■ Susan Carrier / Contributed
On Saturday, Jan. 27th, the Historic Hemet Theatre (HHT) hosted yet another successful Tribute Mania event, this time featuring Stewart Sher and “Forever Rod” in a wonderful tribute to Rod Stewart. This was the second concert in the eight-concert series. So far, the events have been packed, but tickets have still been available at the door.
As usual, the crowd was cheering at the top of their lungs even before the band took the stage. This was the first appearance by this band in our valley and they were surprised and thrilled at the audience response. Dancers hit the floor with the first hit and packed the floor over and over again throughout the night.
Stewart Sher left the stage several times to sing to ladies on the dance floor and to wander up the aisles crooning to the crowd. The audience responded with loud applause and cheering with every classic Rod Stewart hit. The show featured so many classics, including “Maggie May,” “Forever Young,” “Some Guys Have All the Luck,” “Rhythm of My Heart” and many more.
Afterwards, the band met with fans and posed for photos on the dance floor. The audience raved about the band. The band raved about the audience and the venue, promising to return anytime they get an invitation.
Meanwhile, ticket sales are still available for the Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd featuring Southbound and Company on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. This is another new group for HHT, expanding the repertoire of the groups performing in the valley.
“Lynyrd Skynyrd and Frynds” will feature all of the 70’s hits, including “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Free Bird,” “What’s Your Name,” and “That Smell.” Ticket sales are heating up, but will be available until the day of the show.
Tribute Mania Tickets are $22 presale and $25 the day of show. Other tributes in the series are Santana, Bob Seger, Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty.
Event tickets are available online at www.PurplePass.com or at the theatre ticket office. Ticket office hours are Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are also available at the Downtown Deli, 113 N. Harvard St., Hemet and the Harvard Street Music Exchange, 134 S. Harvard St., Hemet.
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.