RODEO SEASON

RodeoHouston Is Popping Off Performer Announcements Like Hot Popcorn

American Idol's Lauren Daigle and platinum-selling artist Cody Jinks will make their Rodeo debut in March.

By Shelby Stewart

Lauren Daigle is announced as the second performer at the 2023 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. 

Want to know what to expect at the 2023 Rodeo? Here’s everything we know about the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in 2023

Organizers for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo wasted no time between 2022’s momentous season and planning for next year, as announcements about the upcoming show have been steadily revealed since August. We already know that country singer-songwriter and Conroe native Parker McCollum would take the stage on opening day, February 28. Now, we have three more artists: American Idol’s Lauren Daigle, and platinum-selling country artist Cody Jinks, and electronic DJ duo The Chainsmokers.

Daigle is no stranger to the stage; she jump-started her career as a Louisiana State University Choir member before becoming a two-time contestant on American Idol (2010, 2012); however, her claim to fame was her gospel single, “Light of the World.” Her debut album How Can It Be, landed her a Grammy nomination for the track “Trust In You.” Daigle holds two Grammys, four American Music Awards, and seven Billboard Music Awards.

On the other hand, Cody Jinks calls Texas home and grew up outside Fort Worth in Haltom City. Before he became a solo act he led a metal band called Unchecked Aggression. After disbanding, he returned to his country roots, where he saw major success. Jinks’s fifth studio album, I’m Not the Devil, shot up on the charts, landing at No.4 on Billboard’s Country Albums. Jinks is heralded as one of the most significant independent country artists of today.

The Chainsmokers, who performed at the rodeo in 2017, is made up of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart, who began working together in 2012. You've definitely heard their 2016 hit "Closer," featuring Halsey, and they'll likely be playing tracks from their most recent album, So Far So Good.

Meanwhile, McCollum became a favorite for rodeo goers after performing for a crowd of roughly 74,000 fans, making for the fourth highest-paid rodeo concert attendance in 2022, not falling too far behind George Strait’s record.

According to a news release, for the first time in 2023, the Rodeo will host a special opening day celebration that showcases the “uniqueness and community aspect” of Houston. A local band (who has yet to be announced) will perform on the Stars Over Texas stage as a precursor to McCollum’s performance later on that night. 

“February 28 will truly be a Houston-themed celebration, as we kick off the 2023 Rodeo season with Houston’s-own country music star Parker McCollum closing out the day with another unforgettable RodeoHouston performance,” says Chris Boleman, Rodeo President and CEO in a statement.

A handful of events and giveaways are already in the works for opening day—including 10,000 custom-made Howdy bobbleheads for early arrivers that morning, (beginning at 10 a.m,) an opening day parade, and interactive family-friendly activities. Also to commemorate McCollum’s performance are custom-designed camouflage hats that read “It’s been a hell of a year.” Priced at $30, the hats are available for purchase now

“Everyone looks forward to the upcoming Rodeo season all year long, and we hope all Rodeo fans will circle opening day on their 2023 calendars, as this will be a day you don’t want to miss,” Boleman continued. 

Ticket sales for Parker McCollum’s rodeo performance are on sale now. Tickets for Lauren Daigle will go on sale on December 8. 

The remaining 2023 rodeo entertainment lineup will be announced at a later date. 

 For more information on the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo visit https://www.rodeohouston.com

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