Concerts

Judas Priest, Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkestra, and Boobapalooza Over the Weekend

Judas Priest at Arizona State Fair Let's get it out of the way straight off the bat: I've never been big Judas Priest fan. I don't dislike the band, mind you, but I've never really delved in beyond the hits.

I went into last night's Veterans Memorial Coliseum with only a few goals: I wanted to hear Rob Halford scream like a banshee (those Christmas records left me in doubt of his cred); I wanted to hear Glen Tipton and Richie Faulkner (K.K. Downings' replacement) shred the duel/dual guitar thing...full story.

Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkestra at Crescent Ballroom The only thing missing from the Crescent Ballroom last night was a haze of cigar smoke as Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta channeled their inner Perez Prado to dazzle an eager crowd with their unique brand of mambo.

Packing the stage with 12 musicians in all, Mendoza and his troupe set a pace that was less feverish, and more on the funky side. Decked out in white coats and black ties, the Tucson boys made the new ballroom feel like a swanky soiree...full story.

Boobapalooza at Rhythm Room

As much as my inner-feminist resents a show called "Boobapalooza," last night's Rhythm Room breast cancer benefit was rather respectful. Uh, in its own way...full story.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.