Last week’s Houston Press cover story looked at the entertainment algebra that Jason Kane, managing director of entertainment and concert production for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and his staff must solve to fill out each year’s three-week lineup, as they did last month when vocal issues forced Meghan Trainor to cancel; native Texan and two-time RodeoHouston veteran Demi Lovato took her spot.
Come what may, Kane told us, “This show has never gone dark, and as long as I’m here, it’ll never go dark.”
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Now Kane and his team are on the clock again after the sudden departure of Old Dominion, with a lot less time to line up a replacement. Known for hits such as “Snapback” and “Break Up With Him,” the up-and-coming Nashville-based group has canceled its March 8 performance because of a death in a band member’s immediate family, the rodeo announced Monday morning.
“Our hearts go out to the members of Old Dominion,” said rodeo president and CEO Joel Cowley. “They have lost an immediate family member of the band and respectfully canceled their appearance to allow time to mourn. We understand and support their decision.”
The rodeo’s latest survey of ticket availability, released to the media on February 16, showed nearly 14,000 tickets left for Old Dominion. The show falls under the “Value Wednesday” promotion, which offers tickets in the upper tier of NRG Stadium for $10. Refunds for the performance must be requested by 8 a.m. Wednesday, but will be available by calling 855-239-7207 for tickets bought online (through the rodeo’s site and AXS.com), the rodeo said, and 832-667-1000 for tickets purchased in person at the rodeo’s ticket office or the NRG Park box office.