HTX Rodeo 2014

Saddle up, it's rodeo time in Houston again! For nearly a month, the Bayou City returns to its roots with the 82nd 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 and why it endures, look at cool western wear and boots, review top concerts at RodeoHouston, and follow all the action in the arenas and carnival midway, including the sinful food.

Brad Paisley crowd

"Crazed" stage rushing female fan makes Brad Paisley's opening night Rodeo concert interesting enough

By Reid Schroder - March 5th, 2014

It ain't hip to sing about tractors, trucks, little towns, and mama, yeah that might be true. But this is country music . . . .and we do - "This is Country Music" Brad Paisley has painted himself into a corner. His songs are just ...

15 Kirby Janke, from left, Elizabeth Gardner, Rainey Janke and Lee and Kristen Nix at the RodeoHouston Wine Auction Dinner March 2014

Wine lassos up an all-time record price: Big spenders plunk down $1.7 million at Rodeo auction

By Shelby Hodge - March 5th, 2014

Rodeo champion wine auction regulars John Eddie Williams, Paul Somerville, Tom and Mimi Dompier and Joe Van Matre head huddled, just before the chichi dinner was served at Reliant Center, plotting their strategy for making the winning bid on the Grand Champion ...