Country, Rock Acts Crowd Livestock Concert Lineup

The entertainment lineup for the 75th Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, set for Feb. 27-March 18 at Reliant Stadium, bolsters the traditional country lineup with Latin, pop, rock and R&B acts.

The entertainment lineup for the 75th Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, set for Feb. 27-March 18 at Reliant Stadium, bolsters the traditional country lineup with Latin, pop, rock and R&B acts.

The concert lineup comes out of the chute with perennial Rodeo favorite George Strait (27), followed by Los Lonely Boys (28), Reba McEntire (March 1), Natalie Cole and Kem (2), Clay Walker (3), the Cheetah Girls and Hannah Montana (4), Josh Turner (5), Gretchen Wilson (6), Sheryl Crow (7), Alan Jackson (8), Pat Green (9), Martina McBride (10), Pesado and Emilio (11), Sugarland (12), Toby Keith (13), Beyonce (14), Dierks Bentley (15), Brooks & Dunn (16) and Rodeo closer ZZ Top (18).

Leroy Shafer, VP and COO of RodeoHouston, says the talent lineup reflects what ticket buyers want to see, determined through extensive research. "The percentage of non-county performances this year is 35%," Shafer tells Billboard.com. "That number, give or take five percentage points, has remained the same for several years."

Tickets, ranging from $16 to $300, go on sale Jan. 13. The event manifests nearly 1.5 million tickets for rodeo concert performances at Reliant Stadium, and last year sold 73% of those for more than 1.1 million in paid attendance.

"We averaged 55,761 paid attendance for each of 20 performances," he says. The event had four complete sellouts in 2006: George Strait, Ramon Ayala and Jay Perez, Hilary Duff and Brooks & Dunn. The latter set an all-time paid attendance record at 72,783.