75 years of performers have created a diverse crowd and history at the world’s largest Rodeo, and Houstonians can’t get enough

A patron of Gilley's Club ,flings his arm back as he rides the mechanical bull at the popular country and western night club outside of Houston on Dec.17,1980.(AP Photo)

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At 86 years old, the Houston Rodeo is fresher and more relevant than ever.

This is thanks in part to Alicia Keys, Sam Hunt, The Chainsmokers, Zac Brown Band, and Fifth Harmony, to name a few, playing in the Rodeo’s Concert Series this year.

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Ever since horse champion Gene Autry took the stage in 1942 as the event’s first entertainer, Rodeo goers and performers have enjoyed a diverse options of performers, and this year’s lineup is no exception:

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But the Rodeo and its concerts are still Texas true and country strong.

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The world’s largest rodeo may be branching out musically, but Houston is still keeping things close to the chest, reportedly booing any mention of Dallas in the arena, including the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys who apparently saw Alan Jackson last Saturday.

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Amidst the action, rodeo-ers had a scare this week after gun shots were reported. The chaos caused confusion, but the, ultimately, false alarm has had little effect on the crowds and excitement.

Texas legend and greatest treasure Willie Nelson is set to take the stage tonight in a sold out show, but there are still eight more star-studded nights left in this year’s rodeo, such as heavy hitters Florida Georgia Line, Blink 182, ZZ Top, and Brad Paisley.

Be sure to check out the rest of the diverse line up and get your tickets here, and if you can’t make it down to NRG this week, pretend you’re at the show by listening to the Rodeo’s official Spotify.

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