■ By Susan Carrier / Contributed
On Saturday, Nov. 3, with an auditorium packed with CCR fans, the Historic Hemet Theatre announced its next season of Tribute Mania concerts to begin in January of 2019.
Brad Ford and Fortunate Son were in town with their number one tribute to John Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival. This show is one of HHT’s most requested groups and tickets were sold out three weeks ahead.
The band was “on fire” all night. Brad told the crowd that they had really looked forward to the concert in Hemet. HHT is their very favorite venue to play because the acoustics are great and the audience is so enthusiastic. “This place is just like the venues that CCR would play out on tour,” Brad explained.
After the show, Brad’s wife Stephanie said that there is something special in the atmosphere at the theatre. “It has a sense of community that you just don’t find in other venues. The small town cozy feeling in here is really very unique.”
It was clear that the affection between band and audience was definitely mutual. The crowd clapped, cheered, and sang with every song, filling the dance floor with jubilant couples. Many fans commented that they thought the show was even better than the show last year.
Meanwhile, the ticket office was busy all evening with the first ticket sales for the upcoming season. Over half of the special VIP Season Tickets were snapped up by those in attendance.
Season One of the 2019 Tribute Mania Concert Series will be:
– Tribute to Bruno Mars with Bruno & the Hooligans on Saturday, Jan. 12
– Tribute to Van Halen featuring Fan Halen on Saturday, Jan. 26
– Tribute to Marvin Gaye featuring Let’s Get It On on Saturday, Feb. 9
– The Glen Campbell Story on Saturday Feb. 23
– The Music of John Denver starring Jim Curry on Saturday, March 9
– Tribute to AC/DC featuring Bonfire on Saturday, March 23
– The Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Tribute with December ‘63 on Saturday, April 6
– Tribute to The Doors featuring Strange Days on Saturday, April 27
Tickets for all Tribute Mania shows are $22 pre-sale and $25 day of show. A limited number of season tickets are offered for each show. Season ticket VIPs must purchase tickets for at least four of the eight shows in the season. Season tickets are $20 per ticket and come with VIP Early Seating 15 minutes before general admission seating. Last season, the special season tickets sold out within three weeks. Showtime for all Tribute Mania concerts is 7 p.m., with doors open at 6:15 p.m.
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 North Harvard Street and the Harvard Street Music Exchange, 134 South Harvard Street.