Over the years, lots of artists have stepped onstage at Houston's Reliant Astrodome after sweaty bouts of panting, galloping, bucking and rope tying, and this year Destiny's Child, Mary J. Blige and Brian McKnight will join their ranks.

Take your mind out of the gutter! The acts will be performing as part of this year's Rodeo Houston celebration, in which a full-fledged rodeo show precedes concerts by high-profile rock, rap and country groups.

This is the final year the rodeo will be fraternizing with rockers at the Astrodome, the rodeo's publicist said. Following 37 seasons at the venue, in which acts from Elvis Presley to Def Leppard to Boys II Men have graced the stage, Rodeo Houston will move to nearby Reliant Stadium for the 2003 season.

Between February 12 and March 3, however, the original venue will host a wide range of talent including Dixie Chicks (February 12), Neil Diamond (February 13), Bob Dylan (February 20), Brian McKnight and Mary J. Blige (February 22), Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack (February 26), REO Speedwagon and Styx (February 25), Destiny's Child (March 1) and George Strait (March 3).

With the price of admission, concertgoers can watch 19 rodeo events including bull riding, bareback races, saddle bronco riding, calf roping and chuck-wagon races.

The 2002 Rodeo Houston season, according to the rodeo's publicist:

  • 2/12 - Dixie Chicks
  • 2/13 - Neil Diamond
  • 2/14 - Alan Jackson
  • 2/15 - Clay Walker
  • 2/16 - Pat Green
  • 2/17 - Kumbia Kings and Juanes
  • 2/18 - Lyle Lovett and Martina McBride
  • 2/19 - Brooks & Dunn
  • 2/20 - Bob Dylan
  • 2/21 - Phil Vassar and Jamie O'Neal
  • 2/22 - Brian McKnight and Mary J. Blige
  • 2/23 - Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless and Nickel Creek
  • 2/24 - Los Tigres del Norte and Ramon Ayala y Sus Bravos Del Norte
  • 2/25 - REO Speedwagon and Styx
  • 2/26 - Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack
  • 2/27 - Kenny Chesney
  • 2/28 - Clint Black with Lisa Hartman Black
  • 3/1 - Destiny's Child
  • 3/2 - "Legends of RODEOHOUSTON in Concert" with Mac Davis, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Naomi Judd and Charley Pride
  • 3/3 - George Strait