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George Strait Returns To Rodeohouston March 17, 2013
OPENING PERFORMANCES BY MARTINA MCBRIDE & THE RANDY ROGERS BAND<br /> <br /> The 2013 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo season kicks off on Feb. 25, and will run one day longer until March 17 with a concert only night with headliner George Strait, and opening acts Martina McBride and the Randy Rogers Band. “George has had a lot of special moments in the 30 years since he first appeared at the Show,” says Leroy Shafer, chief operating officer of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. “I remember the day we flew him in as a replacement act an hour before his performance. He took the stage and quickly stole the hearts of our Rodeo fans. And, George has been here for all of the Show’s major milestones since that first performance in 1983. We are extremely excited that he is going to close our 2013 Show with this special concert.”<br /> <br /> When scheduled Rodeo entertainer Eddie Rabbitt became ill prior to his 1983 rodeo concert, George Strait filled in for him at the last minute, debuting to a crowd of 34,599 Rodeo fans. Since that first performance 30 years ago, Strait has become a household name among Houston country music fans. He has played to more than 1 million RodeoHouston fans and was inducted into the Show’s Star Trail of Fame in 1996. <br /> <br /> On March 3, 2002, Strait closed the Show with the last Rodeo concert in Reliant Astrodome, with a record attendance of 68,266 in the Astrodome, a record that will never be broken. In 2003, he opened the Show as the first performer in Reliant Stadium.<br /> <br /> Strait is easily one of the most famous country music entertainers in the world, and holds some of the highest titles and honors in the business. With the most number one, gold and platinum albums in all of country music, Strait is third to Elvis Presley and the Beatles for the most gold and platinum albums in the history of music. He is the seventh best-selling artist in American music, and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006. His string of number one hits now equals his age of 59.<br /> <br /> Individual tickets for this special concert and the other 20 RodeoHouston performances will go on sale in January. With no Rodeo performance on the final day of the Show, stadium floor seating will be an option for this concert. Season ticket holders will have the option of retaining their seats and adding this concert as the 21st performace.<br /> <br /> Ticket prices for Sunday, March 17, are: Stadium Floor: $150; Club Level: $135, $145; Field and Action Seats: $125; Loge Level, $50; and Upper Level, $25.<br /> <br /> For more information, visit www.rodeohouston.com.