THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR DRINKING!
Another year, another glorious Walkathon! The biggest and best festival from our local gaijin community! I am looking forward to my ninth straight year of NOT walking the course, and just soaking up the sounds and suds. If you see me passed out on the green, would you be so kind as to flip me over before I burn? In all seriousness, though, this event raises a lot of money for so many excellent charities, so please come out and be a part. You will be very happy that you did!
On to the calendar!
Nikkyo Gakki in Ikeshita
DJ, musician, actor, filmmaker, producer, composer, local Renaissance man Steve Pottinger has worn many hats. On this night he debuts his newest, Native American flautist.
CREAM LIVE in NAGOYA
X-Hall in Osu from 22:00
This duo has garnered quite the YouTube following with their Japanese covers of popular artists like Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande; which would be even more impressive if they didn’t call it the “creamix”. DOOR ¥3400
Club About in Sakae from 22:00
These DJs go deep with their house mixes. A great late nighter, even more so with the free cup of coffee you’ll get after 5 AM. DOOR ¥2000 (after 5:00, ¥1000)
Morikoro Koen in Nagakute from 10:00
This year’s Walkathon stage is packed with so much talent including The One After 909, The Hospy’s, The Michael Wade Band, Elijah Ben Gang, idol group OSU and many more. More than enough entertainment to insure the only walking you’ll have to do is from the stage to the food vendors (don’t worry; it ain’t far). DOOR ¥2000
Shooters in Fushimi from 17:00
When the Walkathon ends at 16:00, the party ain’t even close to being over! Live music and good food are at the Shooters After Party. Get there early if you want a seat.
Funky Good Times in Okazaki from 16:30
Even cooler than the fact that there is a bar in Okazaki called “Funky Good Time” (awesome!) is the fact that they’re hosting a great night of swing jazz and dance with bands The Playtimes, Etsuro Furuta Torio with ako and more. DOOR ¥1500
4 live houses in Shinsakae @ 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 ¥3800 is a pretty good price to get into 4 of the coolest live houses in town: Diamond Hall, Apollo Base, Club Rock’n’Roll, Sonset Strip
Peat Irish Tavern near Nagoya Station from 20:00
If you ever find yourself in Meieki hankering for a pint, there’s a much more authentic choice of pub then The Hub, OXO or even Coopers. Located the next street over from the Hub, you’ll find Peat Irish Tavern, which has been a popular watering hole for locals & gaijin alike for 10 years this month. To celebrate their anniversary, they’ve brought back Dr. Cullen with his golden voice & whimsical folk songs. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Club Quattro in Sakae from 18:00
A friend of mine recently took me to task for my hateful words for every metal band touring through our fair city. His solution: just don’t mention the shows of bands like Braziallian power metal rockers Angra. However, that would never work. Metal music is so ubiquitous in the live houses of Nagoya, cutting it out would make it impossible for me to make my quota every month. Plus, I’d really miss taking cheap shots at bands like Angra, whose lead singer looks like a blond Weird Al, which is the only interesting thing about them. DOOR ¥7500
Club Quattro in Sakae from 18:00
Whereas most Finnish bands lean more towards the darker elements of metal music, Sonata Arctica goes for soaring power ballads. What they lack in attitude, they more than make up with kickass keytar solos. DOOR ¥7000
Bottom Line in Imaike from 19:00 | ¥6,500)
The tribal trance tracks this UK group produced for Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions were far more memorable then the films themselves. NOTE: Apologies for listing this event at Club Quattro in this month’s NAG MAG. DOOR ¥6500