The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo booked an ambitious 20 nights of musical performances, which will wrap up March 26 with the Zac Brown Band.
We've reviewed many of the shows, so here's the best concerts the rodeo has offered, in case you missed (or want to relive) them. We're not even through this rodeo, but there's already plenty to look forward to next year — including Garth Brooks's first appearance at RodeoHouston in nearly two decades.
Even on an Off Night, Luke Bryan Is the King of RodeoHouston
There is little doubt as to who the current King of the Rodeo is. At this point, you might as well just call Luke Bryan the 75 Grand Man, as he’s packed in that many fans for the past five years in a row, and judging by the enthusiastic reactions he got last night, he could probably repeat that number for the next five years. The only solo act to break into the top attendance chart last year and the first to do it this year, Luke Bryan is, at the very least, someone the rodeo can count on to deliver year in and year out.
Thomas Rhett Displays Pop-Rooted Sound at RodeoHouston Debut
Clad in a Ramones jacket, a long white T-shirt and distressed jeans, Thomas Rhett looked more like a pop star than a country artist at his first Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo performance. Luckily, the show incorporated enough steel guitar and twangy vocals to offset the singer-songwriter’s fashion faux pas.
The Chainsmokers Prove EDM Can Work at the Rodeo
Other than perhaps the group themselves, it’s hard to say that anyone really knew how The Chainsmokers' set at RodeoHouston was going to play out. Many had theories, for sure, but when it came to the most intriguing show of this year’s lineup, it was still anyone’s guess. True, lots of artists who have appeared before and will appear this year play music that you can dance to, but DJs at the rodeo seemed like potentially a bridge too far.
Alan Jackson's 23rd Rodeo Gig Definitely Turns On the Charm
Alan Jackson might very well be the ideal RodeoHouston entertainer. He has hits for days and widespread appeal, and is widely regarded as being among the country greats over the past 30 years. That might explain why Jackson took the stage at NRG Stadium on Saturday night for his 23rd(!!) RodeoHouston performance before an announced paid attendance of 74,259.
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Alicia Keys Puts RodeoHouston in an Empire State of Mind
It’s been more than a decade since Alicia Keys performed at RodeoHouston, and a lot has changed since then. Keys had only two albums to her name when she last headlined – Songs in A Minor and The Diary of Alicia Keys. But between those two records, the New York-born singer-songwriter had already crafted quite a few chart-topping singles, including “Fallin,” “A Woman’s Worth,” “You Don’t Know My Name” and “If I Ain’t Got You.”
The Jury Is Still Out on Sam Hunt
Sam Hunt is good-looking. Like, 6-foot-4 and incredibly good-looking; think Tom Brady before he got on that weird diet. Chris Hemsworth good-looking. He’s even got the all-American backstory. Grew up in Georgia, played college football (quarterback, of course), even got invited to an NFL training camp.