Tuesday, January 15, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 72



Rodeo lineup features Strait, Dylan

By Ellen Simonson
Daily Cougar Staff

The 2002 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, which begins Feb. 12, will be the last one held in the Astrodome.

As a farewell to the "eighth wonder of the world," the rodeo's organizers have lined up a full roster of big-name acts.

Festivities kick off Feb. 12 with the Dixie Chicks, followed by Neil Diamond on Feb. 13. Diamond's most recent album, the greatest hits
compilation titled <I>Essential<P>, was released Dec. 4.

Alan Jackson, riding the top of the country singles chart with his song "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)," will be the guest
of honor Feb. 14. Fellow country guru and rodeo favorite Clay Walker will follow Feb. 15.

Native Texan Pat Green will play a matinee show at 3:45 p.m. Feb. 16. Green is known for his lyrical optimism, a relative rarity in country music.
"Whenever I get to writing, it's typically happy," he has said. "The cowboy rides away with the girl and the bad guys are all dead."

Texas-based Latin pop group the Kumbia Kings, whose 1999 album Amor, Familia y Respeto earned a Grammy nomination, will perform Feb.
17 with Colombian rocker Juanes.

Perennial rodeo favorite (and quintessential Texan) Lyle Lovett returns Feb. 18 with country queen Martina McBride. "Blessed," McBride's latest
single, is sitting at No. 13 on Billboard's Top 100 Country Singles chart.

"Boot Scootin' Boogie" chart-toppers Brooks and Dunn, whose most recent release Steers and Stripes came out in April, will appear Feb. 19.

The scraggly Minnesotan who's been called the greatest living American poet, Bob Dylan, will make a RodeoHouston appearance Feb. 20,
followed by fellow icon ZZ Top on Feb. 21.

Brian McKnight, who's created music for Quincy Jones and Boyz II Men (among others) while remaining a much-respected singer in his own
right, will share the stage with Mary J. Blige on Feb. 22. Blige most recently released No More Drama in 2001.

A conglomeration of big-name country artists, including legend Emmylou Harris, folkie Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless and Tennessee
"bluegrass revivalists" Nickel Creek, will come together for a Feb. 23 show.

Los Tigres del Norte, a two-time Grammy-winning act comprised of five brothers, will perform Feb. 24 with Ramon Ayala y Sus Bravos del
Norte. Ayala is a Grammy winner as well, having received a Latin Grammy in 2001 for the album Quemame Los Ojos.

Another group with a three-decade musical history, REO Speedwagon, which has charted 13 top-40 singles, will perform Feb. 25 with fellow
classic-rock icons Styx (all together now: "I'm saaaaaailing away ").

Willie Nelson, who worked as a disc jockey in Houston before attaining music-god status, will perform with fellow country star (and Jacksonville
native) Lee Ann Womack on Feb. 26.

The darling of Nashville, Kenny Chesney, takes the stage Feb. 27. Chesney's latest release was 2000's Greatest Hits.

Houston native Clint Black will be joined by Lisa Hartman Black for a Feb. 28 performance. Black will be followed by fellow Houstonians
Destiny's Child on March 1.

The "Legends of RodeoHouston" will hit the stage on March 2. These "legends" include Lubbock native Mac Davis, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin
Brothers, perennial favorite Naomi Judd and Charlie Pride, one of only two artists to attract more than one million fans to the Houston Rodeo.

The other artist to accomplish that feat was George Strait, who will close out RodeoHouston's 2002 festivities with an already sold-out show
March 3.

It was announced last year that Strait would be the final act in the Astrodome era of the rodeo. Organizers couldn't have thought of a better

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