Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. returns for benefit concert


IF YOU GO

What: Murphy Meets Motown concert, featuring Landau Eugene Murphy, with Glenn Leonard, Joe Coleman and Joe Blunt.

Where: Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Ave., Youngstown

When: 8 p.m. Nov. 17

Tickets: $25, $30 and $40 at the box office, stambaughauditorium.com and 330-259-0555.

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., winner of the 2011 “America’s Got Talent” television competition, will return to Stambaugh Auditorium for a Nov. 17 concert.

It will be the second year in a row that Murphy has played Stambaugh, and once again, the concert will benefit the Diversity Leadership Minority Scholarship Fund at Youngstown State University.

Tickets are $25, $30 and $40 and are available at the Stambaugh box office, 1000 Fifth Ave.; by phone at 330-259-0555; and online at stambaughauditorium.com. The concert will start at 8 p.m.

Murphy sings in the style of Frank Sinatra. For the upcoming concert, dubbed Murphy Meets Motown, he will be joined by Glenn Leonard, former lead vocalist of the Temptations; Joe Coleman, lead singer of the Platters; and Joe Blunt, lead singer for the Drifters.

Murphy also has invited some students from the Chaney Visual and Performing Arts High School to join him onstage.

It should prove to be a valuable learning experience for the students. During rehearsal, they will get to ask questions of Murphy and the other professional musicians and singers. The students also will get to observe the soundcheck and witness how a touring production operates.

Murphy grew up in poverty in a rough area of Detroit. He stayed out of trouble by singing in church, and now likes to instruct and give hope to young people. His band includes many high-school- and university-level music educators who are also used to instructing young artists.

Murphy also has raised more than a million dollars for homeless and children’s charities via sales of his holiday CD and appearances. He also has released two other albums – “That’s Life” and “Landau Live” – which showcase his takes on the Great American Songbook standards, updated versions of R&B classics with a big-band twist and some original compositions.

Proceeds from the Nov. 17 concert at Stambaugh will be used to increase the YSU diversity scholarship fund.

Applications for the scholarship are due Feb. 15, and the winner or winners will be announced March 23.

This scholarship recognizes minority students whose leadership promotes inclusiveness on campus and in the community. Students must be enrolled at YSU with a minimum grade point average of 2.7.

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