News on RodeoHouston, Nappy Roots, Bluebird Cafe

NellyThe 71st edition of RodeoHouston will kick off Feb. 25 in Houston's Reliant Stadium, with a performance by George Strait. Strait, who headlined the finale of last year's RodeoHouston series, will be joined by Tim McGraw (March 3), ZZ Top (March 4), and as previously reported, Alabama (March 16).

Many more performers are expected to be announced for the 20-day run, which will feature nightly concerts alongside top female and male rodeo competition. 2003 will mark RodeoHouston's migration from the Reliant Astrodome, which had 10,000 less seats than the newly completed Reliant Stadium.

Season tickets are available in person from the Reliant Center box office, by fax, by phone, and by mail. For more information, visit RodeoHouston's official Web site.

NellyBowling Green, Ky.-based hip-hop act Nappy Roots will release its first DVD, "The World According to Nappy," Sept. 17 via Atlantic. Running 47 minutes, the title features videos for six of the group's songs, three featurettes, snippets of several tracks from the band's debut Atlantic set, "Watermelon, Chicken & Grits," and two previously unreleased tracks -- "Peanuts" and "Po' Folks Collipark Remix."

Remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, the DVD also features a photo gallery and Web links that are accessible when the disc is viewed using a computer's DVD-ROM drive.

As previously reported, Nappy Roots is among the initial slate of acts confirmed for the fourth annual Voodoo Music Experience festival. Taking place Nov. 2 in New Orleans City Park, the event will feature performances by more than 20 acts on three stages, including No Doubt, Macy Gray, 20 acts across three stages, including Sum 41, Counting Crows, the X-ecutioners, Galactic, DJ Z-Trip, and Jurassic 5.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

NellyTrisha Yearwood will headline a two-hour Turner South special celebrating the 20th anniversary of Nashville's intimate Bluebird Cafe. Taped at the 125-capacity venue, the cable network's Oct. 5 broadcast will also feature appearances by Matraca Berg and Crystal Gale.

The show is an extension of the weekly "Live at the Bluebird Cafe" series, which presents up and coming songwriters and established acts for an hour each Wednesday. Turner South is available in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and regions of North Carolina.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.