The Five Coolest Things to Check Out at This Weekend's Just Another Desert Party III

A lonely swath of vacant desert located on the outer fringes of the Valley of the Sun is going to come alive this weekend with mayhem, madness, and all manner of mechanical carnage. 

The party monsters of Warsaw Pact Entertainment are putting on their annual freakfest Just Another Desert Party starting on Friday night, and it sounds like it's gonna be a helluva underground party. 

The three-day event will have sort of a Burning Man feel with a bizarre bazaar of performances artists, punky and funky creations, and fire-slinging hellions. While the main attraction will undoubtedly be the goofy gladiatorial arena known as Thunderdome, there will be plenty of other freakish fun to experience at JADP. 

Here's are just a few things we can't wait to see ... 

Death Guild's Thunderdome:
It stands nearly 40 feet tall and is built from more than 250 steel beams arranged in the shape of a geodesic dome. Looking very much like a jungle gym on steroids, this imposing structure was created by San Francisco underground art collective Death Guild and was very much inspired by the titular structure in the 1985 flick Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. And just like in the film, participants engage in battle beneath the dome, albeit with foam-covered batons whilst swinging about on bungee harness. Meanwhile, onlookers climb the latticework of steel beams to taunt the combatants. The Thunderdome has been featured at several Burning Mans in the past and is being erected in Arizona for the first time ever

Greathouse Labs' Fighting Robots:
It's long been predicted by futurists that robots equipped with arrays of weaponry will eventually replace gun-toting human soldiers on the battlefields of tomorrow. When that day eventually dawns, we're betting that those armed androids will look something like the fighting robots created by Greathouse Labs. These mechanical mayhem-makers are bristling with destructive devices (including chainsaws and crushing claws) and will square off in an orgy of automaton annihilation.

Bare-Knuckle Fighting:
Although the annual Fight Club put on by the mayhem-makers of Sadisco* isn't happening until a few weeks from now at The Firehouse, anyone who's itching for a little amateur pugilism can prove their manliness inside a makeshift pit made from plywood, cardboard, and chain link fencing.

Just Another Desert Party III will take place from Friday night until Sunday morning at a TBA location west of Buckeye. Call 480-772-8696 or visit Warsaw Pact's website for more location info on the days of the event.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.