Watermelon Thump
421 East Davis Street
Luling, Texas 78648
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68th Annual Luling Watermelon Thump!

June 25th and 26th

Friday - Gates Open @ 7:30

  • Silver Bullets
  • Legado Norte

Saturday - Gates Open @ 6:30

  • Tomar and the FCs
  • Broken Arrows
  • Brandon Rhyder
  • Shaker Hymns

Featuring Live Music All Weekend with Food Booths, Arts & Crafts, Carnival, Watermelon Eating, Seed Spitting and Carving Contests, Giant Parade, Gospel Jubilee, Tribute to Veterans, Classic Car Show and MUCH MORE! Fun for the whole family in downtown Luling, Texas! 

Ticket Options:

  • $10 - Friday Only
  • $15 - Saturday Only
  • $25 - Weekend Pass
  • 12 and Under Free.

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Saturday General Admission
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There’s a new addition to the Rhyder family and a brand new record waiting in the wings. Busy doesn’t even begin to cover it, but “Busy is good,” says East Texas native Brandon Rhyder. “I gotta keep moving and chunking coal on the fire.” That fire rages around the clock in the Rhyder home, where Brandon, his wife Kelli, and their two-year-old son Dusty recently welcomed the arrival of a baby girl named Mahala Grace. Then there’s the every day monitoring of the business they started seven years ago, when Brandon released the first of what will soon be five records to his credit. “I feel like the luckiest man in the world. I have a beautiful family and a growing fan base. I have an incredible band and we keep getting to make new records. We have a great team from top to bottom. Sometimes I wonder how I’m lucky enough to have my cake and eat it too.” Since his third record, Conviction, came out in August of 2005, Brandon’s stock has continued to rise as a mainstay in the Texas music scene. Says Bob Cole of KVET (Austin), “In the flood of Texas Music talent, Brandon is in the rarified air of the top 1%. He’s real. Genuine. Natural. Sincere.” As Brandon has grown more and more comfortable in his own skin as an artist and entertainer, he relishes the opportunity to grow day in and day out. This constant evolution is what keeps his fans coming back for more. “Music is all about communication” says Brandon. “The more I learn the more I can continue to say things in a different way than I have before. I really strive to think outside of the box but yet not complicate it to a point where no one knows what the hell I’m talking about. I think one of the main reasons for our success is that people can relate to the material. That is paramount.” The quality of Brandon’s material recently led to a publishing deal with Harlan Howard Publishing in Nashville. Also in the last year, Brandon moved his booking to Buddy Lee Attractions in Nashville and released his fourth record titled Live on Apex Records, also based out of Nashville. “I have always said that Nashville is where the store’s at and that as the business grows we will have more opportunities to work with more prominent players in the game,” Brandon says of Music City. “I relish the chance to be heard and seen on more of a national level and will do as much as I possibly can to get that chance.” That being said, Brandon says he has no intention of leaving his home base in Austin, Texas. “This is home. This is where I’m going to raise my family. My music is a product of my time here in Austin and East Texas. Some in Nashville don’t consider my music ‘mainstream’ and so we call this ‘ourstream.’ I’ll swim this river till I die.”