The Obvious Circus Events Calendar (Until 6/11)


The rainy season hit us hard this week, but that was just the precursor to the torrents it has in store for us next week. So, let’s enjoy this oh-so-brief respite with the flood of excellent music hitting Nagoya this weekend. From new folk to numetal, there’s something for nearly everyone (enka fans are S.O.L.)

On to the calendar!

Friday 5

60s Trip Night

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 20:00

Join guest djellaba CADILLAC and the TRIP DJs for a night of 60s R&B, Soul, Jazz, Funk and more. DOOR ¥1500


K.D. Japon in Tsurumai from 18:30 | ¥1,800)

There is a renaissance happening in the folk music scene. On this night you can check out what that sounds like with the album release tour of Kansai musician SHIM along with Ikeda Yusuke, who fronts one my new favorite local bands, tigerMos. DOOR ¥1800

Saturday 6

Old School

Link’s Bar in Sakae from 20:00

The only thing better than a night of the best beats from days long gone, is a night with DJ scrying at the helm of this way-back machine. Born in Chicago and educated in California, this crowd favorite is the only DJ qualified to drop both East and West side sounds without causing a kerfuffle on the dancefloor. FREE

Kat McDowell

Café Flow in Sakae from 18:00

The open air architecture of this cool new hangout near Nadya Park is the perfect venue for the surf pop of this Kiwi/Japanese singer and songwriter. DOOR ¥3000


Everywhere from 12:00

The first weekend of every June, over 200 bands descend on the live houses and clubs of central Nagoya for a two-day event that is the closest thing to Summer Sonic we’re going to get. For their 10 year anniversary, they’ve put together an amazing lineup, including many of my personal favorites like THE CHERRY COKE$ and The fin. Two day passes are available for only ¥5700. DOOR ¥3500

Electric Run

Toyota Stadium from 16:30

Running is all the rage these days, as it seems nearly everyone is so goddamn proud that they just did a whatever-K in however many minutes. Well, that’s all well and good for anyone who wants to live forever, but it would take a fairly monumental event to get my ass off the couch. The Electric Run, a world-wide mashup of lasers, visual FX, dance music and crazy fashion, is just such an event. After the 5K fun run through an electric wonderland, DJ Baby-T will lead the rave celebration at the end. DOOR ¥6500

AUMA Japan Tour

Huck Finn in Imaike from 17:30 | ¥3,000)
San Francisco-based AUMA is bringing their dreary metal over here. ETERNAL ELYSIUM and more to open. DOOR ¥3000


Club Mago in Shinsakae fro 22:00

DJs Akira Saotome & YU-TO are good examples of how techno doesn’t always suck. DOOR ¥2000

Sunday 07

Open Auditions

Uchiyama Community Center in Imaike from 10:00

After wowing audiences with their last show The Club, the Nagoya Players are ready to get started on their next one, the original drama Psychic, which opens in December. This is your chance to get involved with the vibrant Nagoya theatre scene.  Any question should be sent to

Just A Little Swing, vol. 2

Funky Good Times in Okazaki from 16:30

With live performances from Steppin’ Out, DJ Rocky and various dance performances, this is a good chance to check out the jazz scene in Okazaki. DOOR ¥2000 (2D)

Didgeridoo Workshop

The Jump in Nakamura Kuyakusho from 11:00

Local multi-instrumentalist Bob Vidler offers his third how-to for the didgeridoo. Get your circular breathing on! As of this writing, there was only one spot left. Act fast!

Monday 8


Club Zion in Kamimaezu from 17:30

If Tim Burton designed a Japanese nu metal band, you still wouldn’t get anywhere near to the weirdly awesome Leetspeak Monster from Fukuoka. Clad in their plague doctor masks, they’re going to give Nagoya metalheads a good show this Monday. ADV ¥2000 / DOOR ¥2500

Thursday 11

Jim Kweskin Band with Samoa Wilson

Tokuzo in Imaike from 18:00

If you like blue grass and hillbilly music, don’t miss Jim Kweskin, a legend of the 60s folk scene. Just what the east end has been missing, more jug music. DOOR ¥7000

The Iron Maidens

Bottom Line in Imaike from 18:00

Calling this group the greatest all-female Iron Maiden tribute band detracts from the fact that they are THE greatest Iron Maiden tribute band, regardless of gender. DOOR ¥6500

Over The Border

Club Upset in Ikeshita from 18:00

When you think about alternative rock, several cities probably jump to mind; Seattle, Manchester, Athens, Kuala Lumpur?! Perhaps it’s not most known for rocking out, but there’s a new generation of young bands gaining fame in Southeast Asia, including Djezna’s Stalker. For something very much under the radar, check them out on this night. DOOR ¥2800

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