The love playlist of Carpenters & Platters
(The Philippine Star) - January 18, 2016 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines - February is the month of love as people celebrate Valentine’s Day. What better way to celebrate it than to listen to good old-fashioned music and watch a concert with your loved ones. And a perfect show to catch is The Love Playlist of Carpenters and Platters at the Midas Tent (Midas Hotel & Casino) on Feb. 14 and at Kia Theater, Araneta Center on Feb. 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 was 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 (Karen’s music) moved me and I started to emulate the sound I heard,” she says.

Laurie’s show incorporates all Carpenters hits 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 that include authentic Californian dresses from the ’70s make this the most authentic and accurate Carpenters 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 ’n 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.

It is the second time that the group will be in Manila. The Platters’ 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 its front man, Donne Ray, is even better than the other vocalists of The Platters.

Tickets to the Feb. 14 show at the Midas Tent are available at SM Tickets (472-2222), Ticketworld (891-9999) and Ticketnet (911-5555) while tickets to the Feb. 15 show are only available at Ticketnet (911-5555). You can use your BDO (Banco De Oro) debit/credit card to purchase tickets and get a 20-percent discount. For details, call Royale Chimes Concerts and Events, Inc. at 0918-4972121 or 0906-4180786.

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