TNT Dunk Squad, Tracy Lawrence main attractions at North Texas Fair & Rodeo

Bouncing from trampoline into a gymnastic roll before slamming the basketball into the hoop is just one part of TNT Dunk Squad’s repertoire.

Keith Cousino and Brian Smith have been performing for more than 20 years at schools, conferences and other events across the U.S. and overseas.

TNT Dunk Squad will be performing in the North Texas Fair & Rodeo beginning this Friday at the North Texas Fairgrounds located at 2217 N. Carroll Boulevard. Tickets are $15 per person with more ticket sales information available at

Keith Cousino and a team of three other performers will come to Denton for the first time to entertain young and old alike.

“We like to get the crowd fired up,” he said.

Since 1928, the annual North Texas Fair & Rodeo has continued to grow, drawing more than 150,000 people to nine days filled with everything from live music to bucking bulls to food, crafts and much more.

This year’s live music line-up features award-winning Tracy Lawrence, known for such hits as “Lie” and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are,” who will be performing singles from his latest album, Headlights Tailights and Radios.

Lawrence said the album, released in August 2013, was created in two parts — the first using his more traditional country flare and a second part with songs featuring a more progressive sound to cross genres and appeal to a wider audience.

The idea to challenge himself originated from a chat with Kenny Rogers, who told him it was important for musicians to challenge themselves, Lawrence said.

“He really impressed me,” Lawrence said. “I left thinking I needed to push myself, challenge myself with the dynamics and vocal range.”

Other featured performances will showcase regional and national talents including Kevin Fowler, the Randy Young Band, the Josh Abbott Band, the more soulful Uncle Lucius and Banda Yurirense — to name a few.

In addition, a full slate of rodeos, including the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association-sanctioned rodeo, will offer everything from bucking bulls to barrel racing.

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