Desperado packs HHT yet again

<strong>Desperado packs HHT yet again</strong>
Photos by Historic Hemet TheatreFrom the first notes of “Take it Easy” to the last notes of “Get Over It,” the audience cheered each iconic Eagles hit. ■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed On Saturday Aug. 4, the Historic Hemet Theatre hosted a Tribute to The Eagles featuring the popular cover band Desperado. This was the fourth time that this band has visited Hemet’s historic movie house, each time filling the auditorium with cheering fans. Tickets for the event were sold out nearly a month before the show. In 2018, 10 of the 14 Tribute Mania events have sold out, but this event was the earliest sell-out since the concert series (more…)

Hemet Harmonizers serenade seniors at Heritage Ranch

<strong>Hemet Harmonizers serenade seniors at Heritage Ranch</strong>
Local barbershop chorale draws ‘em in with ‘guest night’ Dennis FletcherAmong the Hemet Harmonizers who sang during guest night include (not in order): Scott Compton, Keith Culbreth, Terry Hambly, Art James, Larry Hull, Bill Leader, Chris Lowe, Dennis Nyberg, Clay Panlaqui, Joe Perry, Jim Robinson, Rod Rothrock, Pat Savage, Will Wingard and Dave Kelley. ■ By Pat Savage / Contributed The Hemet Harmonizers barbershop singing group recently entertained residents of Heritage Ranch in San Jacinto during a special “guest night” with a medley of old favorites from “Let Me Call you Sweetheart” to “Hello Mary Lou.” The Hemet Harmonizers is a chapter of The Barbershop Harmony Society of Hemet, formally known (more…)

HHT season ends with tribute to Abba

<strong>HHT season ends with tribute to Abba</strong>
Tribute Mania Concert series wraps up second season Photos by Susan CarrierThe lively tribute band, AbbaFab, will be coming to Hemet next Saturday. ■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed On Saturday, Aug. 18, the Historic Hemet Theatre will wrap up season two of their Tribute Mania Concert Series with a tribute to Abba. The Swedish pop group is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, selling over 500 million records worldwide. AbbaFab will present a multimedia show with some of the greatest music of the 70s and 80s including such classic hits as Waterloo, Fernando, Honey Honey, Dancing Queen and so many others. The Phoenix-based group features Anne Davies, (more…)

Hot day turns into a hot night at Derby’s

<strong>Hot day turns into a hot night at Derby’s</strong>
Recording artist Matt Costa wows the crowd with his music Courtesy Derby’s Bar and GrillMatt Costa and his band arrived on stage almost unexpectedly, took their places and dove right into a mixture of material from his current studio album on Dangerbird Records. ■ By Jim Vivanco / Contributed Friday, July 27 was another typical day in Hemet with temperatures again reaching triple digits. But something special was happening at Derby’s Bar and Grill that evening. Derby’s hosted Laguna Beach recording artist Matt Costa to a crowd of dedicated fans, first-time listeners, and visitors to the Rink Room venue on Costa’s final stop of his Santa Rosa Fangs Tour. Costa’s style (more…)

New council for San Jacinto Community Center installed

<strong>New council for San Jacinto Community Center installed</strong>
Michelle GrangerMembers of 2018 Advisory Council (left to right), Sandy Hasson, Carol Gaughen, Brenda Greenberg, Margaret Morris, Ruben Gomez, Magdalena Plancarte, Hector Plancarte, Victoria Dominguez, and Dennis Fletcher. Not pictured are Susan Aktary, Kodiak Calkin, Mary Clark, and Maria Rodriguez. ■ Dennis Fletcher / Contributed Last week the Family Service Association Advisory Council that provides support for activities at the San Jacinto Community Center installed its new officers. The 13-member group took over on August 1 as the second advisory council to oversee and support senior citizen programs at the San Jacinto Community Center. Programs are aimed at the 60+ community in the valley. Hector Plancarte stepped down as outgoing President (more…)

Rocky Zharp and the Blues Crackers light up DVAC

<strong>Rocky Zharp and the Blues Crackers light up DVAC</strong>
Rocky’s harmonica playing delights the 60s-era audience Photos by Chris Smith/The Valley ChronicleFrom left, Mike Romaine, drums; Jerry Cox, five-string bass; Rocky Zharp, guitar and harmonica. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor The Diamond Valley Arts Center on Harvard Street was a magnet for blues aficionados Saturday night as Rocky Zharp and the Blues Crackers entertained a room full of music lovers from the 60s who got hooked on Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, and Muddy Waters. Those of us who have heard Rocky play acoustic solo gigs around town at The Soboba Country Club, Destination Coffee shop and other restaurants in the valley have no idea of the depth and (more…)

Tribute to Eagles another sell out for HHT

<strong>Tribute to Eagles another sell out for HHT</strong>
Courtesy DesperadoDesperado consists of founding member Aaron Broering, who played with Eagles guitarist Don Felder, and Eagles co-writer J.D. Souther, drummer and percussionist Kevin O’Connell, bassist Chris Farmer who was former musical director of the Beach Boys, and bassist for Eagle Timothy B. Schmit, guitarist Ricky Lewis, and vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist Kerry Chester. ■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed The Historic Hemet Theatre announced a full three weeks ahead of concert, that the Tribute to the Eagles for Saturday Aug. 4 has sold out. Although HHT has hosted 11 sold out concerts in the past 12 months, this is the first time a show has filled more than a week (more…)

Ramona Bowl: A trip down memory lane

<strong>Ramona Bowl: A trip down memory lane</strong>
Beatles fans sway to the sounds of LA Cast of Beatlemania Valley Chronicle Photos by Chris Smith and Gena EstrinThe LA Cast of Beatlemania tribute band took fans down memory lane at last Thursday Beatles tribute concert in Ramona Bowl. Todd Frahm, far left, playing Paul McCartney, is a 1984 graduate of Hemet High. ■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor It was a sweet homecoming for Todd Frahm as he played for his family and friends in the Ramona Bowl Thursday night, July 19, as part of the LA Cast of Beatlemania tribute concert, which finished off the Ramona Bowl summer concert series. Frahm, who impersonated Paul McCartney in the (more…)

Comedic triplets bring lively performance to the Valley

<strong>Comedic triplets bring lively performance to the Valley</strong>
VirziTriplets.comThe three brothers use their identical looks and sense of humor to bring lots of laughs and entertainment to any audience. ■ Chronicle News Service On July 20, Derby’s Bar & Grill in Hemet will be showcasing The Virzi Triplets – a trio stand-up comedy group. Simi Valley natives Alex, Sean, and Mitchell are known as The Virzi Triplets. The group is made up of identical triplets who are stand-up comedians. In most of their acts, they talk about growing up together with their crazy family and how being triplet brothers affects their everyday lives. In their usual performances, the brothers use a lot of physical act-outs on stage. According to (more…)

HHT announces new season of Tribute Mania

<strong>HHT announces new season of Tribute Mania</strong>
Memorable performance by the Bee Gees Gold attracts fans to concert series HHTHHT Tribute Mania concert of Bee Gees Gold. ■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed The Historic Hemet Theatre was host to yet another sold-out show on Saturday July 14, with a Tribute to The Bee Gees featuring Bee Gees Gold. The excitement began even before the first note as volunteers circulated flyers announcing the concerts for the third season of the Tribute Mania concert series. Before the night was over, dozens of fans secured their seats for shows through the end of the year. As the music began, the dance floor filled, from the disco classics to the slow (more…)