5 p.m. Thursday, February 24; noon Friday, February 25; 9 a.m. Saturday, February 26, at Reliant Park, 1 Reliant Park, 832-667-1000 or www.rodeohouston.com.
Besides a whole lot of good eatin' and savory smells, and perhaps a run on antacids at Houston-area drugstores, the rodeo's annual three-day barbecue extavaganza also offers up a full plate of live music. For the KISS Army and all the other classic rockers, AC/DC screechers Back in Black and "Eruption" copycats Fan Halen party like it's 1979 Thursday, while Friday and Saturday make up for the lack of Lone Star-bred honky-tonk among this year's headliners (save brand-new Grammy winner Miranda Lambert, of course). Friday it's West Texas outlaw Mark McKinney, Austin Americana cross-pollinators Belleville Outfit, the heavy twang of Tyler's Whiskey Myers and Denton pop-rock cornballs Bowling for Soup. Saturday looks like high cotton indeed for anyone who follows the Texas Music Chart: Kyle Park ("All Night"), Sunny Sweeney ("From a Table Away"), native Houstonian Cory Morrow ("Brand New Me"), Chicken and Biscuits heavyweight Colt Ford and the Casey Donahew Band ("Let Me Love You"). See more information, including the lineup for the Hideout tent, at rodeohouston.com/events/bbq.