By Michael Lark
Spirits were high and the bands were loud at the 24th annual Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival this past weekend in Richardson.
Known as one of the largest music festivals in North Texas, the three-day action packed event included music, arts, shopping and entertainment for the whole family.
From classic rock and country and even some R&B, this year’s event featured headlining acts across six stages from Finger Eleven, The Guess Who, Soul Asylum, Alien Ant Farm, Jimmie Vaughan, Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx, ASIA, Unwritten Law, The Toadies, Hoobastank, and more.
One the biggest highlights on the star-studded event, had to be Hoobastank’s performance on Friday night. It was the band’s first appearance at Wildflower! since 2009, according to lead singer Doug Robb. One of the most popular alternative rock/metal bands to come out of the 1990s, Hoobastank left fans with an unforgettable performance, playing some of their most well-known hits including “Crawling in the Dark,” “Running Away,” and of course their 2004 No. 2 Billboard Hot 100 hit “The Reason.” Plenty of fans were also in attendance to show their support local grunge-punk band the Toadies on the Plaza Stage.
Pics from Friday: here
While the festival had plenty of entertainment catering to adults, there was also plenty of fun and activities for the children. From arts and crafts, to balloon animals, a butterfly tent, face painting and even a petting zoo, kids of all ages were able to find activities geared just for them.
Of course, no festival is ever complete without great food. From local restaurants to food trucks, vendors were spread far and wide along the festival’s concourse to provide Wildflower! attendees everything needed for a action packed weekend. With temperatures ranging from the low-to-high 70s, the great weather provided a perfect backdrop for a relaxing weekend to enjoy the music and arts with a cold craft beer in hand.
In addition to their headlining musical acts, the festival also included the annual Battle of the Bands competition on Saturday afternoon, where three North Texas high school bands competed for a $500 cash prize, band gear and mentorship support. This year’s cash prize was awarded to alternative pop band Love Past Blue.
Along with the sites and sounds of Wildflower! the festival, hosted by the City of Richardson at Galatyn Park, had many booths for shopping, sponsors, and of course food vendors in the Taste of Texas Food Garden.
On Saturday, the State Farm Amphitheater Stage included a performance by one of the most celebrated rock guitarists of all-time, Peter Frampton, known for having one of the best-selling live records of all-time, Frampton Comes Alive! The Amphitheater delivered a picture-perfect setting for fans to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit back and enjoy some of their favorite hits; including an appearance by 69 year-old Styx founding member Dennis DeYoung.
Pics from Saturday: here
The weekend rounded out on Sunday with performances from John Mayall, Black Joe Lewis and U2 Tribute Band, Unforgettable Fire, to put the finishing touches on another successful Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival.