Banding Together to Aid County

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With the county reeling from the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks and the destructive force of the Woolsey and Hill fires, musicians and businesses are coming together to help out. Here’s a look at a few of the benefit events being planned:

Arsenal Comics: The Easy Evil record label will present a concert for victims of the Woolsey fire and Borderline shooting at 5 p.m. Sat., Nov. 17, at the comic book store, 2333 Michael Drive, Newbury Park.Admission is $5 at the door.

The store is also planning to raffle off a weeklong badge to the 2019 San Diego Comic Con. Books, statues and other merchandise will be sold, too. Raffle tickets are $15; proceeds will go to the Ventura County Community Foundation. Call the store at (805) 499-6197 for more information.

Boys & Girls Club of Moorpark: The Soul Surfers, OUI’3 and Soul Kitchen will headline a benefit for Borderline victims from noon to 7 p.m., Sun., Nov. 18 at 200 Casey Road, Moorpark. There will be food from Smiley’s Hot Dogs, El Sancho Loco Taqueria, the Raspado House and Carla’s Corn. Admission is $5. Call ( 562) 338-5322 for more information.

See Me Escape Rooms: The escape room, 1830 Cochran St., Simi Valley, will donate all proceeds from experiences booked Tues., Nov. 20 and Wed., Nov. 21 to fire relief efforts. Call (805) 864-1294 or go online to

Nabu Wines: The winery, 2649 Townsgate Road, Westlake Village, will hold a benefit for Borderline victims on Sun., Nov. 25 from 1 to 5 p.m. Fleetwood Mac tribute band Twisted Gypsy will perform. There will be a raffle, memorial T-shirts will be sold and food from The Habit, Farm & Flame, Kona Ice and Chronic Tacos will be available. Call (805) 778-1100 or go online to

REO Speedwagon: The band, known for hits like “Keep On Loving You,” plans to donate proceeds from its alreadyscheduled Jan. 12 show at the Kavli Theatre in T.O. to the Ventura County Community Foundation’s Conejo Valley Victims Fund.

Just booked is a second fundraising gig at the Kavli at 7 p.m. on Jan. 13; tickets are on sale now via

REO Speedwagon has deep local roots: singer Kevin Cronin, guitarist Dave Amato and drummer Bryan Hill all live in the Conejo Valley.

“The REO family’s prayers are with you all,” Cronin said on the group’s Facebook page.

Sir, Please—a band featuring Cronin’s sons Shane and Josh— will open both Kavli shows. The group played at Borderline earlier this year.

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