Block will be rockin’ Wilmington on Saturday

By Tom Barr -

WILMINGTON — Downtown will be rockin’ Saturday. And cookin’.

And even a beer garden for relaxin’ and responsible drinkin’.

On the heels of last year’s successful inaugural Rock the Block, the Clinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau is bringing it back, and it’ll be even bigger and better in 2019 — more like a little festival.

What’s new? Main Street will be closed to traffic Saturday, with food vendors and craft vendors, as well as a tented beer garden courtesy of Energize Clinton County.

The rock begins to roll at 4 p.m. with the pre-party on the Clinton County stage on Main Street featuring Reeking Havoc, followed by Dirty Deeds Ultimate AC/DC Tribute Band.

The party moves indoors as the doors to the Murphy Theatre open at 7 p.m. Rockstar takes the stage at 7:30 p.m., followed by the ’80s-’90s hair-band Steelheart. Emcee Goat from “Full Throttle Saloon” will once again preside over the event.

The outdoor entertainment is free; tickets are required for the Murphy portion of the event, with proceeds benefiting the historic theatre.

For tickets to the Murphy event, go online to or call the box office at 937-382-3643.

Rock Star Friday

Speaking of the Murphy, Saturday’s party will be preceded Friday night with a showing of the film “Rock Star” beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The night includes a t-shirt giveaway by the CCCVB and local radio legend Wildman Walker of ClassX radio will be on hand. This Friday event is free, but you need a ticket.

By Tom Barr