■ Susan Carrier / Contributed
In January, two of the nation’s top tribute bands made their valley debut, at the Historic Hemet Theatre.
On Saturday, Jan. 12, Bruno and the Hooligans were in town, performing a Tribute to Bruno Mars that packed the dance floor and left fans cheering for more. The concert was the first in the new season of Tribute Mania concerts at HHT and the first sellout show of the year.
From the very first notes of “Treasure” to the encore song, “Uptown Funk,” fans were thrilled by the high-energy performance that was filled with incredible vocals and synchronized dips and kicks. The dance floor was full all night, packed with fans cheering and singing at the top of their lungs.
Then on Saturday, Jan. 26, Fan Halen was in town to perform a tribute to Van Halen that was just mesmerizing. Even before the first song, fans rushed the dance floor and stayed all night for an up-close concert experience. The guitar riffs of Van Halen are particularly difficult for any musician, but these guys made it look easy. Many on the dance floor were not even dancing – content to just stare at the incredible talent of the band.
Both shows hosted dozens of fans who were there experiencing the valley’s treasured movie house for the first time, representing every generation from pre-teens to octogenarians. Without a doubt they will be back, now that they have experienced the dynamic shows and family atmosphere found at HHT.
The remainder of Season One includes Tribute to Marvin Gaye (Feb 9), The Glen Campbell Story (Feb 23), The Music of John Denver (Mar 9), Tribute to AC/DC (Mar 23), The Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Tribute (Apr 6), and Tribute to The Doors (Apr 27).
Meanwhile the new “Friday Night Live!” concert series continues on Friday Feb. 15 with Jerome Robinson and the 2nd Generation Platters, featuring guest singer Elena V performing her tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.
And two new concerts have been added to the “Friday Nite Live!” series. On Friday, Mar. 29, The Troubadour Experience will perform their Tribute to George Strait. Then on Friday, April 12, Danny Lee will be in town to perform an incredible tribute to the King of Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis.
Tickets for Tribute Mania and Friday Nite Live shows are $22 presale and $25 day of show. Showtime is 7 p.m, with doors open at 6:15 p.m.
Information on all theatre events is available at www.HistoricHemetTheatre.com or by calling the ticket office, (951) 658-5950.