RICHARDSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA FLASHES AND SNARES AT COTTONWOOD ART FESTIVAL

Richardson Symphony Orchestra "Flash Mob" at Cottonwood Art Festival
Sunday, October 8, 2017 the Richardson Symphony Orchestra musicians, led by Maestro Clay Couturiaux, surprised art patrons at Cottonwood Art Festival with a melodious "flash mob."  Carrying instruments and wearing all black, the musicians nonchalantly walked into Cottonwood Park and one-by-one assembled into position.


Individuals browsing booths could suddenly hear the summoning of the snare and curiously followed the sound. There in the street everyone started to join the crowd that had formed a circle around the mysterious instrumentalists wearing dark shades and gazing at their sheet music.

The performance began with a single snare-drum relentlessly tapping out the introductory beats oBoléro by French composer Maurice Ravel. This one-movement piece originally premiered in 1928 in Paris and noted as Ravel's most famous composition. As each musician started to play the excitement of this impromptu artistic performance continued to build. 



"It was a tremendous opportunity to perform at the Cottonwood Art Festival and to provide symphonic music in an unexpected setting." 
Laurie Garvie
Executive Director and President, Richardson Symphony Orchestra

The Richardson Symphony Orchestra captured this five minute video at Cottonwood Art Festival during the event. It is also available on their Facebook page. This performance was funded in part by the City of Richardson through the City of Richardson Cultural Arts Commission.

 

ARTIST CALL FOR COTTONWOOD ART FESTIVAL SPRING 2018

Cottonwood Art Festival Artist Check-In 
Cottonwood Art Festival is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2018 show scheduled for May 5-6 in the beautiful Cottonwood Park located in Richardson, Texas. The online form is available through ZAPP and the deadline to submit is January 12, 2018 at midnight and the non-refundable application fee is $30 per category.  Artist may submit up to two different applications and must include a photo of their booth set-up along with photos of the work to be exhibited.

41ST HUFFHINES ART TRAILS IN RICHARDSON SHOWCASE 160 ARTISTS OCTOBER 28-29


This year, the 41st Huffhines Art Trails will showcase the creative hand work of more than 160  artists and craftsman including the featured artist Lisa Morales and 35 new artists, providing shoppers more to peruse, more to choose, and more to buy. Listen to live music all day from local cover bands in the Craft Beer Garden plus there's plenty of shaded seating to just sit and relax with a cold drink and enjoy the music and the people. Read on for additional info about this year's event.

Featuring Over 160 Artists from All Over the Nation

CITY OF RICHARDSON PRESENTED 13 AWARDS FOR COTTONWOOD ART FESTIVAL

Serri Ayers and Dianna Lawrence
This year Cottonwood Art Festival was honored to receive 13 awards from the Texas Festivals & Events Association (TFEA) and the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA).  The prestigious IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards competition winners were formally announced at the 62nd Annual IFEA Convention, Expo & Retreat held September 14-16, 2017 in  Tucson, Arizona.  The TFEA Kaliff Marketing Awards were presented at the TFEA Convention & Trade Show on Saturday, July 29, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas. 

"It is an honor for the City of Richardson and staff to be recognized by the IFEA as leaders in the festival world. Each of these awards is a true representation of the hard working staff , volunteers and supporters that make Cottonwood Art Festival such an exceptional event," says Dianna Lawrence, Community Events Manager with Richardson Parks and Recreation Department.

FOGHOUSE, AMIGOS, FRENCH GYPSIES, HIPPIES, FREE LOADERS & MORE TO TAKE THE STAGE OCT 7-8

Raquel Lindemann
Raquel Lindemann
Chaz Marie
Chaz Marie
La Pompe
La Pompe
Bob Culbertson
Bob Culbertson
Devin Leigh
Devin Leigh
The entertainers taking the stage at the semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival offer a variety of genres, including rock, country, jazz, blues, swing and folk music. Performances are booked for the Lakeside Courtyard Main Stage and Food Court Stage the weekend of October 7-8 in Richardson, Texas. Craft beer, wine and frozen margaritas will be available for purchase.  Admission for all ages and parking is free!
Check out the full schedule of the line-up:
     SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2017     
Courtyard Main Stage
  • Raquel Lindemann (10:45 a.m.): A modern singer-songwriter affectionately known as “Hippie Songbird,” her music blends folk-rock sensibilities with blues harmonies and soulful storytelling.
  • The 3 Amigos (12:15 p.m.): A North Texas-based acoustic music trio rocking favorite classic to current songs with three-part harmony. Band members include Trace Mitchell (vocals, guitar and ukulele); Joe Mansir (vocals, drums and percussion); and Randy Jeter (vocals, bass guitar and ukulele).
  • Chaz Marie (2:15 p.m.): Known for her sultry, smoky, raspy vocals, Chaz has earned the reputation as a “fresh alternative to the formulaic country soul artists.” Her voice is a fusion of her musical influences in country, Delta blues, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll.
  • The Free Loaders (4:15 p.m.): A Dallas-based blues/jazz band, The Free Loaders sing songs from 1900-2015, all in the vein of jazz, blues, swing and fun. Led by gravel-voiced crooner John Jay Myers, the band can morph from three to eight members depending on needs and budget. Their most common lineup is as a six-piece band including two singers, drums, guitar, keyboard, bass and two horns.
Food Court Stage
  • RJ Ballard (11 a.m.): His music can be described as “comfort food for the musical soul.” RJ performs covers in addition to original composition for events from the most casual to the most formal.
  • Davis & Rose (1 p.m.): A two-piece acoustic group who play “acoustic decaffeinated guitar music,” band members Chip Davis and Monte Rose’s music includes original songs and covers of many artists across different music genres.
          SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2017          
Courtyard Main Stage
  • Bob Culbertson (10 a.m.): Culbertson is an influential Chapman Stick player, notable for his many recorded albums and extensive touring. He was an early adopter of the Chapman Stick, an electrical instrument in the guitar family with 10 or 12 individually tuned strings. His musical style ranges from world sounds of Celtic, Spanish, Eastern and classical to blues and The Beatles.
  • La Pompe (11:30 a.m.): The band was named after the driving rhythm characteristic of French gypsy jazz and is led by multi-lingual vocals bringing the best of French wartime classics, American jazz standards and gypsy instrumentals. Band members are Kat Hackett (vocals), Maz Robertson (mandolin), Mark Deffebach (guitar) and Phil Minshew (bass).
  • FogHouse Band (1:30 p.m.): The band is a solid five-piece Southern rock band bringing crowd favorites from artists like Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Allman Brothers and Stevie Ray Vaughn.
  • Devin Leigh (3:30 p.m.): A Fort Worth-based singer-songwriter and guitarist, Leigh has been inducted into the Texas Blues Hall of Fame. Leigh is a true one-man band, incorporating percussion and harmonica into an already dynamic solo show.
Food Court Stage
  • RJ Ballard (11 a.m.): His music can be described as “comfort food for the musical soul.” RJ performs covers in addition to original composition for events from the most casual to the most formal.
  • Heather Little (1 p.m.): A Texas-based singer and songwriter, Little sings and writes songs in all genres, including rock, country, blues and earthy acoustic. She is the co-writer of Miranda Lambert’s songs “Gunpowder and Lead” and “Me and Charlie Talkin’,” among others.
Whether shopping for art, listening to music, enjoying the outdoors, or making art of your own – Cottonwood has something for everyone. For more information, go to: