‘Love Playlist’ goes live tonight

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Laurie Briggs has been touring the world for over a decade singing the songs of the late Karen Carpenter

Laurie Briggs has been touring the world for over a decade singing the songs of the late Karen Carpenter

WITH Valentine’s music always a trip down memory lane, producers Royale Chimes Concerts & Events Inc. chose to spotlight the timeless love songs of the legendary Carpenters and Platters this year via a two-night show at the KIA Theater tonight and the Midas Tent of Midas Hotel Monday evening, February 15.

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Aptly dubbed The Love Playlist of Carpenters and Platters, the concert features Laurie Briggs as Karen Carpenter and 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.

Briggs 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.

Briggs’ show incorporates all the wonderful hits of the Carpenters as it audiences on a nostalgic journey through the life and times of the Carpenters, with such hits as “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.

The Fabulous Sounds of The Platters led by Donne Ray Radford (second from left) returns to Manila for the second Valentine’s Day in a row

The Fabulous Sounds of The Platters led by Donne Ray Radford (second from left) returns to Manila for the second Valentine’s Day in a row

Meanwhile, before the Carpenters, The Platters took charge of cutting hit records 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.

Tribute group 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, they have wowed their audience by staying faithful to the distinctiveness of the music and style of the iconic vocal group.

Audiences will surely enjoy such classics as “Only You”, “The Great Pretender”, “Twilight Time”, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”, “Harbor Lights”, and more hits at the two-night concert.

This is the second time that The Platters tribute group will be in Manila. Their Valentine show in 2015 was such a success that they received so many requests to come back to do more shows here in the Philippines.

Joining Briggs and The Fabulous Sounds of The Platters is Douglas Masuda. He has done shows around the country and in Asia. He is known in the live entertainment circuit as the Elvis Presley of Japan. He will open the show on both nights and is expected to add more nostalgia and fun as he performs some of the well-loved hits of the King of Rock and Roll.

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