Who Should Play RodeoHouston In 2013?

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Settle down, Me, he's already playing.
On October 30, just a few days from now, RodeoHouston will announce its first round of performers for the 2013 edition of the star-studded, yeehawin', nearly three-week event at Reliant Park.

The booking the last few years has been getting more adventurous, with the likes of Kid Rock, KISS, Mary J. Blige, and Janet Jackson making the cut. Our friends over there are getting the hang of booking non-country acts, which is cool, since a lot of (most of) the pop-country that is coming around is pretty vanilla. Save for some of the bigger nostalgia acts like Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, and Reba, Keith, Brad, and a few others, the acts are kind of interchangeable.

Obviously Taylor Swift has moved on from the rodeo, though there could always be a surprise.

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Dub(Two)Step Night
Can you feel it? Can you feel it? The bass is about to drop inside Reliant Stadium with the help of Rusko and Skrillex, who preside over the opening night of RodeoHouston: Neon cowboy boots, assless chaps, glitter bombs, rodeo clowns with glowsticks, and cowgirls covered in strategically placed flannel patches. For one night, Mutton Bustin' is replaced with HPD trying to tackle and taser kids on crystal meth on the Reliant floor.

Green Day
Billie Joe will long be out of rehab, chubbed-up from laying off all the fun stuff, and will be craving ribs, alligator meat, and funnel cakes. Good, now I am too. Maybe Tre Cool can play nude except for a cowboy hat.

Neil Diamond
The Jewish Elvis hasn't played the rodeo since 2002, and hasn't been to Houston since 2008. His fanbase is big enough now -- with just the right touch of irony -- to make it a big, big draw. Plus, we could get "Sweet Caroline" twice in row. Reliant will sell out of white wine within minutes.

A Holographic Classic Country Hootenanny!
A few months back as "holograms" became all the rage after Hologram Tupac appeared at Coachella, I proposed that RodeoHouston do the same with classic country legends like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Sr., Waylon Jennings, and Tammy Wynette headlining one evening.

I would like to add holograms of Conway Twitty and Johnny Paycheck to that request, because I wanna hear Paycheck's "Colorado Kool-Aid" at least once in the Slaughterhouse, and a Twitty hologram would probably find a way to get laid.

RodeoHouston branches out to the Korean-American community by having pop sensation Psy headline. He has more than one song, guys, so don't worry about him filling up an hour onstage.

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randy travis....i'd follow that tour.....


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