Music of Chicago fills HHT to capacity

Horn section in Kenny Cetera’s band wows ‘em with original sound

Photos by Historic Hemet Theatre
The Chicago experience has eight members

■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed

The latest tribute concert at the Historic Hemet Theatre filled the auditorium to capacity with applause and cheers and the unmistakable sound of the best horn section in rock and roll history.
Kenny Cetera’s Chicago Experience presented classic hits from across decades of the legendary music group – but with a special perspective. Kenny is the brother of Chicago’s lead singer Peter Cetera and toured with the group at the height of their popularity.

Kenny Cetera on conga drums and bass player Blake Hunter recreated the original Chicago experience Saturday night at the HHT.

As usual, the dance floor filled from the first song to the last, from the slow ballads to the spicy salsa rhythms and the classic rock and roll hits. Among the group’s popular renditions are Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?, Feelin’ Stronger Every Day, Free, Hard To Say I’m Sorry, Hard Habit To Break, If You Leave Me Now, I’m A Man, (I’ve Been) Searchin’ So Long, Just You And Me, Look Away, Lowdown, and Love Me Tomorrow, among others.
The event drew in over 50 new fans – even more than usual – each vowing that they would be back to hear more of best tribute bands in the country. Afterward, Kenny and the band met with fans, snapping photos and raving about HHT’s unique charm and amazing acoustics that always seem to bring out the best in a band.

Kenny Cetera, brother of Chicago lead singer Peter Cetera, kept the audience going all night with his singing.

The Tribute Mania Concert Series at HHT continues this week with a Tribute to The Bee Gees with Bee Gees Gold on Saturday July 14. Other concerts in the series include a Tribute to The Eagles with Desperado on Saturday Aug. 4, and Tribute to Abba by Abba Fab on Saturday, Aug. 18. The fall lineup for Season Three of the Tribute Mania Concert Series will be announced at this week’s concert. Showtime for all Tribute Mania concerts is 7 p.m., with doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $22 presale / $25 day of show.
Information on all theatre events is available at or by calling the ticket office, (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 – Friday 11 a.m. – 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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