■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed
The Historic Hemet Theatre began its 2017 “Tribute Mania” concert season with a sellout crowd on Saturday night for a “Tribute to Queen.” Queen Nation is the No. 1 band for the music of Freddie Mercury and Queen, so it was not surprising that the group provided an amazing performance. But the dynamic performance on Saturday had many in the crowd saying that this concert was the best yet for HHT — and considering some of the great bands in last season’s lineup, that is a huge compliment. Dozens of fans lined the stage from the first song to the last, singing and cheering nonstop. The dance floor filled with people of all ages.
Mike McManus, Greg Finsley and the other members of Queen Nation had a great time as well, raving about the auditorium’s acoustics and the crowd’s enthusiasm. “It’s a great venue for performers as well as for the audience,” said Program Manager Bryan Carrier. “Word is spreading in the music community that Hemet has a great concert venue. All of our performing groups want to come back again, and all the members of Queen Nation urged us to invite them back next year.”
Your next chance to experience the great concerts at the Historic Hemet Theatre will be Saturday Feb. 11. The “Tribute to Neil Diamond” features Dean Colley and the band Hot August Nights. Tickets for all “Tribute Mania” concerts are $22 presale and $25 day of show.
Meanwhile, on Saturday Jan. 28th, HHT will screen the 1993 Steven Spielberg classic, “Jurassic Park,” starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum. With panoramic scenery and huge dinosaurs, this film is one of those classics to which only “the big screen” can do justice. Showtime is 7 pm. Tickets at $10 with 2 free concession items.
Concert tickets are available online at www.PurplePass.com or at the theatre ticket office. Ticket Office hours are Monday thru Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are also available at Downtown Deli, 113 N. Harvard St., and Harvard Street Music Exchange, 134 S. Harvard St.
Information on all theatre events are 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.