August 19, 2017 - All Events

Swing Dance | Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.

Saturday, August 19, 8:00 pm - midnight

Presenter: Glen Echo Park Partnership

Recommended Ages: All ages welcome

Location: Spanish Ballroom

Admission: Advance: $20 for everyone; Door: $25 general / $20 students and Partnership members

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Tonight: Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. - Winner of NBC TV's America's Got Talent!



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The Glen Echo Park Partnership presents a swing dance with live music by Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. in the historic Spanish Ballroom. Tom and Debra of Gottaswing will teach a beginner dance lesson from 8 - 9 pm (included in the cost of admission), followed by dancing from 9 pm - midnight. No partner or prior experience needed.


When Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. showed up to audition for NBC TV’s America’s Got Talent in 2010, he was singing to pass the time while grinding out a living washing cars in his hometown of Logan, WV (population 3,000). He wowed the show’s judges with his back-story of homelessness and determination, and his interpretations of classics from Cole Porter, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and others. Landau walked away with the million dollar grand prize in front of 14 million weekly viewers. According to show insiders, when all was said and done, Landau had won America’s Got Talent by the biggest vote total in the show’s history. 


In November 2011, Landau released his Columbia Records debut album “That’s Life.” The CD hit #1 on the Billboard Jazz chart in time for Christmas and was produced by Grammy winner Steve Tyrell. Landau has sold out hundreds of concerts across three continents, from Caesars Palace to the Apollo Theater and all points in between. He has performed duets with childhood heroes Patti Labelle and Glenn Leonard (former lead vocalist for The Temptations), and has raised more than a million dollars for children’s and homeless charities via his holiday CD and personal appearances.


Landau has appeared on The Today Show, The View, CNN, Fox and Friends, The Wendy Williams Show, The Talk, Anderson Cooper, NPR, and dozens of other local and national media outlets. Landau was named his home state’s “West Virginian of the Year,” and is often called on by The Governor’s Office and others to represent the state, and played a special command performance at the Governor’s Inauguration. He won Reality TV Personality of the Year in Hollywood, and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. 


For a calendar view of all the August dances, visit the August "Month-at-a-Glance Calendar."