Tribute to The Who delivers smokin’ performance

Whos Next performs a lively recreation of a concert by The Who

Hemet Historic Theatre
The band “WhosNext” gives a tribute performance to The Who on June 9.

■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed

As the weather in Hemet starts to heat up, so do the Tribute Mania concerts at the Historic Hemet Theatre. “WhosNext” was in town on June 9 for a dynamic tribute to The Who.
Last Saturday, the auditorium filled with fans, cheers and applause throughout the night. WhosNext delivered an amazing recreation with not only the classic hits of The Who, but also the energy and excitement of one of their live performances. During the last song, the audience suddenly noticed smoke drifting up from one of the amplifiers on stage. It took everyone a few moments to realize that it was a special effect staged by the band as a recreation of one of the effects that The Who was famous for on their concert tours.
After the show, fans gathered in the lobby, with rave reviews for the show. They stayed to meet the band, pose for photos, and purchase a t-shirt or CD as a keepsake. The band also had rave reviews for HHT and their energetic audience by saying it was one of their favorites places to perform.
Next up in the Tribute Mania Concert Series is a Tribute to The Doobie Brothers by China Grove on Saturday, June 23. This band will take fans back to those sweet, summer nights of their youth with over 40 years of hits—an infectious combination of rock, country, R&B, jazz, and folk. Some of The Doobie Brothers best known hits include Black Water, Takin’ it to the Streets, Rockin’ Down the

Hemet Historic Theatre
Smoke rises from one of the amplifiers to recreate a common special effect of The Who’s tour performances.

Highway, Real Love, China Grove, Long Train Runnin’, and What a Fool Believes.
Visiting from Los Angeles, China Grove is composed of David Huffman on guitar, Matt Rodela on bass and guitar, Daniel Villa doing keyboards and guitar, Ron Nuttall on the drums, Lawrence Tamez with the sax and percussion, as well as Holger Fath on guitars.
Tickets for the tribute to The Doobie Brothers are selling fast and few will likely still be available the day of the show. Information on all theatre events is available at 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 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.

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