The Obvious Circus Events (Until 4/10)


So a new term is upon us, and while I recognize that my readership does not consist entirely of teachers and students, I know that I majority of you are headed back to school this month. I myself started a new job this week, and am very excited to be working closer to Nagoya. No more 2-hour commutes for this guy! What this means for the EC is that I will now have more time to explore new bars, bands and bashes; all of the details which I will pass on to you. So, keep reading! There are a lot of good things coming from the Obvious Circus as we head into our fifth year!

BAR REVIEW: Standing Bar 300

Speaking of anniversaries, my birthday is coming up at the end of the month. To celebrate, my wonderful wife has organized a free party at one of my favorite watering holes in Nagoya. Conveniently located walking distance from Club Mago, Diamond Hall and the Apollo Theater, Standing Bar 300 features and impressive catalogue of drinks priced just right at ¥300 each. Their food menu includes surprisingly filling noshes such as pizza and karage, also only ¥300. However, if you want cheap drinks and food, I realize your choices are many. But what sets this particular spot apart is the impressive sound system featuring a round table of talented DJs playing everything from retro tunes to the newest of club bangers. There’s a lot happening on the east end of town this weekend, and Standing Bar 300 is the perfect place to start your night of wickedness.

On to the calendar!

Friday 5


X-Hall in Osu from 22:00

One of my all-time favorite producers, this German DJ makes electro-infused dance tracks of the dirtiest variety. I plan of getting downright filthy at this one. DOOR ¥3500


Cafe Domina in Sakae from 22:00

If you’re looking for an affordable alternative, the dance music of DJs TOSMAN, Thomas Lang and others will suffice. ADV ¥1000 / DOOR ¥1500

Saturday 6

Swiningin’ Under The Sakura

Tsurumai Park from 11:00

The hanami season got off to an early start this year, but the Nagoya Swings jazz dance group is still betting that there will be some petals left this Saturday. This FREE event is a great way to learn more about this fun and frenetic dance style. In case of rain, the party will move to Sunday. Check the groups Facebook page for more details.

Trev’s Sayonara Party

Lea Lea Hale in Fushimi from 20:00

Musician, writer, DJ, publisher, teacher, promoter, opinionated chronic Facebook poster; love him or hate him, Trevor “maddlove aka Spitfire” David Houchen is a strong voice in our community. And he recently shocked us all by announcing he will be leaving Japan after 10 years helping to shape the international voice in Nagoya. In a manner befitting one who lives as large as Trev, his sendoff will include live music from some of the most talented local performers, including Tom Fallon, Tom Baurele, Eddy Lizar, Tomo Shagga and, of course, maddlove himself, spitting fire as he has been for the past 10 years. Happy journeys, Trevor.

Cable and Cable

Taurus in Shinsakae from 16:00

A new and exciting sound in the Nagoya scene, this trio produces dark synth pop that immediately brings to mind Depeche Mode. Check them out at their first ever headlining gig this Saturday. DOOR ¥1500

I LOVE – WE LOVE 80’s Music

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 21:00

After you enjoy some new New Wave music from Cable and Cable, head down a few stops on the yellow line to relive the original sounds with live covers of the best of the 80s from Zengo Kankei and Matthew Bowden, along with DJs Nick Shotter and Daniel Cheah. DOOR ¥1500


Club Mago in Shinsakae from 23:00

If you got any dance left in you, Chicago house pioneer DJ Glenn Underground is laying down the perfect playlist for waiting for the sun to rise. DOOR ¥3500


Club Atlantis in Nakamura Koen from 21:00

An apt name for this everything-under-the-disco-ball dance party featuring a remarkable lineup up of guest performers, including Bambule (aka Gordon Sharp) from the UK, an0n from Kobe and DJ Akira. Also on deck are local superstars Ago, Chris Ollier, Thomas Lang as well as birthday boys Halcyon and Zig-Nine. Much like its namesake, Atlantis is well hidden. Make sure you check out the event page for the address. DOOR ¥1500 (with 1D), includes FREE food


Club Buddha in Shinsakae from 22:00

The party with enough 70s soul and deep funk to soundtrack 100 porn flicks (bom chicka wah wah!) is turning 10 this weekend. Just around the bend for Taurus, this would also make a nice after party for the Cable and Cable show. DOOR ¥2500


Club Upset in Ikeshita from 17:00

Hailing from Italy, Hopes Dies Last has enough emo angst, black mascara and guttural howls to almost cover up the fact that they suck… almost. DOOR ¥2900

Sunday 7


Shooters in Fushimi from 19:00

The good ol’ boys are back for one last gig. I’m going to miss their covers of classic rock favorites, not to mention their spot on impression of a rock band gone to seed. If they play Free Bird, I just might shed a tear for the end of an era.

Velvet Sunday

Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00

A very chill house music party courtesy of DJs Shigeta, Takahashi and Jin ADV ¥1500 / DOOR ¥2000

Monday 8

Ringo Deathstarr

Apollo Theater in Shinsakae from 18:30

This Texas band, along with opening act Seapony, fall into that rare species of shoegaze bands that don’t make me want to kill myself. DOOR ¥5800

Wednesday 10


Club About in Shinsakae from 22:00

A few years back, DJ NAGiSA and the rest of the FREEEK crew had one of the purest house music parties. Their reverence for 4-to-the-floor dance borders on being a cult. I am happy that they are once more bringing their “heaven’s music” back to Nagoya, and even happier that it’s FREE!

Danny’s Top Picks for April

Saturday 13 Treasure Island Auditions @ Nadya Park
Sunday 14 Rockit to the Moon @ Goya Moon
Friday 26 Afrojack @ Zepp Nagoya
Friday 26 Belgian Beer Weekend @ Hisaya Odori Park
Sunday 28 Danny’s Birthday @ Standing Bar 300
Sunday 28 The Pink Sexy @ Club Mago

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