The Obvious Circus Events (Until 2/27)


Naked man festival is this weekend, if you’re looking for some shock. And the Tomo Shaga Tribute Band is playing in Gifu, if you’re looking for some rock.


I’m off to see Ben Folds Five, so no time to chat.

On to the calendar!

Thursday 21

Ben Folds Five

Club Quattro in Sakae from 18:00

In college I was so sick of the song Brick that I never took the time to explore the music of Ben Folds Five. By the time I caught on to the brilliance of The Unauthorized Biography…, it was too late. Ben Folds had already moved on to an amazing solo career, and I always regretted never catching the trio perform live. Well, I’m finally getting the chance this month. I’ll be the guy in the front singing along with Brick and crying. DOOR ¥8500

Les Dudek

Bottom Line in Imaike from 19:00

This blues guitar slinger has played with Stevie Nicks, Boz Scaggs and the Allman Brothers. And if any one of them were going to be performing tonight, I could understand paying ¥7000.

Friday 22


Café Domina in Sakae from 23:00

Producer Broken Haze is releasing a new EP on this night, and, if his past efforts are any sign, it should be full of catchy glitch-tech that sounds as good sound-tracking an 8-bit video game as it does on the dance floor. DOOR ¥2500

Astram Music

Club About in Sakae from 22:00

An extended 3 hour set from British deep tech DJ Sigha, which translate to about 6 of his tunes (READ: they’re very long) DOOR ¥3000

Saturday 23

Nagoya Friends Italian Party

Red Rock in Sakae from 18:00 – 21:00

I applaud local social group Nagoya Friends for mixing it up with a different International theme each month. However, this one’s not much of a stretch from their pizza party last time. Perhaps Sam, the organizer, is at a loss, and needs some fresh ideas. Now, I’m just spit-balling here, but I don’t believe anyone has tried a steam punk party in Nagoya. You’re welcome. ¥3,000 gets you all you can eat and drink with many exciting prizes to be given away.

Ibiza Night

StandBar Junction in Sakae from 20:00

I really enjoyed the last party DJ Take threw at this cozy and classy bar. If nothing else, it makes for an affordable pit stop on your way to a bigger party.

AKUFEN Japan tour 2013

Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00

A blend of house with a smidgen of tech effects; the recipe for some damn fine deep house that is neither pretentious nor boring (unlike my review) DOOR ¥3000

Sunday 24

Harmonium Parlour

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 19:00

Local indie superstars, Semi-On, continues to offer a sanctuary where all are welcome to be creative in and off the dance floor. Besides all the great open-mic performances on the main stage, they also have an exhibition space on the second floor. If you’re looking for a venue to showcase your talent, drop them a line at DOOR ¥1000 (1D)


Apollo Theater in Shinsakae from 17:30


Tuesday 26


Club Quattro in Sakae from 18:00

I’ve been waiting for this indie pop band to come to Japan since 2009’s debut Aim and Ignite. And, yes, that is my not-so-subtle way of saying I was into them before We Are Young. SOLD OUT!

Noise and Milk

Club Rock and Roll in Shinsakae from 18:30

Some surprisingly decent indie rock from this Japanese band who are currently touring alongside a band called The Fin. DOOR ¥2000

Wednesday 27

Ringo Starr and His All Star Band

Zepp Nagoya near Nagoya Srtatuion from 18:00 | ¥10,500)

It’ll cost you ¥10,500 to see this show, and that’s just standing prices. If you want to sit, as I’m sure most Ringo Starr fans are wont to do, it’ll cost you ¥15,000. That’s like a tax on being old.

Karaoke Night

Red Rock in Sakae from 20:00

An old bar favorite comes to the Red Rock with an interesting twist. They’ll be selling pitchers of beer this night for ¥1800, but you save ¥100 IF you sing a song. The more you drink, the more you’ll sing; the more you sing, the more you’ll drink. It’s the Mobius Strip of karaoke nights. This new weekly event includes ¥5000 in prizes to be won.

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