■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed
On Saturday, Feb. 10, the Historic Hemet Theatre hosted a fun-filled tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd that had the auditorium rockin’ and rollin’ all night. The 70’s tribute brought out lots of first time patrons–adding to the growing legions of HHT fans–vowing to return again and again.
This was the first trip to HHT for Southbound and Company. Band members were thrilled by the enthusiasm of the crowd that yelled and clapped and sang along throughout the night. The dance floor was constantly filled, with fast rock and slow ballads drawing the crowd from their seats.
After the show, band members signed autographs and sold copies of their CD on the dance floor. Lead Singer Darryl Reed shared the band’s enthusiasm for Hemet’s downtown venue.
“This really is the best concert venue in Southern California,” said Reed. “The crisp acoustics and enthusiasm of the crowd are amazing–and the dance floor full of fans magnifies the energy in the room. What a great experience for musicians who play here!”
As usual, raffle prizes were offered, adding critical dollars to the building fund. Among the basket donors for this concert were Harvard Street Bakery, Kimara Pyatt Tax Preparation and Golden Era Productions. During each concert series, local vendors and fans donate dozens of raffle items raising thousands of dollars toward the HHT Foundation’s goal of purchasing the building.
Tribute Mania continues this month with Tribute to Santana on Saturday, Feb. 24. Tickets are selling fast, but will likely still be available until day of show.
Showtime for Tribute Mania events is 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $22 presale and $25 the day of the show. Upcoming tributes in the current concert series are Bob Seger (March 10), Fleetwood Mac (March 24), Bruce Springsteen (April 14) and Tom Petty (April 28).
HHT also features classic films for just $5 every Monday and Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. Coming up on Monday, Feb. 19, “The Last Time I Saw Paris” (1954) starring Elizabeth Taylor, Van Johnson and Walter Pidgeon, and on Tuesday, Feb. 20, “The Real Bruce Lee” (1973) starring Bruce Lee, Bruce Li, and Dragon Lee.
Event 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 the Downtown Deli, 113 N. Harvard St. 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.