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In an age of performers making their name as Instagram influencers and TikTok flavors-of-the month, Charlie Musselwhite is the equivalent of a land line — steady, reliable and a link to the past. Born in Mississippi and raised in Memphis, the…

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The Grape in Midtown Ventura is better known as a jazz club, but it embraced the funk last week. The venue had a rare chance to showcase progressive R&B band Water Seed, who traveled all the way from New Orleans to do a series of gigs in …

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PICTURED:  Teachers Justin Dempsey (center, holding a drum) and Hannah Ribble (far right, seated) with students (l-r) Charlotte W., Nate G., Nieve O., Matix M., Vincent A., Andilyn Z., T.J. E., Summer J., Darwin R., Ben E. and Lucas W. Photo …

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PICTURED: Guitarist Jesse Siebenberg performing at the Deer Lodge. Photo by Sophia Miles by Alex Wilson awilson@timespublications.com Deer Lodge 2261 Maricopa Highway, Ojai 805-646-4256 www.deerlodgeojai.com Ojai’s rustic Deer Lodge restauran…

PICTURED: Thievery Corporation performing on March 24, 2022, at the freshly opened Ventura Music Hall. Photo by Keith Zacharski/In the Barrel Photo by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer Ventura Music Hall 1888 E. Thompson Blvd., Ventura 805-667-8802 ven…

PICTURED: Twisted Gypsy plays at BL Dancehall and Saloon. Photo submitted by Alex Wilson awilson@timespublications.com BL Dancehall and Saloon 29020 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills 818-309-0336 www.blsaloon.com   Brian Hynes was just 14 years old w…

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AFTER DARK LIVE AND ONLINE ★ = Highly recommended If you have something related to nightlife — online or otherwise — please email nshaffer@timespublications.com. Due to the erratic nature of entertainment booking, information contained here…






PICTURED: Billy Howerdel comes to the Ventura Music Hall on July 24. Photo submitted by Christina Fuoco-Karasinski christina@timespublications.com With What Normal Was, Billy Howerdel has made the record of his career.  “This is me stepping b…

PICTURED: The Zombies will perform at Libbey Bowl on July 22. Photo by Paley Photography   by Dave Gil de Rubio for Last Word Features   Greg Lake once said that making a comeback with dignity was one of the most difficult things to do. That …

PICTURED: Crooked Eye Tommy Marsh and Paddy Marsh with Craig Williams. Photo by Bo Rothschild by Tim Pompey It may seem like an oxymoron, but people in Ojai are ready to welcome back the blues. It’s good news, then, that after a three-year hi…