Fans of “America’s Got Talent” winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. have the chance to do a good deed – and get a bargain for their efforts.
Murphy and officials from the State Fair of West Virginia have announced a Buy One, Get One promotion for Murphy’s concert, set for Aug. 12 at the fairgrounds just outside Lewisburg.
Anyone who buys a ticket to the show can get a second ticket at no cost when they give five or more non-perishable food items to be donated to food banks across the state.
Across West Virginia, food banks’ shelves are running short on canned tuna, boxed macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables and other staples after last month’s derecho storm left hundreds of thousands of residents in all but two counties of the state without electricity for days.
Murphy, the friendly, chart-topping crooner who still makes his home in Logan, was homeless at one point in his life and was making his living washing cars before he won the reality TV series and its $1 million prize last year.
“I know what it’s like to be hungry and hurting like a lot of my fellow Mountaineers after that storm,” Murphy said in a news release sent out by the State Fair. “My family lost our power too, and everything in our fridge. And we know it was a whole lot worse for other people. Now, here’s a chance for all of us in West Virginia to help one another, and it’s simple to do.”
Murphy said that those who take him and the fair up on the offer won’t be disappointed. “I promise my big band and I will give you an incredible show that you’ll never forget!”
As part of their State Fair of West Virginia appearance, Murphy and his band, which includes a number of top Mountain State musicians, are set to perform “Funky Roads,” their update of “Country Roads, Take Me Home,” the John Denver ode to West Virginia.
Marlene Jolliffe, the CEO of the State Fair of West Virginia, called Murphy “the perfect partner” in this effort.
“After the late June storm, we realized we had a golden opportunity to help the people of our state get back on their feet, and cheer them up at the same time,” she said. “He is deeply committed to the people of West Virginia.”
Burke Allen – the Logan native who is managing Murphy’s tour, which has included benefit concerts in Charleston and elsewhere as well as high-glitz sellout shows in Las Vegas and New York – said the fair show offers Murphy’s fans an incredible bargain.
“This is a golden opportunity to experience the Landau show at a terrific low price and help a great cause,” he said. “With your food donation, you can get two grandstand tickets for just $12 or $18 for a pair track seats.”
To take advantage of the BOGO promotion, which runs through the day of the show, Murphy fans must bring their food donations to the State Fair box office in Fairlea between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. The concert venue can seat up to 6,500 and may sell out.
More information on the promotion may be obtained by calling the fair’s box office at 304-645-1090. For details on the fair, go to www.statefairofwv.com or follow fair events on Facebook and Twitter.
The fair runs Aug. 10 to 18 with the theme of, “Memories that grow … year after year.” Murphy’s appearance at the fair is sponsored by the West Virginia Lottery.