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Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with Landau!

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His last name is Murphy, so he’s celebrating with a special St. Patrick’s Day concert!

Join Landau at the historic Strand Theater in Moundsville WV on March 18th as we kiss the Blarney Stone, Scramble the Shamrocks and Listen for the Landau Leprechauns to put their special spin on the Great American Songbook and Musical Motown Memories.

This is one Spring Fling you won’t want to miss!

Tickets are ON SALE now!

Gold Circle, Orchestra and Balcony seating is available.

 

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FREE Landau Valentines Weekend Concert!

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FREE Landau Valentine’s Weekend Concert!

Saturday, February 11th, 2017

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Snowshoe Mountain Resort is bringing you the smooth stylings of West Virginia’s favorite native son just in time for Valentine’s Day. Who can melt hearts better than Landau? And, best of all, it’s FREE!

Doors open at 7pm, and the show starts at 8pm in the Mountain Lodge Ballroom.

Skiers, snowboarders and just plan snow lovers… all you have to do is RSVP at the below to reserve your space. But, don’t wait, seats are limited and we’re sure it will be all booked up before you know it. 

RSVP online: www.snowshoemtn.com/things-to-do/events/landau-eugene-murphy-jr-concert

Wild, Wonderful West Virginia is also giving away a Valentine’s Weekend package, including a two-night stay, rentals and lift tickets for two, and VIP seats at the Landau concert!  To enter the giveaway, just share this event at the Facebook link below and tag your valentine ♥  

See ya at Snowshoe!

RSVP on Facebook/Enter to Win: www.facebook.com/events/2231779117047635

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WV Governor’s Inauguration

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West Virginia’s own Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., the winner of NBC TV’s America’s Got Talent and Columbia Records recording artist, will be performing at the Governor’s official Inauguration festivities Monday night January 16th at the The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Murphy will close the evening with a special up close and intimate performance in the Greenbrier Casino.

Tickets and more information are available at www.inaugurationwv.com. This will mark Landau’s second inaugural performance; four years ago, he performed for Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and guests at the Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex.
 
Murphy, whose new album was released last month, wrapped up his annual holiday tour ringing in 2017 with a sold out New Years Eve performance with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall in Boston December 31st. His special guest for the West Virginia Inaugural festivities will be Postmodern Jukebox vocalist Maiya Sykes. The Los Angeles based vocalist was also a member of “Team Pharrell” on season seven of NBC TV’s The Voice in 2014.
 
Landau has maintained close ties to his home state, and continues to live in his hometown, the City of Logan West Virginia, and tour out of Charleston with his West Virginia-based Landau Big Band. This past summer, his CD single “Come Home To West Virginia” hit the Top 10 on the ITunes Jazz Chart.
 
Murphy said he’s looking forward to performing songs from his brand new album for the Governor and his guests, and added: “It’s a real honor for the band and me to be asked to perform for the Governor’s Inauguration, and at a beautiful location like The Greenbrier. I’m very proud to be from West Virginia, and I tell people all over the world when I’m on tour about how great our state and it’s people are. I’d especially like to thank David Dodd, Corey Warlick, Governor-elect Jim Justice and everyone involved for the invitation. Now, let’s get ready to have some fun!”
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“Little Jimmy Dickens” tribute concert at WV Music HoF

"Little" Jimmy Dickens

"Little" Jimmy Dickens

“Little” Jimmy Dickens

 

Landau has been added as a special guest star at the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame tribute concert to Country Music Hall of Famer and West Virginia native “Little” Jimmy Dickens. The unique music event is this Friday night January 13th at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, West Virginia.

Tickets and more information are available HERE

Landau will be joined at the Dicken’s tribute concert by Mountain Stage radio host Larry Groce, Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys, The Carpenter Ants, Julie Adams, John Lilly and others.

Born and raised in Bolt, Raleigh County, “Little” Jimmy Dickens, who was 4’11” tall, was a permanent member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1949, and his name became synonymous with that musical institution. For many years, he performed as many 300 nights a year, and, in 1964, became the first country music star to circle the world on a tour. Dickens charted hits in every decade from the 1940s to the 1970s. Thanks to the support of fellow West Virginian Brad Paisley who featured his diminutive friend in several popular music videos, Dickens’ music reached a whole new generation of listeners. Dickens was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983 and was in the first class of inductees into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
Dicken’s last Opry performance was December 20, 2014, four days after his 94th birthday. He passed away just two weeks later on January 2, 2015. In the words of fellow Country Music Hall of Famer and WV Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith, “Jimmy Dickens was the essence of country music and the heart of the Grand Ole Opry.”

Landau has contributed a cover of Dicken’s biggest hit “May The Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose” to a tribute album scheduled for release in Spring 2017.

Friday’s “Little” Jimmy Dickens tribute concert is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

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Landau croons and swoons his way to the Pops

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Read this article online: www.Metro.US

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. croons and swoons his way to the Pops

The winner of “America’s Got Talent” has been keeping busy.

A.D. AMOROSI

When Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. won NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” five years ago, he had no idea that he’d continue on with his arsenal of good time swing and emotive, clarion vocal skills. He loved standard jazz classics by his heroes, Sinatra and Bing Crosby, and was simply happy to keep their legacy alive.

Album recording session

Album recording session

But then again, Murphy Jr. never though he’d make it out of a Michigan car wash where he sang Sinatra tunes to his co-workers. Fast forward to the present, and not only has he released a debut album, “That’s Life,” that hit No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz chart, a Christmas album —”Christmas Made for Two”— and an autobiography (“Landau: From Washing Cars to Hollywood Star”), he readying his third album for 2017 release with holiday shows on the horizon.

You won “America’s Got Talent,” but are you a competitive fellow with everything you do?

Music is too pure to be competitive about. I just want to entertain, and that show was a great vehicle for it. I have never been competitive in regard to singing at all. Throwing basketballs, running fast; those things I would compete in. Also, I think that everybody can sing, you just need the right opportunities.

Well, looking at basketball and running for a moment, that takes training. Did you train your voice to do what you wish, or was it – is it — natural?

Life trained my voice, whether it was me being funny with my friends or me chatting in-between dance steps. That said, you couldn’t go in unprepared. I’ve been booed during open mics. My family booed me – but that trains you too; that and singing in church, old age homes and such as I have since I was three-years-old.

Man, that’s a tough family. You’re not singing conventionally easy stuff to begin with – it’s mostly jazz, big band, and Tin Pan Alley standards, to go with your own soulful compositions at a time when so many people your age go for pop or hip-hop. What was that challenge like?

As a normal urban black kid, I grew up listening to rap and pop in West Virginia; from Sugarhill Gang to Cyndi Lauper to the Oak Ridge Boys. By the time we moved to the big city, more of what was popular hip-hop on the radio became my steady diet. But this genre – the standards – was something I liked from childhood. I sang Bing Crosby every day, just joking with my friends.

Yet, it’s not like I could be Bing Crosby. Or Frank Sinatra. Imagine sounding like Sinatra, looking the way I look? But it worked. I think this genre chose me. The music is pure and timeless so it became natural. I have to say too that my friends would crack up listening to me do this – they like me, never took it seriously.

So when did that change? When did it get serious?

I worked for this car wash dealership in Michigan, and my boss came into the washroom one day when I was singing. He told right then, ‘You should not be working here.’ He took me to a club in Oakland County Michigan to a room full of people for some open mic, and the room just got quiet when I sang. That was the turning point I guess. He made me know that I had something. It took me a minute to get it, because I was 30. I weighed my options— am I going to be a successful rapper at this age, or do I stand a chance crooning?

So when you’re writing you own stuff, what are you going for?

That same pocket, vibe and feeling that I get when I’m singing Cole Porter or Nat King Cole; that’s my thing. You don’t fix something that’s not broken. So my song like “Come Home to West Virginia” – I hope you get the same feelings that I have about that place, that easy country road feeling and the same feeling you would get from a Frank Sinatra song where he’s singing about New York or Chicago. Plus, there is always a great, stylish arrangement – the bigger the better.

Which reminds me: you’re fronting the Boston Pops coming up for New Year’s Eve, the biggest of all orchestras.

When I travel, we usually play with between 12 and 22 pieces. The Pops though? That’s big. They’re a down-to-earth crew and I think they appreciate what I do, that I love the old standards. I did a walk-on with the Pops when they did a Motown set last year, and they said ‘why don’t we just put you on the books for New Year’s’? Guess I knew my plans a year early.

If you go:

Tues. Dec. 27, 8 p.m.
Highline Ballroom
431 W. 16th St.
$20-$35, highlineballroom.com
Wed. Dec 28, 8 p.m.
Sellersville Theater
24 Maple Ave. Sellersville
$25-$39.50, st94.com

Sat. Dec. 31, 10 p.m. with the Boston Pops
Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Ave.
$51 -$140, www.bso.org

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Landau Returns to Meadowbrook Mall for Charity Event

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. Returns to Meadowbrook Mall for Charity Event!

552542730d6bc-image(Bridgeport, WV) October 28, 2016: Thousands of shoppers are expected to attend what’s become known as Meadowbrook Mall’s official kick off to the holiday shopping season. The 12th annual after-hours charity event, Purchase with a Purpose, will take place Sunday, November 6 from 6:00-9:00pm. The three-hour event offers shoppers exclusive discounts, entertainment and the chance to win over $7,500 in door prizes, including the $5,000 Grand Prize from sponsor Dan Cava’s Toyota World. The entertainment highlight of the evening: a special guest performance by Eugene Landau Murphy, Jr. This renowned jazz crooner (and Logan County, WV native) last performed at Meadowbrook Mall during our 2013 Grand Re-Opening Celebration. He was the Season 6 Winner of America’s Got Talent.

Participating charities have been pre-selling $5 tickets to Purchase with a Purpose. They will be on hand Sunday night selling tickets at the following locations in the mall:

Food Court: WVU Children’s Hospital

Garfield’s: Harrison County 4-H

Holiday Hair: Marion County Humane Society

Elder-Beerman Home Store: Harrison County Special Olympics

JCPenney Men’s Department: Lincoln High School Band

Target: Robert C Byrd High School Band Patrons

JCPenney Catalog: The Studio of the Performing Arts

JCPenney Shoe Department: Wings of Hope

Elder-Beerman Fashion Store: Bridgeport Lions Club

 

Entertainment will include:

 

The Cool Cats, WV Jazz Society’s Ambassador Band

On stage in the WDTV5 Event Center 6:00-7:45pm

 

RCB Jazz Band

Sears Court 6:00-7:00pm

 

The Studio for the Performing Arts

Sears Court from 7:00-7:45pm

 

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.

On stage in the WDTV5 Event Center (approx.) 8:15-9pm

Pictured below is the 2014 Grand Prize winner, Karen Hinkle of Clarksburg, shortly after receiving her $5,000 check from Machelle and Santino Cava., along with event M.C. Sarah Rowan of Magic 106.5.

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The Meadowbrook Mall Complex is located on Interstate 79, Exit 121 in Bridgeport, West Virginia. It has been serving the people of the Bridgeport/Clarksburg area since 1982. To learn more, visit www.meadowbrookmall.com. Meadowbrook Mall is owned and managed in association with Cafaro affiliated companies, based in Niles, Ohio. One of the nation’s largest privately held shopping center developers, the Cafaro organization owns and oversees more than 30 million square feet of commercial real estate in 10 states. For information on the Cafaro organization, visit www.cafarocompany.com.


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