Tribute to Santana Returns to Historic Hemet Theatre

MUSIC: Gary Albano playing “Smooth Sounds of Santana.” | Photo Courtesy

On Saturday June 22nd, Smooth Sounds of Santana returns to the Historic Hemet Theatre with  their high-energy tribute to Santana. The band has performed here twice before in 2016 and 2018, drawing large crowds to Hemet’s Historic Downtown District.

An odd phenomenon takes place when this band hits the stage. As usual, the dance floor is packed — but strangely, no one is dancing! The entire crowd is just staring at the band! This band performs with three drummers and the result is a show that will make your jaw drop!

“Smooth Sounds of Santana” recreates the look & sound of Carlos Santana, replicating the music, note by note, from the legendary early days to material from all eras of Santana’s 30+ year history. The show features all the biggest hits as well as some lesser known classics that will thrill even the most die-hard fans.

Lead by Gary Albano, seven seasoned musicians recreate the sound that earned Santana eight Grammy Awards and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Among Santana’s greatest hits are “Black Magic Woman,” “Evil Ways,” “Oye Como Va,” and “The Game of Love.”

Even if you were not a Santana fan “back in the day,” this performance is one that you simply must experience for yourself.

The Tribute to Santana is the fourth in Season Two of HHT’s popular Tribute Mania Concert Series. The season continues with tributes to Led Zeppelin (7/6), Aerosmith (7/20),  REO Speedwagon (8/3), and Tom Petty (8/17).

Upcoming in the Friday Nite Live series is a Tribute to Johnny Cash (6/14).

Tickets for Tribute Mania and Friday Nite Live shows are $22 presale / $25 day of show. Showtime is 7:00 pm, with doors open at 6:15 pm.  Information on all theatre events is available at or by calling the ticket office: (951) 658-5950.


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