For the first time in 2023, the Rodeo will host a special Opening Day celebration that represents the uniqueness and community aspect of Houston, including a performance by The Suffers on The Junction Stage, presented by Phillips 66, and closing out with Parker McCollum performing on the RODEOHOUSTON stage. Special giveaways will include 10,000 custom-made Howdy bobbleheads for early arrivers that morning, beginning at 10 a.m., and a variety of activities planned throughout the day for guests of all ages, including an Opening Day Parade on the grounds of NRG Park.





Parker McCollum grew up in Conroe, Texas, just outside of Houston. He started playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager, and carried his love of music to Austin, where this country music star really started to shine. McCollum started to tour the Texas capital and released his debut album, “The Limestone Kid,” in 2015, where he wrote or co-wrote nine of the 11 tracks. The album received positive reviews and he took to the road, booking shows in several major Texas cities.

His music has appeared on several prestigious lists, both “Hollywood Gold” (EP) and “Gold Chain Cowboy” charted on the Billboard 200, and his most popular song, “Pretty Heart,” is a platinum-certified hit. He credits his authentic musical roots to seeing the longevity of icons like Willie Nelson and George Strait. McCollum has a lot of writing success to his name, and his list of shared songwriting credits is impressive, including stars like Wade Bowen, Randy Rogers, Rhett Atkins and Miranda Lambert.




10 a.m. Bobblehead Giveaways Begin Select NRG Park Gates
10 a.m. Carnival Opens Carnival Midway
12 p.m. Parade NRG Park
2 p.m. The Suffers Performance The Junction Stage
4 p.m. Chinedu Comedy Act The Junction Stage

Additional Opening Day activities will be posted once available.



Parker McCollum is putting his touch on the 2023 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™! This commemorative cap celebrates the unique style and swagger he brings to the RODEOHOUSTON® star stage.

Staying true to Parker McCollum’s signature look, this flat-bill baseball reminds everyone that it’s been a hell of a year! McCollum will kick off the 2023 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on Opening Day, presented by Texas Capital Bank.