Rodeo Houston announced its return for 2022, bringing a 21-day event to the Texas city in celebration of 90 years of rodeo. The event is set for February 28-March 20, 2022, with Strait’s performance closing the affair on that Sunday evening, March 20.
“What better way to celebrate the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s 90th anniversary than with a special, concert-only performance by the ‘King of Country’ music himself,” says Rodeo president and CEO Chris Boleman in a press release announcing the event posted to its website. “After a couple of particularly challenging years, our thousands of dedicated volunteers simply can’t wait to welcome everyone back to the Rodeo grounds for a Texas-sized celebration of Western heritage that will be well worth the wait.”
Other performers at the 2022 will be announced as the event draws closer.
The signature event will see its welcome return after being cut short in 2020 as the COVID pandemic brought live events to a halt across the United States in March, then cancelled entirely for 2021. It was mid-event when local officials had to shut it down on March 11 after some 14 reported cases of COVID had been experienced in Houston. Acts that saw shows cancelled due to that sudden halt included Kane Brown, Jon Pardi, Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton, and Luke Bryan. This year’s event had been tentatively booked for May 4-23, but were announced as cancelled in early February due to the ongoing health emergency. Junior livestock and horse show competitions were retained, however, as private events.
With increasing vaccination efforts across the U.S., however, the live events ecosystem is getting back up and running, and the rodeo is already plotting its return with one of its biggest, and most heavily associated stars in Strait.
Strait has long been associated with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, having performed 30 times in the past, dating back to 1983. A 2019 performance featuring guests Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen set the NRG Stadium attendance record with over 80,000 in the building. Event operators estimate that his performances at the rodeo have amassed a specator total of more than 1.7 million Rodeo Houston fans.