■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed
The Ultimate Stones were in town on Saturday, May 12 for a tribute to the Rolling Stones that had the place jumpin’ with excitement.
The event was the first concert of the new season of Tribute Mania at the Historic Hemet Theatre (HHT). Tickets for the 8-concert season have been strong, with over 25 percent of tickets already sold.
On Saturday, fans filled the dance floor from the first notes of “Start Me Up” to the end of the encore, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” With every note, the band proved their reputation as one of the best tribute bands in the country. The vocals by Julz Harris, singing the part of Lisa-Mary, were stunning, earning thunderous applause from the crowd with every solo.
Lead singer, Jim Becker, commented on why HHT is one of their favorite venues. “Like most bands, we don’t do this for the money, we just love to play. The audience in Hemet is so enthusiastic, it just makes this so much fun!”
Next up on the Tribute Mania schedule is a tribute to Led Zeppelin featuring Led Zepagain on Saturday, May 26. Tickets for this show are moving fast and are likely to be gone before day of show. Other concerts in the season include tributes to The Who (June 9), The Doobie Brothers (June 23), Chicago (July 7), The Bee Gees (July 14), The Eagles (August 4), and Abba (August 18). Showtime for all Tribute Mania concerts is 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $22 presale / $25 day of show.
Also on the HHT calendar this month is a “Grease” sing-a-long event at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, hosted by The Hemet Woman’s Club. A full day of free patriotic movies on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28 from noon to 7 p.m. The calendar in June will include a Gospel Review on Friday, June 29, featuring Jerome Robinson, lead singer of the 2nd Generation Platters, and Leon Myer. The event will also feature the Tri-City Gospel Choir under the direction of DiDi Jackson and special guest Helena V.
Information on all theatre events is available at www.HistoricHemetTheatre.com or by calling the ticket office at 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 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.