For those who have been anxiously waiting for the amphittheater in Nelson Park to be complete, some really good news was announced at a news conference Friday. Mike Wilcott, who is the general manager of The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater (official name is the Devon G. Buffett Amphitheater) told the Tribune that, although many forms of entertainment, and entertainers, are already in the upcoming season’s lineup, more will be added later.
Following are the dates and entertainment that are already part of the lineup:
5/24/19 – Opening night – Act to be announced soon
5/25/19 – Grand Opening Weekend – Act to be announced soon
5/26/19 – Grand Opening Weekend – Forever Motown. A Tribute to the Music of Motown national touring act, played to sold out crowds across the country
5/31/19 – 4&20 – A Tribute to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (based out of St. Louis, MO) recreates the iconic sounds of one of the late 1960s and 1970s super groups.
6/1/19 – Kevin Shalfant’s Journey Experience National touring artist Kevin Shalfant was the first replacement singer for Steve Perry in the group Journey and now travels the world sharing the sounds of one of the most popular rock groups in history
6/7/19 – $5 Friday Series: Wedding Banned (Based out of Chicago, IL) this group is a fan favorite wherever they play and was recently voted #1 wedding band by CBS Chicago. They play a mix of popular songs from 80’s, 90’s and today.
6/19/19 – The Decatur Municipal Band
6/21/19 – Heartache Tonight – A Tribute to the Eagles This national touring group has been recreating the Eagles’ show for fans of all ages for over 15 years and even covers solo hits from Don Henley, Greg Frey and Joe Walsh.
7/4/19 – Red Carpet Riot Brand new band based out of Chicago featuring performers from the Broadway hit Million Dollar Quartet. This group cranks out the music of Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Guns N’ Roses, Bruno Mars, Whitney Houston and more.
7/12/19 – $5 Friday Series: Lick Creek Central Illinois’ top country band that specializes in covers while also performing a handful of original songs. They’ve been voted the best band by The Illinois Times Readers’ Choice 2015 – 2018.
7/26/19 – $5 Friday Series: The Breakfast Club Chicago based group playing all fan favorites from the 1980s while also wearing outfits fitting of the era.
8/9/19 – Grammy Nominated, American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, NAACP Image and Blockbuster Awards, and Billboard Songwriter of The Year Award Winning R&B artist – More details soon!
8/10/19 – Chicago 6 This group featured three members of the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears; Dan Hampton, Steve McMichael and Otis Wilson along with three other talented musicians to play popular songs of the 1960s, 1970s and more. In honor of the Bear’s 100th season and their Decatur Roots, this show is the perfect way to kick off the football season.
8/14/19 – The Decatur Municipal Band
8/23/19 – $5 Friday Series: Hello Weekend This Chicago based group brings the party to a whole new level while performing hits from Pit Bull, Sia, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and all your favorite current radio hits.
9/13/19 – $5 Friday Series: No Alternative Based out of Chicago this band pleases crowds with spot on performances of rock and pop hits from the 90s and early 2000s.
9/20/19 – Comedians Brad Upton and Troy Davis Brad went viral last year with some of his stand up clips from Dry Bar Comedy on multiple social media platforms. He has spent most of his career performing in the Pacific Northwest while raising his kids and being a 4th grade teacher. This clean comedian, has performed over 3400 shows in his career. Troy Davis is an Indiana native that has spent over 15 years touring comedy clubs all across the Midwest. His approach to real life situations from a different perspective provide plenty of laughs.