A double dose of Texas-bred teen pop highlights the current round of RodeoHouston performers, which also includes a few familiar hat acts.
Dallas girl Demi Lovato and San Antonio breakout Austin Mahone top the list, taking the rotating Reliant Stadium stage March 3 during what's sure to be a sellout show. Lovato, currently a judge on "The X Factor," performed in 2010 alongside the Jonas Brothers.
Also making the lineup are returning acts Toby Keith (Feb. 25), Jason Aldean (March 11) and Luke Bryan (March 16).
Mahone, 16, shot to fame within the last year on the strength of his YouTube channel, which boasts almost 500,000 subscribers. He's been dubbed the next Justin Bieber and incites the same kind of red-faced, tear-stained hysteria from his fans, known as "Mahomies." He has more than 1.3 million Facebook likes and more than 1.2 million Twitter followers.
The San Antonio teen recently signed a deal with Universal Music/Chase Records, and original single “Say Somethin” is already at radio. A full album is due this fall. This will be his RodeoHouston debut.
And parents, expect long lines for T-shirts.
They join the previously announced George Strait, who hasn't played RodeoHouston since 2007. Strait will close the 2013 season with a concert-only performance, his 21st, featuring openers the Randy Rogers Band and Martina McBride.
The addition of that show makes RodeoHouston one day longer, running 21 days -- Feb. 25 through March 17.
Season tickets are on sale now and start at $336 per seat. Mini-season tickets, which include nine performances, include seating in the loge and upper levels of Reliant Stadium. Prices range from $146-$189 per ticket. These can only be purchased by calling the ticket office (832-667-1080), visiting the ticket windows on the second floor of Reliant Center or at rodeohouston.com.
Black Heritage Day (March 1) and Go Tejano Day (March 10) are not included in Mini-season ticket options.
Value Day Wednesdays will return, with upper-level tickets for $10. The full RodeoHouston line-up will be announced Jan. 7, and individual tickets go on sale Jan. 12.