The Obvious Circus Events Calendar (Until 7/8)


OK, so I am not the best protest chant writer… or any kind of writer. However, I cannot help but be moved by the recent trend across Japan as thousands of protesters are taking to the streets in an act of civil-disobedience against the planned reopening of the nuclear power plants that have been shut down since the Tohoku disaster. I am a bit miffed that, much like with all other trends, Nagoya is very late to the party. While Tokyo is playing host to a number of musicians  and celebrities this weekend like Kraftwork  and Asian Kung-Fu Generation, the Nagoya effort doesn’t kick off until next weekend with little to no info about it as of yet. Still, that should not detract you from being a part of this effort that concerns us all.

WHAT’S GOT ME BUZZ’n: Saying Goodbye

Not so much buzz’n as I am cry’n over the recent news that John Janzen, AKA fatblueman, is leaving Japan. If you’re not sure who he is, read below for just a taste of how much his music has touched our village. However, I want to take this chance to give personal thanks  and wish a happy journey to John  and his family. Fatblueman was one of the first international bands I ever heard in Nagoya, and, at the time, I was amazed that there was so much talent in Nagoya I didn’t know about. It was because of musicians like John that I decided to start writing about the local scene so others wouldn’t miss out. So, I guess you could say that if there were no fatblueman, there probably wouldn’t be an Obvious Circus. Please accept my thanks for the inspiration, John!*

*by accepting these “thanks” you hereby wave any rights to the Obvious Circus, and any royalties herein.

On to the calendar!

Friday 6th

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

KD Japon in Tsurumai from 18:30

I enjoy the odd names of rock bands just as much as the next music nerd, but this American band has exceeded the point where their name  and the acronym for same name are both equally troublesome to say. Thankfully, their upbeat music is well worth the hassle. DOOR ¥3000


Club Mago (22:00 | ¥3,000)

Milton Bradley, no relation to the famous board game manufacturer, is a German DJ who produces dark techno tracks that are, indeed, not fun for the whole family. Though the club kids amongst you will probably dig his industrial vibe.

Saturday 7th

Club About 3rd Anniversary Party

Tsurumai Park from 13:00

To be honest, I doubted the staying power of Club About, and was pleasantly surprised every month they didn’t shut their doors forever. Now, three years later, and I am happy to admit how wrong I was. Joining the daytime celebrations is out-of-this-world fashion designer  and part-time towering robot, Shinji Baba. He  and his 9-foot robot armor have been seen at some of the biggest party’s, and I am curious which of his many designs he will be sporting in the daytime heat. Many of the Club About regular DJs will also be there. In the evening, the party will head back to About for a very special DJ set from Ree.K. The park party is FREE, but the evening portion is ¥2000 at the door.

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Club Upset in Ikeshita from 23:30

Expect a girl-riot when Tokyo-based That’s A NO NO! bring their punk sound to Ikeshita with The BeatGirls. Nagoya’s Police Girl will also be there, but seeing as they are all dudes, I think there may have been a booking mistake. DOOR ¥2500


CLUB LOVER:z in Shinsakae from 21:00
Hip Hop  and dance party featuring more DJs than I wish to list here, and an entire harem’s worth of sexy dancers. Plus body art  and a couple of MCs for good measure. However, this one gets a special mention because friend to NAG MAG DJ scrying of the Obvious Circus will be there as a special guest spinning his assorted remixes  and mashups. ADV ¥2500 (1D) / DOOR ¥2500 (NO drink), but you get a free mix CD either way.

Nagoya All-Stars Show

Bar MARS in Sake from 20:00

2 blocks down from iD Café there’s a new nightspot called MARS… at least it’s new to me. For all I know, given how close it is to LOFT, it could just be Club Wall with a new coat of paint  and fancy name. However, the venue is of little consequence when they are sporting this much hip hop talent this Saturday night; live performances from Vinny Vintage, ALI, M-D-G, MC Issha, Amane from Senegal, Shu, My People Band along with DJs A-1, GhostWilly and lots more.

Studio Apartment

Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00
Masanori Morita, of the famous Studio Apartment house music team, will be DJing on this night with several local DJs.  Studio Apartment is well-known around the world as some of the best producers of Japanese dance music.  ADV ¥2500 / DOOR ¥3000


Plastic Factory in Imaike from 22:00

Exciting night of nothing but house music with special Guest DJs Massa  and Takatronix with Dj Kaol. DOOR ¥1500 (1D)

Sunday 8th


Red Rock in Sakae from 18:30

It’s the end of an era. John Janzen is leaving Japan. From his stint as the lead for the award-winning band fatblueman to his YouTube fame and his touching memorial to the victims of the Tohoku disaster, Black Water, John’s music has had a powerful presence in our community. This night is your last chance to catch him perform alongside long-time collaborator Tom Fallon (of Ghost of Matsubara) as well as Kat MacDowell, a very talented songstress from New Zealand. DOOR ¥1000

Sunday Matinee  and Fund Raiser 

Shooters in Fushimi from 16:00

Kickstarter has helped many charities, artists  and entrepreneurs get their dream project off the ground. One such vision is for the documentary That Day: A Survivor’s Story, which hopes to tell the story of Mito-san who lived through the atomic attack that destroyed Hiroshima 67 years ago. If you prefer something more tangible for your contributions, you should be there on Sunday when they will be showing the Japanese classic Gojira. If you’ve never seen the original Godzilla movie, you’re in for an exciting  and poignant take on the ramifications on nuclear power, messages that still echo today. A suggested donation of ¥2500 includes the film, drink  and finger foods. There will also be a short discussion afterwards.

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Live  and Lounge Vio in Shinsakae from 17:30

Eclectic jam band egoistic 4 leaves are releasing their first full length album [aluva] on this night with support from mouse on the keys  and L.E.D. ADV ¥3000 / DOOR ¥3500

Thy Will Be Done

Tight Rope in Sakae from 16:00

For those who prefer their rock music more of the screaming pain variety, this US heavy metal band should suffice. DOOR ¥3500

Wednesday 11th

Maya Vik Japan Tour

Club Upset in Ikeshita from 18:00 | ¥3,500)

The best nightspot in Ikeshita continues to impress me with their lineup this month, bringing this talented electro-pop act all the way from Norway. The lovely Maya Vik is a must see, if only for her impressive ‘fro. DOOR ¥3500

Nagoya Oktoberfest 2012

Hisayaodori Park until 21:00

This is totally one of those “only in Japan” moments: Nagoya does indeed celebrate their annual all-things-German festival in the middle of the summer. Normally, I’d spend the next few sentences taking the piss out of this faux pas. However, I am WAY TO EXCITED about all of the German beers (Bitburger, Erdinger, Lowenbrau)  and foods (sausages, schnitzel, pretzels, sauerkraut) I am going to be devouring. Plus, there will be an actual German orchestra wearing lederhosen  and performing traditional German folk music. Entry is free, but the food  and booze are not.

Upcoming Events

July 14  and 15 Three Guys One Pub Dinner Theater @ Shooters
July 14 Nagoya Metro Party @ Club Lover:Z
July 26 Wanna Be Child @ Club JB’s
July 28 Sound Machine Beach Party @ Utsumi
August 4 Nagoya Summer Jam @ Lea Lea Hale

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