Decatur Celebration Announces 2012 Theme, Headliners

Decatur Celebration organizers announced Tuesday plans for the 27th annual street festival this August 3, 4 and 5. The 3-day outdoor event in Decatur’s business district, themed “The Beat Goes On”, is now in its second year under the leadership of Producer/Director Lori Sturgill.

According to a statement on the Decatur Celebration website, the festival has moved to a different area of the downtown in order to “increase efficiencies and reduce costs”.  Event organizers say the festival this year will move completely off of East/West Main Street. Stages and vendors previously located on East/West Main Street have been relocated to areas of the festival that were under-utilized in the past.

“The new footprint keeps all the entertainment easily accessible with no gaps,” writes Lori Sturgill. “It also provides better traffic routing for our logistics team and an overall more efficient use of space.”


2012 THEME

The 2012 Decatur Celebration theme hints at the festival’s focus on nostalgia while extending a proverbial fist pump to everyone who has stepped up to buy a wristband and keep Decatur Celebration alive – “The Beat Goes On!” The stage is set for success once again with a well-rounded and highly energized lineup of national, regional, and local music artists as well as new and traditional festival features.


Certified Platinum Artist and Grammy Award Winner, Billy Ocean with hits “Get Outta My Dreams…,” “There’ll Be Sad Songs…,” “Caribbean Queen,” “When the Going Gets Tough,” “Lover Boy,” “Suddenly,” and more …

Grammy Nominated group with one of the 100 Best-Selling Albums of the 1990s, Spin Doctors with Billboard top hits “Two Princes,” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong”

Double Platinum 1990s R&B group Color Me Badd with popular 90’s hits “I Adore, Mi Amore,” “Sex You Up,” and “All 4 Love”

Current Billboard Country Top 20 group and ACM Top New Vocal Group in 2010 Gloriana with hits “Wild at Heart,” and “(Kissed You) Good Night”

Current Billboard Country Top 20 artist and finalist on American Idol season 9, Casey James with his debut hit single, “Let’s Don’t Call it a Night”

Top 10 most played group on Christian Radio in past decade and multi-award winning Contemporary Christian Group Big Daddy Weave with hits “Love Come to Life”, “Every Time I Breathe”, “In Christ”, “You Found Me” and multiple other chart topping hits

Front runner in Christian Rap with First Christian Rap album to hit #1 on Billboard Gospel Charts, Christian Rap sensation LeCrae with hits “Background,” “Just Like You,” and “Don’t Waste Your Life”

Legendary Disco Group and Grammy Award Winners The Trammps featuring Earl Young with monster hit “Disco Inferno”

1960s “Blue-Eyed Soul” Artist Mitch Ryder and special guest Michael “Supe” Granda Of The Ozark Mountain Daredevils with timeless hits “Devil With a Blue Dress On,” “Sock it to Me-Baby,” and “Jenny Take a Ride”

“The Dave Matthews Tribute Band” with uncanny vocal likeness that has led to success including frequent headlines at the House of Blues Chicago, Trippin Billies

The 2012 headliners punctuate a lineup complete with regional bands, shows groups and original acts, keeping ten show stages pulsing with energy all weekend.

As is tradition, Decatur Celebration will once again feature three blocks of authentic Arts and Crafters, spectacular carnival rides for all ages, the RK Dixon and Tate and Lyle Razzle Dazzle Goodtimes Parade televised LIVE on WAND, over 60 unique food items hand-picked for quality and inspected for safety, and Kids Block featuring children’s games, shows and prizes.

“The best part of Decatur Celebration is that there’s something exciting around every corner,” states Decatur Celebration board president, Steve Furrow. “From national headliners to emerging music artists, and Kids Block to the Wine Garden, the festival is designed with the entire family in mind.”


NEW! Heinkel’s Packing Company celebrates their 100th Anniversary with a “Hot Dog Eating” Competition on Saturday.

The Goodtimes Stage, in a new location on William St, once again hosts country music all weekend including headliners on Saturday and Sunday.

The Back Lot “Indie” art and music district returns featuring emerging music artists, local artist exhibitions, a community art project, and craft beer tasting.

The Award Winning Land of Lincoln Credit Union 21 Film Project hosts their Awards Ceremony in the Civic Center Auditorium on Friday night, and screens films Saturday and Sunday in The Back Lot.

The Wine Garden returns with a premier selection of boutique wine in a new location on Merchant St. with the cool sounds of blues on the nearby Cabaret Stage.

Miller Spectacular Shows Carnival, which debuted in 2011, returns with exciting rides and an “all you can ride” wristband night on Thursday, August 2 in the Decatur Civic Center Parking Lot.

Decatur Park District hosts their 3rd Annual Central Illinois Bags Tournament.

The newly named Mike Nixon Memorial Washer Tossing Tournament returns and pays tribute to the late tournament organizer who passed away in February 2012.

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