Author: Bill Forman

SMOOTH OPERATOR | Michael McDonald to perform at Ojai’s Libbey Bowl

“If I hear ‘Yah Mo B There’ one more time, I’m gonna ‘Yah Mo Burn’ this place to the ground,” declared Paul Rudd’s electronics‐store salesman character in the 2005 comedy The 40‐Year‐Old Virgin, as the Michael McDonald music video plays on a wall of TV screens in the background. McDonald, the singer who captained what came to be known as the yacht‐rock phenomenon in the ’80s, recalls taking his kids to a movie theater to see the film, and finding the scene not at all surprising. After all, he’s well aware of the polarized feelings his music has inspired...

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MUSIC FOR TRYING TIMES | Bad Religion to perform at the Majestic Ventura Theater

Thomas Paine, the 18th-century author of The Age of Reason, once claimed that arguing with someone who’d renounced the use of reason is as effective as “administering medicine to the dead or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.” Bad Religion, as its name suggests, has no interest in converting atheists. But on its new album, Age of Unreason, the L.A. pop-punk stalwart does share a similar exasperation with what Paine famously called the “times that try men’s souls.” The album is the band’s first collection of new music in six years. Not surprisingly, it includes more than a...

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PRETTY FLY (FOR A MOLECULAR BIOLOGIST) | Offspring frontman Dexter Holland talks music, science, hot sauce and competitive eating ahead of Ventura show

“I think that, down deep, every band secretly wants to be U2, right?” said Offspring bandleader Dexter Holland, reflecting on his group’s pioneering role in the ’90s “bro band” phenomenon, thanks in large part to frat-boy favorites like “Self Esteem” and “Pretty Fly (for a White Guy).”  The recently recorded “It Won’t Get Better,” which debuted in June, is about the current opioid epidemic. It’s actually one among many Offspring songs that can be characterized as socially conscious.  “The songs that people mostly know us for are the fun ones,” acknowledged Holland in a recent phone interview. “But we...

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BASS INSTINCTS | A conversation with Grammy-winning multi-genre bass player Thundercat, coming to the Ventura Theater

Thundercat aka Stephen Bruner has never been one to drop names, although he could easily be forgiven for doing so. The 34-year-old musician won a Grammy in 2016 for his role as producer and featured performeron Kendrick Lamar’s revered To Pimp a Butterfly. He has collaborated with neo-soul chanteuse Erykah Badu and rapper Childish Gambino, and been a member of Suicidal Tendencies since high school. The son of Motown drummer Ronald Bruner and older brother of Odd Futurist keyboardist Jameel “Kintaro” Bruner, Thundercat was first championed as a bass prodigy by fellow LA native Flying Lotus, with whom he...

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UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS

  1. Alan Saldana Headlines Levity Live

    August 23 @ 7:00 pm - August 25 @ 8:30 pm
  2. Help & Hope for Early Stage Alzheimer’s/Dementia

    August 24 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  3. The Speakeasy Project: American Roadhouse

    August 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  4. The Speakeasy Project: American Roadhouse

    August 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  5. Morning Stretch to Classic Rock

    August 26 @ 8:00 am - 8:45 am
  6. First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning, Powered by Interface Open House in Ventura

    August 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  7. First 5 Neighborhoods for Learning, Powered by Interface Open House

    August 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  8. Engage & Enlighten event features United Nations Special Rapporteur David Kaye

    August 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  9. Dancer’s Body Barre

    August 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  10. Egyptian Belly Dancing

    August 26 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm