Rodeo lineup features diversity, new artists

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will kick off in March with a lineup of artists that are making their first appearance in concert for the annual event.

The lineup of the 2014 performing artists was released Jan. 13, highlighting a variety of talented bands and performers including Usher, Selena Gomez, REO Speedway, Maroon 5 and Robin Thicke.

A lineup traditionally stocked with country artists, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo President Joel Cowley said this year’s schedule will highlight a more diverse group of performers.

“The range of talented artists illustrates the show’s diversity,” Cowley said. “We are welcoming new, upcoming artists as well as celebrating timeless legends.”

For artists Eastin Corbin and Usher, this will be their first Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo performance.

“[Leroy] Shafer is particularly excited for first-timer Usher, who he says Rodeo Houston has been trying to secure for ‘the last four years,’” blogger Joey Guerra said.

“The Voice” judge Usher will headline Black Heritage Day on March 7. Recent chart topper, Robin Thicke will perform his controversial song “Blurred Lines” among others.

The country artists chosen all have prominence in the music industry and are at prominent point of their careers. Returning artist, Brad Paisley will be the first to perform followed by the Eli Young Band. Reba McEntire, returning artist of more than 20 years, will make an appearance on the third day of performances.

American Idol judge and longtime country singer Keith Urban will grace the stage on the March 14. Luke Bryan will be on stage for St. Patrick’s Day. Blake Shelton and country groups The Band Perry and Zac Brown band will be the last few to perform.

Originating more than 80 years ago, the rodeo has become a celebrated Houston tradition. Before the concert, rides including La Grande Wheel (the western hemisphere’s largest portable ferris wheel), the Sky Ride across Reliant Park continue to attract return and first-time visitors.

Tickets to the Livestock Show and Rodeo range from $18 to $86 plus handling charges.

Performances will begin March 4 and end on the 23rd at Reliant Stadium.

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