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Volume 70, Issue 77, Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Life & Arts

Grade A acts set to perform at Rodeo

By Bridget Brown
The Daily Cougar

After the calves are roped, the bucking bulls are subdued and the cowboys and cowgirls disappear back through the dust of the chute gate with their shiny new belt buckles, the spotlight will turn to the real VIP of the 2005 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo -- Grammy. This year's star-studded rodeo performers boast 11 of the awards between them, and have a nominated 21 gold gramophones on the way.

The diverse group of 24 performers have also garnered 59 Country Music Association awards and 46 Academy of Country Music awards.

Country legends Brooks and Dunn kick off the festivities March 1 with their revved up honky tonk sound. With 21 number one hits and more than 27 million records sold, guitarist and songwriter Kix Brooks, along with singer and songwriter Ronnie Dunn, are staples at the Houston Live Stock Show and Rodeo.

The soulful songtress and Grammy award winner Alicia Keys will perform this year on Black Heritage Day at the Rodeo on March 4.
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Alan Jackson's "jukebox-worthy country" has survived 15 years of country music trends, often jet-setting himself. He performs on March 2.

Armed Forces Salute Day and Black Heritage Day follow on March 3 and 4. The patriotic night features Neal McCoy, the Charlie Daniels Band and Lee Greenwood. On following evening, the beautiful Alicia Keys will dazzle the audience with her timeless, soulful performance. 

March 6 to 18 is the Spring Break Stampede. Celebrate this American vacation tradition with Hillary Duff, Jeff Foxworthy with Big and Rich, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flats, Pat Green and Martina McBride.

Soul-infused rockers Maroon 5 will stop by the rodeo on its sixth trip to Houston in the past three years on March 16.

On March 14, Steve Miller Band and on March 18, Lynyrd Skynyd return to RodeoHouston this year with performances that always incite the rowdiest crowds.

Legends Clint Black and Clay Walker wrap it all up on March 19 and 18, respectively.

Weekday performances begin at 7 p.m., and weekend performances start at 4 p.m. After the concert, check out the thrills at the rodeo carnival, featuring rides, food and plenty of booze. Or if you're lucky enough to gain entrance, The Chute Club at Reliant Arena is the best place to dance the night away and mingle with your favorite rodeo athletes.

Rodeo ticket prices range from $16 to $77 and include entrance into Reliant Stadium, Reliant Center, Reliant Arena and the Hideout on rodeo grounds.

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