|It’s rodeo time y’all! The Houston Livestock and Rodeo Show festivities kick off this weekend with the Trail Riders arriving in Memorial Park on Friday and the downtown parade Saturday morning. As much as I look forward to Mutton Bust’n, the latest fair food sensation (nitro popcorn looks interesting!), and carnival rides, the nightly rodeo and concerts are always a highlight. This year’s diverse bookings have something for everyone from rapper Cardi B to Latin music legend Santana. Here are few of my top picks.
The nightly line up of concerts starts with a bang, as Texas native Kasey Musgraves takes the stage on Monday, February 25th. Musgraves took home four Grammys earlier this month, including Album of the Year.
Books & Dunn return after almost a decade hiatus from RodeoHouston on Wednesday, February 27th. Expect to see line dancing to the duo’s hit “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” and a stadium sing-a-long to “She Used to be Mine.”
For the third year in a row, Chris Stapleton will perform his soulful country songs on Thursday, March 14.
Three Texas country music legends conclude the star studded concert series for the RodeoHouston on Sunday, March 17. Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen take the stage with George Strait, who is making his 30th RodeoHouston appearance.
You don’t need to hang up your hat once the rodeo ends. Houston has lots of good live music options for your country music fix.
Cottonwood, the Garden Oaks/Oak Forest neighborhood popular ice house, has an event calendar full of live music. It’s also the host of the long-standing series, Troubadour Tuesdays, hosted by KPFT 90.1’s Lonestar Jukebox Program featuring local and Texas musicians.
Located near the George R. Brown Convention Center, The Rustic serves up free live music seven days a week in their massive backyard bar along side a full menu of home-style Texas cooking.
Goodnight Charlies’s honky-tonk vibe is sure to get you out on the dance floor. They even offer free Texas two-step lessons the first Thursday of every month.