The Obvious Circus Events (Until 2/19)


When I started writing this a blanket of white was coming down. And now it’s a beautiful, clear day. It seems the bipolar forecast may be mirroring the irony of observing Friday the 13th and Valentine’s Day on the same weekend. Whatever the reason for this deluge of dichotomy, it’s put me in good spirits. And what could just as easily have been yet another diatribe became a much softer look at everything happening this weekend, the good and the bad.

On To The Calendar

Friday 13


Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00

German producer Nekes’ music straddles a fine line between techno and house, blending the best from both the genres, making for some damn fine dance-fuel. DOOR ¥3000


Café Domina in Sakae from 22:00

Besides an amazing lineup of international DJs including AGO, Chris Ollier and Halcyon, this flavorful dance music event always features some delectable eats. Staying with the month’s theme, this time they’re serving up chocolate fondue for all the lovers and the loners. DOOR ¥1500


X-Hall in Osu from 21:00

EDM these days seems to be all about who can come up with the sickest of drops, rhythm and harmony both be damned. Montreal duo Botnek has taken this to a whole new level, providing masterful builds in floor-fillers like Grindhouse, and dumping all that momentum into a cacophony of nonsense. DOOR ¥4000

Saturday 14

Heart 4 Tohoku

Coat Of Arms in Fushimi from 19:00

Next month will be the 4th anniversary of the triple disaster that devastated the Tohoku area. To help raise awareness and money for the many hardships the residents still face, this event aims to help cover the operational cost for the 400K Tokyo 2 Tohoku Charity Run happening from February 26 to March 11. Tickets will be ¥1500, with all proceeds going to the charity. Guests will receive a free drink, get to hear some amazing live music and have a chance to win prizes from local businesses. There isn’t a better way to spend Valentine’s than showing that you have a big heart for our neighbors in need.

Lovers Night Plus

Links Bar in Sakae from 21:00

Featuring the soulful sounds of local R&B and hip-hop sensation Ali Huggins, whose new CD you can read all about in this issue of NAG MAG. This free event is a great place to take your date after dinner, just don’t be surprised if she, or he, falls for Ari’s dulcet voice.

Nagoya Metro Party

Lover:Z in Shinsakae from 22:00

Providing gay, lesbian & open-minded people a place to come together and enjoy life, the Nagoya Metro Party throws a V-day party like none other; with singers, dancers and drag queen performances in the hottest of floor shows. When you’re at Metro, everyone is your Valentine. DOOR ¥2500

Oasis Night vs Blur Night

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 18:00
Fans of Britpop have a hard choice to make at this DJ event: the Blur-side or the Oasis-side… is the outside still an option? BA-DA-BUMP! But seriously, folks, these guys understand this sound that defined a whole generation of rock, so don’t miss it. DOOR ¥1500


Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00

DJ OGAWA & crew are back with more Progressive House goodness. ADV ¥2000 / DOOR ¥2500 (1D)

Sunday 15

Marcus Miller

Blue Note in Sakae

This jazz, blues and funk legend is going to shake the walls of Nagoya’s favorite jazz spot with his bass.


Club Mago in Shinsakae from 14:00

DJ Takaaki Itoh and the rest of the Crunch cluster (which would be a good name for a breakfast cereal) have a harder approach to techno music. Get the glow sticks! DOOR ¥3,500

FLAT vol. 2

Club About in Sakae from 15:00

This party boasts a cornucopia of sounds including house, techno, electro, rock, hip hop, anime & J-pop. An impressive approach at casting a wide net, but I think I prefer when About just runs with one genre, no matter how under the radar it may be. But hey, free food and a live paint show! DOOR ¥1500 (1D)

Monday 16

New Found Glory

Club Quattro in Sakae from 18:00

More impressive than this band’s 25 year run as one of the pioneers of pop punk, is lead singer Jordan Pundik’s ability to whine out angst-ridden vocals as if he wasn’t almost forty. DOOR ¥6500

Tuesday 17

HOPE Night

Shooters in Fushimi from 19:00

Another night of charity, this time with the goal to raise awareness about drinking water conditions here and around the world. STUDENTS ¥1000, GENERAL ¥1500 (includes snacks and 2 drinks)

Thursday 19

Club Quattro in Sakae from 19:00

This awesome Tokyo band controls the stage with their electro-infused rock. On this night they’ll be playing FACE, their fourth album, live. DOOR ¥3500

Uli Jon Roth

Bottom Line in Imaike from 18:00

This legendary rocker is here as part of his “Scorpions 40th anniversary tour”, barring the fact that the famous German band has actually been around for 50 years of which he only played with them for about 5 of them, and, this is true, he wasn’t even there during their heyday of stadium shakers like “Rock You Like A Hurricane” and “Winds of Change”. So, I’m not really sure who this show is for. DOOR ¥8500

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