HHS Bulldogs cue talent

<strong>HHS Bulldogs cue talent</strong>
11th Annual Hemet High Talent Show took to the Ron Murray PAC center Photos by Corey EvanBrianna Perez and Kaliyah Lloyd. ■ By Corey Evan / Reporter When it comes to talent, you don’t “light a candle and hide it under a bushel,” you let that light shine. The talented Bulldogs of Hemet High School would shine their lights at their 11th annual talent show, hosted by the Ron Murray Performing Arts Complex. Olivia Sorensen. The show is put together annually by the Hemet High Associated Student Body grade 10 class, headed by Albano Fernandes. Kaili Uy, Gisele Burton, and Maria Donan, all 2021 class officers, hosted the evening. According to (more…)

Soft opening draws huge crowd to Soboba Casino

<strong>Soft opening draws huge crowd to Soboba Casino</strong>
Official grand opening celebrations being planned in March Photos by Soboba Band of Luiseño IndiansThe iconic Soboba Casino sign that graced the entrance to the legacy facility built in 1995 has found a home at the Soboba Casino Resort – a reminder of how the past is an important part of the future. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed A soft opening on Feb. 20 allowed guests to finally see the result of a construction project in San Jacinto that started with a groundbreaking two years ago. The parking lot of 2,000 spaces was full by mid-afternoon. Casino employees parked at the old location and were shuttled over to make room (more…)

Big announcements scheduled for John Denver show at HHT

<strong>Big announcements scheduled for John Denver show at HHT</strong>
Hemet Historic TheatreThis will be the fourth performer’s by Jim Curry in the foundation’s six years of operations, starting back in 2014 with one of the first concerts to pay tribute to the legends of classic rock and country music. ■ Susan Carrier / Contributed On Saturday, Mar. 9, John Denver fans will be on hand at the Historic Hemet Theatre for the return of Jim Curry and his popular show “The Music of John Denver.” But the crowd will also be thrilled to be on hand for two exciting foundation announcements that same night. This will be the fourth performance by Curry in the foundation’s six years of operations, starting (more…)

Bad Company joins Pala Casino summer line-up

<strong><h2>Bad Company joins Pala Casino summer line-up</h2></strong>
Pala CasinoBad Company has put its indelible stamp on rock ‘n’ roll with a straight-ahead, no-frills musical approach. ■ By Coley McAvoy / Contributed One of the most acclaimed bands of the classic rock era, Bad Company, has joined the Pala Casino upcoming summer concert series. Bad Company has put its indelible stamp on rock ‘n’ roll with a straight-ahead, no-frills musical approach that has resulted in the creation of some of the most timeless rock anthems ever. Led by the incomparable singer and songwriter Paul Rodgers, arguably the finest singer in rock ‘n’ roll and a huge songwriting talent. Bad Company was an instant hit worldwide. Their 1974 self-titled debut (more…)

Sunset Rotary announces speech contestant winners

<strong>Sunset Rotary announces speech contestant winners</strong>
Hemet Sunset RotaryPictured from left to right: Ben Collier, Megan Crowe, Curt Welson past president, Pamela Jansen, Marah Alley, Sara Oike, Patricia Wilkison, Jessica Greenman. ■ By Stacey Bailey / Contributed The Hemet Sunset Rotary held its annual Rotary 4 Way Speech Contest on Feb. 13 at the DVAC on Harvard Street. Students from three of the local high schools competed to go on to the Rotary District Competition. From Hemet High, the contestants were Jessica Greenman and Ben Collier; from West Valley, Pamela Jansen and Megan Crowe and from the Western Center Academy, Marah Alley and Sara Oike. For this contest, students are asked to pick any topic and apply (more…)

Black history concerts big success at HHT

<strong>Black history concerts big success at HHT</strong>
Photos Courtesy by Pam FlumerfeltThe opening act on Feb. 15 was a Tribute to Aretha Franklin performed by Helena V. Helena V has an incredible voice, flawlessly recreating the sultry sound of the Queen of Soul. ■ Susan Carrier / Contributed For Black History Month, the Historic Hemet Theatre hosted two concerts featuring the music of famous black musicians. On Saturday, Feb. 9, the show was a Tribute to Marvin Gaye featuring Grammy award-winning artist Jackie’s Boy. “Let’s Get It On” is a new tribute show created by Jackie’s Boy and his band. In fact, the Hemet event was the first public performance of the show. Jerome Robinson and his 2nd (more…)

Soboba preps for tee off

<strong>Soboba preps for tee off</strong>
Charity Golf Tournament set for March Photos by Michael LeoneLast year’s charity golf tournament was a popular event. ■ By Mike Hiles / Contributed The much-anticipated annual Soboba Foundation and Soboba Casino Charity Golf Tournament that will benefit 10 local nonprofits has been set for Mar. 27 and 28 at the Soboba Springs Golf Course. “Since 2013, the tournament has contributed more than $1 million in support of many local nonprofit organizations throughout Indian Country and Southern California,” said Andrew Vallejos, the foundation’s Sponsorship Coordinator. “This would simply not be possible without the continued generosity and support of our foundation partners.” The Soboba Springs Golf Course will once again host the (more…)

Country tributes lined up to perform at HHT

<strong>Country tributes lined up to perform at HHT</strong>
Photos by Hemet Historic TheatreCarrying on in true George Strait tradition, the Troubadour Experience welcomes you to a live authentic tribute to country music’s most legendary performer. ■ Susan Carrier / Contributed Coming up in the line-up at the Historic Hemet Theatre are three concerts featuring top tributes to country legends – Glen Campbell, John Denver and George Strait. Jim Curry’s look-a-like & sound-a-like show is a spectacular tour through the life of John Denver. On Saturday, Feb. 23, the Glen Campbell Story will share tell the musical history of the “Rhinestone Cowboy” featuring some of his 80 hits songs. During Campbell’s 50 years in the music business, he released more (more…)

Floating into dreamland with Mattress Brothers

<strong>Floating into dreamland with Mattress Brothers</strong>
Low margins and high quality make for a winning combination Photos by Rusty Strait / The Valley ChronicleThe Mattress Brothers storefront at 3027 W. Florida Ave. ■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter Having never interviewed anyone connected with mattress sales, I had no idea what to expect when I pulled my car into a parking slot in front of Mattress Brothers at 3027 W. Florida Ave. in Hemet. A lovely lady who might have been best described as America’s Mother came from behind a counter to greet me. Kindly and soft spoken, one would never picture her as any kind of salesperson, but beneath her quietly-soft veneer there came forth (more…)

Derby’s fans treated to rare hill country blues

<strong>Derby’s fans treated to rare hill country blues</strong>
Patrons of Derby’s Bar and Grill, 2860 W. Florida Ave., were treated to a rare performance of Mississippi hill country blues on Friday, Feb. 1, when blues guitarist extraordinaire Cooper “C.W.” Ayon, left, and bassist Felipe Toltecatl stopped in Hemet during their national tour. Based in New Mexico, C.W. Ayon has a reputation in the southwest and packs ‘em in at clubs in the Las Cruces area where he cut his teeth playing with rock bands. Ayon infuses his blues music with beats from his Native American roots in an unparalleled interpretation of the sounds we’ve come to know from the likes of John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters. Kudos to (more…)