Charlie Musselwhite Ventura Theater

Charlie Musselwhite at Ventura Theater

Charlie Musselwhite performed with his band at the Ventura Theater. Charles Douglas "Charlie" Musselwhite is an American electric blues harmonica player and bandleader, one of the non-black bluesmen who came to prominence in the early '60s, along with Mike Bloomfield and Paul Butterfield.

Though he has often been identified as a "white bluesman," he claims Native American heritage. Musselwhite was reportedly the inspiration for the character played by Dan Aykroyd in the Blues Brothers.

Text and photos by Thomas Long