The Obvious Circus Events Calendar (Until 3/6)


A new month is upon us, and with it comes (hopefully) warmer weather and a cornucopia of events, as well as something called the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. In honor of what I assume is a sporting event that I neither watch nor understand I have included a list of my Top 8 favorite events for this month at the end of the newsletter. And much like basketball, this is a single-elimination tournament to the death. Again, I don’t watch a lot of the sports.


I should apologize for the curt events calendar posting last week. I should, but I won’t. If I hadn’t rushed it out, I would not have been able to experience what was the best concert in this still young year. The Ben Folds Five show was everything a reunion concert should be. A heaping helping of classic tracks from all of their albums (even the oft ignored Naked Baby Photos) with a smattering of new songs from The Sound of the Life of the Mind, as well as a wicked long jam session. Along with their everyone-pleasing set list, the trio was affable and really knew how to work a Japanese audience. Certainly, ¥8000 was a lot to pay, especially for someone on a fixed income like myself (where’s MY press pass?!), but their 90-minute performance (plus the best encore ever!) made it well worth it. Plus, I made a new friend.

On to the calendar!

Friday 1


Club JB’s in sakae from 22:00

A pioneer of the trip-hop genre, producer Rob Smith stands next to industry giants such as Tricky and Massive Attack. His newest project, RSD, borrows heavily from his roots as a reggae musician, as well as the warble of dubstep; a pleasant muddle. ADV 2500 (1D) / DOOR 2500

Tohoku Awareness

Café Kiki in Ikeshita from 19:00

This charity event will showcase 3 documentary films concerning the current plight of this still stricken region. The triple disaster may be gone from the news cycle, but it should never be far from our minds or wallets.

Saturday 2

Tile Concert

Club Rock n’ Roll in Shinsakae from 18:00

One of my favorite finds, The Cigavettes bring their Oasis-tinged rock back to Nagoya. They’re opening for the sweet folk of Predawn. This one is going to be good! ADV ¥2300 / DOOR ¥2800

Da Doo Ron Ron

Club Upset in Ikeshita from 23:30

Garage rock from Stompin’ Riff Raffs, The Amaretts and more with a number of rock’n’roll DJs. ADV ¥2000 / DOOR ¥2500


The Plastic Factory in Imaike from 22:00

Local DJ and producer Andy S. continues spreading the gospel of good music with yet another house party. This one features DJ Ten who is apparently a rising star of the Nagoya scene, a fact I would know if I got out more often. DOOR ¥2000


Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00

Swiss DJ Eli Verveine’s mixes exist somewhere between house and techno music, a seemingly mythical place where house is more subtle and techno is less boring. ADV ¥2500 / DOOR ¥3000

ICONS Exhibition

Nossa Gallery in Fushimi from 17:00

Local artist Robert Moore is showcasing more of his photo-quality sketches of famous actors and musicians all weekend long at this very new bar and gallery. The opening party is on this day where you’ll be able to meet the artist.

Sunday 3

Always This vol.5

Club Zion in Kamimaezu from 18:00

I’m often amazed at the variety of rockabilly bands that Nagoya has to offer. Sure, Nagoya has plenty of hip hop MCs and J-pop wannabes, but they seemingly pale in numbers to the groups who like their hair pompadour’d, their basses standing and their wardrobe denim. This night features personal faves Duck and the Billys, Soul of Liberty, Pink Moon Babies and more. ADV 2000 / DOOR 2500

Daihachi Ryodan

Tokuzo in Imaike from 18:00

To call Daihachi Ryodan Nagoya’s oldest gaijin band is technically true. They have the prerequisite foreigner in guitarist extraordinaire John Crawley, and they have been performing together for 33 years. However, to summarize their illustrious career in such an over-simple manner detracts from the Latin-jazz-rock-reggae-psychedelic-enka-punk sound they’ve perfected. They only do a few shows a year, so you better catch this one. ADV ¥2000 / DOOR ¥2500

Harlem Shake – Nagoya Style

Central Park in Sakae from 15:00

Though I am not sure who is behind this fun chance to go viral, the latching on to not-quite-dead-yet memes has the tang of Axiom Mag.

Tuesday 5

Nagoya Swings Workshop

Shooters in Fushimi from 18:00

Nagoya Swings is offering a middle of the week chance for everyone interested in learning some new steps. This is a “Build On Your Basics” workshop, so an introductory knowledge of swing dance is preferred. They’re offering 2 bi-lingual lessons for only ¥600. Singles and couples are all welcome.

Wednesday 6

Karaoke Night

Red Rock in Sakae from 20:00

An old bar favorite comes to the Red Rock with an interesting twist. They’ll be selling pitchers of beer this night for ¥1800, but you save ¥100 IF you sing a song. The more you drink, the more you’ll sing; the more you sing, the more you’ll drink. It’s the Mobius Strip of karaoke nights. This new weekly event includes ¥5000 in prizes to be won.

Danny’s Top 8 Picks for March

March 9 Powder Love 2013 in Hakuba
March 14 Wanna Be Child @ Club JB’s
March 15 Coat of Arms Pub Grand Opening!
March 16 W-Double Anniversary @ Café Domina
March 20 DuckFace @ Taurus
March 30 Nagoya Spring Jam @ Flex Lounge
March 30 Budo Grape @ Tokuzo
March 31 The Best Brunch @ Shooters

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