Jack Harlow and Latto, a pair of musicians who have received multiple nominations for Grammy Awards, highlight the entertainment lineup unveiled Thursday for a series of free concerts in Houston that will be held in conjunction with the College Football Playoff National Championship game in early January.
The concerts at Shell Energy Stadium, part of an event called AT&T Playoff Playlist Live!, are scheduled for the nights of Jan. 5-7. The football game will be played at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at NRG Stadium.
Harlow and Latto both will perform Jan. 6. Harlow is a six-time Grammy-nominated rapper and actor, while Latto is a two-time Grammy nominee who was named this year as the best female hip-hop artist at the BET Awards.
Kidz Bop, a family-friendly band that performs global pop hits, is scheduled to perform Jan. 5. The lineup for Jan. 7 features a trio of country musicians – Jake Owen, Megan Moroney and Jon Pardi.
Fans interested in attending the concerts must pre-register for tickets on the CFBPlayoff mobile app to receive a concert QR code. Then they must display that code at the George R. Brown Convention Center between 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on the day of the concert they wish to attend in order to receive a wristband, which will serve as their ticket for the concert. Wristbands are not required for the Jan. 5 show featuring Kidz Bop as entry will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis, although attendees must still register beforehand on the mobile app.
The concerts are part of a series of events scheduled around the national championship game. The George R. Brown Convention Center will serve as Playoff Fan Central from Jan. 5-7, when fans can participate in games, youth sports clinics, pep rallies, band performances and a Jan. 6 media day featuring players and coaches from the competing teams.
Among the other events are the Extra Yard for Teachers Summit from 3-7 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Wortham Theatre Center, the Trophy Trot 5K and 10K runs at 9 a.m. Jan. 7 in downtown Houston and the Taste of the Championship, a ticketed dining event from 5-8 p.m. Jan. 7 inside Union Station at Minute Maid Park. The dining event will feature gourmet food and drinks prepared by Houston-area chefs and also a Houston-area high school student who wins a preceding cooking competition.