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Nelson Park's new lakeside music venue, The Devon G. Buffett Amphitheater, is shown in this Feb. 8 file photo. The Decatur Park District released headliners Friday. 

DECATUR — The first artist to perform at The Devon G. Buffet Amphitheater will be southern rock band 38 Special on Memorial Day weekend, the Decatur Park District said. 

The district on Friday announced a list of headliners for the long-awaited $5.1 million facility, named for the wife of former Macon County Sheriff Howard Buffett, who donated the bulk of funding for the project. 

Other headliners during the first weekend are country artist Wynonna Judd and The Big Noise, and Forever Motown, a motown tribute group. 

Later in the summer, other acts are Leonid & Friends, a Chicago tribute act from Moscow, on July 13, and The Brian McKnight 4 on Aug. 9. Christian Day is June 29 and will feature Jordan Feliz.  

The district earlier this year released a list of other acts, including Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young tribute band; pop cover group Wedding Banned; and Chicago 6, featuring Dan Hampton, Steve McMichael and Otis Wilson, who were members of the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears.

Tickets for individual shows will go on sale April 5. Organizers previously said tickets would range from $10 to $60, except for "$5 Friday" events. 

Season tickets will be on sale from 10 a.m. Monday to 5 p.m. March 29, the park district said. Prices range from $225 per person for general admission lawn level to $300 per person for general admission on the terrace level and $375 per person for reserved seating. There are ticket processing fees, the district said. 

“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.”

The Devon is a key aspect of the park district's long-term lakefront revitalization plan, which aims to transform the Nelson Park area into a recreational hub for the city.

To buy season tickets, call the park district at (217) 422-5911 or visit 620 E. Riverside from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. 

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