The Obvious Circus Events (Until 11/24)


It seems Winter has upped the ante in its long-running match against Summer for shittiest season.  The bastard couldn’t even wait for December before dropping the temperature to just above “Whoops, your nuts just fell off.”  But, A-HA, Winter!  I don’t have to deal with your nonsense this month.  Oh, no, you frigid asshole, I have plenty of fun things to do inside: live music, art exhibits and dance, just to name a few.  And above all-else, the long-awaited opening of KPB Productions’ original musical Dreamcatcher is this Saturday!!!  No matter how cold it gets outdoors, this show is going to be burning up the stage for the next two weekendsGet your tickets now!

On To The Calendar

Thursday 21

Wanna Be Child

Club JB’s in Sakae from 19:00

Project Stroke’s DJ Take is back with his night in celebration of house music from the 80s on.  A nice break from his marathon sets of late, he’s brought on the lovely belly daners Ai, Lemon and Lime and a few more to entertain tonight.  ADV ¥1500 / DOOR ¥2000 (1D)

Alpaca Sports

K.D. Japon in Tsurumai from 18:30 | ¥4,000)

Seriously, was there a revolution in Stockholm or something, and Japan is kindly taking in all the refugee bands?  Whatever the reason for this sudden Swedish spring, I am very happy that it includes this indie rock band.  Their guitar pop is reminiscent of the early days of Belle and Sebastian. DOOR ¥4000

Dark Moor

Club Zion in Kamimaezu from 17:30

Yet another Spanish symphonic metal band in Nagoya this month… though making my job easier, these coincidences are getting eerie.  DOOR ¥4000

Friday 22

the pillows

Diamond Hall in Shinsakae from 18:00

It must be hard being a Japanese musician.  No matter how popular you are, a “nation-wide” tour can only cover so many cities before you’re just running in circles (see POLYSICS above). It’s even harder to find a market outside of Japan seeing as most of the world doesn’t openly embrace whatever creep fetish keeps the AKB sort alive.  That’s why I love the pillows.  Not only are they Japan’s best and longest running indie rock band, they’ve managed to build quite a following of Little Busters around the world.  DOOR ¥4200

80’s Night

Standbar Junction in Sakae from 19:00

It’s a busy weekend for DJ Take.  I’m impressed that a DJ who’s been a part of the scene for as long as he has is able to pull two all-nighters back to back.  I can barely get through one hour long set.  He’s going to do 7 times that and then do it again.  The man is a music machine!  FREE

Mark E

Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00

Japan-wide tour for this talented DJ from Bristol and his sweet, smooth house mixes  ADV ¥2500 / DOOR ¥3000

Saturday 23


Chikusa Playhouse in Imaike at 13:00 and 18:00

As stated above, this original musical from Gary Beaubouef and Steve Pottinger of KPB Productions is the talk of the town.  The anticipation for this show has been building for over a year now, and Nagoya is about to bear witness to what could very well be history in the making for this community’s burgeoning theatre scene.  It’s not hyperbole to say that this show has it all: dancing, singing, fighting, magic, monsters, heroes, villains, love and death.  If you want to be a part of something in this town bigger and better, this is it.  Don’t miss it.


iD Café in Sakae from 19:00

Amsterdam-based producer Born To Funk, along with being one of the foremost tribal house DJs in the world, is a Nagoya favorite.  Probably because his sets are the funk and shake that epic nights are made of.  With support from local rising superstar Andy S., you’re going to want to head straight to the second floor of iD on this night.

Purely Evil #06

Lounge and Live Vio in Shinsakae from 20:00

Osaka’s OOIOO is hard to describe, let alone pronounce.  I wouldn’t call their experimental sound music, but that’s not an insult necessarily.  The passion with which they assault their instruments and their audiences is equivalent to watching a pack of lions take down a gazelle.  There is a peculiar beauty in the carnage.  Murder Murder from San Francisco will be an accessory after the fact.  DOOR ¥3500


Plastic Factory in Imaike from 21:00

“DJs Skullduggery and Frontier will be playing chill-out hip-hop and liquid drum’n’bass with Justin on percussion, Chris on the Didgeridoo and more performers expressing themselves truthfully.” DOOR 1500 (1D)

Sunday 24


Chikusa Playhouse in Imaike at 13:00 and 18:00

If you cannot make it on Saturday, then grab a seat next to me on Sunday!  After this day you only have 4 more performances on November 30 and December 1.  And after the buzz from this weekend hits, those seats are going to go fast, too!  Why are you still reading this?!  RSVP now.


Tokuzo in Imaike from 18:00 | ¥2,300)
Earlier this month, Budo Grape was on their second UK tour in as many years, including a performance at the Manchester Japanese Festival (apparently that’s a real thing).  Local Grape Heads, longtime fans of their unique blend of bubblegum pop and new wave rock, are ecstatic that this hard-working band is starting to get the attention they so deserve.  DOOR ¥2300

Harmonium Parlour

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 19:00

Semi-On’s prodigal daughters Lesley and Coleen are back in town… well, for a little bit.  At least it’s long enough for them to join the Parlour again.  It’ll be nice to have their brightness grace the stage once again at this popular open mic and art space.  Along with performances from local musicians, dancers and what-all-else, Drums Rob is exhibiting his work (whatever that may be) in the 2nd floor gallery.  If you’re looking to showcase your talent, drop them a line at  DOOR ¥1000 (1D)

Nagoya Swings November Party

Shooters in Fushimi from 18:30

Nagoya’s only international jazz dance group returns to Shooters, and anyone and everyone are welcome to join them for some ballroom style..  Don’t let your two left feet stop you from dancing.  They’re offering bi-lingual introductory lessons for only ¥500.  This is the best way to get introduced to East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, the Charleston and more.  Singles and couples are all welcome.

Daihachi Ryodan

Sorairo Magatama in Shinsakae from 19:30

To call Daihachi Ryodan Nagoya’s oldest gaijin band is technically true.  They have the prerequisite foreigner in guitarist extraordinaire John Crawley, and they have been performing together for 33 years.  However, to summarize their illustrious career in such an over-simple manner detracts from the Latin-jazz-rock-reggae-psychedelic-enka-punk sound they’ve perfected.  They only do a few shows a year, so you better catch this one.

Release Party

Spazio Rita in Tsurumai from 18:00

I love local bands POP-OFFICE and FU-MU, but they could NOT have chosen a worse weekend (for me) to release their new CDs.  Well, at least I know I can count on Yamada-san of File-Under Records to have copies available for sale.  ADV ¥1500 / DOOR ¥2000 (+1D)



December 3-8 Foreign Artist Exhibition 28 @ The International Center
December 8 Nagoya Players Auditions @ Shooters

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