At night’s end, the audience was cheering: “Joy to the World!”
■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed
The Historic Hemet Theatre hosted a special Tribute to Three Dog Night featuring 3DN on Saturday, Sept. 24. Close friends Bradley Ford, Dave Alcantar and John Gebhardt have played the music of Three Dog Night for 10 years, but each performer has been heavily involved in other projects, so in recent years, the 3DN band fell by the wayside.
Ford has performed twice at HHT with Fortunate Son, his Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival, which will return again in this November. Meanwhile, with the urging of HHT and local fans, Ford gathered together the 3DN show to begin performing again. The Hemet performance was the group’s first show with their new backup musicians.
Fans not disappointed
Hemet’s avid Three Dog Night fans were not disappointed. The crowd clapped and cheered every classic hit, singing along with the band. The show was not sold out, but the dance floor was full most of the night, from the slowest ballad to the fastest rock beat. At the end of the night, the whole audience was cheering, “Joy to the World!”
After the show, the band drew scores of fans for photos in front of the theatre. Nothing but rave reviews (as usual) for the latest Tribute Mania show at the Historic Hemet Theatre.
Tickets are still available for the Tribute to The Cars on Saturday Oct. 6 and should still be available day of show.
Tribute Mania schedule
The rest of Season Three of the Tribute Mania Concert Series continues with tribute to Foreigner featuring 4NR (Oct. 20), tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival with Fortunate Son (Nov. 3), tribute to Neil Diamond with Dean Colley and Hot August Night (Nov. 17), tribute to Queen featuring Queen Nation (Dec. 8), and Cash, Killer and the King: a tribute to Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis (Dec. 15).
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 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.
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. – 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.