Murphy Set to Perform at Tamarack
America’s Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. is wrapping up his Christmas tour in Beckley for the second year in a row.
This year, he’s bringing three famous friends to his Tamarack Theater concerts today and Saturday with shows at 6 p.m. each evening. Local fans will be happy to hear that show promoters have just released a block of available tickets for purchase at landaumurphyjr.com.
Along with Murphy and his Classic Christmas Orchestra, the holiday concerts will feature performances from the former lead vocalists from The Temptations (Glenn Leonard), The Platters (Joe Coleman) and The Drifters (Ron McPhatter). Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.’s Classic Christmas Tour is sponsored by Beckley-based Little General Stores.
A portion of the proceeds from Murphy’s new “Christmas Made for Two” CD, available at Little General Stores, benefits The Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, which both Murphy and Little General Stores have supported for many years. Temptations vocalist Glenn Leonard appears alongside Landau on the CD, reprising his role as the lead singer on the perennial holiday radio staple “Silent Night” from the “Temptations Christmas” album.
The Beckley concerts are the final stops on Murphy’s classic Christmas Crooners tour, which crisscrossed the USA and Asia. Murphy performed in early December in China with fellow America’s Got Talent winner Michael Grimm in Shanghai. Other stops included New York City where Murphy appeared as a guest D.J. on Sirius/XM Radio’s “Holly” Christmas music channel and performed that evening at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club.
Murphy was also featured in the nationally televised Macy’s Holiday Parade and played two special concerts for U.S. troops, their families and veterans in Tennessee.
This past Sunday he was the featured half time entertainment for the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder/Toronto Raptors game in Oklahoma City, crooning songs from his new Christmas CD from center court and on the Jumbotron. He also had several West Virginia tour dates, a sold- out appearance at Ashland Ky.’s Paramount Arts Center and a Los Angeles performance in conjunction with a week there spent recording tracks for his upcoming third album.
At most of Murphy’s West Virginia area Christmas tour performances, local charities collected toys for needy children, including a show in Madison where more than $20,000 in toys and donations were received. Murphy says that of all the places his travels take him, coming home to perform for his home state audiences is still his favorite.
“There are no better, more hard working people than the ones in West Virginia. And my band and me love to play these small, intimate theaters like the one at Tamarack, where I can really get up close and personal with the audience. I’m really looking forward to wrapping up my holiday tour there in Beckley, and am thankful to the show promoters and Little General Stores for releasing those extra tickets for people to come out and get one last chance at enjoying some great music for the holidays,” Murphy said,.
Tickets for the Tamarack performances are available at landaumurphyjr.com or by calling 304-989-3360.
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