As the year winds down, I find myself in desperate need of an infusion of merriment. Fortuitously, there are a lot of great events to help with the merry-making. At the forefront of this joyfulness are several Nagoya musicians who deserve our love and yen. Support local music!
On to the calendar!
Ghost of Matsubara
GC Live in Shinsakae from 18:30
I haven’t been to a GoM show is way too long, so I am very much looking forward to hearing what Tom, Tak and Celso have been working on. Bloody Irish to open. DOOR ¥1500 (1D)
Let’s Get Turnt Up
CREAM Bar in Sakae from 22:00
After the GoM show, head back Sakae-way to catch the release party for hip-hop artist Vinny-Vintage’s newest single” Let’s Get Turnt Up.” Live perfomances from The Butcher himself, along with crewmates Ari, Chriz J and DJ Ghost Willy. MEN ¥1500 (1D) / WOMEN ¥1500 (2D)
Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00
Bristol-based RSD will drop bass bombs on the Mago floor tonight! His Reggae-influenced breakbeats will snap your neck. DOOR ¥3000
Wasted, vol. 2
Plastic Factory in Imaike from 20:00
Another excellent chance to support local talent, with live music from NegoSoul, LYS, Xandra Corpora, Bob Vidler and Andy Snadden. That’s a lot of great music for only ¥1500! What!? And you get a free drink! Good goddam!
The Life and Times
Huck Finn in Imaike from 18:30 The guitar-driven rock of this Chicago band is reminiscent of Dinosaur Jr. And if you don’t know who what that is, stop reading this and go download “Where You Been” right now. I’ll wait. DOOR ¥3000
Club Buddha in Shinsakae from 22:00 The Mod-maniacs return to Buddha all of the groovy sounds of the 50s & 60s & that hip Mad Men fashion. ADV ¥2000 (2D) / DOOR ¥2000 (1D)
Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00
DJ Takkyu Ishino’s popular techno mix is in the main room, but don’t miss the live performances over in the gallery from excellent producers like SELFCONTROLSYSTEM. DOOR ¥3000
Shooters in Fushimi from 12:00
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. DOOR ¥1500
A Child’s Christmas
Red Rock in Sakae from 20:15
If you want your charity to start at home, then head over to the Rock and volunteer to make a child’s Christmas wishes come true. They’ve collected letters to Santa from a local orphanage, and you choose one to purchase, gift wrap and place under the tree. With over 60 kids, they’re going to need a lot of help! To add to the merriment, Brian Cullen and Sarah Mulvey, Nagoya’s most adorable couple, will be leading the singing of traditional Christmas Carols.
The Jump in Nakamura Kuyakusho from 11:30
Local multi-instrumentalist Bob Vidler’s regular “Circular Breathing For Beginners” workshop returns. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot. FEE ¥1500
Radix in Tsurumai from 21:00
Jamaican recording artist Bugle brings his Anointed tour to Nagoya. Radix is THE destination for big name reggae sounds. ADV ¥2000 / DOOR ¥2500
Fiesta Santería Nagoya
Plastic Factory in Imaike from 18:30
Like most people who remember the 90s, I though Santeria was just a song from Sublime (and by no means their best one). Well, it turns out that it is a Carribean-born religion with dedicated parishioners all over the world. You can learn more, and enjoy the music and dance of this culturally-rich faith, at the Factory this Sunday.
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
Zepp Nagoya from 18:00
Probably the cheapest event ever at Zepp Nagoya, this Japanese band is one of the best pop-punk acts in the country. DOOR ¥2600
We Banjo 3
Club Quattro in Sakae from 18:00
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! DOOR ¥4800