Conroe’s Parker McCollum to kick off 2023 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Next year’s rodeo is scheduled to run from Feb. 28-March 19. Tickets for the opening night performance go on sale Oct. 6.

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Parker McCollum, a singer-songwriter from Conroe, will be the first headlining performer at next year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

A country musician from Conroe will help kick off the 2023 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

The rodeo announced Thursday that Parker McCollum, whose performance at last year's event drew more than 73,000 fans to NRG Stadium, will be the headliner for its opening night on Feb. 28. Festivities that day also will include an Opening Day Parade on the grounds of NRG Park, rodeo-themed giveaways and a performance by another local band – which the rodeo has not yet named – on the Stars Over Texas Stage.

Individual tickets for the concert by McCollum, a 30-year-old singer-songwriter best known for his platinum hit single "Pretty Heart," start at $25 and go on sale starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at An online waiting room will open at 9:30 a.m., and customers will be randomly selected to purchase up to eight tickets, according to the rodeo.

"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 won't want to miss," Chris Boleman, the president and CEO of the rodeo, said in a news release. "February 28 will truly be a Houston-themed celebration."

The annual rodeo runs from Feb. 28-March 19 at NRG Park, with additional performers to be announced at a later date, according to the rodeo. The World's Championship Bar-B-Que contest, which has historically served as a kickoff event, is scheduled for Feb. 23-25.

The "Opening Day" celebration starting at 10 a.m. Feb. 28 will be a first for the rodeo, according to the news release, which said it "represents the uniqueness and community aspect of Houston." Among the giveaways will be 10,000 Howdy bobbleheads, and the rodeo said there will be a variety of activities for all ages held throughout the day at NRG Park.

Throughout rodeo season, NRG Stadium gates will open at 3 p.m. on weekends and 6 p.m. on weekdays. Rodeo performances will start at 3:45 p.m. on weekends and 6:45 p.m. on weekdays, with concerts beginning about two hours later.

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