By Joey Guerra - Houston Chronicle
Young country heartthrobs, a social media superstar and a pop chart-topper are among the names making 2016 RodeoHouston debuts.
Shawn Mendes will get the girls screaming when he performs March 6. The singer and songwriter got his start on Vine, the video-sharing app that continuously loops six-second clips. Mendes, 17, boasts more than 450 million views and 4.5 million followers. His debut album, "Handwritten," opened at No. 1 last year on the Billboard 200. Single "Stitches" was a top 10 hit, and he opened for Taylor Swift on her 1989 Tour. Expect this to be one of the season's big shows.
Also making his debut is Jason Derulo, whose dance-pop canon includes radio hits "Whatcha Say," "In My Head," "Talk Dirty" and the impossibly catchy "Want to Want Me." Derulo has released four albums and is a favorite at the Teen Choice Awards. He performs March 4.
Country singers Cole Swindell (March 5) and Brett Eldredge (March 9) will take their first spins on the rotating RodeoHouston stage. Little Big Town will also be here for the first time March 18. The coed country group earned the biggest hit of its career with last year's "Girl Crush," which is up for song of the year at next month's Grammy Awards. It's earned them several honors and was a top 20 pop hit.
The lineup, released just after midnight Monday, includes 15 country acts. Returning names include The Band Perry, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker and Brad Paisley. "American Idol" judge Keith Urban closes it all out March 20.
Also back to get the party started for a third time are Pitbull (March 8) and Kid Rock (March 15). Suntanned superstar Kenny Chesney (March 14) also returns to RodeoHouston for the first time in three years.
Go Tejano Day, which regularly draws the biggest crowd of the year, includes norteño act Los Huracanes Del Norte, who has been recording since the '70s; and Banda Los Recoditos.
RodeoHouston runs March 1-20 at NRG Stadium. Ticket prices range from $18 to 86, plus service charges. Value Wednesdays include upper-level tickets for $10. Season tickets are on sale and start at $336 each.
Individual tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday via RodeoHouston's AXS ticketing system, which allows customers to purchase directly through a cellphone app and shows real-time changes in availability. Fans can create accounts at axs.com/rodeohouston_registration.
Tickets also can be purchased by calling 855-239-7207 or in person at the NRG Park box office. A 10-ticket limit is set for Saturday.