I recently went on a pub crawl, something I haven’t done in quite a while. And much like a marathon, if you don’t prepare, you’ll crash hard. And crash I surely would have, if I hadn’t properly stretched with a heaping helping of the delicious chili at OM NOM NOM. Besides serving the best nachos in town, this eatery is now my ichiban destination when I’m planning a night out. You can keep your ramen and curry, make mine OM NOM NOM.
On to the calendar!
Lover:Z in Shinsakae from 22:00
Back when I actually participated in the nightlife (instead of just writing about it); the Nagoya Metro Club was my favorite party, a night of revelry dedicated to love in all colors. And at the center of this carnival of the senses is the ringmaster, Madame d’Metro, and this weekend they’re celebrating her birthday. This will be the wildest Metro party of the year, with a floor show that features drag queen performances, electric fashion and special guests. It’s not a birthday without presents and the Madame will be giving free champagne, tequila and cake to her guests while supplies last, so get there early and stay until the sun comes up. DOOR ¥2500 (2D)
Hisayaodori Park in Sakae from 14:00
From spring until the end of summer, it’s a safe bet that something fun and cultural is happening in one the parks that make up the center of Sakae. This weekend, it’s the Sekai no Gurume, a 2-day celebration of international cuisine and alcohol. As good as an excuse to drink outside as any other, with music and dance performance from around the world including steel drums, Balinese dance and our very own Ghost of Matsubara.
Bob Vidler & Luke Cuerden
GC Live in Shinsakae from 19:30
Between his workshops and live shows, local songwriter Bob Vidler has done so much to promote the local music scene, playing a huge part in the recent resurgence of live music from the international community. He’s sharing the stage this time around with fellow Australian Luke Cuerden and his bluesy guitar. DOOR ¥1500 (1D)
Coat of Arms in Maruonochi from 20:00
An amazing lineup of live music including guitar virtuoso Takashi Terada from Nagoya, along with the Wasn’t That Good and Xandra Corpora from Gifu, all for only ¥500.
X-Hall in Osu from 22:00
Featuring DEEDRAH of the European trance collective KROME ANGELS, his high energy sets are electric fuel to power a psychedelic night of fast dancing.
Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00
DJ OGAWA & crew are celebrating 14 years of bringing the best in Progressive House to the club crowds of Nagoya. ADV ¥2000 / DOOR ¥2500 (1D)
Radix in Tsurumai
This UK musician uses a melodica to make some big Dub tunes. ADV ¥2000 / DOOR ¥2500
Shooters in Fushimi from 18:00
Nagoya’s only international jazz dance group returns to Shooters, and everyone is welcome to join them for some ballroom style. Don’t let your two left feet stop you from dancing. They offer bi-lingual introductory lessons for only ¥600. This is the best way to get introduced to East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, the Charleston & more. Singles & couples are all welcome.
WONDER SKA TOURS 2015
Apollo Base in Shinsakae from 17:00
Ska Punk Is Not Dead, and Ska Punk Strikes Back, the first two albums from local band Ryoji & Ska Punk Zombies are manifestos defying anyone to speak ill of the blaring horns, rabblerousing lyrics and skanking of this hard-to-hate genre. DOOR ¥300
Club Upset in Ikeshita from 15:00
A damn fine sampling of electrorock with She,in the haze from Tokyo and local faves palitextdestroy and white white sisters. Now, I know it’s “cool” to use all lowercase letters in your band’s name, but this is getting ridiculous. It’s this rampant disregard for proper use of the Shift key that makes bands like SPACE LIKE CARNIVAL seem to be the most important act on this night (they are not). DOOR ¥2300
Club Zion in Kamimaezu from 17:30
With Guitar Wolf and Pigmeet Strut ADV ¥2500 / DOOR ¥3000
Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock
Diamond Hall in Shinsakae from 18:00
If there really were a school of rock, Michael Schenker would have an entire chapter dedicated to his influence and talent. As a member of Scorpions and UFO, Schenker laid the foundation of rock with his signature Gibson Flying V. And upon that foundation he built his Temple of Rock, a celebration of the many classic songs he is famous for. DOOR ¥9000