The annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has been entertaining families for over 100 years and has become one of the largest rodeos in the world. One of the biggest draws of the Houston Rodeo each year is their jam-packed concert schedule, which includes the best in country, rock, pop, R&B, Latin music, and much more. This year is no different. While the biggest names in country music will be stopping by, here is a look at some specific non-country acts that will play the Houston Rodeo this year.
Alicia Keys will play the 2017 Houston Rodeo on Black Heritage Day. Keys is a hugely talented R&B singer with 15 Grammy wins under her belt. Keys has six studio albums and has sold over 35 million worldwide over her two decades in the music industry. She last performed at the HLSR in 2015 and is back this year for more.
In the tradition of pop stars like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Miley Cyrus performing at the Houston Rodeo, Meghan Trainor is playing this year for fans of pop music. This is her debut at the HLSR as she arrives with hit songs like “All About That Bass” and “Me Too.” Trainor won the Grammy in 2016 for Best New Artist and she hopes to gain some more after her Houston Rodeo performance this year.
Fifth Harmony is a girl band that formed from the singing competition series “The X-Factor.” While they have never reached the level of success as their boy band contemporary One Direction, they have held their own and remain a strong touring presence five years after they appeared on the show. They are making their Houston Rodeo debut this year with hit songs like “Work From Home” and “All In My Head (Flex).”
Each year, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo celebrates Go Tejano Day with the best in Latin music on the main stage. This year, they have a pair of Latino bands performing. The first is a 17-member banda called Banda El Recodo, a Latin Grammy-winning Mexican nortena band. The second band is Siggno, a Tejano music band that has also earned a Latin Grammy award. This is the first appearance at the Houston Rodeo for both bands.
One of the most iconic guitar driven bands of the 70s and 80s is easily ZZ Top. The three-man band has numerous worldwide hits with songs like “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Gimme’ All Your Lovin,” “La Grange,” and more. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band has played the Houston Rodeo before on five different occasions and will make it six this year.
Fans of 90s alternative rock surely have fond memories of Blink-182 with their hit songs like “What’s My Age Again” and “She’s Out of Her Mind.” Well, Blink-182 roared back to life in 2016 with a new album called California, their first number one album in 15 years. They are enjoying their reunion and have added an appearance at the 2017 Houston Rodeo to their slate.