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Thursday, February 18, 1999
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Volume 64, Issue 96




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Pop diva Twain leads superstar concert lineup at 1999 Rodeo

By Jake McKim
Entertainment Co-Editor

Clay Walker. Reba McEntire. Brooks and Dunn.

Superstar acts like these and many others continually appear at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which has attained a reputation for attracting the biggest and baddest names around in country music. This year's Rodeo is no exception.

Hank Williams Jr., Faith Hill and HLS&R first-timer Shania Twain are only a few of the beloved singers who will grace the stage at this year's spectacle.

Kicking things off Friday night is country legend Hank Williams Jr., who first appeared at the Houston Rodeo in 1983 and has since performed four times.

Playing the Saturday matinee performance that starts at 11 a.m. is the energetic and humorous Neal McCoy, who impressed many with last year's appearance.

Returning home for the Saturday night gig is Clint Black, who is usually dependable for an enjoyable show, though last year's concert was an exception as it dragged and never really hit full steam.

Faith Hill will perform Sunday at 4 p.m., bringing her soulful blend of country and pop to the HLS&R stage for the first time. Hill, wife of male country superstar Tim McGraw, has seen all three of her albums go platinum.

The sizzling and sultry Shania Twain stops in Monday night to play before an already sold-out audience. Twain, who performed a fun-loving stage show Oct. 31 in Houston at Compaq Center, has a strong following and is unquestionably the biggest draw of this year's Rodeo.


Shania Twain struts her stuff for the first time at the Houston Livesock Show and Rodeo. The pop/courty superstar will perform at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, in the Astrodome.

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The Tuesday and Wednesday shows will both feature Reba McEntire with her engaging voice and legendary country tunes that pretty much force HLS&R organizers to give her two nights to perform.

Alan Jackson hits town Thursday night to prove he is still as country as they come, making his eighth consecutive appearance.

The artist formerly known as Judd, Wynonna, performs Friday night, Feb. 26. Wynonna has grown a reputation in her live performances for connecting with her audience and allowing them to swim in the pool of spirit that is her music.


Wynonna

Adding a dash of soul to the occasionally drab HLS&R are two rhythm-and-blues acts that have been known to dominate the charts. Brian McKnight and Monica play the Saturday matinee for Black Heritage Day Feb. 27. These two passionate, seductive musicians are sure to be ab-soul-utely thrilling.

On Saturday night, Feb. 27, good ol' boy John Michael Montgomery rides into the Dome to make the ladies swoon with his dazzling lyrics and charming good looks.

David Lee Garza with Emilio, Ram Herrera, Jay Perez and Oscar G. arrive Sunday afternoon, Feb. 28, to play for Tejano Day at the Rodeo. The always-exciting group has a long list of awards under its belt and promises to please its fans.

Country music's all-time top-selling duo, Brooks and Dunn, follows Garza to perform Monday and Tuesday nights, March 1 and 2.

The girls are sure to go crazy Wednesday, March 3, for Enrique Iglesias, whose romantic ballads win the ladies' hearts every time.

Rounding out the star-studded list is Vince Gill (March 4); Lionel Richie (March 5); Sawyer Brown, the legendary Kenny Rogers and Lonestar (all March 6); and the guy who always seems to steal the show, Clay Walker (March 7).

Tickets remain for Sawyer Brown, Vince Gill, Lionel Richie, both Reba McEntire shows, both Brooks and Dunn shows, Enrique Iglesias, Kenny Rogers/Lonestar, Neal McCoy and Wynonna.

With the exception of Shania Twain and Clay Walker, who are both sold out, only scattered seating remains for the rest of the shows.

All evening shows begin at 7 p.m., morning shows at 11 a.m. and matinees at 4 p.m.
 

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