Laundau Murphy and Friends return to perform at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts


PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – The Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association (SOPAA) and Shawnee State University present Landau Murphy and Friends performing at 7:30 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 22 at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts (VRCFA) to kick off the 2016-17 season.

Laundau Eugene Murphy, Jr. and the legends of Motown, Leonard, Coleman and Blunt first captured the attention of the area’s audience two years ago with a memorable concert at the VRCFA and have returned to perform another energized concert.

Murphy wowed the audiences in 2011 when he won Logan, WV’s America’s Got Talent with his “Sinatra style” singing. Joining Murphy are Motown legends, Leonard, Coleman and Blunt. Glenn Leonard was the former lead vocalist for The Temptations, Joe Coleman is the lead singer with The Platters, and Joe Blunt was the former lead singer for The Drifters.

Backed by a great band, Murphy and the three legends of Motown will deliver a memorable performance all night long.

A dessert reception, sponsored by Farmers Insurance – the Donna Wolery Agency, will be held prior to the concert starting at 6:30 p.m. in the VRCFA lobby as a celebration of the beginning of the 2016-17 season.

Murphy’s concert will also marks the start of a pilot program to offer child care services to concert goers at SSU’s Children’s Learning Center (CLC). Information about the program or how to make reservations can be found on the VRCFA’s website,

Tickets for the concert are $15 for children under the age of 12, $30 for SSU students, staff and faculty, $40 for seniors and $45 for the general public. Upper tier prices are available at a discounted price. Special discounts for families and groups are also available.

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For more information about the concert, please contact the McKinley Box Office, Mon. through Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 740.351.3600, or visit the VRCFA website,, or SOPAA’s website,

The performance of Laundau Murphy is sponsored by Solid Rock Construction and the Richard D. Marting Foundation.

The 2016-17 SOPAA/SSU season is presented with the support of the Ohio Arts Council, an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, The SSU Development Foundations, City of Portsmouth, OH, the Martings Foundation and the Scioto Foundation.