PORTSMOUTH – Precious Perez uses her blindness to advocate for others with sight impairment and plans on bringing her talents to Portsmouth for an upcoming concert to benefit Future In Sight.
“This is really cool. I have never been a part of something like this,” Perez said on Tuesday.
Perez will take the stage with other blind performers from New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts. She is from Chelsea, Mass., and will be performing with a band from that state.
Perez will also sing and play her ukulele. The 21-year-old Berklee College of Music student has already recorded an album.
“I try to perform whenever the opportunity arises, but I try not to do too much because of school,” Perez said.
Stephanie Hurd, community relations coordinator for Future In Sight, has been busy organizing the concert, which is in its third year. She said there will be a friendly battle of the bands and some individual artists who will perform solos, like Perez.
“This is a concert that builds awareness of the gifts and abilities of people who are blind and visually impaired as well as a small fundraiser for Future In Sight, which is a nonprofit organization that provides specialized services to people who are blind and visually impaired across the state and beyond,” Hurd said.
Future In Sight is located in Concord.
Hurd, who is blind herself, said one of the biggest challenges they have had is rehearsing.
“Because we don’t drive, we have limited practice time,” Hurd said.
The concert will be held on Sept. 21 at Middle Street Baptist Church in Portsmouth. It begins at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $10 each, or two for $15. They can be purchased online in advance or at the door.