editor's pick Tim Cain's 10 favorite Celebration performances Jan 24, 2020 Jan 24, 2020 0 The Herald & Review's Tim Cain on his favorite Celebration performances. 10. Terrance Simien Simien has played Decatur Celebration three times, but his 2003 performance was the most memorable. In the afternoon, a storm threatened to shut down the event. The event bounced back, and Simien played a 70-minute set (then one of the longest in event history) as lightning lit up the sky to the south. 9. Shane Stockton A country singer who suddenly was playing a Steve Miller Band song and a couple of other classic rock hits in addition to his own fine material. 8. Bobby "Boris" Pickett, Sheb Wooley They performed at Central Park as a double bill of novelty songs. Well, Wooley did “songs.” Pickett did “Monster Mash” twice, and led a parade of roaming characters on to the strangest dance scene ever. 8. Bobby "Boris" Pickett, Sheb Wooley They performed at Central Park as a double bill of novelty songs. Well, Wooley did “songs.” Pickett did “Monster Mash” twice, and led a parade of roaming characters on to the strangest dance scene ever. 7. KISS Army Full makeup, and focusing on the band's early material, KISS Army showed a tribute band could carry a main stage. Even after the “Paul” lost his voice. 6. The Smithereens Wall-to-wall hits, and agreeable folks who insisted on meeting as many of their fans as possible. 5. Tiny Tim He took a band he'd never seen and a baffled audience on a tour of 20th century music. Did he ever finish a song? Did he ever get to a second chorus? Probably not. It didn't matter. 4. Icon For Hire Their 2009 appearance came after they won a spot on a Celebration stage via a Herald & Review battle of the bands contest. Their high energy was a stunner, as was their nascent Icon Army. Their energy is unabated six years later. 3. Presidents of the United States of America Speaking of high energy. Their performance was one of the most-attended at the Funfest Stage. I convinced producer Fred Puglia to go check out the crowd, and heard him scream with delight as he saw it and got into the act. 2. Moxy Fruvous They were a Canadian alternative act. I'd heard their most recent album (which was their third). In a foul mood after a mediocre showing by Chuck Negron, I sat arms crossed essentially daring the band to entertain me. I saw them two dozen more times in the next two years. 1. Here Come the Mummies Unquestionably the best Celebration show. After 90 frenetic sweaty minutes on a steamy Saturday night, what else could we do but salute them? Oh, and have them back a couple more times. 0 comments Tags Entertainment Celebration Tim Cain Decatur Celebration Music Celebration17 Evergreen Look-back Related to this collection +4 Decatur Celebration Families rock Decatur Celebration carnival Aug 7, 2015 DECATUR – Thursday night of Decatur Celebration has always centered around the family. +5 Decatur Celebration Kool and the Gang will close this year's Celebration Aug 7, 2015 DECATUR – While not drawing its name from the song, Decatur Celebration and the Kool and the Gang song “Celebration” have long been associated. +2 Decatur Celebration Celebration about to be Ice-d Aug 7, 2015 DECATUR – Rob Van Winkle promises to bring the circus to Central Illinois when he takes the stage at Decatur Celebration. Tim Cain's Blog Celebration memories: Here Come the Mummies Aug 7, 2015 In this week leading up to Decatur Celebration, I'm sharing a few of my stories tied to the event. 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Sometimes, you don't have the capability to give … Tim Cain's Blog Jim Vorel reaches out for wiener news Aug 10, 2015 Former Herald & Review staffer Jim Vorel left here about a year ago, and works for Paste Magazine in Georgia. Tim Cain's Blog Celebration memories: Heartless Aug 9, 2015 The return of Heart tribute band Heartless brought back another Decatur Celebration memory. Tim Cain's Blog Grandpa Tim remembers: The first Celebration water stations Aug 9, 2015 There was a time in Decatur Celebration's history when a little rainfall was welcome. Decatur Celebration Remember the time that Vanilla Ice owned social media in Decatur? Jul 31, 2016 1 min to read Vanilla Ice's performance at the 2015 Decatur Celebration was widely enjoyed. Both as it happened, and later. Decatur Celebration 2016 Decatur Celebration Guide Jul 31, 2016 This month we celebrate small businesses and the people, usually families, that make them go. Learn about some local businesses, they keys to … Food and Cooking A preview of new food at Decatur Celebration, including a 34-foot gyro 🎉 Jul 26, 2019 DECATUR — The Decatur Celebration planned Aug. 1-4 has been going through a few changes, but some things will never change, including the love… +2 Local Decatur Celebration organizers announce Sawyer Brown as headliner Jul 8, 2019 DECATUR — Organizers of Decatur Celebration on Monday announced event headliner Sawyer Brown and said they’ve cleared a key fundraising hurdle… Arts and Theatre Summer show funds Theatre 7's season Jul 10, 2019 DECATUR — Theatre 7 directors and actors are getting ready for the upcoming season, starting with the summer dinner theater “Mugsy Sent Me.” +4 Entertainment Decatur Celebration wristbands have gone on sale. Here's where to get yours. Jul 9, 2019 DECATUR — Decatur Celebration organizers on Tuesday announced that wristbands are on sale at more than 30 locations for the Aug. 1-4 event. +5 Arts and Theatre Sullivan's Little Theatre to show 'The Full Monty' Jul 24, 2019 SULLIVAN — Little Theatre on the Square executive director John Stephens has been a fixture at the theater for 13 years. Entertainment Herald & Review Voices podcast: Reporters Kennedy Nolen, Analisa Trofimuk discuss Decatur Celebration preparation with Tim Cain Aug 2, 2019 Herald & Review Voices features conversations with Herald & Review writers, editors and our readers.