The Week in TicketCity Search – Ushered to the Front of the Line

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Mar. 3rd
1 - Usher
2 4 WWE
3 2 One Direction
4 5 Houston Rodeo
5 6 Luke Bryan
6 10 Tool
7 - Wicked
8 - ACC Tournament
9 - Austin Rodeo
10 - Texas Rangers

Some surprise and some variety in the countdown this week. Surprise: Usher. Head-scratcher? Less than might be imagined. He is playing the Houston Rodeo this very day, in fact. Apparently there is a bit of pent-up demand for a live Usher show in Houston. The WWE and their upcoming swing through Texas make it to second place, while One Direction finally returns to their favorite position, third.

The Houston Rodeo comes in at fourth, along with Rodeo performer Luke Bryan at fifth. Houston isn’t alone this week, as the Austin Rodeo squeezes into the ninth place. Houston and Austin run somewhat concurrently, but Houston is usually the bigger show.

Wicked returns after a long absence. I’m pretty sure the last time the show appeared on the countdown coincided with the last time it visited Austin, as it is doing once more. Performances at the Bass Concert Hall continue through this weekend, then it will bid Austin, and this countdown, farewell.

The sound of sharpening pencils slowly grows to a deafening roar as March Madness approaches. The ACC Tournament reminds us of this at #8 this week. The conference tournaments get underway next week followed by “Selection Sunday” on the 16th.

While ordinarily it would be pretty much a slam dunk to bring you an Usher video this week, I need to remind the readership that Mr. Raymond IV is the man who signed one Bieber, Justin. For that, there must be consequences. Those consequences are, so far, not getting a video in this blog post… and truckloads of money. So, I guess, 50/50 on that one.

So, dealer’s choice, here’s Fun. with “Some Nights”, about which everything is awesome:

Houston Rodeo Lineup Announced

Luke Bryan takes the stage on March 17


The Houston Rodeo lineup is out, and it’s going to go down as one of the best ever. With 20 nights of concerts and countless hours of bull-riding, calf-roping and fun, there’s no reason why everyone should not check the rodeo at Reliant Park. From Jason Aldean to Maroon 5, it truly is a star-studded lineup from top to bottom. Check out the full schedule below.

If you can’t get enough in Houston, make the short drive west to check out what’s happening in central Texas. The 2014 San Antonio Rodeo runs February 7-16 and features superstars like Tim McGraw, Big Time Rush, Alan Jackson and Billy Currington. The Austin Rodeo runs from March 1-16 and includes performances from Josh Turner, Willie Nelson, Kevin Fowler and Dwight Yoakam.

Here’s the full concert schedule for the Houston Rodeo:

  • March 4 – Brad Paisley
  • March 5 – Eli Young Band
  • March 6 – Reba McIntyre
  • March 7 – Usher
  • March 8 – Chris Young
  • March 9 – Selena Gomez
  • March 10 – REO Speedwagon
  • March 11 – Jason Aldean
  • March 12 – Jake Owen
  • March 13 – Maroon 5
  • March 14 – Keith Urban
  • March 15 – Hunter Hayes
  • March 16 – Pesado, Banda MS
  • March 17 – Luke Bryan
  • March 18 – Robin Thicke
  • March 19 – Florida Georgia Line
  • March 20 – Blake Shelton
  • March 21 – Easton Corbin
  • March 22 – The Band Perry
  • March 23 – Zac Brown Band


The Week in TicketCity Search – Follow the Bouncing Bruno

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Mar. 18t
1 2 Bruno Mars
2 7 Taylor Swift
3 3 One Direction
4 1 George Strait
5 - Pink
6 - Maroon 5
7 - Eric Clapton
8 - Justin Beiber
9 - Austin Rodeo
10 5 Rihanna

My prediction that George Strait would hang onto the countdown based on volume from last weekend proved correct. I’m not sure what I win, but when I find out, I’m sure I’ll tell me. George just missed the top three, where members of the old clique are teaming up once more. There’s little loyalty in the rough-and-tumble world of the top three on the TicketCity Week in Search. After weeks of being in the ballpark, Bruno Mars makes to the top. Taylor Swift, no stranger to the rebound, lands in the second spot, and 1D hangs out at #3 like it’s no big deal.

Pink, who’d been forced out by the brief conference tourney frenzy, returns strong, closing out the top five. While interest in basketball hardly vanished, it’s just so widely distributed that it’s not going to crack the top 10 until things get closer to the Final Four.

Maroon 5 pops back in to lead off the bottom five. They are followed by Clapton, whose local gig probably played a part in his countdown debut. Clapton is touring with The Wallflowers through April before heading back across the Pond for some gigs in the homeland.

Finally, the Austin Rodeo make this year’s countdown debut, just in time for Gary Allan to close things out this weekend. Allan’s visiting the Austin Rodeo while on tour in support of his latest album, Set You Free.

The Week in TicketCity Search – The Direction is Up

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Mar. 19th
1 - One Direction
2 1 NCAA Tournament
3 2 Kid’s Choice Awards
4 4 Justin Bieber
5 - Drake
6 3 Austin Rodeo
7 - Bruce Springsteen
8 - Kentucky Derby
9 - KISS
10 - Masters Tournament

One Direction bested all of college basketball in the heart of “madness” this week, so I think that means tween girls everywhere just won the office bracket pool. The UK boy band crushed the competition, even when all things NCAA were yet again bundled into a single entry. The “Up All Night Tour” will be hitting the shores of North America in late May and continue through July.

One Direction will be performing at #3, the Kid’s Choice Awards, so stateside audiences can enjoy a little preview of the tour. Entry #4 is a nominee, so quite a big night for the Kid’s Choice Awards.

In its final week, the Austin Rodeo slipped to #6. Springsteen returns to #7, and the Derby makes another appearance at #8.

In other, slightly more rock-oriented tour news, KISS is paring up with umlaut aficionados Mötley Crüe on “The Tour.” The two hard rock legends will be filling arenas near you starting in July and finishing up in September.

The Week in TicketCity Search – March 18th

TicketCity Week in Search

1 - Austin Rodeo
2 1 Justin Bieber
3 3 Lady Gaga
4 9 Lil Wayne
5 - Prince
6 8 WWE
7 - Kenny Chesney
8 - Jimmy Buffett
9 7 Taylor Swift
10 10 Bon Jovi

Taking a short break from sports this week. It’s not that March Madness didn’t kick off, it’s just those (now) 2nd and 3rd round games never really get enough traction to crack the top 10. So many games, so many ways to search. Not unexpectedly, the Austin Rodeo leaps to the top. Only about to the half way mark, there’s ample time to catch the acts lined up for next week. The Rodeo ended the esteemed Mr. Bieber’s streak at the top, and did nothing to Lady Gaga, who remains at #3.

Lil Wayne bounces back from the bottom five to nab the #4 spot, while The Artist Formerly Known as the Artist Formerly Known as Prince appears out of nowhere to grab the #5 spot, and grant me the opportunity to use that now highly cliche joke. He’s not really a fan of “the Internet” anymore. Not sure why, it’s a monumental human achievement that’s used primarily to exchange feline photography captioned in 36 point, black stroke, white Impact font.

The WWE leads off the lower 5, where Kenny Chesney returns to the mix. Also returning after a rather long absence from the countdown is Jimmy Buffett. Buffett was injured during an encore in a show back in January, but has since recovered and is back on the road this April with the Welcome to Fin Land Tour. Taylor Swift and Bon Jovi round things out this week.