GOV’T MULE A side project of the Allman Brothers Band with guitar guru Warren Haynes at the helm (Haynes replaced Dicky Betts), Gov’t Mule jams the classic rock proper-like with a biker’s heart and a Southern man’s soul. That is to say these guys are pro all the way and masters of their instruments. Rolling Stone magazine even gave Haynes a coveted slot in its top 100 guitarists, placing him at No. 22. Critics write them off as a glorified cover band, but who doesn’t want to hear the best songs in rock pounded out with such authority, passion and skill? Check out Gov’t Mule’s version of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” on YouTube and try not to smile. Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Ventura Theater, 26 S. Chestnut St., Ventura. 653-0721, www.venturatheater.net.
Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks at the Canyon on Thursday, Sept. 24.
Honorary Ventura scensters Monster Eats the Pilot with El Camino Real at Epic on Friday, Sept. 25.
There are three opportunities to see Big Band, the annual gathering of members from Le Meu Le Purr and Army of Freshmen on one stage performing cover hits from the ages, this weekend. Thursday, Sept. 24 at Bombay Bar & Grill; Friday, Sept. 25 at Nicholby’s and Saturday, Sept. 26 at Billy O’s.