Free video concert replaces cancelled event at HHT

More than 80 fans show up to listen to China Grove music

Photo Courtesy of Susan Carrier
China Grove performed a tribute to the Doobie Brothers last year in May.

■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed

On June 23, The Historic Hemet Theatre presented a unique opportunity for its fans to experience excerpts from over a dozen previous Tribute Mania concerts.
Last week, with just two days notice, HHT was notified that the band scheduled to perform a tribute to The Doobie Brothers had a scheduling conflict and would not appear. Rather than simply cancel the concert altogether, the impromptu show included the encore song from each concert, along with the complete Tribute to The Doobie Brothers performed by China Grove in May 2017. Over 80 patrons stopped in to enjoy the free video show, including many that had not seen any of the live shows before. Afterwards, several purchased tickets for an upcoming concert.
Rick Guymon is the volunteer that videotapes each concert using his state-of-the-art equipment and a live feed from the soundboard. Rick provides DVDs of his recordings to HHT and to the event’s tribute band. This is a wonderful bonus for the band since they rarely have a recording of their shows, especially of this quality.
Refunds and exchanges have been provided to over half of the Saturday night’s ticket holders. Patrons still holding tickets are encouraged to stop by or call the ticket office.
Meanwhile, the Tribute Mania Concert Series at HHT continues with Kenny Cetera’s Chicago Experience on Saturday, July 7, Tribute to The Bee Gees with Bee Gees Gold on Saturday, July 14, Tribute to The Eagles with Desperado on Saturday Aug. 4, and Tribute to Abba by Abba Fab on Saturday, Aug. 18. Showtime for all Tribute Mania concerts is 7 p.m., with doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $22 presale and $25 day of show.
Other upcoming shows include “Jerome Robinson’s Gospel Review” on Friday June 29 and the second installment of the “WhoDunIt” murder mystery series on Thursday July 5.
HHT also features classic films for just $5 every Monday and Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. Coming up on Monday, July 2, Uptown New York (1932) starring Jack Oakie, Shirley Grey, and Leon Ames, and on Tuesday, July 3, The Brain that Wouldn’t Die (1962) starring Jason Evers, Virginia Leith, and Anthony La Penna.
Information on all theatre events is available at www.HistoricHemetTheatre.com or by calling the ticket office, 951-658-5950. Event tickets are available online at www.PurplePass.com or at the theatre ticket office. Ticket office hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tickets are also available at the Downtown Deli, 113 N. Harvard St. and the Harvard Street Music Exchange, 134 S. Harvard St.

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