Willie Nelson, the Mavericks and more to play Rodeo Austin

Willie Nelson performs at his annual Fourth of July Picnic in 2015. (Erika Rich/American-Statesman)
Willie Nelson will open Rodeo Austin March 12. Photo by Erika Rich for American-Statesman

Willie Nelson & Family once again will play the opening night of Rodeo Austin, running March 12-26 at the Travis County Exposition Center.

Rodeo organizers announced about half of this year’s musical performers on Thursday. In addition to Nelson’s March 12 show, they include the Mavericks (March 13), Gary Allan (March 15), the Josh Abbott Band (March 17), Turnpike Troubadours (March 18), Mel Tillis & Pam Tillis (March 20), Smokey Robinson (March 22), Brett Eldredge (March 23) and Kevin Fowler (March 26).

Mainstage performances are in Luedecke Arena, with additional acts (still to be announced) appearing on the secondary KASE/KVET Stage.

Tickets start at $20 and are available beginning Friday, Jan. 8, via rodeoaustin.com or by phone at 512-477-6060.