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NCT 127 Makes History as First K-Pop Group to Perform at Houston Rodeo

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NCT 127 made history Tuesday night, becoming the first K-pop band to perform at Texas' RodeoHouston, the world's largest indoor livestock exhibition.

The Seoul-based group squeezed in the rodeo's last party before Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Wednesday (March 11) that he's canceling the rest of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo due to coronavirus concerns.

"So I heard it’s the first time at RodeoHouston that a K-pop group ever performed," Johnny announced onstage amid their screaming fans. "Just to know that, to see our fans, our NCTzens out there really makes me very, very happy."

NCT 127 brought the world-dominating K-pop sound to approximately 62,000 fans, according to Paper City Mag's concert review. Atop the stadium's five-point-star stage, resembling the Texas flag's emblem, NCT 127 dominated the stadium lit up by fans carrying their signature light sticks.

As their sound hybridizes hip-hop, EDM, Latin pop and more in a genre gumbo, Houston Chronicle's Preview newsletter appreciated how their "Cherry Bomb" and "Simon Says" tracks blend in Houston's signature screwed style. The boys even practiced their Southern greetings with their local NCTzens, crying out "Howdy y'all!" and "Yeehaw!" in between songs.

The next time the international sensations saddle up for a live show will be June 5, when they embark on their second world tour Neo City - The Awards, which kicks off at NYC's Madison Square Garden.