Country music artist Brandon Rhyder hosts a music festival to benefit two Georgetown charities
Brandon Rhyder, a local Texas Country artist hosts his 2nd Annual Taste of Texas Musicfest in San Gabriel Park in Georgetown on September 28 from 3 to 9 p.m. This event generously benefits two Georgetown charities: Backpack Buddies and The Georgetown Project. With his recent eighth independent album release, That’s Just Me, and a total of four number-one singles on Texas radio to date, Brandon is sure to draw a huge crowd for this family-friendly event. To get a taste of Brandon’s music, check out his debut single, “Haggard,” from That’s Just Me, on iTunes. The song has been wildly successful, scoring the #1 position on the Texas Regional Radio Report in May.
The day-long Taste of Texas Musicfest will feature performances by Brandon Rhyder & Friends, local area restaurant tasting booths, a fun-filled kids’ zone with face painting, and a bounce house sponsored by Georgetown Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics. Food sampling will be provided by the area’s finest restaurants, with food prepared by celebrity chef Grady Spears and many others! Meet local merchants, artists, and entertainers and take part in autograph sessions and photo ops.
Georgetown View recently talked to Brandon about the event and what it means to him:
Why put on the event in Georgetown?
I live in Georgetown. I have two kids, one in kindergarten and one in second grade. We love the entire area. It’s a great place to raise a family and to base my business. We chose Georgetown for the Taste of Texas Musicfest so that we could raise awareness in our own community. There are hungry kids in Georgetown. Why not put together an event that encompasses my love for music and my love for food, and at the same time, raise awareness to help take away hunger in our own backyard—the place we call home?
Georgetown still feels like a really small community. I can’t go anywhere without running into someone I know. From the city itself to the Chamber of Commerce to the restaurants to local businesses—Georgetown has been a fantastic place for us to be. We want to raise our kids here and be here a long time.
The event benefits two Georgetown charities. Why did you chose them?
Hunger is an issue that’s very important to me. It’s something we should bring to light and take care of. Both charities, Backpack Buddies and The Georgetown Project, will help raise that awareness and take care of those kids [at risk for hunger].
Why is hunger especially a concern for you?
Food is one of my biggest passions. I love food. I love to cook. I love to talk about food. I was raised in Carthage, Texas. When I was growing up my family all lived around each other—our fences butted up against each other’s. Everyone had gardens. I can’t say we were poor, but we had to make our dollar stretch. We had animals and raised beef and had venison in the freezer. It wasn’t really for fun, but to put food on our table. I try to encourage folks to buy directly from the farm. Farm-to-table is better for us, and it tastes better, too.
Your music has been described as Texas Country. Can you describe this genre of music?
Texas music, for us, is country music. It’s not Nashville country or music that fits into a box. Texas music is influenced by rock, blues, folk, and Americana. There are several of us who have been able to do this independently. We aren’t being told what to put on our records. I’ve always loved being an artist and writing from my own point of view, and this genre has given me that opportunity.
What can we expect at this year’s event?
A lot of live music! We have at least three or four different bands that will be announced soon. My eighth independent album was just released, so we’ll be playing a lot of the music off that. I’m planning on doing a ninety-minute set myself. There will be a kid zone with face painting, bounce house, snow cones, etc. There will also be a sample area where you can taste local food. I’ll be hanging out in that area, passing out samples and talking to folks. Our goal was to focus the event around the family. We invite everyone to come out and enjoy a fun-filled family day with food, music, and great entertainment across the board in a family-type setting.
Future announcements will be made at www.brandonrhyder.com.