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Fundraiser named for late music teacher set for Oct. 19

A fundraiser named for the late Michael Murphy, who taught at the Music School in Oak Lawn, will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park, according to a news release.

The third Murph’s Gift of Music fundraising event welcomes all ages to celebrate music to benefit the Michael J. Murphy Scholarship Music Fund. The fund’s awards support music and dance lessons and provide instruments to children from families who otherwise could not afford such opportunities, the release said.

Food, beer and wine will be served. There will be Chicago sports jersey raffles, basket raffles, silent auctions, a grand raffle and more, the release said. The cost is $30 for adults, $15 for ages 13 to 20, $5 for ages 6 to 12, and free for children under 6.

Since the fund began in 2008, 130 young, talented musicians and dancers have been able to continue lessons and use instruments, the release said.

Among the bands performing will be Coyote Riot, The Chancey Brothers, A Week Back and Friends, and The Larkin and Moran Brothers.

The late Michael J. Murphy devoted his life to music. A guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, he played in four bands, including Leave, which released three albums of original songs and was featured on Chicago radio, the release said.

“Murph” also taught at the Music School in Oak Lawn.

He was killed by a hit-and-run driver in 2008, the release said.

The application process for scholarships is open each year from Feb. 1 to April 15. For more information, visit murphsgiftofmusic.org.

Staff report



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