The Covid crisis may not be over, but there are some signs of normalcy popping up around town.

On Saturday June 12th, the Historic Hemet Theatre hosted its first show in 15 months. Concert fans were thrilled to come out for the Tribute to Bruno Mars, featuring Bruno and the Hooligans. The show sold out just a few hours before showtime.

Even will reduced capacity, the crowd was buzzing with excitement. From the first song, the dance floor filled – just like in the days before Covid sent everyone into isolation — Except for this show, dancers all has wrist band showing that they had been vaccinated.

Courtesy Photos of Susan Carrier, HHT

It was also the first show since the passing of Operations Director Bryan Carrier. A portrait of Bryan and his wife Susan has been added to the sound room at the top of the auditorium. The painting was done by Dan Melendez, the same artist that painted the wall murals in the lobby of the theatre. During intermission, volunteers presented Susan with a custom guitar featuring photos of Bryan and logos of the theatre. The guitar was created by LocoLady Guitar, who creates custom guitars as raffle prizes for the tribute shows at HHT.

Meanwhile, tickets for the Tribute to Elton John on Saturday June 26th are already gone. Several other shows in the season will sell out in the next couple of weeks.

The remaining shows in the 2021 Tribute Mania Concert Season are Tribute to Elton John, featuring Kenny Metcalf (Jun 26), Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival, featuring Brad Ford and Fortunate Son (Jul 10), Tribute to Abba, with Abba Fab (Jul 24), Tribute to Santana, with Smooth Sounds of Santana (Aug 7), Tribute to Tina Turner, featuring Debby Holiday (Aug 14), Tribute to Neil Diamond, with Hot August Night (Aug 21), Tribute to Led Zeppelin, with Led Zepagain (Sept 4), Tribute to Bob Seger, with Turn the Page (Sept 18), Tribute to Foreigner. featuring 4NR (Oct 2), Tribute to The Beatles, with Hard Day’s Night (Oct 16), and Tribute to Fleetwood Mac with Mirage (Oct 23).

Courtesy Photos of Susan Carrier, HHT

Tickets for Tribute Mania are $25, general admission. Showtime is 7:00 pm, with doors open at 6:15 pm.

Information on all theatre events is available at www.HistoricHemetTheatre.com or by calling the ticket office, (951) 658-5950. You can subscribe to the HHT email blast by enrolling on the website.

Event tickets are available at the theatre Box Office (Monday thru Friday 11 am to 5pm) or online at www.PurplePass.com. Tickets are also available at the Downtown Deli, 113 N Harvard St and the Harvard Street Music Exchange, 134 S Harvard St.

Susan Carrier

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