More than cowboys

And the first four 2011 Houston Rodeo headliners are ...

And the first four 2011 Houston Rodeo headliners are ...

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has announced the first four performers in its 2011 entertainment lineup: Zac Brown Band (March 17), Sugarland (March 3), Brad Paisley (March 19) and Selena Gomez (March 6).

The Rodeo is far more than fair food, rodeo wrangling and shopping — crowds gather each year to see headlining acts perform at the Rodeo's rotating concert stage and in its lower-key arena, The Hideout.

Zac Brown Band performs throwback country under the namesake of lead singer and (Zach Galifianakis doppelganger) Zac Brown; Sugarland brings powerful duets with Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush; Brad Paisley is a classic favorite with his clever lyrics and tween sensation Selena Gomez adds a shot of diversity to the otherwise-country crowd.

Season tickets and mini-season tickets, with nine performances in each option, are available on the rodeo website, by phone at 832-667-1080, or in person on the second floor of Reliant Center, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Individual tickets will go on sale Jan. 15.

The rodeo runs March 1-20. The entire entertainment lineup will be unveiled Jan. 10.

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Brad Paisley
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Selena Gomez
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Zac Brown Band Courtesy of Shore Fire Media