1. Frontman Rob Halford and the other core members of Judas Priest might be pushing 70, but the heavy metal kings can still bring the same level of energy that made them one of the most influential acts of heavy metal’s heyday. Part of an updated version of their North America tour “Firepower,” the U.K. rockers are partnering with Uriah Heep for a eardrum rattling show at the Microsoft Theater on Thursday, June 27. To keep things fresh, the group is expected to release new cuts of old classics including “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” and “Breaking the Law.” The concert begins at 8 p.m. At 777 Chick Hearn Ct. or microsofttheater.com.
2. What do Ludwig Beethoven and The Beatles have in common? If you ask the California Philharmonic, apparently quite a bit, which might explain why the Pasadena-based music group will loop the two music giants together for an extraordinary concert experience at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday, June 30. Part of Cal Phil’s summer series, Cal Phil’s founder and musical director Dr. Victor Vener will partner with America’s favorite Beatles tribute band the Fab Four to explore the crowd-pleasing works from John, Paul and Ludwig. The concert begins at 2 p.m., but there is a preconcert talk at 1 p.m. At 111 S. Grand Ave., (213) 972-7211 or calphil.com.
3. Now’s your chance to pick up a few dance moves in an al fresco, low-pressure setting. Dance DTLA is back for the summer at the Grand Park lawn and for the first time in the event’s 15 year history, it’s all about the Dominican Republic-based dance genre Bachata. On Friday, June 28 from 7-11 p.m., attendees can dance the night away alongside a live DJ or take part in a dance lesson from a local dance instructor. There will also be food and beverage vendors during the evening as well if you happen to get a little peckish. At 200 N. Grand Ave. or musiccenter.org.
4. One of Britain’s most prolific musicians is coming stateside for a show at the Orpheum Theatre on Friday, June 28. Singer-songwriter David Gray is currently touring in support of his 11th studio album, Gold In a Brass Age, which flips the script on his normal folk styling in favor of more atmospheric and moody tones. The concert also comes on the heels of the 20th anniversary of the release of his seminal folktronica album White Ladder, which catapulted the singer to the top of the U.K. and U.S. music charts during the 2000s. Expect to hear a healthy mix of new and old from the talented musician once the concert kicks off at 8 p.m. At 842 S. Broadway, (877) 677-4386 or laorpheum.com.
5. Judas Priest isn’t the only aging rock group grasping at a second wind this week. The Misfits, the original horror punk band, is aiming to please the black-clad masses at the Banc of California Stadium on Saturday, June 29. Original members Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only will belt out the classics including “Teenager From Mars” and “Horror Business,” hopefully churning the pit into a frenzy. If The Misfits aren’t your thing, there are plenty of eyebrow raising openers including The Distillers, Anti-Nowhere League, Rise Against and the CroMags. The concert begins at 5 p.m. At 3939 S.Figueroa St. or bancofcaliforniastadium.com/events.
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