The Obvious Circus Events (Until 5/29)

WALKATHON REPORT

Barring a bit of rain (which is just par for the course); last Sunday’s Walkathon was a huge success! I want to send a special thanks to all of the talent at the Obvious Circus-sponsored main stage. Of the many excellent performances, I have to say the most notable were Beatles tribute band The One After 909, the heavy metal of eleven, who actually moved the crowds to head-bang in the rain, We Are The Party, the brand-new dance music consortium featuring Vinny Vintage, Taro Alexander and more, and… who am I kidding. They were all excellent!

I also must send a special thank you to KPB Studio for performing a song from their upcoming musical The Dreamcatcher, which opens in November; as well as to one-man band Elijah Ben, whose performance on the secondary stage was a huge hit… It’s obvious if you weren’t there, you missed one of the best events of the year. But we’ll be back next year, and the rumors are flying that there is a BIG change set for the 2014 Walkathon!

GET OUT OF TOWN!

In honor of the beautiful weather it looks like we are to have this weekend (as well as my need for some post-Walkathon R&R), I am getting the hell out of Dodge this weekend! And if you feel the need to do the same, then you’re going to have a lot of chances to catch some great music on the outer fringes. Read on for the skinny!

On to the calendar!

Thursday 23

Nightwish

Diamond Hall in Shinsakae from 18:00

You know how sometimes blending 2 great things together creates something truly awesome? The symphony-infused heavy metal of Nightwish is not that. DOOR ¥7000

Friday 24

Epicurean

Cafe Domina in Sakae from 22:00

While techno is really not my thing, I do love me some Café Domina on a Friday. Its chill atmosphere is always a welcome respite from the BOOM BOOM BOOM of the other big rooms in town. ADV ¥2000 / DOOR ¥2500 (1D)

Saturday 25

Rock on the Rock

Mikawa Bay from 11:00

Every year, this music festival gives us an early peak at what summer has to offer with a collection of bands and DJs who tend towards the groovier and beach-worthier sounds, like the psychedelic electro rock of BLANKA and the horn-fueled ska of INTI from France. It’s a great excuse to get your bathing suit out a few months early and head down to the beach. NOT TO BE MISSED! 1-DAY ¥6000 / 2-DAY ¥11,000

Wideloop 13th Anniversary

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 22:30

Tokyo DJ G.O.N., along with Wideloop regulars Shigeta and Kon, will drop some excellent house tunes to celebrate this big occasion. DOOR ¥2000

DEPICT

Club About in Sakae from 22:00
Several live art performances alongside some of About’s best DJs makes for one cool gallery show.

DOOR ¥2000

Wine Seminar

Coat of Arms Pub and Restaurant in Fushimi from 14:00

Head chef and sommelier, Paul Lobosco is hosting a very special tour of France, one glass at a time. If you’ve haven’t tried Paul’s excellent menu at CoA yet, this is the perfect chance as he will also be preparing a buffet that I am certain will pair quite nicely with whatever he’s pouring. ¥7,000, but there’s only space for 18 people. Email info@coatofarms.jp to RSVP.

Nagoya Friends Aussie Party

Red Rock in Sakae from 18:00 – 21:00

Local social group Nagoya Friends is going with a Down Under theme this month, so watch your babies. There’s Dingoes about!  DOOR ¥3,000

Sunday 26

Harmonium Parlour

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 19:00

When Semi-On said goodbye to two members earlier this month, I wasn’t certain their long running open mic and art space would keep going. You’d think I’d have learned by now that nothing stops the Parlour! It’s back again, as always on the last Sunday of the month, with a number of 10-15 minutes time slots in which any performance artist, be they musician or interpretive dancer, is welcome to take the stage. The infamous Sadle Kobayashi is back again in the 2nd floor exhibition space. There’s no telling what he has in store for this performance. And in absence of the very-much-missed Coleen and Lesley, the “surviving “ members of Semi-On will be performing with a few other local musicians, a jam session you won’t want to miss. If you’re looking to showcase your talent, drop them a line at semionjp@gmail.com. DOOR ¥1000 (1D)

Swing Club Night vol. 3

Chorky’s Diner in Ogaki from 18:00

OK, sure this one is a bit far off the beaten path. And, yes, I’ve never actually been to Chorky’s before. However, I have heard the lovely ako and her Dark Blue Swingers perform their modern take on classic jazz, and they are well worth the mileage! And don’t let your two left feet stop you, as the talented dancers of Lindy Hop Aichi will be more than happy to give you a few pointers. DOOR ¥1500 (1D)

Rock on the Rock Core Meeting

Yumekibow Radioclub in Anjo from 15:00

If you cannot be bothered to travel all the way to Gamagori for the 2-day festival, you can always head to Anjo on Sunday for an after-party of sorts with BLAKA, The Dubnationalies and several other RoR performers. You’ll even save some serious cash and avoid the risk of sunburn, but have less of a chance to see a bunch of hippies in their birthday suits. It’s a catch-22. ADV ¥3000 / DOOR ¥3500

Monday 27

Trio Estrangeiros

Club Quattro in Sakae from 18:30

My Portuguese is not as good as my Japanese, and my Japanese is atrocious, but I believe this folk music super group’s name in English is The 3 Estrangeiros. DOOR ¥3000

Metal Mate

Café Domina in Sakae from 22:00

Heavy metal Mondays at Domina needs to become a weekly thing! DOOR ¥1000

Wednesday 29

Kamelot

Club Quattro in Sakae from 18:00

Some orchestra-driven heavy metal that, on further listening, doesn’t suck all that much. DOOR ¥6500

The Artaud Beats 2013 Japan Tour 

Tokuzo in Imaike from 19:00

If really odd progressive music with grating vocalizations is your thing, here ya go! DOOR ¥4500

UPCOMING EVENTS

June 8 eleven @ Zigars in Osu
June 15 Summer Sexy @ Lounge Vio
November 6~11 Foreign Artist Exhibition 2012 @ The International Center

*submissions accepted from August*

November 23~24 Dreamcatcher @ Chikusa Playhouse

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