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HTX Let's Go Rodeo 2013

Saddle up, it's rodeo time in Houston! For nearly a month, the Bayou City returns to its roots with the 81st annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. In this special CultureMap editorial series, we embrace the cowboy spirit with a vengeance. We examine the city's western heritage, look at cool western wear and boots, review top concerts at RodeoHouston, along with the action in the arenas and carnival midway, and talk with real cowpokes to find out why the western way of life endures.

HTX Let's Go Rodeo 2013

RODEO TICKET SURPRISE

George Strait isn't as hot as expected: Alamodome, New Orleans tickets in higher demand

By Whitney Radley

Mar 18th, 2013 at 3:14 PM

Emotions ran wild in Reliant Stadium on Sunday night as George Strait worked his way through three decades of hits during his 21st Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo performance — one ...


PIX OF THE DAY

Polo at the Rodeo: The Sport of Kings hopes to become permanent RodeoHouston fixture

By Whitney Radley

Mar 17th, 2013 at 12:27 PM

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo showcases a variety of equestrian talent, from bareback riding and calf roping to barrel racing and horse showing, but polo — a horseback sport with ...


THE SHOWMAN

Like a Bono who champions Texas cowgirls, charismatic Luke Bryan surprises RodeoHouston fans

By Reid Schroder

Mar 17th, 2013 at 6:40 AM

Towards the middle of Luke Bryan's performance on Saturday night, the man threw a guitar pick towards the sold-out crowd, but it landed a good thirty yards away from ...


ART IN MOTION

The shining: Meet Larry White, who has polished boots at RodeoHouston for 23 years

By Katie Oxford

Mar 16th, 2013 at 4:00 PM

There are hats and then there are hats. But at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, boots are bigger. There are boots, boots and more boots. I saw boots walking ...


THE VOICE

Blake Shelton charms near-record RodeoHouston crowd with powerful songs & killer personality

By Tarra Gaines

Mar 16th, 2013 at 6:16 AM

In his 2010 No. 1 hit single “Hillbilly Bone,” Blake Shelton tells the story of a New Yorker who comes down South, goes honky-tonkin' for the first time and takes ...


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