The Obvious Circus Events Calendar (Until 5/19)

NAG-VILLE, MUSIC CITY, JAPAN

As a son of Nashville, I grew quite accustomed to having plenty of choices when it came to live music. You can’t drop a penny on 2nd Avenue without a group of hungry buskers there to sing for it. And now, with this much-needed resurgence of interest in local music, I feel like I’m back home. Now if I can just get someone to open a Cracker Barrel…

On to the calendar!

Friday 13

Country Night

Music Bar Armadillo in Hongo from 20:00 | ¥1,500)

Every Friday is Country Night at this unassuming little honky tonk on the far east end of town with the house band Aus City Limits plus guests performances. On this night they’ve got local cowboy legend Edward Chmura. DOOR ¥1500

T. Funk Session

Taurus in Shinsakae from 19:00

The second Friday of the month is funk night at this friendly live house with the talented host and guitarist Miguel Arroyo. Taurus provides the instruments, you just need to be brave enough to get up on the stage and join the jam. DOOR ¥1500 (1D)

Saturday 14

Festival Latino Americano 2016

Hisaya Odori Park in Sakae from 11:30

The Nagoya international community has a rich Latin heritage, and this two day event celebrates the language, food, dance, culture and art of countries like Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Mexico and many more. The weather forecast for this weekend calls for glorious sunshine, so give this FREE outdoor festival a try. As an unexpected bonus, The Xandra Corpora Band will be performing as well!

Michael Wade’s Birthday Hoedown

GC Live in Shinsakae from19:30

Anyone who has visited GC Live would probably recognize Michael Wade. He’s the man running the sound, working the bar, basically the wizard behind the curtain that keep’s Aichi’s hottest new live house rocking. But for his birthday he’s stepping in the spotlight with his own house-shaking brand of rock & roll along with the honky-tonking’ of Borrowed Brass. DOOR ¥1500 (1D)

Singer/Songwriter Night

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 20:00

Featuring original material and lovely covers from three generations of local music: David Dycus, Bob Vidler, and Jake Shades. DOOR 1500 (1D)

Springing Into May

Club Lover:Z in Shinsakae from 22:00 | 2,500 (2D)

Just across the street from the CBC Bldg in the heart of Shinsakae is Club Lover:Z, a spacious and chill disco that usually caters to the hip hop set. However, every second Sunday of the month, this unassuming underground club transforms into Aichi’s (dare I say, Japan’s?) longest running LGBTQ dance party. You will be hard-pressed to find a more fun-loving or accepting crowd of people. DOOR ¥2500 (2D)

SMASH DX

Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00

House-heads will be pleased to know that Mago’s best progressive dance party is having a special edition with international DJ Satoshi Tomiie. And, of course, local superstar DJ Ogawa will be there, too. ADV ¥3000 / DOOR ¥3500 (1D)

NOMERCY#9

Club Zion in Kamimaezu from 18:30
The hardcore fans that frequent Zion will appreciate the rage-filled music of California’s Forced Order. DOOR ¥3500

Sunday 15

Nagoya Swings Live

Shooters in Fushimi from 18:00 | ¥1,500)

The King of the Osaka Swing Scene, Charlie Nieshio, returns to Nagoya for a one night performance with Nagoya Swings, the local jazz dance group. Also a talented dance teacher, Charlie will be holding a workshop earlier in the day. For more details, check out Nagoya Swings on Facebook. DOOR ¥1500 (comes with a ¥1000 coupon good for food and drinks).

Acoustic Sunset

Red Rock in Sakae from 19:00

I’m very excited to have Tom Fallon of Ghost of Matsubara on the Nagoya Buzz podcast this month so I can ask him about their new CD coming out soon. Until then you can enjoy his solo acoustic set this weekend alongside local singer Mikey. DOOR ¥300

Night Flowers

K.D. Japon in Tsurumai from 17:30

Along with Juvenile Juvenile from Osaka and Kyoto’s she said, the indie rock of this UK band could be one of the best touring bands visiting Nagoya this month. DOOR ¥4000

GRIND BASTARDS 2016

Huck Finn in Imaike from 12:30

Further proof that quantity always trumps quality when it comes to superfluously loud discordant music, Huck Finn has got 18 bands for only 2500 yen! They would’ve had to charge more if headliner War Master from America didn’t prefer to get paid in the tears of orphans.

Monday 16

The Johnny Freelance Experience

UNI Design in Kakuozan from 18:30

Let the soulful and funky ways of this Barcelona trio start your workweek off right. HIGHLY RECOMMENED! DOOR ¥2000

Monday Night Jam

GC 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

Wednesday 18

Little Mix

Diamond Hall in Shinsakae from 18:00

I was impressed by this British girl group’s rendition of Damien Rice’s Cannonball, which catapulted them to fame. And then they went and made a single with Sean Paul. DOOR ¥8000

DEEP PURPLE

Nagoya Shimin Kaikan in Kanayama from 19:00

These godfathers of heavy metal, even with a career spanning 50 years and several Gold records, will mostly be remembered as penning the most memorable 12 chords in guitar rock history. DOOR ¥12,000

Thursday 19

Survive Said The Prophet

Club 3Star in Imaike fro, 18:30

International rock band out of Tokyo, SSTP blends the guttural roars of hardcore with emo-tinged melodies to make a sound people my age are unable to hear. Luckily I can still enjoy the electro rock of the opening band white white sisters. DOOR ¥3000

the pillows

Club Quattro in Sakae from 18:15

Easily the highlight of my time with this magazine was my 2010 interview of the pillows, Japan’s most famous alt-rock band. During which they mentioned wanting to slow things down, which is usually industry term for hiatus. But here we are 6 years and 4 albums later, and these Busters are still kicking ass on their Roll and Stroll (an amazing album) Tour. DOOR ¥4320

Steerner

Club ORCA in Sakae from 19:00

If you just can’t wait until the weekend to shake your booty, Swedish DJ Steerner is here with a pre-emptive strike against the workweek. DOOR ¥2000

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