FEBRUARY is the month of love as we celebrate Valentines Day. What better way to celebrate it than to listen to good old-fashioned music and watch a concert with your loved ones? The perfect show to catch is The Love Playlist of Carpenters and Platters at the Midas Tent (Midas Hotel &Casino) on February 14 and at KIA Theatre, Araneta Center on February 15, 8 P.M. The Love Playlist of Carpenters and Platters features Laurie Briggs as Karen Carpenter with the world-renowned The Fabulous Sounds of The Platters, headed by Donne Ray Radford, a fourth generation member of The Platters.
The Carpenters were an American vocal and instrumental duo consisting of siblings Karen and Richard Carpenter. Producing a distinctively soft musical style, they became among the best-selling music artists of all time, with over 100 million records sold. Laurie has been touring the world for over a decade now as Karen Carpenter and as part of the tribute act called The Karpenters. Her fascination with Karen's voice and music started when she was eight years old. "It [Karens music] moved me and I started to emulate the sound I heard, she says. Lauries show incorporates all the wonderful hits of the Carpenters as it takes you on a nostalgic journey through the life and times of the Carpenters, performing all the hits including "Close to You", "Masquerade", "Top of the World", "Sing", "Rainy Days and Mondays", "Superstar" and "Please Mr. Postman" to name but a few. The unmistakable sound and costumes which includes authentic Californian dresses from the 1970s, make this the most authentic and accurate Carpenter's experience the world has ever seen. Before the Carpenters, there was The Platters in the 50s and 60s. They were one of the most successful vocal groups of the early rock and roll era.
Their distinctive sound was a bridge between the pre-rock Tin Pan Alley tradition and the burgeoning new genre. The Platters were one of the first African American groups to be accepted as a major chart group and were one of the most successful vocal groups in the world. The Fabulous Sounds of The Platters with Donne Ray Radford continues the legacy of the first and succeeding generations of The Platters. Over the years and countless shows across the world, The Fabulous Sounds of The Platters has wowed their audience by staying faithful to the distinctiveness of the music and style of the iconic vocal group.
When you watch The Fabulous Sounds of The Platters, get ready to be enthralled all over again by classics such as “Only You, “The Great Pretender, “Twilight Time, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, “Harbor Lights, and more hits of The Platters hits. This is the second time that the group will be in Manila. Their Valentine show last year was a success and they've been receiving so many requests to come back to do more shows here in the Philippines. Some even said that their front man, Donne Ray, is even better than the other vocalists of The Platters. Expect a double treat when you watch The Love Playlist of Carpenters and Platters featuring Laurie Briggs and The Fabulous Sounds of The Platters. Its definitely a different kind of concert experience having two world-class acts in one stage. For the so-called millennials, give this a shot.
You'd probably understand how music played a big role in the love story of your mom and dad and grandparents. Tickets for the February 15 show is only available at Ticketnet (911-5555). For the show at Midas Tent on February 14, tickets are available at SM Tickets (472-2222), Ticketworld (891-9999) and Ticketnet (911-5555). You can use your BDO (Banco De Oro) debit/credit card to purchase tickets and get a 20% discount. For more info and sponsorships, call Royale Chimes Concerts and Events Inc. at (0918) 4972121 or (0906) 4180786.