Under the Streetlamp will launch season

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – Shawnee State University in partnership with the Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association (SOPAA) will launch the 2015-16 season with the performance by Under the Streetlamp on Thursday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts (VRCFA).

Under the Streetlamp brings the “Great American Radio Songbook” featuring the hits of Doo Wop, Motown and other classic Rock N’ Roll during their performance. Employing the motto, “Retro Never Sounded So Now,” the group also performs pop radio hits of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.

Each performer will take on the role of lead singers at different points of the evening to provide a few surprises for the audience. Under the Streetlamp likes to encourage their audience to get up and sing and dance with them at their performances.

“These guys will provide the big “wow” factor we want for the opening of the 2015-16 season,” said SOPAA President Bob Mascari. “People who loved Landau Murphy’s concert last year will really enjoy this performance as well.”

Originally conceived by Dayton native Michael Ingersoll as a small side project while they performing in Chicago, the four members of the group decided to continue to perform together and have seen their success grow with highly acclaimed national tours and two PBS specials.

Tickets are $45 for the public, $40 for seniors, $27 for students and $15 for children under the age of 12. Tickets may be purchased from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the McKinley Box Office in the VRCFA, or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com/venue/41868.

Additional information is available at the McKinley Box Office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 740.351.3600.

The performance of “Under the Streetlamp” is sponsored by Richard D. Marting Foundation.

The 2015-16 Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association/Shawnee State University season is presented with the support of the Ohio Arts Council, an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Shawnee State University Development Foundation, City of Portsmouth, OH, the Martings Foundation and the Scioto Foundation.