Second Show Added: Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. Joins Bob Thompson for Joy to the World 25th Anniversary

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Second night of Joy to the World with Bob Thompson feat. Landau Eugene Murphy, Junior added Friday, December 15. Tickets on-sale Friday November 17 at 10 a.m.

West Virginia Music Hall of Fame pianist Bob Thompson is celebrating 25 years of the annual holiday jazz celebration “Joy to the World” with special guest vocalist Landau Euguene Murphy, Jr.

"Joy to the World" on Thursday December 14 has sold out, so a second night has been added at 8 p.m. Friday, December 15 at the Culture Center Theater on the state capitol grounds. Tickets will be available Friday, November 17 at 10a.m. online, by phone at 877.987.6487 or at Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St. Charleston, WV. All tickets are $30 in advance, general admission, and $40 at the door when available. Doors open both nights at 7:30p.m.

The celebration lasts all month with shows throughout the region, a full listing of which can be found here and below. Ticket information varies by location.

Thursday’s "Joy to the World" performance will be recorded for simulcast on the television and radio networks of West Virginia Public Broadcasting on Thursday, December 21 at 8 p.m.

Tickets for all performances are available online  or by calling 703-589-8960.

December 7 Morehead KY-MSU’s Button Auditorium
December 8 Bethesda MD-Bethesda Blues and Jazz
December 9 Petersburg WV-Landes Arts Center
December 14 Charleston WV-Culture Center Theater (Sold Out)
December 15 Charleston WV - Culture Center Theater
December 16 Morgantown WV-Metropolitan Theatre
December 17 Lewisburg WV- Greenbrier Valley Theatre
December 21 Beckley WV-Woodrow Wilson Auditorium
December 23 Huntington WV -JCS Auditorium

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Wednesday November 1, 2017

Pianist and WV Music Hall of Fame member Bob Thompson has announced Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will be the featured vocalist on Thursday, December 14 at 8pm  for a special 25th anniversary edition of “Joy to the World.” 

Tickets are now available.

The holiday jazz program, produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and heard nationally on radio stations across the country,  will once again emanate from the Culture Center Theater on the state capitol grounds in Charleston, WV. Tickets will be available Friday, November 3 at 10a.m.

Pianist Bob Thompson will celebrate 25 years of Joy to the World on Thursday December 14.
Credit Josh Saul

Advance tickets will be $30, available by phone at 877.987.6487, online or at Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St. in downtown Charleston. Tickets will be $40 on show day, if available.

More performances featuring Landau Eugene Murphy and Bob Thompson have been announced throughout the region. See the dates here and listings below. Ticket info varies per show.

“Joy to the World” will feature Murphy performing holiday classics and new favorites along with Thompson’s band- Doug Payne on Saxophone, Timothy Courts on drums, Ryan Kennedy on guitar and John Inghram on bass.

“I am so excited to have Landau lined up to help mark this very special occasion," says Thompson, who is also the show's artistic director and co-producer. "The band and I love working with a vocalist of his caliber because he can really bring out the best in us with his energy. Landau always delivers, no matter what style or setting.”

Murphy is the winner of the sixth season of NBC’s competition show “America’s Got Talent.” Since then he has toured all over the country, as well as China and Germany. His debut album, “That’s Life,” was released in 2011 to critical acclaim, and he recently released a love letter to his home state, “Come Home to West Virginia.”

“I’m honored to join one of my musical mentors Bob Thompson for Joy To The World," Murphy said in a statement. "After winning America’s Got Talent, I had the honor to have Bob join our big band on several shows, and that was one of the things that really made me feel like I’d actually ‘made it’ in the music world.  It’s always great to come home for the holidays, and to be a part of Joy To The World."

Thompson and Murphy have performed together at the WV Music Hall of Fame ceremony, at charity events, and even on Murphy’s holiday album “Christmas Made For Two,” which features arrangements and instrumentation from Thompson and his band on two songs. Hear the title track below.

Joy to the World is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting. The television and radio premieres of this season’s show will simulcast on WVPB Thursday, December 21 at 8pm ET.

Joy to the World with Bob Thompson
25th Anniversary Celebration
Featuring vocalist Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.
Thursday December 14, 2017
Doors 7:30pm Show 8pm.

Advance Tickets $30 Day of Show $40
On Sale Friday, November 3 at 10am.
Available by phone at 877.987.6487,
Online or locally at Taylor Books, 226 Capitol St. Downtown Charleston.

Tickets for all performances are available online  or by calling 703-589-8960.
December 7th Morehead KY-MSU’s Button Auditorium
December 8th Bethesda MD-Bethesda Blues and Jazz
December 9th Petersburg WV-Landes Arts Center
December 14th Charleston WV-Culture Center Theater on the State Capitol Grounds
December 16th Morgantown WV-Metropolitan Theatre
December 17th Lewisburg WV- Greenbrier Valley Theatre
December 21st Beckley WV-Woodrow Wilson Auditorium
December 23 Huntington WV -JCS Auditorium