Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo announces star-studded 2018 performer lineup

Get your cowboy hats and boots ready because RodeoHouston is almost here.

Officially known as the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the annual spectacle can trace its humble beginnings back to 1932. That year, a stockyard manager from nearby Sealy, TX named James W. Sartwelle gathered six Houston area businessmen together to form an exposition that showcased the livestock and rodeo culture of Southeast Texas.

The first event was held at the Sam Houston Hall in downtown Houston, and when the show became a hit (and the Sam Houston Hall was torn down), the show was moved to the 10,000-seat Sam Houston Coliseum.

The show remained primarily a livestock and rodeo event until 1941 when local musicians were invited to entertain the crowd at the rodeo. The next year, Gene Autry became the first star to perform, which kicked off a trend of national A-list stars making the trek to Houston to perform at an event that would evolve into the largest of its kind in the world.

These days, RodeoHouston is staged at NRG Park, a complex made up of the largest entertainment venues in Houston, and the event is now up there with the likes of the Texas State Fair in Dallas and Mardi Gras in New Orleans as a can’t-miss extravaganza.

If you’re heading to RodeoHouston for the music, you won’t be disappointed by the list of musical talent who will make an appearance in Houston, which will be a mixture of today’s hottest country, Latin, and pop stars. In fact, we have the complete lineup to help you map out your music experience at one of the greatest shows on Earth.

Click on the artist for ticket information, and remember that the lineup is subject to change.

Feb. 27 & March 18 -- Garth Brooks 
Feb. 28 -- Little Big Town
March 1 -- Blake Shelton 
March 2 -- Leon Bridges 
March 3 -- Kelsea Ballerini 
March 4 -- Alessia Cara 
March 5 -- Rascal Flatts
March 6 -- Jason Aldean 
March 7 -- Thomas Rhett 
March 8 -- Luke Bryan 
March 9 -- Chris Young 
March 10 -- Cody Johnson 
March 11 -- Calibre 50
March 12 -- Zac Brown Band 
March 13 -- J Balvin 
March 14 -- OneRepublic 
March 15 -- Keith Urban 
March 16 -- Chris Stapelton
March 17 -- Brad Paisley 

Weekday concerts begin at 6:45 pm and weekend performances start at 3:45 pm. Grab tickets to the shows right here on AXS.