YA GOTTA WALK THE WALK
Put on your walking shoes and get out your wallets, Nagoya, because it’s that time of year again: The Walkathon is back! The biggest charity event in our community, The Nagoya Walkathon has helped to raise millions of yen over the past 22 years for a number of local charities, including money to help orphans, victims of abuse, physically and mentally challenged individuals, those dealing with illness and the Eastern Japan Disaster Relief Fund. Their goal this year is ¥8,000,000, and they’re going to need your help.
Tickets are only ¥2000, and it comes with a free Walkathon T-shirt and a chance to win one of the excellent prizes in this year’s raffle. You can also get a Special Ticket for ¥5000 yen for a chance to win a dream vacation to Disneyland or 2 tickets to Guam! Check out all the details at www.nagoyawalkathon.com.
On To The Calendar
X-Hall in Osu from 21:00
A pioneer of the nu-disco scene, this British DJ has left his mark remixing and producing some of the biggest names in the industry. Once again, X-Hall is the place for big room EDM in Aichi. DOOR ¥3400
Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00
Ministry of Sound resident, Radio Slave brings his award-winning house mix back to Nagoya. There’ll also be lots of local flavor opening, including Stereophonic’s own Nick Edges. ADV ¥2500 / DOOR ¥3000
Club Mago in Shinsakae fro 22:00
It’s not easy maintaining my normal disdain for techno this month when being bombarded by so many examples of how this genre doesn’t have to suck. The minimal beats of Mathew Jonson from Canada are just further proof that I may be wrong. ADV ¥2500 (1D) / DOOR ¥3000
FLEX Lounge in Sakae from 22:00
The godfather of the Nagoya hip hop scene, the incomparable Vinny Vintage, has gathered some mad talent for this year’s Spring Jam, all ready to burn this sunovabitch to the ground: Chriz Jay, Ali Baba Urbano, Marie, Shaillo, Ayano, Ingrid, ONE with DJ scrying and many more. DOOR ¥3000
Mi Casa Su Casa in Tsurumai from 21:00
An excellent lineup inlcuding DJs Tom Langford, Daniel Cheah and whatever moniker Shane C. is playing under these days; all together at this new-to-me joint just down the way from Tsurumai Station; playing a grab bag of great music. My ichiban choice for underground club sounds this weekend.
Plastic Factory in Imaike from 20:00
I can’t say for certain what is to be expected from this “composed and improvised music” performance consisting of some very talented local musicians, but I feel very safe filing this under “something different”. This night also features the debut of Shipwrecked, yet another project of the very busy Adam Demby. And what Plastic Factory event would be complete without using their excellent gallery space on the second floor, this time with experimental videos and original art. DOOR ¥1500 (1D)
Moricoro Park in Nagakute from 11:00
You know the greatest thing about our Walkathon (besides the money and awareness raised for local charities, of course)? It’s the easily overlooked fact that you don’t have to walk to help. Sure, you can take on the admittedly easy course for the exercise, but doing so won’t raise a single extra ¥10. But you know what will? Buying lots and lots of beer. And what goes better with beer than awesome music? And this year’s Walkathon stage has got you covered with returning favorites like The One After 909, The Hospy’s and Elijah Ben as well as new additions such as Bues Ja Nai, Starcat and Tranzan (a Lynrd Skynrd cover band!). There’s too many bands and dance groups to list here, but just enough entertainment to insure the only walking you’ll have to do is back and forth from the stage and the beer vendors (don’t worry; it ain’t far).
Shooters in Fushimi from 18:00
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 ¥600. This is the best way to get introduced to East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, the Charleston and more. Singles and couples are all welcome.