The Obvious Circus Events Calendar (Until 5/20)


Some were quick to point out that I listed last week’s 70s Party at the Plastic Factory for the wrong weekend.  However, I would like to say in my defense that I was so excited about this event, than I couldn’t wait to post it.  Also, Heinz and crew should have this party every weekend… so who’s really to blame here?

WHAT’S GOT ME BUZZ’n: The 21st Annual Nagoya Walkathon

Over the last 21 years, the Nagoya Walkathon has raised ¥100,000,000 for local orphanages, animal shelters, the Tohoku region several other charities.  It is the most important annual, international event, and I hope you will find the time to join them at Morikoto Park this Sunday from 11:00 until 16:00.  Personally, I believe this will be the best one yet, especially considering the amazing live acts; including The Watanabes from Tokyo, The Ghost of Matsubara, Adas Mexico, The Tomo Shagger Band, Fish Tank TV, David Dycus, Brandon Luc, The Hospy’s, Budo Grape & so much more.  Tickets are only ¥2000 and include a free T-shirt (while supplies last).  And don’t forget the excellent food, fabulous prizes & the countless other surprises this day holds.  Don’t miss it!

On to the calendar!

Thursday 17th


Emily Jane White Solo Tour

Tokuzo in Imaike from 18:30

The evocative dark folk music of Emily Jane White is like a heavy yet welcome cloud overhead.  It’s misery that begs to be shared. DOOR ¥4000

Asobi Sekusu

Apollo Theater in Shinsakae from 19:30

The admittedly beautiful dream pop from this Japanese/New York act is a joy to hear.  Opening band Love Will Tear Us Apart… meh.  DOOR ¥4800

Friday 18th

Darren Emerson

X-Hall in Osu from 22:00

Once a member of Underworld, Darren Emerson is the titan whose shoulders today’s DJs stand upon.  If you ever enjoyed a rave in the 90s, there is no doubt you were getting freaky to a tune heavy with his influence.  This gig is going to be epic.  DOOR ¥3000 / ADV ¥3500 (1D)

Shake It

Club Upset in Ikeshita from 18:00

Before they rock the stage at the Walkathon this Sunday, Adas Mexico will be bringing their garage-born sound to Imaike with other local acts like The Valves.  DOOR ¥2800

the pillows

Zepp Nagoya near Nagoya Station from 18:00

I was completely unaware that Japan’s best & longest running indie rock band had released their newest album, Trial (their 18th full-length, if you’re counting).  I can no longer call myself their biggest little buster.  DOOR ¥4200

DJ Harvey

Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00

It’s time once again for the infamous DJ Harvey’s annual Japan tour with DJ HATTORI of Pigeon Records.  DOOR ¥3500


Café Domina in Sakae from 23:00

I love Domina from the very best of their underground sounds to the oddest of their event names.  And no irregular party catches this spirit as much as this night of techno & house trax with special guest DJ Kikiorix.  ADV ¥2000 / DOOR ¥2500 (1D)

Club Snoozer

Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00

Unusual night for JB’S with several DJs playing rock & indie dance music all night long.  ADV ¥2500 / DOOR ¥3000

Saturday 19th


70s Night

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 21:30

80s parties are still quite common the world over.  However, in Nagoya, the grooviest decade often goes ignored, until this weekend when DJ Sound Machine drops the funkiest, rockiest, disco-iest tracks on the PF’s dance floor.  Dig out your paisley outfits & dust off your ‘fro.  You’re going to dig this!  DOOR ¥2000 (2D)


DayTrive in Shinsakae from 18:00

While I have never been much of a fan of Shoegaze, I have to admit my interest was piqued when I learned that local rock star Tom Fallon was playing drums for this very new act.  I don’t know anything about the other bands on this night, but I do know that there is an OPEN BAR & Mien-Po is up first.  So, get there early, enjoy Mien-Po & the nomihoudai, and by the time the next band is up, you’ll love them no matter how they sound.  ¥2500

Brian Cullen & Friends

Country Joe in Shinsakae from 21:00

Mr. Cullen’s new, yet-to-be-named project featuring Paul Rowe (bass), Eric Imai (percussion), and Robert Hewer (guitar) are performing at this charming pub that has been a part of the Nagoya music scene almost as long as Brian.  DOOR ¥500

SSMC 2012

Diamond Hall, Apollo Theater, Club Rock’n’Roll, Sonset Strip @ 13:00

There are only a handful of bands I’ve actually heard of at this day-long rock fest.  But that shouldn’t stop you from doing your best to catch all 20+ acts if for no other reason than the challenge.  That and the fact that ¥4500 is a pretty good price to get into 4 of the coolest off-the-beaten-path live houses in town.

Sunday 20th                                                                                                                            

Walkathon After Party

Shooters in Fushimi from 17:00

When the Walkathon ends at 16:00, the party ain’t even close to being over!  Everyone is invited to head back into town for the always electrifying After Party at everyone’s favorite bar with the American flair, Shooters.  This year there will be music provided by the Obvious Circus DJs scrying & WWJFD.  A portion of the proceeds of this night will be donated to the Walkathon charities.

Happy Swing

Café Domina in Sakae from 22:00

DJ MOREMIXX presents a night of digital jazz music that is smooth & chill.  ¥1500 (1D)


Club Mago in Shinsakae from 16:00

After the walkathon, you could head to this early all Anime Music party featuring MOGRA, who I am told are a famous anime song club out of Tokyo.  This night also features several of the DJs from the regular Animerica party, so you can expect a lot of J-pop, video game music & lots of other songs I’d be embarrassed to catch myself humming along to.  ADV ¥2000 / ¥2500

Upcoming Events

May 24 Wanna Be Child @ Club JB’s
June 9 The Sexy Aroma @ Gen’s 2nd
July 7,8,14,15 Three Guys One Pub Dinner Theater @ Shooters
July 28 Sound Machine Beach Party @ Utsumi

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