Heartbeat City visits Hemet to give memorable tribute performance
■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed
On Saturday, Oct. 6, Heartbeat City was in town to perform their Tribute to the Cars at the Historic Hemet Theatre. From the first song, it was easy to see why this band has earned a reputation as the nation’s top tribute to The Cars.
Funky costumes and wigs added to the illusion that The Cars had stepped onto the stage. But it was the sound, a stunning recreation of that unique blend of guitar and synthesizer, that captured the audience.
For the first set, the Heartbeat City played the entire album, “The Cars” which launched the Hall of Fame band’s new wave sound in 1978. “Good Times Roll” and “My Best Friend’s Girl” got the crowd to the dance floor where they stayed throughout the night.
This tribute drew an unusual number of “first-timers” to HHT, all surprised and thrilled with Hemet’s charming old movie house turned art center. Many stopped by the ticket office to make sure they got tickets to their favorite upcoming shows.
After the show, the members of the band signed autographs and posed for photos with the fans. On the street, there was nothing but rave reviews for the show. It was claimed to be another great night of entertainment in Hemet.
Next on the Tribute Mania calendar is a Tribute to Foreigner on Saturday, Oct. 20. 4NR puts on an amazing show, full of energy and enthusiasm. This concert is expected to sell out, so get your tickets early.
The rest of Season Three of the Tribute Mania Concert Series continues with 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 at 7 p.m., with doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $22 presale and $25 day of show. 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 through 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.