Decatur’s Devon Amphitheater

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Tucked away within the winding hills and plateaus that make up Nelson Park on the city’s east  side is brand new music venue that has reeled in thousands of attendees and a variety of performers during its inaugural season that kicked off in May.

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The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater in Decatur, Illinois, is proud to announce an additional show for the 2019 season with country superstar Trace Adkins bringing his “Don’t Stop Tour 2019” to The Devon on Sunday, September 1.

With a career spanning over two decades, Adkins has charted ten Top 10 singles, 4 number one songs, sold millions of albums and won many awards. Hits from his catalog of music include:

  • “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing”
  • “Every Light In The House Is On”
  • “I’m Tryin’”
  • “Chrome”
  • “Then They Do”
  • “Hot Mama”
  • “Songs About Me”
  • “Honkytonk Badonkadonk”
  • “Ladies Love Country Boys”
  • “You’re Gonna Miss This”

“The outstanding support from the community, sponsors and patrons of The Devon are the ones who’ve made this additional show possible,” says Mike Wilcott, General Manager of The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater. “We are thrilled to be announcing the addition of an artist like Trace Adkins with such an impressive career in our inaugural season’s lineup.”

An opening act for the show will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for the Trace Adkins show will be on sale to the general public beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 9. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at (217) 422-5911 or in person at the Devon Box Office in Nelson Park or the Decatur Park District main office at 620 E. Riverside Ave. Ticket prices range from $30-55.

For additional information, contact Mike Wilcott at (217) 422-5911 or

Trace Adkins live at The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater


Tickets:            On sale Friday, August 9 (10 a.m. CST)
Prices:              $30-$55

Concert Date:  Sunday, September 1

Show Time:     7 p.m.

Location:         The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater

2686 E. Cantrell Street
Decatur, IL 62521


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Trace Adkins to perform at Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater in Decatur

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DECATUR — Grammy-nominated country artist Trace Adkins will join the September lineup for the Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater, adding to what general manager Mike Wilcott said has been a successful first season for the venue.

The Decatur Park District, which owns and operates the amphitheater on Lake Decatur in Nelson Park, announced the Sept. 1 addition of Adkins on Monday. The 57-year-old artist has landed more than 20 singles on the Billboard country music charts, including No. 1 hits “(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing,” “Ladies Love Country Boys” and “You’re Gonna Miss This.” Other notable singles have included “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” “Every Light in the House is On,” “Hot Mama,” “Songs About Me” and “Chrome.”

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2019 Let’s Keep Decatur Bee-utiful Contest Winner: Most Litter Free

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Let’s keep Decatur Bee-utiful is an effort to support and build upon the work already being implemented by many organizations towards the beautification of the Decatur, IL area.

A business’s ‘curb appeal’ sends a message to its customers and patrons. An attractive, clean environment tells its customers that the business owner cares about them and the larger Decatur community.

Our goal with this contest is to highlight businesses who have a welcoming presence and to encourage all Decatur businesses to develop an attractive front to the public.

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4th of July Schedule of Events

Join us for a day full of fun at The Devon to celebrate Independence Day. We have several great events lined up for you to know about:


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10 a.m.-3:00 p.m. – FREE, no ticket required

Celebrate our heroes with Teamed for Defense presented by Ameren. Beginning at 10 a.m., the public can check out vehicles and from first responders with the Police Department, Macon County Sheriff, Fire Department and more while meeting the men and women in the line of duty too. You can also check out a Black Hawk helicopter from the Illinois National Guard behind the stage. At 11 a.m. we invite you into The Devon to enjoy a ceremony to honor our heroes with a special honoree. Following the ceremony, Pizzazz will play until 2:30 p.m.


4:45-5:30 p.m. – FREE

Join us for a special performance from the kids of the Decatur Park District’s B.O.S.S. and B.O.S.S. Jr. programs. They will be previewing exerts from Aladdin Kids and Mary Poppins Jr.

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6-9 p.m. – FREE, ticket required and all guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian

Celebrate your freedom with the sounds of Red Carpet Riot, one of the hottest new bands from Chicago. They will entertain you with rock and pop hits and many fan favorites from the 80’s-Now. Fireworks will fire off over Lake Decatur following the performance.

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We invite you to check out delicious items from our food trucks on site for the 4th of July. Notorious P.I.G. BBQ, Allen’s Concessions, Pig Out Concessions and Mister Softee will be there and will begin serving as early as 11 a.m.

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2019 Season Tickets on Sale for The Devon G. Buffett Amphitheater

Season tickets will be on sale for the 2019 season at The Devon G. Buffett Amphitheater for a limited time from Monday, March 18th at 10 a.m. until Friday, March 29th at 5:00 p.m. Season tickets include the full season of at least 22 shows produced by The Devon including headliner acts .38 Special, Wynonna Judd, Leonid & Friends and Brian McKnight, plus $5 Friday Series, Tribute Series and a Christian Day featuring Jordan Feliz. Additional headliners will also be announced as they are confirmed.

Season tickets can be purchased in three seating levels of the venue including: reserved seating level for $375 per person, general admission terrace level for $300 per person and general admission lawn level for $225 per person. Additional ticket processing fees will be applied at the time of purchase.

“We’ve worked hard to secure a quality line-up while keeping things as affordable as possible for attendees,” said Mike Wilcott, General Manager of The Devon. “With the full season having at least 22 shows, the price for a lawn season ticket averages just over $10 per show.”

Season tickets will be available by calling the Decatur Park District office at 217-422-5911 or in person at 620 East Riverside Avenue from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Single show tickets will go on sale April 5th and can be purchased online at



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Nelson Park Amphitheater Project Details Released

The Decatur Park District is proud to announce the official name of the Nelson Park Amphitheater as “The Devon G. Buffett Amphitheater”, named in honor of the wife of Howard G. Buffett, whose foundation’s generous gift made the project possible.

The venue is planned to open Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26, 2019 with show details still being confirmed. The preview of the 2019 season lineup include a variety of national touring, cover, tribute and regional acts. Musical performances will touch multiple genres and will be accompanied by comedy nights as well as community movie nights.

“At the Decatur Park District, we realize that this is a quality of life improvement for not only Decatur, but much of Central Illinois. Being the only venue of its kind within a two and a half hour drive from Decatur, our goal is to make The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater a destination for entertainment seekers from across the Midwest. Seeing it take shape has been very exciting and I feel the lineup we have scheduled so far truly offers something for anyone no matter your taste or budget. We are extremely thankful to the Howard G. Budget Foundation for its generous gift to make this a reality,” said Mike Wilcott, General Manager of The Devon G. Buffett Amphitheater.

Corporate sponsorship opportunities for the 2019 season are available as well as season ticket and parking packages.

For more information on the coming announcements and a full schedule of already confirmed acts can be found on The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater Facebook page.

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Nelson Park amphitheater to be named for Devon Buffett, wife of former Sheriff Howard Buffett

Nelson Park’s new lakeside music venue will be officially known as The Devon G. Buffett Amphitheater, the Decatur Park District announced Friday during an invitation-only event at the Beach House Restaurant.

Devon Buffett is the wife of Decatur philanthropist and former Macon County Sheriff Howard Buffett, whose foundation primarily funded the construction of the multi-million dollar amphitheater. Mike Wilcott, the amphitheater’s manager, said Howard Buffett wanted to name the facility after her.

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The Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater Announces Some Of The Entertainment Already Scheduled – Decatur Tribune

For those who have been anxiously waiting for the amphitheater 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. Read more

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