Leroy Shafer

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    People Turn Out for Houston Rodeo, Despite the Weird Weather

    Houston is known for being a city of unpredictable weather but the past few weeks have been remarkably changeable and weird, even for Houston. And, as anyone who is in Houston right now knows, all of this strange and wintery weather has coincided with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. But those ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    It Could Be a While Before We See Garth Brooks Here

    Without question, one of the music's biggest sweepstakes in the weeks and months to come will be speculation on Garth Brooks' impending tour, his first since more or less retiring in 2001. But with his children about to leave the nest and his four-year residency at Las Vegas' Wynn Resort almost up, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2013

    UPDATED: Family of Woman Thrown from Golf Cart Sues Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

    UPDATED: "We can't comment on pending litigation at the advice of our legal counsel. This is a tragic accident," Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Interim President Leroy Shafer said, noting that Yvonne Herndon is a longtime volunteer with the organization. "This pains us very much, and we're very co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Rodeo Explains Thousands of Ticket Cancellations

    The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo has cancelled several thousand tickets to this month's rodeo, including 800 to the March 17 George Strait concert that were going as high as $8,100, after they allegedly fell into the hands of ticket brokers. According to a report in the Houston Chronicle, the rode ... More >>

  • Music

    January 10, 2013

    Fair Play

    The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo wii do whatever it takes to keep its revolving stage from going dark.

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    RodeoHouston Adds Special George Strait Concert March 17

    It's getting a little late, but Rocks Off figured we can go ahead and tell you now. The Houston Livestock Livestock Show and Rodeo just announced a tweak in its schedule: There will be no bulls or broncs the final day of RodeoHouston 2013 -- a Sunday that happens to fall on St. Patrick's Day, March ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Man Dies from Roller Coaster Fall at Rodeo Houston

    Photo by Jeff BalkeThe HiMiler taken at last year's rodeo carnival.​A man fell 28 feet to his death from the HiMiler roller coaster in the waning moments of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo season. The 46-year-old was given CPR at the scene before being taken to the hospital, where he wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Houston Rodeo: Now There's an App for That

    Houston Rodeo: Where high tech meets low tech.​Last week members of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's marketing and public relations team held a press conference to present some of the rodeo's new-for-2011 offerings, chief among them a feature-rich smartphone app meant to improve all aspe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2009

    The Rodeo Vs. Hispanics: A Scorecard

    Having trouble keeping score on the latest Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo flap? Let Hair Balls help you out. We talked to both Ben Mendez, a self-described community leader and member of the non-group group protesting HLSR practices (we'll get back to that), and HLSR's Chief Operating Officer Lero ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    This Year's Rodeo Scandal: Diversity, Or The Lack Thereof. With Dueling Memos!

    This year's rodeo brouhaha -- there usually is one -- surrounds the alleged lack of diversity of the event's staff, vendors and performers.State Sen. Mario Gallegos has filed a bill calling on the rodeo to open its books and get better about being inclusionary; local ctivist ben Mendez has circulate ... More >>

  • Music

    February 21, 2008

    A New Official State Song for Texas?

    A case for a new — or different, anyway — state song

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2007

    Of Course, Then You'd Have to Admit You Went to the Show

    Hannah Montana might've whooped the previous record for rodeo ticket sales, but some technical difficulties prevented more than a few fans from hearing the, um, whatever you call the music produced by Hannah Montana. Says a rodeo release: Um, yeah, you're keeping quiet. We get it. Now w ... More >>

  • News

    March 1, 2007


    Fried Twinkies, $5 bumper cars, Hannah Montana and the hardest working kids in Texas

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2007

    Cowboy Up

    The rodeo opened yesterday, which we guess is proof that enough people survived the Barbecue Cookoff. You can pick up the Press this week for our take on the scene, but here's one thing that didn't make it in: Leroy Shafer's picks for the five best rodeo concerts he's seen. Shafer, a 34-year rod ... More >>

  • News

    December 14, 2006

    Millionaire Mindsetters

    No skeptics need apply to this get-rich-quick proposition

  • Music

    March 6, 2003

    Apocalypse Cow

    Finding the press box at Reliant Stadium proves to be a journey into the heart of darkness

  • News

    February 6, 2003

    Stone Deaf

    Can the rodeo rescue Reliant Stadium acoustics?

  • Music

    December 19, 2002

    Rodeo's Gonna Git You, Sucka

    When the Fat Show calls, you better answer

  • Music

    February 28, 2002

    Color-Coded Rodeo

    The livestock show's heritage nights are called "outreach" by some and "de facto segregation" by others

  • News

    January 11, 2001

    Ad-verse Reaction

    Is an animal rights billboard too explicit - or merely odious to the rodeo?