Rockin' the Rodeo: Pitbull, Bruno Mars, The Band Perry, Mary J. Blige Lead 2013 Names

Pitbull at The Woodlands, August 2012
Pitbull at The Woodlands, August 2012
Photo by Marco Torres

Pop stars of both the R&B and Latin persuasions, Bruno Mars and Pitbull, join new country favorites Brantley Gilbert, The Band Perry and the Zac Brown Band in the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo's 2013 entertainer lineup, the rodeo announced this morning. Rodeo veterans Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley and Kenny Chesney should scratch older country fans' itch, while Mary J. Blige makes a welcome return after a lights-out 2010 performance. And is that... Styx there on Monday, March 4?

Yes, yes it is. The rodeo' is rockin' the paradise. The complete schedule follows.

Monday, Feb. 25: Toby Keith Tuesday, Feb. 26: Gary Allan Wednesday, Feb. 27: Alan Jackson Thursday, Feb. 28: Zac Brown Band Friday, March 1: Mary J. Blige Saturday, March 2: Brantley Gilbert Sunday, March 3: Demi Lovato, Austin Mahone Monday, March 4: Styx Tuesday, March 5: Lady Antebellum Wednesday, March 6*: Dierks Bentley Thursday, March 7: Bruno Mars Friday, March 8: Tim McGraw Saturday, March 9: The Band Perry Sunday, March 10: Julion Alvarez/ Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon Monday, March 11: Jason Aldean Tuesday, March 12: Kenny Chesney Wednesday, March 13: Jake Owen Thursday, March 14: Pitbull Friday, March 15: Blake Shelton Saturday, March 16: Luke Bryan

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. this Saturday at, Ticketmaster outlets and the Reliant Stadium box office. Prices start at $18, except for "Value Day Wednesday," when upper-level seats are $10.

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