Sunday, February 26, 2017


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
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


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.

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.