The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has announced the first five big entertainers for its 81st annual event at Reliant Park: Toby Keith, Demi Lovato, Austin Mahone, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan.
Country star Toby Keith will play the opening night show on Feb. 25, 2013. Keith is a 13-time RodeoHouston veteran, regaling rodeo attendees with such hits as "Should've Been a Cowboy" and "Beer for My Horses."
Texas-born singer-songwriter Demi Lovato and 16-year-old pop singer Austin Mahone both play on March 3, 2013. This will be the second RodeoHouston appearance for Lovato, who has gained recent fame as a judge on The X Factor. Mahone will have his rodeo debut in 2013, just a few short years after the San Antonio teen's performance videos went viral.
The 2013 RodeoHouston also brings two Georgia country singers back to the stage: Jason Aldean make his fourth RodeoHouston appearance on March 11, 2013, and Luke Bryan will take over the rodeo stage for his second time on March 16.
Add these big star entertainers to George Strait, Martina McBride and Randy Rogers Band, the trio that RodeoHouston has secured for a special full-length concert on the March 17 closing day, in lieu of the traditional roping and riding that precedes concerts every other day of the event. The Rodeo will offer stadium floor-level seating for this concert, with individual tickets starting at $150.
Season tickets to the RodeoHouston 2013 are on sale now, starting at $336 per seat with access to all 20 performances. Mini-Season tickets include nine performances and start at $146 per seat. Individual tickets will go on sale in January.
This rodeo will run from Monday, Feb. 25, to Sunday, March 17, 2013.