Friday-Saturday To-Do: Monster Jam | Rock Candy

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Friday-Saturday To-Do: Monster Jam

Posted By on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 8:56 PM

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MONSTER JAM
6:30 p.m., Verizon Arena. $20 adults, $5 kids.


Maybe you're the type of reader who isn't looking for live music or lectures or film screenings. Maybe you think these things are dull, disappointing, even lightweight entertainment-wise. Maybe you're right. The Verizon Arena hasn't forgotten you, fortunately.

Here, for two consecutive nights this weekend, you will find ramps, giant trophies, gratuitous pyrotechnics, and all of your favorite monster trucks: Hotsy, Rap Attack, XXX, Robo Machine, Incinerator, and, of course, Fatal Attraction. I have seen pictures of these trucks. They are very big.

The sport — which I have now learned evolved out of the late 1960s mud-bogging and tractor-pulling subcultures, came of age in the 1980s, and achieved transcendence with the iconic Grave Digger truck (conceived by one Dennis "The Man" Anderson) — offers vigorous, next-level entertainment. Rest assured, there will be an autograph signing after the show. 

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