The Obvious Circus Events Calendar (Until 4/24)


Don’t make any sudden moves! We wouldn’t want to spook shy Sol back behind the clouds. Let’s all just enjoy this much-needed warmth and get out to some of the amazing things happening this weekend. Oh, and happy Record Store Day to all you other vinyl junkies out there!

On to the calendar!

Friday 17

Acoustic Night

Coat of Arms in Fushimi from 20:00

A rare treat, Tom Fallon of Ghost of Matsubara will be unplugged on this night alongside the lovely Aya Kawakami with guitar virtuoso Takashi Terada, singer/songwriter Bob Vidler and wind instrument specialist, Stu West from Sydney. That’s a lot of amazing music for just 500.

Stand Up Comedy Night

Gotham City in Shinsakae from 19:30

There once was a bar in Imaike called MISFITS, and it was a hub of creative energy, launching the careers of several artists, musicians and DJs. One of their most-loved events was Comedy Night, started by INERTIA, a local stand-up team. In the spirit of the gone-but-never-forgotten MISFITS, INERTIA is back together at GC Live, a spot quickly becoming the new touchstone of talent. If you fancy yourself a joker, they’ll also have an open mic after the performance. DOOR 2000

Adrian Sherwood

Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00

Adrian Sherwood’s live performances are unlike anything today’s popular DJs are doing, layering dub effects and soundbites over reggae and pop hits, making each mix an original masterpiece. DOOR 3500


X-Hall in Osu from 22:00
Dance music is a wide-ranging genre, encompassing several styles from the less is more approach of minimal to the drunk-child-on-the-effects-pad of EDM. This dichotomy of sounds is played out quite nice at X-Hall this weekend, starting with German DJ techno duo D-NOX and Beckers. DOOR 3500

Saturday 18


X-Hall in Osu from 22:00

And then there’s young Japanese superstar banvox, whose mixes could be used to roust coma patients, who would then promptly unplug the stereo. DOOR 3000

Acoustic Happiness

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 20:00

A second night of amazing music minus electricity, this time with everyone’s favorite singer/songwriter couple, Brian Cullen and Sarah Mulvey. Aya Kawakami’s at this one too, as is Ricardo Martins. The Factory is the perfect place to chill out and soak up the easy listenings. DOOR 1500 (1D)

Acoustic Live Music

Starz Hall in Sakae from 19:30

I’m starting to sense a trend. Mr. Bob Vidler is back on Saturday with another group of his music buddies: Jake Shades and Yuki, Luke Cuerden and the always fab Tomo Shagger performing with Xandra Corpora.

Tech Talk by Jeff Wilcox

Shooters in Fushimi from 12:15

A local software developer, Mr. Wilcox will be discussing the hit game Minecraft and its impact on the industry. Presented by The Nagoya Computer Club and Mac Users Group.

Bubble Night

Club JB’s in Sakae from 21:00

A bubble party, really? How is this still a thing?

Sunday 19

LARP Workshop

Coat of Arms in Fushimi from 14:00

The first Live Action Role Playing group in Aichi will be hosting a demonstration and Q&A session for anyone interested in learning about the gameplay and social experience of LARPing.

Thursday 24

Carlton and the Shoes

Club Quattro in Sakae from 19:30
This Jamaican trio came to fame in the late 60s with rocksteady hits like “Love Me Forever”. Only Nagoya’s fave ska band The Rude Pressures could open for these legends. DOOR 5500

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