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Hear country, along with Gladys Knight and Ludacris, at Rodeo Austin


Live music isn’t the main attraction at Rodeo Austin, but it’s a significant part of why folks make the trek east of town for the event, with musical performances that follow the rodeo action throughout the run of the event.

As usual, country acts are the foundation of the schedule, with a heavy emphasis on radio-ready male singers including Dwight Yoakam, Josh Turner, Cody Johnson, Justin Moore, Tracy Lawrence and Chris Janson.

Oklahoma group Turnpike Troubadours and Lubbock’s Josh Abbott Band will help crank up the country groove a little more toward rock, while Austin’s Kevin Fowler gives Rodeo Austin its lone local act.

The 15-night schedule always incorporates a few acts to attract fans beyond the country realm. This year, that includes Gladys Knight, the 73-year-old R&B/soul singer known for her 1960s-1970s hits with the Pips, and rapper Ludacris, known for his smash-hit collaborations with Shawnna, Pharrell, Young Jeezy and others.

Others broadening the rodeo’s musical horizons include Young the Giant, a California rock band whose recent albums “Mind Over Matter” and “Home of the Strange” hit the top 15 of the album charts, and Duelo, a Norteño band from the Rio Grande Valley whose 2009 album “Necesito Mas de Ti” topped the Billboard Latin Albums chart.

Tickets, $20-$175, are available at the rodeo website (rodeoaustin.com) or by phone at 877-987-6487.

Here’s the full lineup:

March 10: Josh Turner

March 11: Duelo

March 12: Ludacris

March 13: Cody Johnson

March 14: Chris Janson

March 15: Young the Giant

March 16: Josh Abbott Band

March 17: Justin Moore

March 18: Tracy Lawrence

March 19: Lanco

March 20: Gladys Knight

March 21: Lee Brice

March 22: Dwight Yoakam

March 23: Turnpike Troubadours

March 24: Kevin Fowler



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