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June 15, 2017

Summer's Here!

By Kent

The Outdoor Theater is in full swing and things have been hopping! We are excited about the Ft Wayne Jazz Orchestra with special guest - Colleen McNabb Everage, The Auburn Actors Theater production of Godspell and the Philharmonic returning with their ever popular Patriotic Pops Concert.
We have had great crowds for the beginning concerts with Big Caddy Daddy drawing over 800 people this year.
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See you at the theater!!

March 31, 2017

Swing into Spring

By Kent

Get ready for another great season at the DeKalb Outdoor Theater! We have some new artists mixed in with some that you are very familiar with to make a great summer's worth of entertainment. A fun event we have held every year has been our Winter Blast fundraiser that for the past several years, has been held in January at the high school. This year we are trying something new by moving that event to just before we officially open. So, on May 19th​, the DeKalb Outdoor Theater will host a fundraising concert featuring The Rave On Band with Buddy Holly impersonator Ty Schultz. This is going to be a super fun evening filled with music and laughter and, we hope to raise some funds that will continue to allow us to bring great entertainment to DeKalb County at no admission fee to our audiences.

September 22, 2016

Awesome Season

By Kent

By all accounts, it was one of the best seasons experienced by the Outdoor Theater. Crowds were up, the weather cooperated and the performances were incredible. We had some truly wonderful surprises - like the size of the crowd for the Midway of Magic show or the 700+ size crowd that came out on a Thursday night to see Evan & Elena. How about the fun we had celebrating CHOICE Bands 40th anniversary! It was a magical season and we are working hard on Season #9. We have booked some new groups - The Farmland Jazz Band will knock your socks off. And we're bringing back Colleen McNabb to join up with the Ft Wayne Jazz Band - that will be one whale of a night. Audie Blaylock will return with his awesome bluegrass style of songs and the community band will celebrate their 35th anniversary. All in all, we are very excited about next season and it will be here sooner than you know.

July 18, 2016

Cars, Guitars & the Bard

By Kent

.Jukebox music fills the air this Friday when the Bulldogs make their annual appearance at the Outdoor Theater. Just close your eyes and you can hear Johnny Rivers, Chuck Berry & Bill Haley's music float down Main Street while you're sitting in your hot rod listening to Wolfman Jack on the radio. The Shifter's Car Club will be bringing their cars down for all to view.
Saturday brings the Notre Dame Young Company back to the Outdoor Theater with their presentation of William Shakespear's Pericles, Prince of Tyre. While there is some debate on the authorship of Pericles, most believe that Shakespeare wrote at least half. The Young Company bring Shakespeare alive by acting in and around the audience. They use very innovative staging and costuming. Most of the actors are students attending Notre Dame, but some are from other universities too. 7:30 is showtime.

June 30, 2016

July and Beyond

By Kent

 240 years ago, America declared it's independence from England and the rule of King George III. On July 1st, the Ft Wayne Philharmonic will join us for their ever popular Patriotic Pops Concert. This annual event has been a real crowd favorite. The weather will be perfect for a concert under the summer sky. It might get a little chilly after the sun goes down, so bring a light jacket - preferably one that is red, white or blue.

The rest of July is going to be super fun. July 8th brings Ken Preston & Linda Kummernuss to our stage with their blend of unique folk meets classical music. It's like a Reese's Cup - 2 great tastes that are even better together.

July 15th is contemporary country with Cheyenne. They really ripped up the stage 2 years ago when they performed. July 22nd brings back bobby socks and hot rods with The Bulldogs. July ends with The Erwins - a family group from Texas that fills the air with that good old southern gospel music. Come get your heart touched. 

May 27, 2016

Opening Night

By Kent

June 3rd will be the opening night of our 8th season. What a landmark! I remember the cold winter of 2008 and wondering if this project would be successful. We started the Friday Night Performance Series just to make sure that it would get some use. 2009 proved to be a difficult year for the economy and the Outdoor Theater gave people a place to go and enjoy the arts even if they couldn't afford much. This summer, our old friends Big Caddy Daddy will be the opening act once again. A perennial favorite, Big Caddy Daddy brings some great music fun to the DOT.

March 9, 2016

Spring is just around the corner

By Kent

I visited the Outdoor Theater today on my lunch.  It was sunny and 70 degrees and I just couldn't stay away.  When the weather starts to warm up, my thoughts drift to summer and the concerts at our theater.  It's hard for me to believe that this year will be our 8th summer of activities at the theater.  June 3rd will be our kick off with Big Caddy Daddy - I can almost smell the popcorn popping now.


January 6, 2016

Winter Blast

By Kent

On Sunday January 17th, the DOT will hosts its 3rd winter fundraiser that we are calling Winter Blast. This afternoon concert will feature all sorts of talent from the DeKalb County area from dancers to singers to martial arts demonstrations. Tickets are $10 and this is a great way to help the DOT Board continue to bring great entertainment to DeKalb County at very low or no cost to the audiences. The Board feels very strongly about being fiscally responsible and is very proud of the fact that for the last several years, its operating budget has been in the black. It's with activities like this, that the Board is able to do this. So please join us on Sunday afternoon January 17th to enjoy some great entertainment and to help raise money for the DOT.


August 12, 2015


By Kent

For many years, John and I had talked about having military performing groups on our stage. We started filling out applications and talking to the various branches of the service going back to the very beginning of our organization. We were thrilled to have the Navy Band Great Lakes come and perform. But it is indeed an honor to be able to host the U.S. Navy Band from Washington D.C. On Friday night August 21st at 7:30, the Cruisers will be on our stage. This is a small ensemble with lots of power who perform a variety of musical styles. Spread the word, tell everyone you can. We would like a big crowd to welcome them to DeKalb County. I think it's going to be one magical night. I hope you can join us.


August 3, 2015

In Full Swing!

By Kent

Coming off of two big concerts - The Bulldogs and Audie Blaylock and Redline, the Outdoor Theater is roaring into August with great music yet to come. On Friday August 7th, Colleen McNabb-Everage will bring Pajama's in the Park to the stage. Aimed towards young (and young at heart) Colleen will have some interactive percussion ​for kids to play along with. Kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas.
Saturday brings back the Todd Allen Herendeen show for the annual Serenity House fundraiser and Sunday is the Band Extravaganza featuring the area community bands all on stage at one time. Remember to put Friday August 21st on your calendar because the Navy Band from Arlington Virginia is bringing the performing group - The Cruisers. This will be one awesome month! 


July 13, 2015

Summer's Here!

By Kent

Summer is finally here, even if it does seem like we are still getting April showers. July is a great month at the DOT. Our remaining Fridays in July bring back our more popular groups - Choice, the Bulldogs and Audie Blaylock & Redline. Three great groups that master their genre. Choice with Classic Rock, the Bulldogs with all the hits from the 50s and 60s and Audie Blaylock & Redline with the best of Bluegrass. We even throw in the Little Big Band on Saturday July 25th, bringing their unique style of Big Band to the DOT. One new event this year is on Sunday July 26th - a Literacy Awareness Kick Off Party featuring music and magic and businesses providing literacy activities - how awesome is that! 


June 29, 2015


By Kent

Due to the July 4th Holiday, the Outdoor Theater will be taking a break until July 10th. We were able to hold the Philharmonic Concert in spite of the rain, and we did experience some flooding on Saturday and Sunday, but it never got high enough to damage anything and luckily, no performances were planned for either day. All of us connected with the DeKalb Outdoor Theater wish all of you a safe and happy holiday as we celebrate our nations 239th birthday. We will see you on July 10th as the Summit City Chorus brings their barbershop harmonies to our stage. Happy Birthday America!​


June 1 8, 2015

Rolling into Summer

By Kent

As Spring winds down and Summer officially starts, musical madness and mayhem come roaring into the theater with the Auburn Actors production of A Night at the Wax Museum.  A large cast fills the stage and is sure to provide lots of laughter.  On June 26th, we bring back the very popular annual Patriotic Pops Concert by the Philharmonic.  The Steel Dynamics Foundation very generously donates to this awesome concert - the theater would not be able to hold this event without their support.  This concert will be a different format with a new conductor.  Come join us for both of these events.


June 8, 2015

Great Start

By Kent

We have had a great start to our 7th season. Big Caddy Daddy was the opening night and around 800 people attended the event highlighted by good weather and great fun. Beacon CU sponsored this event and gave away beach balls during intermission. Our second week featured Spoken 4, a Southern Christian quartet out of Branson Missouri. June will finish out with the Ft Wayne Jazz Orchestra, the Auburn Actors Musical and the Philharmonic's Patriotic Pops Concert. What a great way to start the season!


May 1 8, 2015

Almost Here

By Kent

Last minute preparations are being made for the 7th season of the DeKalb Outdoor Theater. We are certainly excited about this season and the entertainment that is coming. Annual favorites like Big Caddy Daddy, Choice, The Bulldogs, the Philharmonic and the Auburn Actors Theater will be coming as well as some we love but haven't' seen for awhile. Audie Blaylock and Redline, The Summit City Chorus, the Ft. Wayne Jazz Orchestra and Colleen McNabb will all be back with their unique musical styles. New this summer is Spoken 4, a southern gospel quartet from Branson MO who will partner with Master Grace for a wonderful evening of song. We are very excited to host the United States Navy Band - The Cruisers. The Cruisers are an 8 piece band that bring top military entertainment to our DeKalb Community and close out a summer of great fun and music.

January 8, 2015

Winter Fundraiser

By Kent

The DeKalb Outdoor Theater Board is hosting its second annual Winter Fundraiser on January 18th in the DeKalb High School Auditorium featuring the County Line Quartet. This fundraiser is an important financial bridge that closes the gap between donations and performance sponsorship's and what it actually costs to operate the Outdoor Theater. Please consider attending this concert or giving a donation which will allow us to continue to operate at the level that people of Northeast Indiana have come to enjoy.


September 25, 2014

End of a Great Summer

By Kent

The Outdoor Theater's 6th season was a great success! The weather cooperated very well for most of the concerts with only a few being impacted. Opening day with Big Caddy Daddy was the best attended opening event in several years. The Community Band moved their concerts to Sunday evening and saw attendance rise. The DOT partnered with Notre Dame to bring Shakespeare to the theater and even though the weather was not the best that day, the crowd proved that Shakespeare was a welcome addition.

If you have any suggestions for improving the facility or the performances, please do not hesitate to email us at We will consider all comments given.

I certainly hope the winter is milder than last year and that I see you all again sometime during season 7.


August 4, 2014

Full Weekend

By Kent

​United Way kicks off it's annual fundraising campaign Friday night with the great local classic rock group CHOICE! This is always a fun event that also raises awareness of all the great things that United Way of DeKalb County supports.

On Saturday the sounds of the big band era come alive with Little Big Band. This is another perennial favorite and a big crowd favorite.

On Sunday, the sounds of John Philip Sousa fill the air with the annual Band Extravaganza. Over 100 musicians form various community bands, entertain the crowds.


July 18, 2014

Music & Laughter

By Kent

​Thursday June 19th, the DOT plays host to Inspiration Ministries first outdoor BBQ and concert featuring The Surrendering and Red Tree. The free meal is served at 5:30 with music following. The weather has been cooperating all summer with mild temperatures and blue skies. Some of our larger concerts are coming up with the ever popular Bulldogs coming back to DeKalb County bringing the great sounds of the 50's & 60's on Friday July 25th. On July 26th, Notre Dame's Young Company will bring laughter and merriment as they present Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor". 


June 16, 2014

Celebrate America

By Kent

​The next 2 weeks brings true Americana to the Outdoor Theater. Friday June 20th brings back musical theater comedy with the Auburn Actors Theater. Madcap fun is what's in store. On Friday June 27th, the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic brings the perennial favorite Patriotic Pops concert back to DeKalb County. Always a crowd favorite, this year will be no different. We want to thank the Steel Dynamics Foundation for their very generous support of this program and Psi Iota Xi for helping with all of the arrangements surrounding this big endeavor.

Thursday June 19th, the DOT plays host to Inspiration Ministries first outdoor BBQ and concert featuring The Surrendering and Red Tree. The free meal is served at 5:30 with music following.


June 12, 2014

Week #3

By Kent

This weekend brings Big Band and Flag Celebrations to the DOT. The Ft Wayne Jazz Orchestra will be our entertainment on Friday night, bringing the big band sound to DeKalb County. Love the music of Harry James, The Dorsey Brothers, and Sammy Kaye? You'll love the FWJO. Put on your jitterbug shoes and get ready to swing! Saturday brings the annual Flag Day Celebration to the Outdoor Theater. Elks Lodge 1978 leads this annual salute to our Stars and Stripes at 7:30 with the Classic Connection All Stars performing just prior at 6:45. 

June 1, 2014

Week #2

By Kent

​We have a big weekend planned at the Theater. Friday bring The CHORDS Vocal Ensemble from Ft. Wayne with their unique style of patriotic and gospel music with a brass band as accompaniment. Gates open at 6 - show starts at 7:30. Saturday brings us Golden Memories with all the favorites of the Old Country. Gates open at 5 - show starts at 6 pm. Finally, Sunday brings the first of the Auburn Community Band concerts. Now in it's second year under new direction, come see the ACB playing great concert music. Gates open at 5 - concert starts at 6pm.


May 28, 2014

It's Here!

By Kent

​It's finally here; the opening of the DeKalb Outdoor Theater's 6th season! Friday will be a big party night as the Outdoor Theater welcomes Summer with the popular party band - Big Caddy Daddy! I know it was a long, cold, snowy winter but the weather is sure to be great as we kick off year 6. Bring a chair and a smile and let's have a fun filled night.


May 5, 2014

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

By Kent

The month of May has started - the grass is getting greener, the trees are leafing out, people are mowing their lawns and preparations are underway to open the Outdoor Theater on May 30th. It's been a long, cold winter and ​we're ready to get summer underway with Big Caddy Daddy. Dust off your lawn chairs and get ready to party because we're going to do everything in our power to make this summer a great one. We're bringing back some old favorites and adding some new ones, so make sure you mark your calendar to be at the DOT every Friday night. 


April 16, 2014

Opening Day

By Kent

When you look outside and see snow, it's hard to remember that opening day of the Outdoor Theater is just 6 weeks away. May 30th will be a big party as we say goodbye to Old Man Winter and open the theater for its 6th year of operation. Beacon Credit Union is sponsoring Big Caddy Daddy - one of the area's best party bands. First Christian Church will be serving ice cream sundaes and we'll have fun and games for kids and adults. So get out your lawn chairs and be ready to rock and roll. See you at the theater!

February 24, 2014

A Great Big Thank You

By Kent

The DeKalb Outdoor Theater held the Theater Of Magic Fundraiser on Sunday 2/23 at DeKalb HS. All who attended got to see a wonderful stage show with some very awesome magic. The DOT would like to thank Kevin & Robin Heller and everyone with their team who put on a high class performance. We would also like to thank the DeKalb Dynamics for performing, Megan Meadors - Former Miss Indiana and Colts Cheerleader for being the C0-MC for the event. All of the volunteers who helped set up, usher, work concessions, meet and discuss the theater with people and help tear down. The DeKalb Outdoor Theater Board were extremely pleased with the event and everything connected to it and we were especially happy that the weather cooperated this time.

See you at the theater!


January 8, 2014

Magic to Do!

By Kent

The DeKalb Outdoor Theater Board has partnered with magician Kevin Heller to present a big magic show at DeKalb High School on Sunday January 26th to raise money for ongoing summer programming.  The DOT presents all types of performing arts programming  to the DeKalb County community every summer with most being at no cost or very little cost to the general public.  The Outdoor Theater raises money for this programming through sponsorships and donations.  In order to continue to provide this activity, the DOT will be holding a fundraising event featuring Heller Magic, the DeKalb Dynamix choir and Terrin Thomas - Miss Indiana 2014.  You can purchase your tickets on line by clicking the link in the information listed on this webpage.  We hope to see you at this event!


October 11, 2013

Off Season

By Kent

Just because there are no performances on the Outdoor Theater stage right now, it doesn't mean that the Board of Directors are dormant as well. We are installing extra power for vendors this month. This will eliminate any trip hazards that exist from electrical cords running through traffic areas. We are also booking groups for 2014 and if you pull up the calendar, you will see that 60% of the season is filled already and I am working with several other groups for their availability. 
We continue to get sponsors for the various performances and if you or your organization or business wants to sponsor a performance, simply send a note to us at and let us know.


July 18, 2011

Beat the Heat

By Kent

What a great Friday night we had last weekend. Spike & the Bulldogs brought the second biggest crowd to the DOT this summer with the Shifter’s Car Club bringing all of their hot rods too. Even thought the weather is predicted to be warm, the best way to beat the heat this Friday is to come out and see Cadillac Ranch. This group is making their first appearance at the DOT and I think everyone will enjoy them immensely. The lead singer is Megan (Bosworth) White. Megan was in DeKalb’s show choir in the early to mid 90’s and then was a part of the Ball State Singers while attending college. One of my favorite times as an audience member is when Megan sang Reflections from the Disney animated movie Mulan at Ball State. The audience was as spellbound with her voice as I was. So come out and stay cool with some great hot music.

July 1, 2013

Celebrate America

By Kent

The DeKalb Outdoor Theater takes a small break this summer due to July 5th falling on a Friday. For years, Auburn has had their fireworks celebration on July 5th and the DOT decided to honor that tradition by not having any performances that day. Families may gather together at the Auctions America park and commemorate our nations founding.

We return on Friday July 12th with a first time appearance of the Chicago based Folk band - The Puffins featuring Auburn native Alex Hall. On Saturday July 13th, Golden Memories returns to the Outdoor Theater stage, bringing with them all the golden favorites. Our weekend concludes with the Auburn Community Band on Sunday July 14th at 2 pm. 

Happy 237th birthday America! May you have many, many more.


June 18, 2013

Who You Gonna Call?

By Kent

This weekend brings ghost chasers to the DOT. A ghost is loose and causing havoc at the theater, only Honcho and the Ghost Chasers can get them to move to a different city. This is the Auburn Actor's Theater at it's best - hilarity, slap stick, and music you can tap your feet too. The second summer that live theater is on the stage. Get there early to get a good spot to see.


June 10, 2013

Flag Day

By Kent

This Friday brings the Flag Day Ceremony back to the Outdoor Theater Stage. The Auburn Elks Lodge #1978 coordinates this event, which we have discovered is one of the few Flag Day events in the state of Indiana. The Elks Lodge, the American Legion Post 97, local boy scouts, the Auburn Community band and the high school show choir all join together to celebrate this event. Activities begin at 6:45 and will conclude around 8 pm. If you missed last year's event, please make an effort to attend. 


May 17, 2013

Big Caddy Daddy

By Kent

We want to thank Beacon Credit Union for sponsoring  the opening concert on May 31st with Big Caddy Daddy.  Big Caddy Daddy is a great local band that plays a wide variety of music that will sure to please any crowd.  For the third year, First Christian Church will be on hand again to serve ice cream sundaes.  Gates open at 6 and the concert starts at 7:30.  So mark your calendar and dust off your lawn chairs.  Summer's here and the time is right for dancing in the park!


April 22, 2013

Come on Summer!

By Kent

They tell me is has been spring since March 20th, but is sure hasn't felt like it much.  Even though I've seen robins around DeKalb County for quite some time, I also saw snow on my roof last Saturday and frost on the lawn this morning.  What a different spring this year compared to last year.  I hope that the summer is different from last year too.  I would love to have the performance season with warm wonderful weather, not the hot, hotter and hottest like we had last year.  


February 14, 2013


By Kent

We celebrate Valentine’s Day in February.  We celebrate friendship and companionship and relationships and love. It’s a great time to think about the Outdoor Theater.  It’s certainly one of my loves in life.  I love to think about the performances and the people who enjoy them so much.  I think about the organizations that raise money by using our facility and the good they can do.  I think about how it makes DeKalb County a special place…..and I love it!  


November 29, 2012

Happy Holidays!

By Kent

As we head through the holiday season into a new year, the DOT Board of Directors has a lot to be thankful for. We are preparing for our 5th season of events and each year just keeps getting better, but what we are really thankful for is you. The encouragement we have received from the DeKalb County Community has been wonderful. We look forward to the coming year with anticipation and excitement for what the years to come will bring.


August 29, 2012

Looking Back

By Kent

What a summer! Our 4th year was one of the hottest on record. For the Friday Night Performance Series events, it was 58 degrees for our first and 58 degrees for our last and over 88 degrees for all the others - Wow! Even the two events that were beyond our series were hot. But we need to say a BIG thank you to that mighty core group of patrons who came no matter what the temperature was. Whether it was the rain for the United Way event, or the extreme heat for the Super Charged concert, people did attend.

Looking forward to the 2013 season - our 5th!!!!, we are bringing back some of our regulars and also having some brand new entertainment on the stage. Keep coming back to this site, because soon we will be announcing the 2013 season.


August 20, 2012

Las Vegas comes to DeKalb Co.

By Kent

Many of you remember Todd Herendeen's show on the DOT stage last year. He returns for a command performance this Friday night bringing with him his high powered Las Vegas style stage show. The DeKalb Co. Fair Association is sponsoring this action packed performance to raise money for their new horse barn. Tickets are $10 each in advance and can be purchased at Carbaugh Jewelers downtown Auburn or at the gate ($15) Friday night.


August 16, 2012


By Kent

While the Outdoor Theater's Friday Night Performance Series is over, there are still events going on at the theater. This Friday is Serenity House's annual concert/fundraiser. Guest Artist is The Breakfast Club, an 80's tribute band. Who can't remember back to the 80's with Tom Cruise's sunglasses in Top Gun, Eddie Murphy's leather jackets for his stand up comedy or Ferris Bueller's Day Off? Big hair was the thing for groups like White Snake, Lover Boy, Gun's and Roses, Duran Duran and on and on. Let's do the moon walk and remember all of the Huey Lewis and the News songs. Better yet, let's all sing Ice, Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice himself. Admission is free this year, so let's pack the theater and raise a lot of money for this great cause.


August 7, 2012


By Kent

This weekend concludes our 4th summer of our popular Friday Night Performance Series events. While the weather has not been the best, we still have many great memories and have made many new friends. The band Choice ends our series this year but whether they are first, last or in between, Choice always is a great time to enjoy music with family and friends. This concert is the beginning of the annual campaign of the United Way of DeKalb County. The evening will be filled with fun and surprises.

Sunday brings the Band Extravaganza back to the DOT. Over 140 musicians will take the stage to perform some great instrumental band music. The weather promises to cooperate.


July 29, 2012

Unique Weekend

By Kent

Where can you find a show that has...illusions, juggling, mind-reading, the tight rope, the flying trapeze, animals, escapes, balancing, unicyling, stilting, song, dance, audience participation.....and it's all performed by one family? Friday - the Kent Family Magic Circus!

Saturday brings back Joey O's Annual Guitar Fest that culminates with Start Me Up, the ultimate Rolling Stones Tribute Band.


July 25, 2012


By Kent

This Friday night brings bluegrass music to the Outdoor Theater stage.

Blue Grass music was born in Kentucky. Bill Monroe was a native of Kentucky, the Bluegrass State, and he decided to call his band "Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys," and this band birthed a new form of country music. Monroe’s new band was different from other traditional country music bands of the time because of its hard driving and powerful sound, utilizing traditional acoustic instruments and featuring highly distinctive vocal harmonies.

Come see Mason Dixie. You'll love it.


Sock Hops & Shake Shops

By Kent

This weekend, the air will be filled with musical memories. Friday's concert with Spike and the Bulldogs has become a DeKalb County Favorite. The Shifters Car Club is bringing in their hot rods and Spike is bringing the band. Bring your best girl and your hottest car. 

Saturday is Golden Memories. Can you remember when the air waves were filled with Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Tennessee Ernie Ford? Golden Memories brings these back to life on the DOT stage. Show starts at 6 pm.

Lot's of good times this weekend. 


July 10, 2012

Big Weekend at the DOT

By Kent

This weekend, the Little Big Band takes the stage as part of our Friday Night Performance Series and on Saturday, the Navy Band Great Lakes performs. It looks like a great weekend of great music and the weather should be cooler. Stop on by catch a smile or two.


July 2, 2012

What it was made for

By Kent

This Friday, Supercharged takes the stage. Supercharged has played on our stage before in a concert called Summer Jam. This group of DeKalb High School students have been together for quite a while and are very good. The DOT was built just for an event like this - young DeKalb County people displaying their talent.


June 25, 2012


By Kent

Once again, the DeKalb Outdoor Theater is proud to host the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic and their Patriotic Pops concert this Friday at 7:30 pm. Always a pleasure to have this group play, the Philharmonic brings great music that fills the air. I always enjoy the sing along that they have as well. There isn't a bad seat to be had, so bring your chairs and a smile and enjoy the Phil!


June 18, 2012

Week 4

By Kent

Week 4 finds something new at the DOT - Theater! The Auburn Actors Theater will bring the musical Romeo & Harriet to life this Friday and Saturday. This is a repeat of the sold out performances that they had this past winter and if you didn't get a chance to see it then, you should make sure you see it this weekend.


Music to fill the air

By Kent

It will be a full weekend at the DOT starting on Friday with the Summit City Chorus. This is the 2nd appearance on the DOT stage by this group. If you like Barbershop music, you will love this concert. Saturday brings a new group to us called the Musician's Expo. It will be different styles of music all day long with the proceeds going to the various homeless shelters. Great music with a good cause. Suggested admission is $5. On Sunday, the Auburn Community Band will have its first Concert in the Park performance. This is the band's 30th anniversary. Weather forecast looks great, so make sure you stop by for a day - or all three!


May 29, 2012

Friday Opens DOT for Season 4

By Kent

The DOT will officially kick off Summer 2012 with Froggy Radio sponsoring Big Caddy Daddy and what a night it is going to be.

First Christian Church will be there selling ice cream sundaes with different toppings, the Kid's Corner will have balloons & face painting, Froggy Radio will be saying good-bye to the community and Big Caddy Daddy will be playing all of your favorite music. What a great way to say Hello Summer! Just prior to 7:30, the DeKalb Outdoor Theater Board of Directors will be dedicating the permanent plaque showing all of the major initial contributors that made the facility possible.


May 14, 2012

An Era Ends

By Kent

Froggy Radio will once again sponsor the opening performance of the DOT's Summer Performance Series when Big Daddy Caddy takes the stage June 1st; however, it will be the last time they will sponsor an event for us. Not because they don't want to continue their sponsorship, but because Froggy Radio will have ceased to exist. Station management have made the business decision to move ESPN radio from AM to FM and 106.7 is where it will move to. The Outdoor Theater will miss Froggy Radio, the staff & Auggie the Froggy, who always embraced the Outdoor Theater and it's mission. Most of all, we will also miss Woody, who was the driving force behind Froggy Radio's involvement with the DeKalb County Community. We look forward to Froggy Radio hosting our opening and wish all of the Froggy Radio staff the best.


April 12, 2012

5 Weeks

By Kent

We are 5 weeks away from opening the theater for the start of our 4th summer, and do we have some great entertainment this year. While we have some groups returning, we have some great new acts. Saturday July 14th brings us the Navy Band Great Lakes. This is going to be an awesome concert with great music. We hope that this will just be the first of many military music groups to come to DeKalb County. We know that we have a lot of Navy veterans who come to the theater and will love this concert, but everyone will love and enjoy this wonderful military band.


April 2, 2012

No April's Fool

By Kent

 What a winter we have had! When last I wrote, we had just gone through Ground Hog's Day and old Phil predicted 6 more weeks of winter. Well, if that was winter, I would love more of them. We had the warmest March that I can ever remember - I have mowed my lawn twice already and the trees are leafing out with all of the blooming trees in full splendor. 9 weeks from now, we will open the summer with Froggy Radio presenting Big Daddy Caddy and it looks like it will be one heck of a show.


February 8, 2012

Groundhogs, shadows & the DOT

By Kent

Well, last week was Groundhog Day and old Punxsutawney Phil did indeed see his shadow predicting 6 more weeks of Winter, but do you know what that means? Only 6 more weeks of Winter!!!!! That means spring is right around the corner and soon we will be seeing robins and crocus & daffodils. And right after that, we open the Outdoor Theater for our 4th season of great entertainment and fun for everyone. Yes sir, in the blink of an eye, we will be enjoying the summer and all that comes with it. So hang in there and put up with Old Man Winter for just a little while longer.


December 14, 2011

A Joyous New Year

By Kent

The Holidays are fast approaching and our thoughts are on family, friends, gift buying and gift giving.  Season 3 has faded into memory and Season 4 seems so far away, but it will be here before you know it.  If you have a group that would like to use the stage or be a part of the Friday Night Performance Series, now is the best time to let us know while the calendar is still fairly wide open.

The DeKalb Outdoor Theater wants to wish you all Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noël, Froehliche Weihnachten, A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


September 6, 2011

Autumn in the air

By Kent

As if right on cue, the Auburn Art Fair & Music Fest had just completed when a cold front moved in, temperatures dropped and signaled the end of the DOT season, and what a wonderful season it was.  We had great crowds for our Friday Night Performance season, we had more sponsors involved, more volunteers, and a wide variety of entertainment for the people of DeKalb County.  Organizations like the Animal Shelter, Alliance Industries, DeKalb Ministerial Association & the United Way utilized the Outdoor Theater as a way to get the word out and raise money for their causes.  Church groups and high school groups raised money by providing concessions at various concerts and groups like the Shifters Car Club had a great time showing off their cars before enjoying an evening filled with music.  I can’t wait for June and year 4.


Art Fair and Music Festival

By Kent

Where does the time go?  It seems like just yesterday we were preparing for our opening event and now we are preparing for our final one.  The Auburn Art Fair & Music Festival was born last year and is getting ready to come to life again this year over Labor Day Weekend.  Area artists are featured selling, displaying and demonstrating their artwork all while local bands fill the air with music.  There will be food as well.  One of the highlights of the day is the frog race.  People can purchase a frog up until the race at 4 pm and then watch the frogs swim down Cedar Creek to an exciting finish.  It will be a fun day for all.


August 15, 2011

Guy Penrod & Honey Tree

By Kent

.I can still hear the songs of Elvis wafting in the air.  While the DOT finished its official 2011 performance series with Todd Herendeen, events are still happening at the theater.  This Friday night, the DeKalb Ministerial Association is bringing Guy Penrod to the theater.  Penrod sang lead in the Gaither Vocal Band from 1994 until 2008, when he decided to embark on a solo career.  He brings a special message along with his powerful performance.  The opening act is Nancy Honeytree who is based in Ft. Wayne and calls herself the First Lady of Contemporary Christian Music.  This show starts at 7:00 pm and has a $10 general admission fee.  All proceeds go to the local charities.


August 8, 2011

Performance series ends with a bang

By Kent

Thank you, thank you very much!  This weekend looks just like what the board had hoped for when we were developing the theater. The King is coming to the Outdoor Theater this Friday in a concert for United Way of DeKalb County, a concert featuring a DeKalb County native performing for a local not for profit organization.  Saturday is Serenity House, another local not for profit using the facility for a fundraiser and Sunday is the community band combining with 3 other bands for a celebration of community bands.  This is exactly what we were hoping for.  We provide this facility for a very nominal fee so that organizations can it to raise awareness and raise money.  Although it is rather sad to see the season end, I can only imagine what the coming seasons will see at the DOT.


August 1, 2011

Hear the train coming?

By Kent

We had Audie Blaylock and Redline on our 2009 summer schedule and they put on an amazing show.  If you happened to miss that night, it was pure magic.  That concert started out with some great Bluegrass music but by the time they were nearing the end, it was like they kicked into high gear.  You could feel the electricity between the audience and the band and the more the audience applauded, the harder that band played.  By the end you felt like you had been run over by a great big bluegrass train, and run over in a good way.  I am not sure if they can recreate that feeling, but I know there is going to be some great music on that stage Friday night and just maybe – a little magic.

Saturday brings back our old friend Joey O.  His Guitar Fest has been a mainstay of the DOT since it began.  Great music by good people.  Don’t miss it.


July 28, 2011

Bust A Chord

By Kent

They call it Busting A Chord.  That’s what barbershop singers refer to it when they hit a great chord together.  They even have songs about busting chords.  You’ve never heard a barbershop bust a chord?  Well, you are in for a great treat this Friday when the Summit City Chorus comes to the DOT.  I enjoy a lot of different types of music and one that really sets it apart for me is a men’s chorus.  Think “Nothing Like A Dame” from the musical South Pacific.  Now add another dimension by changing that men’s chorus to barbershop singing – think “Lida Rose” from Music Man.  We had a men’s barbershop group in our first season and it was a great night.  Join us again this Friday and see why they call it “busting a chord”.


June 20, 2011


By Kent

We have a lot of activity at the Outdoor Theater this week.  Lakewood Park will be hosting a Family Fun Fest on Tuesday and Wednesday night for anyone who wishes to attend.  There will be food, fun and entertainment.  If rain cancels either night, they will host their event on Thursday night.

Friday night brings the Classic Connection All Stars at 7:00 pm followed by Colleen McNabb & her jazz combo.  DeKalb High School’s award winning show choir – Classic Connection will team up with area 3rd, 4th & 5th graders to present a show on the Outdoor Theater stage.  At 7:30, we welcome back jazz artist Colleen McNabb.  She had an outstanding concert last year and we expect even more this year.  What a great night of music awaits.

See you at the theater!


June 15, 2011


By Kent

The Summit City Singers brings the music of the Great White Way to the theater this Friday.  We had to cancel their performance last year due to a big storm that blew in at the last moment.  We got everyone home right when high winds swept through the theater.  This year, they’ll sweep in with great music from the dazzling lights of NYC!

Next week, Colleen McNabb will bring red hot jazz back to the theater. 


June 6, 2011

Off And Running!

By Kent

The Outdoor Theater had a great opening event with local favorite CHOICE providing the music.  Over 600 attended what turned out to be perfect weather for an outdoor activity.  On Saturday, we had over 40 children and family attend our Poetry Slam.

In a couple of weeks, Colleen McNabb will bring jazz back to the theater.  We are looking for area artists to show/sell their wares.  If you are interested, just drop a line to

This weekend is packed with activity.  If you can’t find something you like this weekend, you’re not looking!


June 2, 2011

It’s Time!

By Kent

Grab your coat, and get your hat.  Leave your worries on the doorstep.  Just direct your feet, to the DeKalb Outdoor Theater for the opening event.  Froggy Radio 106.7 presents CHOICE.  It’s gonna be awesome.  See you at the theater!!!!!!!!


May 11, 2011

Froggy Radio/Choice/Awesome

By Kent

3 weeks, but who’s counting?  We have a great summer schedule planned with some new faces and some old familiar ones.  Our kickoff event is June 3rd and will be sponsored by Auburn’s Froggy Radio 106.7 who will be having a give-a-way.  It will once again feature the music of the ever popular, regional favorite - CHOICE.  FCC of Auburn will have ice cream sundaes for sale and the ever popular Kid’s Corner will return with all kinds of activities.  It was a long dreary winter, but let’s shrug off the chilly blues, dig out your best Hawaiian shirt & sunglasses and get ready for a summer long party.  See you at the theater!


April 11, 2011

7 Weeks, but who's counting

By Kent

The clock keeps ticking away and nearing the opening of the 3rd season at the DeKalb Outdoor Theater.  Yesterday, Indiana experienced 80 degree weather and it felt like we should be having a concert in the park.  While it will take a while for the weather to settle in, we are seeing indications that remind us that it won’t be long until the theater opens.  The biggest sign is that the grass is getting greener and buds are appearing all over the trees.  We are also having some of those April showers that are bringing (hopefully) May flowers.  Soon, someone will be the first person to mow their yard, and that smell surely harkens us to summer.  Just close your eyes and you can hear the music waif along the breeze.  7 weeks, but who’s counting?


January 18, 2011


By Kent

I know that today as you look out your window, you aren’t thinking of picnics, kids games and summer concerts.  The schools are closed and the dreary winter weather is upon us – however; there is hope.  The days are getting longer and every once in a while the sun breaks through the clouds to let us remember what great sunny days are like.  The 2011 season is shaping up nicely at the Outdoor Theater.  Some old friends are coming back, like Choice who will once again provide the kick off concert, Spike and the Bulldogs – who have become a perennial favorite, Colleen McNabb –who introduced Jazz music to the DOT and the Philharmonic – who gave us one of the largest attended concerts.  Some that we saw our first season will return– like Audie Blaylock who now has had a number 1 record on the bluegrass charts, and some that are new – like the Summit City Singers, who tried to have a concert last summer but were cancelled due to weather.  So make sure to block out every Friday night all summer long – we look forward to seeing you there again.


September 20, 2010


By Kent

Well, the theater’s closed for the season.  Like many things that close in the fall – drive in’s, ice cream stands, flower & garden stores; the DOT goes dormant for the winter.  But while there ceases to be activity on the stage, work on the theater continues.  This past summer, we handed out survey cards to get feedback from people on what they liked and what they wanted improved.  We will be working on reviewing this information and incorporating the feedback in upcoming seasons.  Over the course of the next several months, we will review the 2010 season, complete the 2011 schedule, decide what capital improvements need to be made, and smile.  I say smile because we are extremely pleased with how the DeKalb County community has embraced the Outdoor Theater.  So while the stage is empty, I can still close my eyes and hear the sounds of the theater.  

See you in the spring! 

September 13, 2010

Saddle Up!

By Kent

Ah, September - warm days and cool nights.   The days are getting shorter and before you know it, the DeKalb County Free Fall Fair will be here and I will be standing in line waiting for a dozen donuts or an apple dumpling.  Once again, we will be having a booth at the Fair in the Industrial Tent, so make sure you stop by and say hello.  During the months to come, I will be writing several columns looking back over the second season and what’s to come in our  3rd. This Saturday marks the last event for the 2011 season at the DOT. It is Drug Free DeKalb County’s 2nd Annual Ride For Recovery Charity Poker Run and Hog Roast.  


September 7, 2010

It’s time for a Country Jam!

By Kent

Saturday will mark the 3rd time that Earl’s County Jam takes the stage at the Outdoor Theater this summer.  Saturday is very special because it is an anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attack on the Trade Center in NYC.  Earl has assembled some great talent to share the stage and salute our country, so make sure you bring a lawn chair and a smile to a wonderful concert.


September 1, 2010


By Kent

!This Saturday will premier a new event for the DOT and for ACD weekend.  From Noon until 6 pm, the Auburn Art Fair will feature local artists with their original artwork on display and for sale.  See the creative imagination of art and artist alike.  There will be demonstrations of painting, weaving, and even a chain saw sculpture who will create art out of a pine log using only a chain saw.  Adam Paulus and the band Broadstreet will perform during the day and there will even be an Amish bakery and vegetable stand!  It is sure to be a lot of fun, so don’t miss the Auburn Art Fair.

August 25, 2010


By Kent

The summer is winding down, but there are still some great events occurring like the one this Saturday for the ACD Festival = Cars & Guitars.  This great concert will help raise money that the ACD Festival uses to support the various auto museums in DeKalb County.  The ACD Festival has decided not to have an admission price, but to have a donations bucket.  It is a risk that they are willing to take.  Come and watch a couple of great bands.  Give a little if you like it, but give more if you want to help promote this wonderful organization.  The music will be great and there will be lots of cars on display as well.  Also lined up are some vendors who will have awesome food to go along with the event.  This event sums up what this county is all about ~ Cars & Guitars.  Don’t miss it!


August 16, 2010


By Kent

Last year, United Way decided to have a kick off concert at the Outdoor Theater.  They are going to have their second concert at the DOT this Friday night featuring the band Big Daddy Caddy.  The concert starts at 7:30 and is free to the public.  Lots of activities going on along with great music. On Saturday, Serenity House is having their 2nd annual concert (but their first at the DOT) featuring a Beatles Tribute band.  There is an admission charge of $15, but this goes to a great cause.  What awesome music happening this weekend at the DOT.  


August 9, 2010


By Kent

This Friday Night at 7:30, the Little Big Band will return to the DOT stage.  As some of you may remember, last year’s concert was held during a light rain and most of our patrons stayed in the cars and honked after each number.  As of today, the weather looks to be sunny and warm – hooray!  Years ago, my mother had me get her records out of the attic so that I could listen to what she enjoyed while a student at Purdue – Benny Goodman, Glen Miller, the Dorsey brothers, Gene Krupa, the Modernairres, Jo Stafford, Dina Shore, swing and sway with Sammy Kaye, Frank Sinatra, Bob Crosby and the Bobcats, and the list goes on and on.  I fell in love with the big band sound that day, and have always had a special place in my heart for that style of music.  I even have a playlist on my iPod filled with swing.  The Little Big Band brings all that music to life this Friday night so make sure you stop by the malt shop and feed the juke box or just swing on by the DOT for a great night of SWING!


August 3, 2010

Full Weekend

By Kent

We have another full weekend coming up at the DOT.  Friday night, the Aaron Miller Band makes its second appearance.  They put on a great show last year and have decided to invite some other talented musicians on stage with them this year.  They are all now graduated from high school and this will be their last show before they go their separate ways to college.

Saturday brings us Guitar Fest with Start Me Up, the Rolling Stones tribute band as top billing, but many other bands will be playing as well.  There will be food and fun as well as a lot of music – and it’s all free!

On Sunday, the Auburn Community Band plays host to 4 other community bands to bring the Band Extravaganza to the Outdoor Theater.  This event is also free to the public.

I am sure that one of these events (or maybe even all three) you are sure to enjoy. 


July 26, 2010

Promise of the Real

By Kent

What started as a simple inquiry of whether or not we could get Mickey Rooney to the DOT, ended up with us getting Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real.  It hasn’t been easy but it has been very educational.  Through a series of events, we were put in touch with the William Morris Agency – one of the largest entertainment booking agencies in the U.S., and they introduced us to Lukas Nelson and his band.  Lukas is trying to get his own music recognized without riding on the coat tails of his famous father and so he is touring heavily all around the U.S.  It turns out that he will appear in Columbus Indiana this Saturday, and they were looking for a way to fill up his calendar and we appeared.  It has been interesting dealing with the William Morris Agency and we hope it is the beginning of many opportunities now that we have some relationship developed but in the mean time, come and see the Promise of the Real.  I think you will be in for a real good time.


July 17, 2010

DOT presents J.A.Z.Z.

By Kent

I met Colleen McNabb when she was a student of my wife’s choir program in the mid-90’s.  She was active both in the music and theater programs while at DeKalb HS.  She has always had a great singing voice and was a delight to listen to.  Years later, we found out that she was performing for one night only at the Hall’s Guest House in Ft. Wayne.  We attended that concert and could not believe what a great singer she had become.  Now, many people can find out about this great talent.  When our regularly scheduled band had to cancel, I immediately thought of Colleen.  She called the Pete Benson Trio back in Chicago and they agreed to come to the DOT and accompany her.  This show is sure to be a delight for young and the young at heart.


July 12, 2010

Going Back To The Oldies!

By Kent

While the harmonies from the County Line Quartet last Friday Night are still in the air, it’s time to look to this Friday.  We’re bringing Spike and the Bulldogs back to the Outdoor Theater.  This group was a big hit with our crowds last summer and we thought we would repeat the experience with some added features.  The Shifter’s Car Club will be having a cruise-in, the Humane Shelter will be selling pulled pork sandwich dinners & we are bringing back the castle inflatable to add to the Kid’s Corner.  It should be a great night.


July 5, 2010

Southern Gospel

By Kent

July is shaping up to be an awesome month for us at the DOT.  This Friday, Southern Gospel returns to our stage when the County Line Quartet performs at 7:30 pm.  This group has been performing together for well over a decade, and their sound is as tight as any you will hear.  Two brothers, a cousin and a great friend make up this group and I believe, Mac McKown may make a guest appearance. 

On Saturday, we will have our 3rd installment of the Children’s Series with the Dumpster Drummers.  They will teach us about recycling while playing their own unique brand of percussion.  Event starts at 11:00 am and everyone is invited to attend.  We will serve a lunch to all children in attendance.

I would like to thank everyone who made last Friday night an unbelievable event for us.  The Philharmonic Concert was a great success and we are making plans to bring them back next year and every year.  A big thank you to SDI, The American Legion Post 97, Omni Source as well as many local financial supporters.


June 28, 2010

Patriotic Pops Concert at the DOT

By Kent

The Board of the DeKalb Outdoor Theater started to dream of how they could expand on their opening season.  A lot of ‘what ifs?’ were discussed including ‘what if we could get the philharmonic to DeKalb County in the summer?’  Some inquiries were made as to open dates and when it looked like it might be able to work, a partnership was formed with the local Psi Iota Xi sorority to work out the details.  The Eta Xi chapter had been presenting the Philharmonic’s Christmas Pops concert for years, so they were a natural partner.  Together, these two groups worked with the Philharmonic’s leadership to secure the date and to work on fundraising.  Generous donations by Steel Dynamics, the Auburn American Legion Post 97, Omni Source Corporation, the DeKalb Outdoor Theater and many local contributors have allowed this ‘what if’ to become a reality and this Friday night at 7:30, the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic will present its Steel Dynamics Foundation Patriotic Pops concert at the DeKalb Outdoor Theater.  This concert is free to the public with gates opening at 6 pm.  Concert attendees need to bring a blanket or lawn chairs although there is some bleacher seating available.  The Eta Xi chapter of the Psi Iota Xi will have hot dogs, nachos and drinks.  The DeKalb Outdoor Theater started a Kid’s Corner this year and that will be open from 6:30 on with games and face painting for the kids.  Some funding is still needed for this and other programs presented at the DOT throughout the summer.  Your tax deductible donations can be made to the DeKalb Community Foundation or to the DeKalb Outdoor Theater at PO Box 452.  There will also be a collections barrel at the gates to assist people in giving. 


June 21, 2010

Old Crown Brass Band/Summit Singers Update

By Kent

This Friday night, the Performance Series continues with the Old Crown Brass Band.  This group played at the DOT last summer, but due to scheduling was unable to be on our normal performance series.  We are happy that they are going to be a part of our series this Friday and we want to encourage all to come out and see this wonderful band.

We had to cancel the Summit City Singers last Friday due to severe weather, however; The singers would like to extend a special invitation of all who were at the concert, and to anyone else, to join them at the Foellinger Outdoor Theatre in Franke Park this Thursday, June 24.  They will be presenting the same concert -  in its entirety.  The concert is free and begins at 8 PM.

Hopefully the Summit City Singers will be able to sing at the DeKalb Outdoor Theater next season.


June 15, 2010


By Kent

We had a big weekend at the DOT last week and Sunday started our week with a community band concert.  Friday, we wrap up our week with the Summit City Singers - a Community Choir – who will be presenting a concert featuring award winning songs from the movies including such favorites as "High Hopes", "Chim Chim Cher-ee",  selections from The Lion King, "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", "I Walk the Line", "Love is a Many Splendored Thing" "Under the Sea", Over the Rainbow" and others. There is even a sing-along where the audience can join in with the 50+ members of the choir.  You might also notice that there has been some improvements to the site this spring.  The DOT board continues to find ways to improve your concert and performance experience by enhancing the facility.

See you at the theater!


June 6, 2010


By Kent

The first weekend at the 2010 season is now over and we can call it a great success.  Over 500 people came to the Choice concert even with the thunderstorm threatening sky and did Choice rock the house!  We also started a kids corner where kids could play all kinds of games and have fun before, during and after the show.   Then Saturday morning we had our first Children’s Series event and over 90 people attended.  Now, this Friday we have the Midway of Magic show and it is going to be so much fun.  This will be the first time we will have magic on our stage, so make sure you see this fun and exciting show.  Saturday is the first annual BBQ and Music Festival where the DeKalb County Fair Association is putting on a big country music show filled with music, food, and fun and games for the kids.  Admission for this event is $10 advance and $15 the day of the show.


May 6, 2010

Looking for Volunteers

By Kent

One of the great things that happened last summer, was the volunteer group who helped with set up, tear down and parking cars.  Our Board is a small and mighty group, but we could not run the theater efficiently if we did not have these great people who show up and help ensure that everything runs smoothly on performance days.  Volunteers show up 2 hours before the performance and are usually able to leave shortly after the performance is over.  We need people to help pass out schedules, sell memberships, park cars, set up and tear down, help coordinate with the food vendors or car clubs and to help with handicapped parking.  If you are interested, or know of someone who might be, send us a note with your contact information to


April 16, 2010

It won’t be long now

By Kent

We have now experienced several days above 70°.  We are having a little rain but as they say, April showers do bring May flowers.  I have cut my grass twice already and I do love the smell of a new mown lawn.  I imagine people getting their BBQ grills ready and working around the yard in preparation of the coming summer.  Speaking of summer, all of the pieces are coming together for the 2010 season at the DOT.  We still have a few dates to fill, but if you look at the calendar, you will see far more activities booked than open space.  We have some returning artists but also have several new ones.  Local favorite – Choice, will kick off the performance series on June 4th.  I always love it when they start playing the beginning chords of China Grove by the Doobie Brothers.  It brings back a lot of memories from listening to this group for the last 30+ years.  As we fill out the last few remaining dates, we will post them here, so keep watching the website for updates.


March 16, 2010

Just a hint of spring

By Kent

Yesterday was a very typical March Indiana day.  Cold, overcast, dreary.  Today though, the sun is shining and they predict it will reach sixty five degrees.  65°!  Now that’s more like it.  Spring is coming, there’s no denying it.  We are in March Madness and Hoosier Hysteria all at the same time.  The NCAA tournament is ready to kick off and Spring Break starts this Saturday.  I found crocus blooming at my house last week and what a lovely sight that was.  In less than 90 days, we will be having events at the Outdoor Theater.  Oh how I love summer.  The smell of new mown grass and someone cooking on their BBQ.  Music drifting through the air coming out of convertibles heading for a cruise-in.  Out of towners coming to see the statues around the court house square.  People on bicycles riding up and down the bike way or walking down the path to Rieke Park.  Butler Days, Garrett’s Heritage Days, and all the other festivals in the county.  People gathering at the DOT to watch their favorite group in concert.  Our first concert this summer will again feature DeKalb Counties favorite classic rock band – Choice.  What a great way to start the summer and I will see you there!

February 9, 2010

Even Larger Blanket of Snow

By Kent

When I wrote last month’s blog entry, we in Indiana had just received a nice snowfall.  Today, we are in the midst of a very large snowfall with predictions of up to 10” of snow falling by tomorrow night accompanied by strong winds tonight.  Yesterday, on my way home from work, I decided to drive by the Outdoor Theater and take a look before the blizzard came.  Not only did I drive by, but I drove right up to the stage and had a look around.  I closed my eyes briefly and had a quick daydream of what this summer was going to be like.  If you look at our calendar, we are fairly well booked up.  And the variety of entertainment is wonderful.  We have dancing, singing, rock bands & brass bands; magic, theater, cruise-ins & poetry; southern gospel & the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic.  And most of it is free.  I could taste the food at Rib Fest and could see people waiting for a community band concert to start.  I could see the Legion raising the flag and hear the kids having fun at one of the children’s events.  I hated to come out of that daydream, but I had to come back to reality and gas up the snow blower.  The groundhog said we’d have six more weeks of winter, but that will soon pass.  See you at the theater!

January 11, 2010

Blanket of Snow

By Kent

I look out of my window at work and see that deep blanket of snow all around us, but I can’t help thinking about the upcoming summer season at the DOT.  We officially open our Friday Night Performance Series on Friday night June 4th with Froggy Radio and Choice band.  Speaking of the Performance Series, it’s shaping up well for the coming season with only 3 Friday’s left to fill, and actually, we have a strong tentative booking for June 25th leaving only 2 days open.  We are continuing to develop the new Children’s Series which will happen on Saturday mornings.  Keep watching the web because as that continues to evolve, we will keep everyone up to date.  So when I go outside, I will put on my heavy coat, but I may put on my sunglasses as well and keep dreaming about the summer shows.   Stay Warm!!!!

December 17, 2009

Looking Back - Looking Forward

By Kent

At our annual board meeting, the Outdoor Theater took some time to reflect on our inaugural season and to think about the upcoming one.  We will continue our popular Friday Night Performance Series and there are plans in the works to include theater with this activity.  We already have many of our dates scheduled so take a few minutes to pull up the 2010 calendar and see what’s coming.

The board also discussed the possibility of a Children’s Series and enthusiastically decided to pursue this.  Deb Argast of the Eckhart Public Library will help us partner with this series with the other libraries in the county.  Keep checking back to see what is in the works for this activity.

All in all we had a great 2009 and are looking forward to the 2010 season. 

Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!

November 20, 2009

Patriotic Pops 

by Kent 

We are working on next year’s schedule and we have a tentative agreement with the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic to bring their patriotic concert to the Outdoor Theater stage on Friday July 2nd as part of our Friday Night Performance Series.  In order to make this happen, the Outdoor Theater is partnering with the local Psi Iota Xi Sorority-Eta Xi Chapter for this event.  The sorority is very aware of the Outdoor Theater having made a sizeable contribution towards the construction of our facility.  Psi Iota Xi Sorority already hosts the holiday concert with the philharmonic every December at DeKalb High School so they are in tune with what it takes to make a concert like this a success and the perfect partner for bringing the patriotic concert to DeKalb County.  We are excited about the coming season, the philharmonic concert and our new partnership with Psi Iota Xi Sorority.

October 7, 2009 

Autumn’s Arrival  

By Kent

We do want to thank everyone who stopped by the Outdoor Theater booth in the Industrial Tent at the County Fair.  What nice compliments from so many people.  Michael Sowle did a great job of putting together a video and pictures from this past summer’s performances.  Now we turn our attention forward and while the weather is getting cooler and the theater is now dormant, it doesn’t mean that we have stopped working.  We have started putting together next season’s schedule.  Ideas for both performers and enhancements to the performance series are being discussed.  If you have thoughts about ways we can improve our performance series, ideas of who you would like to see on the stage, or any comments at all, you can email us at  Remember, we are here to serve the county and we welcome input for everyone.

September 24, 2009

Fair Time

By Kent

It’s Fair Time once again and that means donuts and apple dumplings, parades and marching bands, Ferris wheels and 4-H animals.  The Fair officially opens on Monday night September 28th at 7pm with the Queen Pageant Parade and runs through Saturday night October 3rd after the drawings (around 11 pm).  The DeKalb Outdoor Theater will have a booth again in the Industrial Tent. We will be showing some pictures and video from this past summer’s performances, so make sure you stop by and say hello.

September 17, 2009

Let’s keep it going!

By Kent

Our board met yesterday morning and it is very obvious that we are all committed to moving things forward.  We are discussing improvements to the schedule and to the facility for 2010.  We have started to receive applications for next summer, so if you are interested in performing or if you know of someone you would like to see perform next year, don’t delay getting in your request.  As well, your input is important to us – whether it is about the theater, the schedule, the web site, or anything else that might be on your mind.  You can always send in comments or suggestions to our email address at

September 3, 2009

Labor Day Weekend

By Kent

Labor Day Weekend is always a full weekend in Auburn Indiana and this year is no exception.  A new addition to the ACD Festival events is the Community Service of Worship & Praise that will be at the Outdoor Theater on Sunday September 6th.  This will start with a community wide church service where all are invited to attend – both locals and out of towners.  Immediately following there will be several performances by various local and regional Christian artists that will last until 4 pm.  We are happy that the Outdoor Theater is going to be used during this big weekend for our community.  Hope to see you there!

August 24, 2009

Big Weekend

By Kent

2 big concerts are happening this weekend.  Friday brings us the Live United Concert for the United Way of DeKalb County.  This concert will feature over 20 county performers of all ages and will kick off the United Way campaign for this year.  All of the various agencies that the United Way sponsor will be there.  There will be free popcorn and balloons and a lot of fun.

Saturday is the Guitar Fest sponsored by the ACD Festival and Joey O.  This concert will have several bands playing from 6 pm on and will raise money for the festival.  Timmy’s BBQ will serve food and Jitterz Coffee will serve ice cream.  There is an admission charge for this - $5 each or $20 per family.  Come on out to the Outdoor Theater this weekend and enjoy all of the great events.

August 10, 2009

Season comes to an end

By Kent

How is it possible that our first season is coming to a close?  It is very hard for me to believe that I am writing about our last concert of the performance series already.  The Friday Night Performance Series was started in hopes of encouraging artists and audience alike in using and enjoying the new stage – and it has exceeded all expectations.  Many people from all walks of life converge at the DOT on Friday nights to enjoy the summer weather, good conversation with friends, and great performances.  This Friday night, the Outdoor Theater presents Audie Blaylock and Redline – one of Bluegrass music’s hottest groups.  DeKalb County is fortunate to have Audie Blaylock as a resident.  Right here in our corner of the world is an extraordinary talent and that talent will shine this Friday. The weather forecast is 84° and sunny so put on your sunscreen, grab your neighbor and head out this Friday for a great concert.  See you there!

August 3, 2009


New gift given to the Outdoor Theater


By Kent


Since our theater has opened, we have had an American flag temporarily flying from one of our light poles for our concerts.  It has been functional, but not entirely attractive.  American Legion Post 97 from Auburn, is donating a flagpole and flag to the Outdoor Theater.  The base is to be installed this Saturday and we will dedicate the flagpole and fly the flag for the first time before the Audie Blaylock and Redline concert on August 14th.  This will be a wonderful addition to our facility and we want to thank the American Legion for this great gift.


July 29, 2009

Wow!  What a great start

By Kent

Hello Everyone!  We thought we would start a blog page to be able to communicate some things going on at the DeKalb Outdoor Theater. 

First and foremost – WOW!  What a great start.  Everyone involved with the theater has been very pleased with our first season so far.  We dreamed that we would have some larger concerts, but did not think they would happen in our first year.  We have had 4 concerts this season with crowds over 500.  We thought it would take several seasons to get to this level.

We have 8 events left with the newest one just being scheduled today – the United Way Concert.  This is to be a youth concert to kick off the DeKalb County United Way campaign and will be on Friday August 28th at 7:30 pm

This Friday night is the Patricia Krus School of Dance and Sunday is the Band Extravaganza – another full week!

See you at the theater.


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