■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed
Combining timeless classics from Creedence Clearwater Revival and favorite hits from John Fogerty, Fortunate Son has earned a reputation as top-notch tribute show. Here in the valley, the group has earned lots of fans, performing twice at the Historic Hemet Theatre in the past couple years and becoming one of the most requested shows.
On Saturday, Nov. 3, Fortunate Son will hit the stage again, packing the house with cheering CCR fans. Tickets for the show are nearly gone already.
And the band members of Fortunate Son are big fan of the Historic Hemet Theatre. Lead singer Brad Ford was interviewed recently by a local reporter. “What we like about the Historic Hemet Theatre is not only is it a great venue with much history in the community but you feel the passion for music coming from the crowd. These folks know their music. They are coming to see you specifically and they come ready to party,” said Ford. Just like so many musicians that have played Hemet’s charming old movie house, HHT has become Brad’s favorite place to perform.
From the swampy blues of “Born on the Bayou” and “Green River,” to the country influences of “Bad Moon Rising,” “Lodi,” and “Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” and the rock anthems such as “Proud Mary,” “Centerfield,” “Who”ll Stop the Rain,” and “Have You Ever Seen The Rain,” John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival truly are America’s favorite rock & roll band. Seemingly nobody delivers the authentic sound, look and feel of that iconic music group like Fortunate Son.
As a special bonus, patrons in attendance will be the first to hear the announcement for the next season of Tribute Mania concerts that will begin in January 2019.
Meanwhile, there are still tickets available for the Tribute to Foreigner this Saturday Oct. 20. Kyle Frost and 4NR is set to rock the house with their high-energy performance.
The rest of Season Three of the Tribute Mania Concert Series includes 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). Early ticket sales indicated that all these shows will sell out long before day of show.
Showtime for all Tribute Mania concerts is 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, (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.