Rockin’ into next 100 years


Murphy Theatre sets sights on future

By Tom Barr - tbarr@wnewsj.com



Jack Russell’s Great White on the Murphy stage Saturday night.

Jack Russell’s Great White on the Murphy stage Saturday night.


Courtesy photos | Clinton County CVB

“Gene Simmons” a.k.a. Freakin’ Gene even attended the Murphy Theatre show.


Courtesy photos | Clinton County CVB

Clinton County CVB Executive Director Susan Valentine-Scott with members of the AC/DC tribute band Dirty Deeds.


Courtesy photos | Clinton County CVB

Firehouse with an enthusiastic Murphy Theatre audience.


Courtesy photos | Clinton County CVB

You can’t have a great concert without a great Murphy Theatre sound and lighting crew.


Courtesy photos | Clinton County CVB

The singer for Firehouse rocks the Murphy.


Courtesy photos | Clinton County CVB

Firehouse rocks the Wilmington audience at the Murphy.


Chad Stone photo

MC Goat and a couple of fans.


Michelle Lynch photo

Jack Russell’s Great White Saturday night in Wilmington.


Christopher Walls photo

MC Goat from Full Throttle Saloon sets the stage.


Chad Stone photo

The Murphy Theatre marquee Saturday night. For more photos of the event, visit wnewsj.com.


Glenn Reedy photo

Ultimate Ozzy singer Dale Grubb with Goat.


Dale Grubb photo

Rockin’ the Murphy Theatre Saturday night is Bill Leverty, lead guitar of Firehouse.


Chad Stone photo

Dan Broxterman and Steve Chrismer from the band Push: Dio Tribute.


Chad Stone photo

WILMINGTON — The Murphy Theatre rocked into its second century Saturday night with the Rock the Block theatre fundraiser presented by the Clinton County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“It was a great night all-around,” said Clinton County CVB Executive Director Susan Valentine-Scott. “The acts were great with really high energy.”

“And, most importantly, we raised a lot of money for the Murphy.”

The event featured Firehouse, Jack Russell’s Great White, the AC/DC tribute band Dirty Deeds, Ozzy Osbourne tribute act Ultimate Ozzy, and Push: A Dio Tribute, plus emcee Goat from “Full Throttle Saloon.“

She said that there were no reported security incidents related to the show.

Valentine-Scott added that it took a small army of local people to make the event a success including the staff and crew of the Murphy Theatre, the City of Wilmington, WPD Sgt. Ron Fithen, Dan Gray, many volunteers, the Wilmington News Journal and “everyone who supported this event.”

More rockin’ set

Valentine-Scott added that, for fans of old-school rock, there’s more in store locally featuring Molly Hatchet along with Moccasin Creek during the upcoming Jeep Jam, which will combine with the monthly Third Friday Party at the Mural Aug. 17 in downtown Wilmington featuring the Jeep Show & Shine.

Then on Saturday, Aug. 18 Jeep Jam continues at the Clinton County Fairgrounds featuring “a great weekend of family fun along with safe and responsible off-roading. There will be obstacle courses, trails and some of the largest off-road vendors in the country..”

For more information, visit clintoncountyohio.com .

Jack Russell’s Great White on the Murphy stage Saturday night.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/07/web1_rock-3-3.jpgJack Russell’s Great White on the Murphy stage Saturday night. Courtesy photos | Clinton County CVB

“Gene Simmons” a.k.a. Freakin’ Gene even attended the Murphy Theatre show.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/07/web1_rock-4-3.jpg“Gene Simmons” a.k.a. Freakin’ Gene even attended the Murphy Theatre show. Courtesy photos | Clinton County CVB

Clinton County CVB Executive Director Susan Valentine-Scott with members of the AC/DC tribute band Dirty Deeds.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/07/web1_rock-5-3.jpgClinton County CVB Executive Director Susan Valentine-Scott with members of the AC/DC tribute band Dirty Deeds. Courtesy photos | Clinton County CVB

Firehouse with an enthusiastic Murphy Theatre audience.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/07/web1_rock-group-3.jpgFirehouse with an enthusiastic Murphy Theatre audience. Courtesy photos | Clinton County CVB

You can’t have a great concert without a great Murphy Theatre sound and lighting crew.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/07/web1_Murphy-sound-guys-3.jpgYou can’t have a great concert without a great Murphy Theatre sound and lighting crew. Courtesy photos | Clinton County CVB

The singer for Firehouse rocks the Murphy.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/07/web1_rock-2-3.jpgThe singer for Firehouse rocks the Murphy. Courtesy photos | Clinton County CVB

Firehouse rocks the Wilmington audience at the Murphy.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/07/web1_firehouse-1.jpegFirehouse rocks the Wilmington audience at the Murphy. Chad Stone photo

MC Goat and a couple of fans.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/07/web1_goat-and-2-women-1.jpegMC Goat and a couple of fans. Michelle Lynch photo

Jack Russell’s Great White Saturday night in Wilmington.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/07/web1_jack-russell-1.jpegJack Russell’s Great White Saturday night in Wilmington. Christopher Walls photo

MC Goat from Full Throttle Saloon sets the stage.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/07/web1_mc-goat-1.jpegMC Goat from Full Throttle Saloon sets the stage. Chad Stone photo

The Murphy Theatre marquee Saturday night. For more photos of the event, visit wnewsj.com.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/07/web1_murphy-marquee-1.jpegThe Murphy Theatre marquee Saturday night. For more photos of the event, visit wnewsj.com. Glenn Reedy photo

Ultimate Ozzy singer Dale Grubb with Goat.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/07/web1_ozzy-and-goat-1.jpegUltimate Ozzy singer Dale Grubb with Goat. Dale Grubb photo

Rockin’ the Murphy Theatre Saturday night is Bill Leverty, lead guitar of Firehouse.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/07/web1_rock-8-1.jpegRockin’ the Murphy Theatre Saturday night is Bill Leverty, lead guitar of Firehouse. Chad Stone photo

Dan Broxterman and Steve Chrismer from the band Push: Dio Tribute.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/07/web1_push-dio-1.jpegDan Broxterman and Steve Chrismer from the band Push: Dio Tribute. Chad Stone photo

https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/07/web1_dirty-deeds-1-1.jpegChad Stone photo
Murphy Theatre sets sights on future

By Tom Barr

tbarr@wnewsj.com