The Obvious Circus Events (Until 6/18)

Ya Down With VIP?

This is the last day to reserve your VIP passes for the Summer Sexy Party this Saturday at Lounge and Live Vio. Just go to and register as a “Sexy VIP”. It’ll save you an extra ¥500 off your ticket (feel free to use my referral code: djd). Otherwise, it’ll cost you ¥3000 at the door. Admission includes a free drink.

Don’t Mean A Thing!

This week sees the Japanese theatrical release of The Great Gatsby, Baz Luhrmann’s colorful take on the epic classic. As fans of the book, as well as the music and fashion on the 1920s, Nagoya Swings is throwing the Great Gatsby Dance on Sunday, June 30. Entertainment includes me and DJ White Bread on the decks, dropping a mix of traditional swing jazz and ragtime music, as well as an introductory dance lesson to the Charleston. So put on your glad-rags, grab a flask of bathtub gin and join us at Shooters; we’re going to party like the Stock Market hasn’t crashed. 23 skiddo!

On To The Calendar

Thursday 13

Fernando Kabusacki

Tokuzo in Imaike from 18:30

This guy is an electric guitar virtuoso, but can he make it talk a la Mr. Frampton? ADV ¥2500 / ¥3000

Friday 14

One On One

Club Mago inShinsakae from 23:00

I respect DJ Harvey for looking like a homeless man who snuck into the club to destroy the dance floor with shockingly disco house tracks. On this night he’s formed a super-powered duo with Nick The Record from the UK. DOOR ¥4000

Rock Is Dead

Club JBs in Sakae from 21:00

Though I imagine the DJs of this all-rock-all-night party would greatly disagree.


Bottom Line in Imaike from 20:00

With The Bears and Her Majesties Request ADV ¥2500 / DOOR ¥3000

Saturday 15

Summer Sexy

Lounge Vio in Shinsakae from 19:00 | ¥3,000)

TheSexy crew is hard (hehe) at work to bring Nagoya some summer-themed fun. The very popular pole, gogo and cage dancers will all be back, along with, DJs Paulo AtNight, dij, Mai, Andy S and m@, but with noticeably less clothing! The first party of the summer is going to be the best. Don’t miss it!

Old School IV

Link’s Bar in Sakae from 21:00

I once made an off-hand comment to DJ scrying that, besides the early days of grunge, 90s music sucks. One pummeling/schooling session later, and he had proven to me just how wrong I was. Be thankful on this night that he will let his vinyl speak for him.

Nancy Fish

DayTrive in Shinsakae from 18:30

What little I do know about this musician comes from some cursory viewings of a few YouTube videos which, in full honesty, may not even be the right Nancy Fish. Whoever is playing on this night will be doing so alongside miiiia and a live paint show. DOOR ¥2000


Club Zion in Kamimaezu from 16:30

Fail Emotions from Russia and several more bands I refuse to research due to a disturbing amount of child-murder imagery in their names. Blood Stain Child… really!? DOOR ¥3500

Classic Rock

The Plastic Factory in Imaike from 20:00

The Tomo Shagger Tribute Band is one of Nagoya’s best and funkiest, the perfect headliners for this night featuring The Ace oaf Spade, Joe-suke Perry Project, and Obvious Circus fave, David Dycus. DOOR ¥1500 (1D)

Sunday 16


Plastic Factory in Imaike from 20:00(20:00 | ¥1000)

Named “Kansai’s first and funniest stand-up comedy group” by some other gaijin rag, Raugh Out Roud is bringing the funny to Nagoya. Trust me; they’re wittier than the word-play employed in their name would imply.

Tuesday 18


Club Quattro in Sakae from 18:00

A guitar, a fiddle and an accordion are all this trio needs to create their rousing Scottish folk music. DOOR ¥6000


June 23 Artists in Space vol. 2 @ Tsurumai Park
June 30 Great Gatsby Dance @ Shooters
November 6~11 Foreign Artist Exhibition 2012 @ The International Center*submissions accepted from August*
November 23~24 Dreamcatcher @ Chikusa Playhouse

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