The Obvious Circus Events Calendar (Until 1/19)


There are many fun things happening this weekend, but I will not be in attendance. I am in mourning, and will instead stay home and watch Die Hard and listen to Hunky Dory.

On to the calendar!

Friday 15

First Laugh of the Year

GC Live in Shinsakae from 19:30

After this difficult week of loss, many of us could use a good laugh. Comedy veteran Mark Bailey’s roundup of Nagoya’s hottest comics is the most amusing way to get your weekend started. DOOR ¥1500

Saturday 16

Blues & Brews

GC Live in Shinsakae from 19:00

Nagoya’s newest venue is hopping this weekend with the bluesy rock of the Hyappa Blues Band and Uncle Ron and The Jerks. But the main attraction will be the locally brewed Hyappa beers on tap and by the bottle. The Ale Capone is a personal favorite and not to be missed. DOOR ¥1700 (1D)


Café Domina in Sakae from 22:00

If you want to feel the warble of the bass, you have to go to Domina for events like this night of Drum & Bass with local DJs SMOKER, Skullduggery, You-Hey and ZIG-NINE with MC AGO. DOOR ¥2500

Sunday 17

Nagoya Swings Workshop

Shooters in Fushimi from 18:00

Nagoya’s biggest international jazz dance group is back in the backroom of Shooters with some brand new dance steps for experienced and beginners alike. They’ll be teaching triple step and the tuck turn, which is a great starting point for getting into the Lindy Hop. Don’t let your two left feet stop you from dancing. Their bi-lingual lessons are only ¥600, and both singles & couples are welcome.

Acoustic Sunday

Shooters in Fushimi from 19:30

Dancing in the back, live music up front; Shooters is going big this Sunday with unplugged performances from local legends Ghost of Matsubara and the folk rock of Ron Schröter for only ¥300. I caught Mr. Schröter’s set last week at CoA and was impressed with his spot-on, singalong covers of the Gin Blossoms and many other greats from the 90s. Highly recommended.

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K.D. Japon in Tsurumai from 18:00

Located under the train tracks near Tsuruma Park, K.D. Japon is the best live house in Aichi to get away from the Jpop and metal that pervades the Japan music scene. It’s where you can take a chance on the different, like the indie rock of Kyoto’s she said, currently touring their new album, the sad-rock opus, So Lonely but Never Alone. DOOR ¥2300


Zepp Nagoya from 19:00

A Finish Cello metal band… well, now I’ve heard it all.

Monday 18

Monday Night Jam

Gotham City Live in Shinsakae from 18:00

This and every Monday, GC Live offers all the chance to take the stage and join a supergroup of local talent for the best jam session in town. DOOR ¥1000

David Grubbs

K.D. Japon in Tsurumai from 19:00

The experimental folk music of American songwriter David Grubbs would best be enjoyed on a rainy day, with a stiff drink, after hearing some troubling news… better make it a double. DOOR ¥3200

Party! Tea! Tea!

Plastic Factory in Imaike for 7 days

I’m not really sure what this week-long festival is really all about, but they’re doing something different every night. Check the event page to see which one best fits you. ADV ¥2500 / DOOR ¥2800

Tuesday 19

Toro y Moi

Club Quattro in Sakae from 18:30

While bigger cities like Tokyo and Osaka tend to attract the lion share of “big name” tours, Nagoya welcomes a number of indie acts that should not be overlooked, including the laidback sounds of American chillwave performer Toro y Moi. DOOR ¥5800

LITE with And So I Watch You From Afar

Apollo Base in Shinsakae from 19:00

Math rock: punk for music nerds. DOOR ¥3500

Jack Tempchin

Tokuzo in Imaike from 18:00

This American singer-songwriter is best known for writing the Eagles classic “Peaceful Easy Feeling.” DOOR ¥5800

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