Shooters (12:00 | ¥1,500)
Start your holiday season off in the spirit of the classic tune “Do they know it’s Christmas?” at this benefit to raise money for clean drinking water in Ethiopia. A great cause with a number of talented musicians and performers, including folk act TAKT, rock band from the future M.A.S.A. and the African music and dance of Rafiki and Eriko Ueda. Highly recommended.
We Banjo 3
Club Quattro (18:00 | ¥4,800)
No longer just the preferred instrument of inbred hillbillies and Béla Fleck, the banjo is being strummed the world over by hipsters and rednecks alike. And then there’s this amazing Irish band that blends traditional folk and blue grass into a stirring sound they Celt Grass. Get your hootenanny on!
Tight Rope (19:00 | ¥5,500)
Despite their most metal of names, this Austin-based band’s indie-pop is more psychedelic than psychotic.
Lover:Z (22:00 | ¥2,500)
A belated Happy Birthday to Nagoya’s most famous gay, lesbian and all dance party! For 11 years, Madame d’Metro and her fabulous merrymakers have created an energetic atmosphere that is accepting of everyone. If you find yourself away from your loved ones this winter, you are welcome to join the Metro family at their “HoliGay” festival.
Plastic Factory (17:00 | ¥1,500)
While I do enjoy fried chicken and love hotels, a Japanese-style Christmas just doesn’t offer any solace to those stuck here over the holidays. However, Brian Cullen, Sarah Mulvey and other local musicians will be serving up a number of classic holiday songs and stories on this night to help soothe the homesick. And if the spirit moves you, feel free to join them on stage with your own yuletide yarn.
X-Hall (20:00 | ¥3,500)
Since its heyday in the 90s, trance music has spent the last few decades banished to Eastern European clubs and pachinko parlors. But a recent resurgence in that seizure-inducing sound has found its way to our shore. X-Hall alone is hosting several trance events this month, starting with American DJs Stryker and Mad Maxx under their new moniker Wild Monkeys.
Shooters (20:00 | ¥300)
Shooters doubles down on its recent effort to become your destination for live music every Sunday night with local faves Champagne Soaked Cookies and the Xandra Corpora Band.
Club ORCA (19:00)
Making monster mashups live, Ukrainian producer Juicy M’s performances are epic. The always packed ORCA is going to get mental during her set.
Club Quattro (18:30 | ¥5,000)
This Seattle-based songstress returns to Nagoya with her beautifully orchestrated, bi-lingual ballads.
Mope City with Day Ravies
Huck Finn (18:30 | ¥2,500)
If you find yourself too festive this season, this aptly-named Australian band will curb your enthusiasm with their melancholy melodies.
Special Christmas Music Event
Sienna (20:00 | ¥5,000)
Nagoya’s only West Coast-inspired fine dining experience is no stranger to excellent pairings. They know which wine best compliments your entree, and which delicious dessert is the perfect dénouement to your meal. Now that they’re getting into the recent boom in local live music, the amazing guitar skills or Takashi Terada with the beautiful voice of Aya Kawakami is an excellent pairing not to be missed. Includes a six-course Christmas dinner and all the sparkling wine you want.
Nagoya Swings Christmas Live
Shooters (18:00 | ¥1,500)
Celebrate the season with the swingin’ jazz of local band The Okamo and Elephant Panchos and the ballroom style of the Nagoya Swings dance troupe. Beginners dance lessons from 18:00.
Nagoya Congress Center
(18:00 | ¥15,000)
I have much respect for this pioneering UK prog rock band. But at that price I think I’ll just stay home, put my copy of In The Court Of The Crimson King on the turntable and lose myself in the psychedelic album art.
ROTH BART BARON
RAD Hall (17:30 | ¥2,800)
This Tokyo duo shot to the top of my best of 2014 list with their album, The Ice Age, a brilliant concept album and triumph for the Japanese indie music scene. Well, true to form, they’ve topped 2015’s list with their newest effort Atom.
Club JB’s (22:00 | ¥3,000)
If you like your Grime filled with warble and smooth rhymes, DJ duo Elijah and Skilliam are going to shake ya with their unique London-born sound.
Break Beat Dela 2015
Café Domina (21:00 | ¥1,500)
I could waste words listing the many talented DJs as this event, but what you really want to know is that this party is all about the BASS! When you feel your teeth rattling, you have arrived.
Star Eyes (18:00 | ¥4,000)
Countdown in style with a special live performance from the Diva of Aichi, an all-night session of her beautiful renditions of blues, jazz and gospel favorites.
Café Domina (19:00 | ¥1,000)
Every establishment with a bar and a stereo will be holding their own version of a countdown party, but Domina is offering over 15 DJs spinning everything from motown to deep house for only one bill.
Club about (22:00 | FREE)
…unless you go a few steps down the street to the most underground of clubs, About. No lineup announced yet, but it’s a safe bet things will get weird.
All Star Countdown Party
Café iD (19:00 | ¥2000)
Featuring over 25 amazing DJs pumping out amazing tunes on every floor of this amazing club until they kick you out at an amazingly early time
Monster Sound Countdown
X-Hall (21:00 | ¥5,000)
But if you’d rather dance until the first sunrise of 2016, get revved up on the dance fuel from trance DJs Bizarre Contact, Shanti, Ananda Shake and Dithforth.