The Obvious Circus Events Calendar (Until 6/12)


In complete contrast with the fun-drought last week, there is an innundation of music, dancing and god times happening this weekend. I do not envy the choices you must make… so I’ll make them for you:

Friday:DJ Ami Suzuki

Saturday: The Aroma Sexy followed by The Metro Party and SMASH

Sunday: recuperate

Tuesday: Nagoya Total Art Exhibit opening

You’re welcome.

WHAT’S GOT ME APOLOGIZE’n: slapdash research

For anyone who listened to this week’s Nagoya Buzz podcast, you know that local actor Justin Fielder was talking up the Nagoya Player’s newest show 3 Guys One Pub, a comedy by Adam Miller. Now, true to form, I totally botched the dates for this play, and have been for the past several months in this newsletter. So, to clear up any miscommunication on my part, here are the official details for this hilarious show that you do not want to miss.

3 Guys One Pub

By Adam Miller

A Nagoya Players dinner theater presentation at Shooters in Fushimi

Saturday, July 14 and 15

Shows at 14:00 and 17:00 each day

Tickets: ADV ¥3500 / DOOR ¥4000

Price includes a 4 course meal, 2 drinks and the show

On to the calendar!

Thursday 7th

Voice of AOR

Zepp Nagoya from 19:00

Arena Rockers never die… they just get replaced; as evidenced on this night of fill-ins from your favorite bands from the 80s. Apologies to Bobby Kimball who actually was the original singer of TOTO. DOOR ¥9000


The Emporium in Sakae from 20:00

Good news: for one night foreigners will be allowed into this luxurious yet notoriously J-only club.

Bad news: you’ll have to listen to K-pop. However little I care for this genre should not detract from the talent of DJs Junk and PauloAtNight, whose mad mixing skills will surely be put to the test tonight. DOOR ¥1500 (1D) 

Friday, June 8th

DJ Ami Suzuki JAPAN TOUR 2012

X-Hall in Osu from 22:00

A true story of sticking it to the man, Ms. Suzuki was a fairly successful pop idol in the late 90s when she sued her record label for underpaying her royalties. This bold move led to her being blacklisted in the industry, and it was thought she’d never recover. However, less than 10 years later and she released a string of hit dance songs, most of which you will hear on this night when she takes over the turntables with DJ Kanbe of Shop Is No name. ADV ¥2500 / DOOR ¥3000 (+1 drink)

Thao and Mirah Japan Tour 2012

K.D. Japon in Tsurumai from 18:30

When listening to this talented folk duo, it’s hard to tell when the lovely, soft vocals of Thao Nguyen end and the lovely, soft vocals of Mirah begin. It’s a Mobius strip of harmony. DOOR ¥4300

Alliance Trax Tour

Club Zion in Kamimaezu from 17:00

The highlight of this loud live is definitely the California pop-core punk of Set Your Goals, which is no really saying much considering the other bands Alcatraz, Shark Ethic and Goonies Never Say Die!! don’t really live up to the awesomeness of their names. DOOR ¥4000


DayTrive in Shinsakae from 18:00

I had never heard of Cumbia music before coming across the LA-based band Very Be Careful, but I have to say that I am digging their Caribbean by way of Colombia sounds. They will be a welcome addition to this semi-regular party also featuring local ska legends The Rude Pressures. DOOR ¥3500

Saturday 9th

The Sexy Aroma

Gen’s 2ndin Sakae from 19:30

A first ever in Nagoya, this non-smoking club event features the ever-present DJs PauloAtNight and Mai, sexy pole, belly and cage dancers and a special Cabaret performance. Local interior design shop, LoveHouse, will also be providing pleasant ambiance with several sweet-smelling stations that will be a pleasant change from the normal club fare of vomit, tobacco and Axe Body Spray. If their past parties are any indication, you don’t want to miss The Sexy Aroma. ¥2500 (1 Free Drink)

Metro Party

Lover:Z in Shinsakae from 22:00

When the Aroma Sexy at Gen’s 2nd ends, the party will be heading down the street for this month’s Metro. Nagoya’s ichiban All-Of-The-Above-Sexual-Orientation party is always a blast, but things are going to get epic when they celebrate the birthday of Madam d’Metro, the hostess with the most-est (but you’ll have to ask nicely to find out where she hides it). DOOR ¥2500

Nagoya Mixer Party

Red Rock in Sakae from 18:00

The party people at International Mixer Party are at it once again, but, this time, they’re doing it for the sexy singles of Nagoya! With a series of planned activities and games to help make it easier to meet someone special, and music provided by the Obvious Circus’ own, DJ scrying; whether you’re lovelorn, single-and-happy or spoken-for, this party will not disappoint you. Always a great way to start off your night! WOMEN 3000 / MEN 3500 (with all you can eat and drink until 21:00)

Matthew Does Elton John

Country Joe in Shinsake from 21:00

Local musician Matthew Bowden will be doing his best impersonation of Sir Elton at this well-established (READ: old) dive on the east end of town. Local legend Brian Cullen will also be there, but no word on whether or not he will be the Kiki Dee for “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”.


Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00

The second Saturday of the month is always hard on the true club kids, since so many awesome parties happen on that night. However, with DJ Ogawa and special guest AIBA celebrating their 12th anniversary on this night, I have little doubt that the place will be packed. The fact that the Stereophonic DJs Nick, Andy and Tom will also be there is a sure sign that excellence will follow. ADV ¥2500 / DOOR ¥3000 (1D9

Play On

Live and Lounge VIO in Shinsakae from 22:00

This regular party is also celebrating an anniversary, and I’ve got to give them credit for sticking with Club Buddha for so 6 years… except for their biggest party ever which they have moved to VIO just behind Mago. Hmmm… well at least they won’t hear the outrage from their regulars over the live performances from Nag Ar Juna, mitsume, Love Will Tear Us Apart and many others. ADV 2500 | DOOR 3000 (+1 drink order)

70s Disco Fever

The Plastic Factory in Imaike from 21:30

After saying goodbye to both Donna Summer and Robin Gibb last month, I am in desperate need for some disco therapy. Lucky for all that DJ Sound Machine has got the right prescription for Saturday Night Fever. DOOR ¥1500 (1D)


Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00

As I was hard-pressed to find anything of substance at JB’s this week, I decided to settle for this night of hip-hop… I guess “talent” is the word I’m looking for.

Sunday 10th

Reggae Picnic 2012

Morikoro Park in Nagakute from 11:00

And the prize for weirdest combo ever goes to this day of reggae music and flea market bargains all the way out in Nagakute. Just take the Linimo Line. When you’ve left civilization, you’re almost halfway there. Oh, and they also win runner up for best web address.

Tuesday 12th

Nagoya Total Art

PI Gallery in Atsuta from 11:00

This FREE exhibition will feature a wide range of contemporary art from some of the most talented artists in Nagoya today. It’s not just Art it’s “Total Art”. Open until 18:00 every day but Sundays and Mondays. And make sure you mark your calendar for the Reception and Live Showcase on June 17.


Club Quattro in Sakae from 18:00

Celtic music always makes me homesick, which is strange since no part of me is Irish. But that is the power of folk music. And Solas’s lovely arrangement of fiddle, banjo, accordion, guitar and voice will make you ache for


Club Upset in Ikeshita from 17:30

I am usually no fan of bands that make their mark by throwing a hissy-fit on stage; however this Japanese act punctuates their screaming tantrums with solid instrumentation and well-placed electronic samples. Along with fellow metalcore bands The World Alive and Miss May I, this is actually a night of misdirected anger I would pay for. DOOR ¥3500

Upcoming Events

June 16 Concrete Jungle @ Club Buddha
June 17 The Composer @ The Chikusa Playhouse
July 14 and 15 Three Guys One Pub Dinner Theater @ Shooters
July 28 Sound Machine Beach Party @ Utsumi

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