Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Fall Out Boy, John Legend, Ariana Grande are among this year's Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo entertainers, the rodeo announced moments ago on its Web site. Top country acts all familiar to rodeo fans include Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, The Band Perry and Brad Paisley.
Church, Grande and Fall Out Boy are rodeo first-timers; other recent returnees include Pitbull, Legend, Zac Brown Band, Bryan and Florida Georgia Line. Jackson, McGraw and Paisley are this year's senior entertainers, with Shelton and Lambert not too far on their heels.
"The fact that we have 16 entertainers returning to the rotating stage is evidence that the RodeoHouston experience is not only in the stands, but on the stage as well," said the rodeo's president and CEO, Joel Cowley, in a press release.
Preceded by the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest (February 26-28), this year's rodeo runs March 3-22 at NRG Park. The full lineup is below; see rodeohouston.com for further details.
March 3: Eric Church March 4: Hunter Hayes March 5: Miranda Lambert March 6: John Legend March 7: Alan Jackson March 8: Fall Out Boy March 9: Justin Moore March 10: Tim McGraw March 11: Brantley Gilbert March 12: Zac Brown Band March 13: Pitbull March 14: Billy Currington March 15: La Arrolladora Banda El Limon/La Mariquinaria Nortena March 16: Dierks Bentley March 17: Ariana Grande March 18: Florida Georgia Line March 19: Blake Shelton March 20: The Band Perry March 21: Brad Paisley March 22: Luke Bryan
The rodeo is hoping to better its 2014 attendance mark of more than 1.377 million, another all-time record and an increase of almost 70,000 fans over 2013's total. The Banda S/Pesado, Maroon 5, Luke Bryan Usher, and Blake Shelton concerts from last year now rank in the rodeo's Top 10 highest paid-attendance shows.
Rodeo tickets go on sale this Saturday, January 17, at 10 a.m., through its new ticketing system, AXS.com. An hour earlier, the site's "Virtual Waiting Room," will go online; registered users will automatically be placed into the proper buying areas once tickets go on sale. Registration is available now, as are season tickets.
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