The Obvious Circus Events Calendar (Until 4/19)


Next month, the Nagoya Walkathon, the biggest charity event in our area, returns to Morikoro Park in Nagakute.  Always an awesome event, the Walkathon features fun for all ages, food from around the world, the best music and dance acts in town, and, best of all, it raises a ton of money for local charities and orphanages.

This year it’s going to be especially awesome with the Obvious Circus in charge of the stage.  So far we’ve lined up such great bands as the Ghost of Matsubara, Vinny Vintage, Adas Mexico, Budo Grape and all the way from Tokyo, The Watanabes!  With more acts to be announced, not to mention all the fun games and raffles going on throughout the day, you don’t want to miss this event.  Reserve Sunday, May 20 now, and check out more at the website or on Facebook.

On to the calendar!

Thursday 19th


Club JB’s in Sakae from 21:00

DJ ZAP and MA5AKAZ, two of the mainstays for the electro sound, are bringing back that banging music to JB’s.  ADV ¥1500 (2D) / DOOR ¥1500 (1D)

Friday 20th

Sunset Drive

Bottom Line in Imaike from 19:00

I messed up in this month’s print edition when I mistook this folk band for their Tokyo-based namesake.  And while this night will be sorely lacking in the always awesome garage rock of Alastair and crew, the downhome sounds of this substitute will still be more welcoming than all the other noisy acts this month.  DOOR ¥4500


Plastic Factory in Imaike from 21:00

DJs Ricky, KAZ, Maiko and Matt present a very eclectic choice of 60s music at the biggest club of the East End.  On this night you’ll hear frekbeat, Northern Soul, Bossanova, Garage and more.  DOOR ¥1000 (1D)

Plus Nagoya

Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00

A night of techno music with a good amount of DJs I’ve never heard of and Shin Nishimura, who has a new CD.  ADV ¥2500 / DOOR ¥3000

Saturday 21st

The Elevator

The Red Rock in Sakae for 2 weekends

Tickets are selling out for this locally created drama that opens this weekend.  Written by Gary Beaubouef and directed by Steve Pottinger, this is the story of 2 foreigners who have just arrived in Japan and, following a disaster, find themselves trapped in an elevator with a local woman.  A tale of the human condition that hits close to home, this show is a must see.  You can check out the fresh trailer on YouTube now, and heat to the Facebook page to RSVP your seats for only ¥1500, which comes with a free drink.  However, if you cannot make it, don’t panic.  There’s an encore presentation on the 28th and 29th.

Cabaret Night Nagoya

Apollo Theater in Shinsakae from 18:00

A lot of events harken back to years past, but few go back as far Cabaret Night Nagoya.  With live jazz from Osaka’s own Charlie Nieshio as well as Ako and the Dark Blue Swingers, expect the dance floor to be in full swing!  And later, Tokyo dancer Miss Cabaretta will revive the ancient art of Burlesque.  DOOR ¥3000

Animal Planet

Club Zion in Kamimaezu from 18:00

Recordshop Zoo is Nagoya’s best spot for buying hard-to-find rock and roll vinyl.  They have everything from 70s punk to the hottest indie EPs of today.  Owner Kazoo is also an avid supporter of the local music scene, and you can catch him and several live acts at this cool, off-the-beaten-path nightspot.  This is the Scandals final show, with THE WEDDINGS, yellow gang and more set to open.  ADV ¥1800 / DOOR ¥2000 (+1D purchase)

Wicked Grooves

MyBar in Sakae from 21:00

Stereophonic’s own DJ Andy S. is going to be laying down the hottest tracks you can normally only hear at the largest clubs (or any “cool” boutique in Sakae) in a space 1/8 the size at only 0% of the cost (READ: it’s free!).  And he does it surprisingly well, too.

Sunday 22nd

Open Mic Night

Red Rock in Sakae from 19:00

Every Sunday but the last, the Red Rock plays host to several talented musicians who just want to play.  In the spirit of both the Harmonium Parlour and the gone-but-not-forgotten, Misfits, this is a great chance to hear some good music and hang with some good people.

Super Strangelove

Café Domina in Sakae from 18:00

I remember when this irregular electronic music night was held at the Plastic Factory.  It was a cool scene involving several DJs and the talented Yuki Nakagawa on the electric violin.  However, now, they’re in Sakae and all of a sudden their party is “Super”?  Getting a little big for our britches, are we, fellas?  DOOR ¥1500

Monday 23rd


Huck Finn in Imaike from 18:30
One cannot say that Tokyo’s Sister Paul is a happy duo.  However, there is no denying that their anguish rock is awesome.  ADV ¥1800 / DOOR ¥2100

Tuesday 24th


Bottom Line in Imaike from 18:30

This talented guitarist was born in Denmark to a family of musicians, spent years in New York City building her original sound of soulful lyrics and catchy riffs, but yet she only managed to capture fame after signing to a Japanese label.  This is a talent that had to travel around the world to get to your ears, but it was worth the trouble.  ADV ¥4500 / DOOR ¥5000

Upcoming Events

April 29 Kansai Music Conference Presentation @ Plastic Factory
May 6 Nagoya Swings @ Shooters
May 20 Nagoya Walkathon @ Morikoro Park
June 9 The Sexy Aroma @ Gen’s 2nd

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