Sugarland Reliant Stadium March 3, 2011
The shenanigans have begun, folks. The Rodeo is back in Houston, and if you haven't already, it's time to stop by Reliant Stadium, pet some adorable farm animals, gain a few pounds eating fried everything - maybe even lose a few after visiting the amusement park - and get caught up in annual celebration of everything Texas once again.
As is tradition, the lights went out just before 9 p.m., fireworks dazzled newcomers and Ain't-My-First-Rodeo types alike, and a montage of past Rodeos was projected onscreen. As it all came to a close, the stage was lit up as Sugarland was met with a roar of applause.
Originally, Sugarland was straight-up alternative country - from their lyrics and vocal lines to their melodies - but the band's last album, 2010's Incredible Machine, was much poppier and geared toward a broader audience. It may have been somewhat of a risky move, but it worked; we haven't seen this many 16- to 25-year-old female country fans at the Rodeo since before the Dixie Chicks insulted President Bush.