■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed
Next up at the Historic Hemet Theatre, two outstanding tribute bands are performing together for one spectacular concert event. On Saturday August 12, HHT will host a tribute to The Who and Heart, featuring the bands WhosNext and Dog N Butterfly.
WhosNext brings a realistic look and sound
Along with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, The Who completes the trinity of British rock and roll. The list of their smash hits including “Behind Blue Eyes,” “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Who Are You,” “Baba O’ Riley,” (better known as “Teenage Waste Land”) goes on and on. The Who was one of the great rock bands of the 1960s and 1970s featured at Woodstock. Because of the complex musical arrangements, harmonies and various instruments soloing simultaneously, there are very few tribute bands able to recreate the music and attitude of The Who.
“The Who Experience” by Orange County-based WhosNext is a powerfully realistic tribute with an incredible resemblance both musically and visually. This energetic performance is a must-see for classic rock fans young and old, and will leave fans screaming for more!
Dog N Butterfly sounds eerily like the originals
Heart rose to fame in the mid-1970s with music influenced by hard rock and heavy metal. The group sold more than 35 million records with hits like “Barracuda,” Crazy On You,” and “Magic Man.”
Dog N Butterfly is a 5-piece band of accomplished musicians dedicated to bringing their talent and love of Heart’s memorable music to the stage with unequaled accuracy and musical skill. Complete with stage show and retro-inspired costumes, Dog N Butterfly takes the concept of tribute to a whole new level.
Fronting the band is vocalist Lizann Warner, whose portrayal of Ann Wilson is both eerie and unparalleled. Warner is joined on stage by Desha Dunnahoe, a music major from Cal State Long Beach, who plays both electric and acoustic guitars fluently. Warner and Dunnahoe are joined by a powerhouse lineup of stellar musicians who create the look and sound so closely to the band Heart, that even Heart’s founding members Ann and Nancy Wilson and Roger Fisher have praised them for their authenticity.
Showtime for all performances is 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 presale, $25 day of show, available online at www.PurplePass.com or at the theatre ticket office. Tickets are also available at Downtown Deli, 113 N. Harvard St., and Harvard Street Music Exchange, 134 S. Harvard St.
For a full line-up of shows, visit the theatre website at www.HistoricHemetTheatre.com or stop by the ticket office Monday thru Friday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. or call 951-658-5950. A weekly email blast of upcoming events is available by enrolling on the website.