The Obvious Circus Events Calendar (Until 3/26)


After what seemed like an eternity, the weather seems to finally be warming up in Nagoya; and not a second too soon. My Heat Tech is just about threadbare, and UNIQLO’s been selling spring clothes since February! And it’s not just the warmer climes, but another outstandingly Japanese spring tradition is back: it’s hanami season, baby! So, gather up your blue tarp, your supplies from the local Family Mart and get yourself down to Meijo, Tsurumai and any other park over the next few weeks, because the cherry blossoms are coming and you’re going to want to grab your spot under them quite early.

On to the calendar!

Friday 20

Hit ‘Em Up, vol. 5

CREAM Bar in Sakae

A weekend-long party featuring live performances from Vinny Vintage and ARI, along with several talented DJs and dancers. Ladies get in for free before 1 AM, and it’s free for everyone on Sunday. DOOR ¥1500


Club ORCA in Sakae from 21:00

Mashing up rock, rap and EDM hits, Tokyo producer Lucas Valentine’s tracks are busy; full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. He’s playing at the hot new dance club ORCA tonight along with DJ VERBAL, who’s been known to wear hats that make DEVO jealous.

Saturday 21

Prisca Molotsi

STAR EYES in Kakuozan from 18:00

The diva-darling is returning to this intimate jazz club on the East End with her repertoire of well-loved R&B, jazz and gospel classics. DOOR ¥4000

One Mic

Radix in Tsurumai from 19:00 

Local duo Ackee and Saltfish get together for a nice mix of roots and Japan’s own entertaining yet mystifying approach to Reggae DOOR ¥3000


Café Domina in Sakae from 22:00

Tokyo DJ Velocity will be a welcome addition to the D’n’B scene of Nagoya along with MC CARDZ. DOOR ¥3000

Sunday 22

Spring Fling Swing & Sing Thing

Shooters in Fushimi from 18:00

For 9 years Nagoya Swings has been teaching this town to swing, jive and hop. Join them for their anniversary party featuring the live music of The Hospy’s, with a free dance lesson at the start for newbies. DOOR ¥1000 (1D)

PDL Wine Seminar

Sienna in Takaoka from 15:00

This excellent fine dining establishment is offering a taste of the west coast, wines from California, Oregon and Washington with local expert Paul Lobosco. The classiest of ways to get blind stinking drunk… I’m sorry, I mean blind stinking inebriated. ¥8000

the pillows

Zepp Nagoya from 17:00

Japan’s best and longest running indie rock band recently celebrated their 25th anniversary with a new album Moondust, their strongest effort in a long time. DOOR ¥4320

Daniel Wang

Café Domina in Sakae from 17:00

Daniel Wang’s love for disco and the early days of house music breathes new life into a club scene grown stale by the domination of EDM. DOOR ¥3000

Monday 23

Alexandra Stan

Club Quattro in Sakae from 18:30

Four years ago, you couldn’t walk into a club without hearing Mr. Saxobeat, the infectious breakout single from this Romanian synthpop star. DOOR ¥6500

Thursday 26


Nippon Gaishi Hall in Kasadera from 18:00

And speaking of unavoidable popular music, Mr. Worldwide returns to Nagoya, but at least this time he’s brought along the infinitely more talented R&B megastar Ne-Yo. DOOR ¥10,000


Zepp Nagoya from 18:00

The raucous 2-day festival is back with another amazing lineup including Rancid on Thursday and Fall Out Boy on Friday. The two-day pass for ¥13,000 is basically a must. DOOR ¥7000

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