Rock Bar Shelter

Doug Breath checks out Rock Bar Shelter, the newest addition to Nagoya’s live music scene

The live music scene for foreigners has been pretty active in the last few years resulting in places like G.C. Live and several gaijin bars featuring live music from a talented pool of foreigners and Japanese. It is something that makes Nagoya very special. The collaboration and varying combination of artists keeps the scene vibrant and always changing.

Now there is a new live bar on the scene, Shelter in Sakae. Run by owner Franklyn, the lineup at Rock Bar Shelter is an eclectic mix of nationalities. A lot of truly remarkable Brazilian artists combine with Japanese and foreign musicians from Canada, The US, Britain, Australia and New Zealand just among a few nationalities that make up a roster of unique acts and great music.

The club itself is easy to find, just on the edge of Ikeda Koen in Sakae and is open from 18:00 most nights. The space itself features a nice interior and a fully stocked bar serving special drinks, shots, and a wide variety of beers & craft beers. If you are peckish they have delicious snacks.

The atmosphere is fun with the lights appropriately down low, and comfortable seating. It is a great place to pop in or if you are a musician yourself just talk to Franklyn about booking a gig – they are always looking for musicians.

While the schedule changes regularly, every Monday they have Bossa Nova, MPB and Samba by Lincoln Nunes. This month begins with a Jam session on Sunday June 2nd and the band VerseOne on June 15th. On the Saturday the 29th check out a double bill featuring Double Tap Kill and local favorites Turning the Sea Into Monsters.

While you have more choice than ever for live music in Nagoya, stop by Shelter and check it out!


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