The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo got a little help from outer space to reveal its out-of-this-world 2016 concert lineup. In a video released at 12:05 am Monday, astronaut Scott Kelly introduced the eclectic group of performers from his perch inside the International Space Station. The list includes a host of country music stars, including four members of the Grand Ole Opry, as well as Latin Grammy and Teen choice winners, along with one tough Pitbull.
The Band Perry will open the rodeo on March 1 on First Responders Day and Keith Urban will close the three-week extravaganza on March 20 at the RodeoHouston Super Shootout.
Among other country greats are Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Brad Paisley. Hip-hop-heavy R&B singer Jason Derulo will be the featured entertainer on March 4 (Black Heritage Day) and 17-year-old singer Shawn Mendes will perform on March 6 in the rodeo slot usually reserved for the teenybopper crowd.
Rapper Pitbull returns to the rodeo on March 8 and rocker Kid Rock returns on March 15. And on Go Tejano Day, traditionally one of the most well-attended days at the rodeo, Los Huracanes Del Norte and Banda Los Recoditos will be center stage on March 13.
Tickets go on sale January 16 at 10 am through AXS Ticketing via rodeohouston.com. The Virtual online Waiting Room opens at 9:30 am on January 16, but fans can register any time at axs.com/rodeohouston_registration. When the store opens at 10 am, fans chosen at random can purchase tickets, no matter what time they entered the Waiting Room.
Visit rodeohouston.com/Tickets/RODEOHOUSTONTickets to view all RodeoHouston ticket options.
Here is the 2016 lineup:
Tuesday, March 1 — First Responders Day, sponsored by BP America — The Band Perry
Wednesday, March 2* — Armed Forces Appreciation Day, sponsored by BHP Billiton — Chris Young
Thursday, March 3 — Jason Aldean
Friday, March 4 — Black Heritage Day, sponsored by Kroger — Jason Derulo
Saturday, March 5 — Cole Swindell
Sunday, March 6 — Shawn Mendes
Monday, March 7 — Miranda Lambert
Tuesday, March 8 — Pitbull
Wednesday, March 9* — Brett Eldredge
Thursday, March 10 — Luke Bryan
Friday, March 11 — Darius Rucker
Saturday, March 12 — Billy Currington
Sunday, March 13 — Go Tejano Day — Los Huracanes Del Norte/Banda Los Recoditos
Monday, March 14 — Kenny Chesney
Tuesday, March 15 — Kid Rock
Wednesday, March 16* — Jake Owen
Thursday, March 17 — Florida Georgia Line
Friday, March 18 — Little Big Town
Saturday, March 19 — RodeoHouston Super Series Championship —Brad Paisley
Sunday, March 20 — RodeoHouston Super Shootout®, presented by Crown Royal — Keith Urban
*Value Wednesdays include $10 upper level Rodeo tickets, plus values throughout NRG Park.
See the announcement video here: