Richardson’s Wildflower! Celebrates Two Texas Traditions: Music and Barbeque; Annual Festival Welcomes “the Rib Whisperer” and the Ultimate Smoker & Grill May 17-19, 2013

Impressions don’t come much bigger, nor aromas more tantalizing, than the Ultimate Smoker & Grill, making its debut at Wildflower! Richardson’s Arts and Music Festival May 17-19, 2013.

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Impressions don’t come much bigger, nor aromas more tantalizing, than the Ultimate Smoker & Grill, making its debut at Wildflower! Richardson’s Arts and Music Festival May 17-19, 2013.

Richardson, TX (PRWEB) May 08, 2013

When appearing at an event for the first time, the goal is to make a big impression – to tantalize and leave guests wanting more. Impressions don’t come much bigger, nor aromas more tantalizing, than the Ultimate Smoker & Grill, making its debut at Wildflower! Richardson’s Arts and Music Festival May 17-19, 2013.

Visitors can enjoy two Texas traditions this year – great bands and barbeque. Trace Arnold of Justin, Texas – dubbed “the rib whisperer” by his wife – is in charge of the 80-foot rig that boasts of “the Ultimate Grilling Experience.” Arnold travels the country for the History Channel.

The Ultimate Smoker & Grill has a smoker chamber with a 4-foot by 10-foot grill beneath a 20-foot hydraulic lid. The chamber can slow smoke more than 2,000 pounds of meat – 1,000 hot dogs, 500 hamburgers or 200 16-ounce steaks – at one time.

Once the hard-to-miss Ultimate Smoker & Grill is fired up, Richardson’s Wildflower! guests will find it difficult to resist the heady aroma of mesquite-smoked meats. A giant LCD screen provides entertainment.

Arnold says it took about 25 years to perfect his special rub and secret sauce. Everything he uses is fresh and made daily – “no canned foods, no frozen foods,” he says. In addition to smoked meat, the menu includes homemade cole slaw and potato salad, fresh cucumber and broccoli salads, fresh baked beans, and a creamy cheesy corn bake made with corn that’s smoked and grilled in the morning before it’s mixed with cheeses.

Everything is bigger in Texas, and Arnold wanted that to include his Ultimate Smoker & Grill: “I wanted to build it as big as I possibly could to be legal in Texas.” From big smokers comes big taste – which can be found this year at Richardson’s Wildflower!

The award-winning, multi-day festival – featuring live music, arts and crafts, children’s activities, interactive exhibits, acrobats, and more – will be held at Galatyn Park Urban Center, 2351 Performance Dr., Richardson, Texas 75082. Hours are 6 p.m. – midnight Friday, 11 a.m. – midnight Saturday, and 12:30 – 8 p.m. Sunday.

Friday – May 17, 2013
Cowboy Mouth – bits of gospel-punk with shards of Cowpunk
Gretchen Wilson – country music’s “Redneck Woman”
The Charlie Daniels Band – country and Southern rock music legend
Spin Doctors – ‘90s alternative rock band
Uncle Kracker - pop/country crossover hitmaker
Rocket Man – the Best of Elton John tribute show
Eliza Gilkyson – Austin Music Hall of Fame inductee
Le Freak – The Greatest Disco Band In The World

Saturday – May 18, 2013
Toadies - home grown alt-rock heavyweights
The Reverend Horton Heat - country-fed punkabilly
Blue Oyster Cult – heavy metal/psychedelic rockers
Grand Funk Railroad – hard rock, blues band from the ‘70s
.38 Special – southern country / blues rockers
Eleven Hundred Springs – Texas country rock band
Rocket Man – the Best of Elton John tribute show
Slaid Cleaves – iconic singer/songwriter

Sunday – May 19, 2013
Jolie Holliday – young and dynamic country musician from Richardson
Robert Earl Keen - Texas singer/songwriter
Ray Wylie Hubbard - elder statesman of the Texas music scene
Terri Hendrix with Lloyd Maines – accomplished Americana singer/songwriter duo
Rocket Man- the Best of Elton John tribute show

Tickets are on sale at area Tom Thumb stores or through the Wildflower! website: http://www.wildflowerfestival.com/tickets.html. A three-day pass is $30, single-day adult is $20 and kid’s pass (age 5-12) is $3. On Sunday, May 19, kids 12 and under get in free with a paid adult courtesy of Bank of America. Sunday is also half-price day for adults – tickets are only $10 courtesy of Cisco Systems. Check the website for the festival’s 15 for $15 group ticket promotion and for directions to the festival.

Wildflower! Richardson’s Arts & Music Festival began in 1993 as a small community event held in a local park in northeast Richardson, Texas, to celebrate the acres of wildflowers planted around the city. Twenty-one years later the festival has become the premier music event in the region with more than 1,200 volunteers and attendance surpassing 60,000 a year. The festival is produced by the City of Richardson annually the third weekend in May.

This year’s sponsors are ViewPoint Bank, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, metroPCS, Coca-Cola, Budweiser, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas, Sherwin-Williams, Fossil, Credit Union of Texas, Atmos Energy, Argo Data, Reliable Chevrolet and Tom Thumb. Media sponsors include: The Dallas Morning News, Collin County Business Press, Jack FM, Star Community Papers, Richardson Living Magazine and The Dallas Observer.
For more information, go to:
Web: http://www.wildflowerfestival.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wildflowerfestival
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL55C1EC2A1E2B7AE4
Mobile: text WFF to 88500

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jo Trizila TrizCom Inc. Office: 972-247-1369
Mobile: 214-232-0078
jo(at)TrizCom(dot)com

ON SITE MEDIA CONTACT:
Greg Sowell
Director of Communications
City of Richardson, TX
Mobile: 972-897-2762
E-mail: greg.sowell(at)cor(dot)gov


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