The Obvious Circus Events (Until 5/22)


4 years ago I had to say goodbye to Lounge Creek at what was one of the most epic parties. If you remember being there, you probably weren’t. And while our send-off was a fine wake befitting this Nagoya legend, it seems that the Creek is just too awesome to stay dead. Owner James and his lovely wife Lily have reopened their doors on Saturdays only. It’s in the same location, revitalized with an even more chill, art-house vibe. Drop by there this weekend, and the one after, and the one after that, and so on; so they will never, ever leave us again.

Now if I can only get Heaven’s Door back…

On to the calendar!

Thursday 16

wanna be child vol. 55

Club JB’s in Shinsakae from 21:00

And speaking of Lounge Creek, before they closed their doors, this true house music party was one of their best events Started by DJ Take of Project Stroke seven years ago this month, he’s celebrating this anniversary with an extended set of his signature soul and Arabic house mix.

Jad Fair, Norman Blake and Ken Stringfellow

Tokuzo in Imaike from 18:00

That lineup reads like the playlist for a college radio station in the early 90s. Jad Fair of lo-fi punk pioneers Half-Japanese, Norman Blake from Teenage Fanclub and Ken Stringfellow of The Posies, an amazing night that even includes pop-folk duo Tenniscoats. DOOR ¥4000

Friday 17

Ghost of Matsubara

Roxx Mujica in Sakae from 19:00

The guys of GoM have been on the road so much these days. And while I don’t begrudge them their hard-earned fame, it is nice to have them tearing it up locally again, along with The Key Project. I got my advanced ticket. Do you?! DOOR ¥3000

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 if you don’t like what they’re playing, the ROTO DJs challenge you to bring along your own records from the 60 to play. DOOR ¥1000 (1D)

dub it

Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00

There’ll be plenty of riddim when Leeds-based group Iration Steppas performs alongside a number of reggae and dub DJs. DOOR ¥3000

Alliance Trax Tour

Club 3 Star in Imaike from 18:00

The A.T. tour promoters are back with another challenge for me to come up with even more creative ways to spell “shitty music”. This month’s answer: Emmure and Loyal To The Grave DOOR ¥3900

Saturday 18


Café Domina in Sakae from 22:00

If you don’t want to go to W-Double for the subwoofer-shaking drum and bass of DJs tA.hA.rA., ZIG-NINE, Smoker and HALCYON, then go for the delicious burgers. But get there early, because they go fast. DOOR ¥2000

Spleen Underground Music

Club About in Sakae from 22:00

A night of house of the deep and tech-y vibe, featuring Berlin producers Giovanni Verga and REYNOLD DOOR ¥2500


Club 3 Star in Imaike from 16:30

A friend recently asked me why I cover so many musicians I clearly hate. The nice answer is that I do it for the readers who may want to know that The Ghost Inside and Continents are playing on this night. The sadder answer is that without all the shitty bands, I wouldn’t be able to make my 1,000 word quota. DOOR ¥4300

Sunday 19

Nagoya Walkathon

Moricoro Park in Nagakute from 11:00

Nagoya’s biggest charity event, the Walkathon has raised millions of yen over the years to support local charities. For the 22nd year we’re all coming together this Sunday to enjoy some music, raise some funds and pray for no rain. This year The Obvious Circus, along with News90 Studio, is running the stage. It allows me to put together a live event that I would actually want to go to. Shame that I’ll be so busy that I won’t get to actually hear most of this excellent lineup: the Koji Yamaguchi shamisen trio, Rudy and the My People Band, The Hospys, The One After 909, eleven and We Are The Party. There’s even more music on the second stage, including the talented singer/songwriter Elijah Ben. Tickets are only ¥2000, and it comes with a free Walkathon T-shirt and a chance to win a raffle. Or you can get a Special Ticket for ¥5,000 yen for a chance to win a trip to Santa Fe! Check out all the details at

Walkathon After Party

Shooters in Fushimi from 17:00

When the Walkathon ends at 16:00, the party ain’t even close to being over!

Swingin’ In The Park

Shirakawa Park in Fushimi from 16:00

Or you can head down the street for a day of fun, friends and fancy footwork with Nagoya Swings (Nagoya’s only international swing dance group). For more information, check them on Facebook.

Rachael Dadd

Tokuzo in Imaike from 18:00 

It would be easier to list the talents this UK artist didn’t have. I’m thankful her Japan-wide “We’ve got light” tour is bringing her back to Nagoya.  DOOR ¥3000

Monday 20

Dustin Wong

K.D. Japon in Tsurumai from 19:30

With only his guitar and an army of foot pedals Mr. Wong creates a cake of sound, layering delicious riffs one on top of the other. DOOR ¥2500

Wednesday 22

Desmond and the Tutus

Club Upset in Ikeshita

This South African indie rock band will make you dance with their hilarious songs about girls named Peter and an idiotic Tattoo. Highly recommended!

Extreme The Dojo vol. 31

Club Quattro in Sakae from 18:00

Death metal is a hydra, in that ridding your town of its scourge is a Herculean task. Each time I cut into bands like Obituary, All Shall Perish and Infernal Revulsion, 2 more rise to take their place. DOOR ¥7000


May 26 Harmonium Parlour @ Plastic Factory

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