The music at the Wildflower Arts & Music Festival always makes fans of a certain age want to get up, get out and get some. And this weekend at Galatyn Park in Richardson will be pretty much the same: From legends to tributes to legends, it has you covered. (Well, for a fee of $5-$40, with ages 4 and younger admitted free.)
The rest of the family won't be left out with many other activities. The freshly made potato chips at the Taste of Texas Food Garden are always a highlight. Tthere will be an Art Guitar Display and Silent Auction at the adjacent Eisemann Center. And for those trying to spot new talent, the annual singer-songwriter finalists will start performing May 21 at 11:30 a.m.
Certain acts are made for a festival atmosphere. Here are some you shouldn't miss.
There's a reason the classic rock guitar great's 1976 album, Frampton Comes Alive!, is one of the top-selling live albums. And he continually tours to prove it; he and his band will be out this summer, again, with Lynyrd Skynyrd. It won't all be retread; expect him to perform fresh takes on some old favorites. Acoustic Classics, just released this year, includes stripped-down versions of hits "Baby I Love Your Way" and "Do You Feel Like I Do." 10 p.m. May 21
Silly. No, this is not a Destiny's Child tribute group. This band -- literally -- provided the soundtrack to the 1980s with "Eye of the Tiger." The song, one of the more memorable things about Rocky III, was the band's first No. 1 hit. And no stadium show seems complete without swaying to "The Search Is Over." With a new, 21-year-old Cameron Barton fronting the band, expect them to keep playing for a long time. 10 p.m. May 20
Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx
Dennis DeYoung wrote some big hits for Styx, his former band. Even though he was replaced in 1999, he still tours behind those songs. Styx reached its height of popularity in the late '70s and early '80s behind ardent songs such as "Babe," "Come Sail Away" and my personal favorite, "Lady." Get ready to move when he pulls out "Mr. Roboto." 8:15 p.m. May 21
The Babys. Bad English. The soundtracks to About Last Night and Days of Thunder. And that video for "Missing You." There are so many ways that you couldn't escape John Waite, and he's still coming after almost 40 years in the music business. You won't even remember that you know the chorus until you hear "When I See You Smile." 6:30 p.m. May 21
"Blackbirds came at dusk" ... The singer-songwriter can evoke moods like no other, and aims to remind folks of that with her latest release: The Essential Gretchen Peters. It'll be worth the price of admission just to hear "Blackbirds," "When You Love Someone" or "Wild Horses." And if she sings any of the enduring hits she wrote that other artists made famous, you should pay double. That includes "Independence Day" (Martina McBride); "Chill of An Early Fall" (George Strait); and "On a Bus to St. Cloud" (Trisha Yearwood). 10 p.m. May 20
Hard Night's Day pays tribute to the Beatles with note-for-note recreation of the band's legendary songs. Le Freak is a popular disco cover band. And then there's Unforgettable Fire -- A Tribute to U2, which leaves nothing to the imagination with the name of the band. Either one, or all, will be a welcome respite from participatory activities. Le Freak at 9 p.m. May 20; A Hard Night's Day at 9:45 p.m. May 21; and Unforgettable Fire at 8:15 p.m. May 20, 4, 7 and 9 p.m. May 21 and 5 p.m. May 22. There's also Tribute Band Sunday, starting at 1:45 p.m. with Cheers for Tears.
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