Tribute to the Cars to appear at HHT

Hemet Historic Theatre
Heartbeat City is a band that has recreated the look and sound of the Cars, dressing in the 80s style of the band and perfecting a sound close to the real thing!

■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed

On Saturday, Oct. 6, the Historic Hemet Theatre will host a tribute to the Cars, a band that pioneered synthesizer pop music in the late 70s and early 80s. Performing the tribute will be Heartbeat City, a band that has recreated the look and sound of the Cars, dressing in the 80s style of the band and perfecting a sound that is amazingly close to the real thing!
Although less well known than other classic bands, the Cars were quite successful in their day, including being named “Best New Artist” by Rolling Stone in 1978 and “Video of the Year” for “You Might Think” at the very first MTV Video Music Awards in 1984. Their debut album, The Cars, sold six million copies and appeared on the Billboard 200 album chart for 139 weeks.
Robert Palmer, music critic for Rolling Stone, described the Cars’ musical style by saying, “they have taken some important but disparate contemporary trends—punk minimalism, the labyrinthine synthesizer and guitar textures of art rock, the ‘50s rockabilly revival and the melodious terseness of power pop—and mixed them into a personal and appealing blend.”
The Cars most memorable hits include “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “Just What I Needed,” “Who’s Gonna Drive You Home Tonight?,” and “Good Times Roll.”
The members of Heartbeat City are Phil Rowland (drums), Jamie Rio (lead vocals, guitar), Don E Sachs (Lead guitar, vocals), Andy Catt (bass, lead vocals), Mark Adame (keyboard, vocals).
Meanwhile, tickets for the Tribute to the Three Dog Night on Saturday, Sept. 22 are selling fast, but should still be available until day of show.
The rest of Season Three of the Tribute Mania Concert Series continues with Tribute to Foreigner featuring 4NR (Oct 20), Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival with Fortunate Son (Nov 3), Tribute to Neil Diamond with Dean Colley and Hot August Night (Nov 17), Tribute to Queen featuring Queen Nation (Dec 8), and Cash, Killer and the King: a tribute to Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis (Dec 15).
Showtime for all Tribute Mania concerts is 7:00 pm, with doors open at 6:15 pm. Tickets are $22 presale and $25 day of show. Information on all theatre events is available at www.HistoricHemetTheatre.com or by calling the ticket office, 951- 658-5950. A weekly email blast of upcoming events is available by enrolling on the website.

Event tickets are available online at www.PurplePass.com or at the theatre ticket office. Ticket office hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m to 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.

Susan Carrier
Tickets for the Tribute to the Three Dog Night on Saturday, Sept. 22 are selling fast, but should still be available until day of show.

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