The Obvious Circus Events (Until 4/24)


I’ve been at this gig for some time now, visited countless bars and heard so much music. If there is a place in Nagoya that serves alcohol, I’ve partied in, near or around it. Therefore, it is with some hubris that I declare myself the knower of all things after dark in Nagoya… OK, the title needs a little work, but you get the point. I’ve seen it all. What? You believe this not to be true? If you think you know a nightspot as yet unsoiled by me; then send me the details at If I haven’t heard of it*, I will visit it next month and you’re welcome to join me. I will even buy you a drink for besting me. So go ahead. Prove me wrong, Nagoya.

*I reserve the right to declare any nightspot lame and, therefore, unworthy of my patronage. Choose wisely.

On to the calendar!

Thursday 18

Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur

Tokuzo in Imaike from 18:00

It’s a rare treat that these American folk legends should come to Japan, and to catch them together is another bonus. However, there’s a lot of great Americana music this month, and I can’t say that 7000 is the best deal you’re going to get. DOOR ¥7000

Friday 19

Josephine Foster and Victor Herrero

K.D. Japon in Tsuruma from 18:30

Another treasured folk music duo, but with a Latin flavor and half the price DOOR ¥3500

ROTO Sound Stream

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 21:00

If the extent of your knowledge of 60s music begins with The Beatles and ends at Woodstock, then you will be in for a fine surprise on this night when you hear some Freakbeat, Northern Soul, Bossanova, Garage and more courtesy of the ROTO DJs. DOOR ¥1000 (1D)

Saturday 20


Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00

For 5 years, this DJ duo ruled the DMC team championships, and, if you don’t know, that’s HUGE in the world of turntablism. To catch these scratch masters live, and on the eve of their new release, is an opportunity any fan of break beats should not miss. ADV ¥2500 / DOOR ¥3000


Club Zion in Kamimaezu from 17:00 | ¥2,300)

One of Nagoya’s best suppliers of rock and roll vinyl, Recordshop Zoo present another night of local indie acts including the ska-fueled riot that is The Oldtones. DOOR ¥2300

Electronic Music and Film Open Mic

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 21:00
A new twist on an old favorite, the Plastic Factory is giving a chance to budding filmmakers and bedroom producers to share their sounds and shows. They are offering up to 30 minute slots, which is time enough to share at least a taste of your magnum opus with the discerning crowd at the Factory. I love this idea and hope that it finds a place in the regular rotation, right alongside the monthly Harmonium Parlour. DOOR ¥1000 (1D)

Jumbomax 15th Anniversary

Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00

Guest DJ Takkyu Ishino will once again bring his funky techno mix to this party that celebrates repetitive electronic music that hasn’t changed much since the 90s.

Sunday 21

Frankie J

Club Ozon in Sakae from 15:00

Don’t call it a comeback, because this Mexican RandB singer never really made it. But that could change if his latest songs are a sign of more new excellence to come. DOOR ¥5500


Café Domina in Sakae from 17:00

If you’re looking for a DJ event this Sunday, this eclectic mix of techno, house, and electro from several DJs is probably your best bet. They usually have an impressive live art show as well, along with special live performances or guest DJs. DOOR ¥1500yen (1D)

Monday 22

Extreme the DOJO

Club Quattro in Sakae from 18:00

It seems that I am having trouble communicating with my metalhead readership, perhaps if I reviewed this death metal show featuring Obituary, All Shall Perish and more in a language they can understand… GRWARRR! RAWWRR! ARRR!! DOOR ¥7000

Wednesday 24

The Weather Station

K.D. Japon in Tsurumai from 19:00

Good lord! There is so much amazing folk music happening in town this month. But Canadian songwriter Tamara Lindeman has beguiled me with her delicate voice and rhythmic lyrics. DOOR ¥3800

Danny’s Top Picks for April

Friday 26 Afrojack @ Zepp Nagoya
Friday 26 Belgian Beer Weekend @ Hisaya Odori Park
Saturday 27 Earth Day @ Nagoya TV Tower
Sunday 28 Danny’s Birthday @ SHIVA
Sunday 28 The Pink Sexy @ Club Mago


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