By Tracey Dee Rauh
---- — Holiday entertainment gets off to a strong start as Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famers, Herb Reed’s Platters, come to The Music Hall in Portsmouth, N.H., for a night of entertainment and fund-raising.
“The Platters: The Legacy,” features guest songstress Carol O’Shaughnessy performing golden hits including “Only You,” “The Great Pretender, and “Twilight Time,” as well as holiday classics.
One of the most successful groups of the early Rock-and-Roll era, The Platters hit the scene and quickly bridged the gap between Tin Pan Alley tradition and the burgeoning new rock genre in the 1950s. The band charted hits on the Billboard Hot 100 through 1967.
Guest O’Shaughnessy has been touted as “Boston’s First Lady of Cabaret,” and is known for her mix of stories and music, as well as a warm sense of humor.
Sacred Heart Youth Choir also will make a special appearance.
All profits from this show, which begins at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30, benefit A Safe Place, which provides services and shelter to help fight domestic violence in Rockingham and Strafford counties. Founded in 1976, the organization’s mission is to prevent and eliminate domestic abuse.
In fiscal year 2012, A Safe Place received 7,262 Crisis Line Calls, serviced 1,582 women, 1,557 children and 105 men. The nonprofit organization sheltered 31 women for a total of 1,132 bed nights, as well as 710 bed nights for 26 children and 261 bed nights for four teens. Meanwhile, staff and volunteers participated in more than 1,000 court accompaniments.
IF YOU GO What: Herb Reed's Platters, "The Platters: The Legacy," a benefit for A Safe Place. Where: The Music Hall, Portsmouth, N.H. When: Friday, Nov. 30,. 7:30 p.m. How: Tickets are $45 for pre-show meet-and-greet and VIP seating. General admission, $35. TVisit www.themsuichall.org/calendar/event/the_platters_the_legacy,or call 603-436-4619 or visit www.asafeplacenh.org.