWORK of Community Ministries and the Richardson ISD Fine Arts Program.  The piece was on display inside the Eisemann Center and sold to the highest bidder at the conclusion of the silent auction that ended Sunday, May 21st at 5:00 p.m.  

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


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


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.


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


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 - 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.