Santana, Peelander Z, Bizarre Bazaar Freak Show, and Third Friday Over the Weekend

The Bizarre Bazaar Freak Show at The Firehouse The traveling circus troupe known as The Hellzapoppin Sideshow Revue spent Saturday night swallowing swords, eating fire and in general defying death in as many ways as possible. The fine circus folk did so as part of the Bizarre Bazaar at Downtown Phoenix art space, The Firehouse. The evening of freakiness, billed as "The Greatest Show in Hell," featured performances by local industrial music practicioners and power tool aficionados, Grindwhore, as well as sets by DJ duo Mess &* Phetamine and DJ Vex...see photos.

Peelander Z and The Aggrolites at Sail Inn Peelander Z is one of those acts that you can only understand by seeing them live. If you've never seen them before, you've missed out; numerous times in fact. Unlike most Japanese bands who make only the rarest of stops here in the Valley, Peelander Z manages to bring their self-described punk rock "circus" to town just about every year -- and what a circus!...full story.

Santana at Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion Carlos Santana makes a great argument for vintage rockers. At the ripe age of 64, Santana doesn't just continue to tour: it's as though he gets better every year. Going to a Santana concert isn't about getting crazy; it's all about a strong appreciation for exquisite talent -- which is why he can have three drummers in his band and not seem cocky for it....full story

Sheriff Joe, Christ Puppets and Luster Kaboom at Third Friday First Friday's quieter and far more well behaved younger sibling, Third Friday, came to Downtown Phoenix last night. Although it didn't offer a proliferation of zombies or incessant hug offerings, the evening compensated for that with a cutting edge collection of new art...see photos

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Jonathan McNamara