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50th Annual Cottonwood Art Festival Celebrates with Music, Art and Fun

Post Date:04/24/2019 9:45 AM

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Considered a part of Richardson life for 50 years, the City of Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival, to be held May 4-5, 2019, will celebrate its golden anniversary with two days of live music, museum-quality art and spring fun for the whole family in scenic Cottonwood Park.

As a prestigious, juried art show in North Texas, the event draws artists from around the country to display their works, and the event also includes live music, food truck dishes and refreshments, as well as the ArtStop, a place for kids and families to let imaginations run wild and create mini-masterpieces.

“Cottonwood is an iconic festival that brings fabulous art and music, delicious food and drink, and families together,” said Serri Ayers, superintendent of community events for the City of Richardson. “As we celebrate 50 years, we appreciate how this classic event has made wonderful memories for so many.”

In addition to creating and viewing art, the two-day festival will offer music in a variety of genres, including rock, country, jazz, blues, swing and folk. Craft beer, wine and frozen margaritas will be available for purchase. Parking and admission are free.

The schedule of musical performances includes: 

Saturday, May 4: 

Courtyard Main Stage

  • Zach Maberry (10 a.m.): An East Texas native, born in the oldest town in Texas (Nacogdoches), the singer/songwriter embraces the musical history of his home state, that has yielded influences like Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, and strives to carry on the tradition with his blend of Americana and folk music.
  • Cool Resolve Band (11:45 a.m.): Festival-goers can enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz, blues and cool pop.
  • Straight Tequila Night (1:30 p.m.): A Dallas premiere country cover band, playing favorite hits from 90s country radio including Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn and John Michael Montgomery.
  • Ryan Berg & The Velvet Ears (3:30 p.m.): Ryan Berg is a Dallas born and raised singer-songwriter who combines elements of blues and soul with intimate acoustic driven performances.
  • Epic Unplugged (5:30 p.m.): This unplugged experience features a full band with vocals and a string quartet, playing EPIC rock songs from artists such as Pink Floyd, Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin and more.

Acoustic Stage

  • Erik Carizalles (11 a.m.): Erik Carrizales is a Dallas based singer-songwriter. A soft blend of rock and alternative marks his sound. Typically laughing, dripping with quirk, wit, and self-deprecation, he transforms into effortless melody and entrancing mournful tones.
  • Skylar Heart (1 p.m.): As a Dallas-based alternative/country singer/songwriter, festival attendees will hear favorites from Alanis Morrisette to Michael Jackson to Johnny Cash and more.
  • Adrian Lyles (3 p.m.): A musically passionate 14-year-old middle schooler, Adrian performs pop songs and aspires to be a pop performer and leader in the music industry.

Sunday, May 5:  

Courtyard Main Stage

  • Almost Jaded (10 a.m.): This acoustic duo out of Arlington, singer/songwriter Amy Kathleen and cellist Jared Sullivan, create a sonically unique, powerful and captivating culmination of pop, contemporary folk and alternative rock.
  • The Bodarks (11:45 a.m.): Formed in 2012 from remnants of hard rock, country and R&B bands, The Bodarks set aside their electric gear for traditional bluegrass instruments to create something both new and old. Through the years they have side-staged for acts equally as diverse, such as Kansas, Pat Benatar, Gary P. Nunn, Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
  • EJ Matthews Band (1:30 p.m.): Soulful singer-songwriter guitarist and band out of Dallas playing all original music with an East Texas backwoods, swamp boogie, blues sound.
  • Mason Adams Project (3:30 p.m.): Taking the listener on a musical journey of life experiences through storytelling and a dynamic musical approach, the Mason Adams Project is for listeners who like a party.

Acoustic Stage

  • Clint and Ashley (11 a.m.): Clint Sherman and Ashley Howell, both leaders of other bands, have partnered up to create this duo and bring a fresh version of favorite songs. This pair’s diverse set-list is filled with polished harmonies that everyone can enjoy.
  • Janky (1 p.m.): Janky is a Dallas-based singer-guitarist who studies and plays a very underground style of blues originated in North Mississippi—the kudzu covered area north of the delta and south of Memphis. Listeners should get ready to get up and dance as if they are in an old southern juke joint where the moonshine flows freely.
  • Darrin Kobetich (3 p.m.): Fort Worth-based solo acoustic guitar master Darrin Kobetich classifies his sound as “ambient delta raga thrash grass,” but that’s just scratching the surface.

About Cottonwood Art Festival

Now in its 50th year, the semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show.  Jurors have selected more than 240 artists to exhibit their museum-quality work at the festival. The artists compete in 14 categories: 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Digital, Drawings/Pastels, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metalwork, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood. The artists’ works are available for purchase, as are food and beverages.

  • The 2019 festival dates will be May 4-5 and Oct. 5-6.
  • Cottonwood Park is located at 1321 W. Belt Line Rd., one block east of Coit Road in Richardson, TX.
  • Parking and admission are free.

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:

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