Rodeo Lineup Revealed

The superstar acts among the Houston Rodeo's 2015 concert lineup are . . .

The star acts among the Houston Rodeo's 2015 concert lineup are . . .

Tim McGraw at March Madness Music Festival
Tim McGraw performs on March 10. Photo by Danny Hurley
Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande performs on March 17. Ariana Grande/Facebook
Blake Shelton in concert at RodeoHouston March 2014 and Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert will be at the rodeo but not together. Lambert performs on March 5 and Shelton performs on March 19. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo RodeoHouston entertainers January 2015 La Maquinaria Nortena
La Maquinaria Nortena is scheduled for March 15 as part of "Go Tejano Day." Photo courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Pitbull, RodeoHouston, March 2013
Pitbull's back, performing March 13. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo RodeoHouston entertainers January 2015 Zac Brown Band
Zac Brown Band is performing March 12. Photo courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
John Legend, Art Ball
John Legend performs March 6 as part of "Black Heritage Day." Photo courtesy of Art Ball
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo RodeoHouston entertainers January 2015 Star Calendar
The official calendar. Calendar courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Tim McGraw at March Madness Music Festival
Ariana Grande
Blake Shelton in concert at RodeoHouston March 2014 and Miranda Lambert
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo RodeoHouston entertainers January 2015 La Maquinaria Nortena
Pitbull, RodeoHouston, March 2013
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo RodeoHouston entertainers January 2015 Zac Brown Band
John Legend, Art Ball
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo RodeoHouston entertainers January 2015 Star Calendar

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo picked the midnight hour to reveal its full 2015 concert lineup — and what a lineup it is.

The list, which was sent out to media at 12:05 this morning, includes an eclectic lineup, ranging from country stars Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw and Alan Jackson to pop star Ariana Grande, rock band Fall Out Boy and the return of bilingual rapper Pitbull.

Sixteen of the 21 entertainers during set to perform is this year's edition March 3 – 22 are returnees.

The list includes Eric Church (opening night March 3 in his first RodeoHouston appearance), John Legend (March 6 on Black Heritage Day), La Arrolladora Banda El Limón and La Maquinaria Norteña on Go Tejano Day (March 15), Florida Georgia Line (March 18), and Luke Bryan (on closing night March 22 as part of the RodeoHouston Super Shootout). In all, there will be 15 shows featuring country stars, one R&B, three shows featuring pop/rock stars and 1 show featuring noteno and banda groups.

Tickets will go on sale Saturday, Jan. 17, 10 a.m., through AXS Ticketing via rodeohouston.com. The Virtual Waiting Room opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday, but fans can register any time at axs.com/rodeohouston_signup. The new AXS ticketing system is designed to handle the Rodeo's tremendous initial ticket sales demand, identify known scalpers and even detect "robot" activity of those brokers using computers to constantly hit the site.

AXS users will be directed to a virtual waiting room that allows customers to "arrive" an hour before ticket sales begin. Customers are shuffled and chosen at random to enter the next step, the virtual store, when tickets can be purchased in a three-step process and then even forwarded through the mobile app to a friend. As buyers complete their transactions, more customers in the waiting room can enter the store.

E-ticket buyers receive their tickets for free, while those using AXS will be charged $3.50 per ticket service fee, compared to the $4.25 that Ticketmaster charges. They can be purchased by phone, too (888-596-4201).

HLSR tickets may also be purchased without a service fee at BBVA Compass Stadium on Jan. 17 and at the SMG box office at NRG Stadium starting on Jan. 19.

The full Rodeo 2015 lineup:

Tuesday, March 3 ............................................................................................................................................................. Eric Church
Wednesday, March 4* – Armed Forces Appreciation Day sponsored by BHP Billiton ........................................ Hunter Hayes
Thursday, March 5 ................................................................................................................................................. Miranda Lambert
Friday, March 6 – Black Heritage Day, sponsored by Kroger ..................................................................................... John Legend
Saturday, March 7 .......................................................................................................................................................... Alan Jackson
Sunday, March 8 ............................................................................................................................................................. Fall Out Boy
Monday, March 9 ........................................................................................................................................................... Justin Moore
Tuesday, March 10 ........................................................................................................................................................ Tim McGraw
Wednesday, March 11* ............................................................................................................................................ Brantley Gilbert
Thursday, March 12 ................................................................................................................................................. Zac Brown Band
Friday, March 13 ....................................................................................................................................................................... Pitbull
Saturday, March 14 ................................................................................................................................................. Billy Currington
Sunday, March 15 – Go Tejano Day, sponsored by Diva Diamonds ......................................... La Arrolladora Banda El Limón/
La Maquinaria Norteña
Monday, March 16 ..................................................................................................................................................... Dierks Bentley
Tuesday, March 17 ......................................................................................................................................................Ariana Grande
Wednesday, March 18* .................................................................................................................................... Florida Georgia Line
Thursday, March 19 ..................................................................................................................................................... Blake Shelton
Friday, March 20 ....................................................................................................................................................... The Band Perry
Saturday, March 21 – RODEOHOUSTON BP Super Series Championship ................................................................ Brad Paisley
Sunday, March 22 – RODEOHOUSTON Super Shootout®, presented by Crown Royal ......... Luke Bryan, presented by Miller Lite

*Value Wednesdays include $10 upper level Rodeo tickets, plus values throughout NRG Park.

See the video announcing the lineup: