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George Strait announces tour, Julianne Hough opens

Monday, December 15, 2008 – George Strait will hit the road in May in Texas, doing dates through July. Two-time Dancing With The Stars champion, Julianne Hough will open with another act also slated to appear.

Strait will kick off his tour May 9th in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas in Hidalgo, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Dodge Arena. This will be Strait's first visit to Hidalgo and his first foray in many years to the South Texas Valley.

In July, Strait will cross the border to Canada to perform at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary and the Craven Country Jamboree in Craven. Strait will also perform at Country Fest 2009 in Cadott, Wisc., Music Fest in Milwaukee and will return to the Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Tour dates are:
May 9 Hidalgo, TX* Dodge Arena Live Nation
May 15 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Live Nation
May 16 Raleigh, NC Walnut Creek Amphitheatre Live Nation
May 22 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center Live Nation
May 23 Pittsburgh, PA Post-Gazette Pavillion Live Nation
May 29 Holmdel, NJ P.N.C. Bank Center Live Nation
May 30 Boston, MA Tweeter Center Live Nation
June 12 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Live Nation
June 13 Washington, DC Nissan Pavillion Live Nation
June 28 Cadott, WI* Country Fest 2009 Mike Asher
June 29 Milwaukee, WI Music Fest 2009 Bob Baisch
July 11 Calgary, AB Calgary Stampede Steve Moore/AEG
July 12 Craven, SK Craven Country Jamboree Gil Cunningham
July 17 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre Live Nation
July 18 Cheyenne, WY Cheyenne Frontier Days TBA/Romeo Ent
July 24 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Live Nation
July 25 Tinley Park, IL (Chicago)First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Live Nation
* Hough will not appear

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