The Obvious Circus Events (Until 7/23)


As stated last time, there are some cultural holidays that Japan just doesn’t do. If you’re looking to celebrate your national roots or religious background, don’t expect a parade. However, if that particular festivity involves alcohol in any way, by all means, Welcome to Japan, neighbor! Just don’t expect them to get all of the details correct.

Case in point, our city is hosting their annual Oktoberfest… in the middle of July. Normally, I’d spend the next few sentences taking the piss out of this faux pas. However, I am way too excited about all of the German beers, sausages and sauerkraut I will be devouring. I mean, look at my name. Ostrander sounds like a family of bratwürste makers. Plus, there will be an actual oompah band wearing lederhosen and performing traditional German folk music. This free festival is going on now at Hisayaodori Park and every night until this Sunday. Don’t miss it! Prost!

On To The Calendar

Thursday 18

Wanna Be Child

Club JB’s in Sakae from 19:00

From Project Stroke comes DJ Take, and only DJ Take, all night long. His marathon set of pure house music from the 80s on is a lesson in joy. ADV ¥1500 / DOOR ¥2000 (1D)

Friday 19

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)

Saturday 20

Nagoya Summer Jam

X-Hall in Osu from 21:00

The Jam party has finally found a venue big enough to hold all the talent they’re packing; including the kingpin of Nagoya’s hip hop industry, Vinny Vintage. Local supergroup W.A.T.P., who destroyed the stage at this year’s Walkathon, will be also be performing (albeit under a new, as of yet undisclosed, name. I’d list the rest of the dancers, performers and DJs, but my summer holiday just started and those German beers ain’t gonna drink themselves. ADV ¥2000 / DOOR ¥2500

I LOVE – WE LOVE 80’s Music

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 21:00

Local 80s cover group Zengo Kankei and Matthew Bowden return to the P’Factory to remind all why New Wave music will never die (it’s too awesome). Along with DJs Nick Shotter and Daniel Cheah, lot of great music happening here. DOOR ¥1500 (1D)


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

Sunday 21

Rudy and My People Band

Shooters in Fushimi from 20:00

Rudy is a superhero. Besides being the coolest cat you will ever meet, he has the power to move anybody to dance with just his saxophone and one of the best backing bands in town. Music Charge ¥300


Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00

Hitting up Nagoya on his Japan-wide tour, Chicago DJ Brenmar’s original dance tracks, with a healthy dose of bass and old skool beats, are a funky alternative to whatever boring thing you had planned this Sunday.


Club Zion in Kamimaezu from 17:00

Horns, guitars and a mosh pit make for a fun night at this loud live house on the outskirts of Osu. DOOR ¥2300

egoistic 4 leaves

K.D. Japon in Tsurumai from 18:00

Nagoya’s best jam band has a new album, which is almost certainly 99.8% drums. Eccentric-electric duo FU-MU opens. DOOR ¥2500

Overdrive vol. 22

Club Buddha in Shinsakae from 15:00

One of the few anime-themed parties I know of, the indie rock and J-pop soundtrack blend quite nicely with the big eyes and speed lines from local illustrator COBA. ADV 1800 / DOOR 2000 (2D)


Apollo Theater in Shinsakae from 16:30

Ah, the cover band; the next best thing when the best thing proves to be too expensive or too dead. This night has several acts playing the music of Motley Crue, HEART and a few Japanese acts I’ve never heard of. DOOR ¥2000

Tuesday 23

Fair Warning

Bottom Line in Imaike from 18:00

During the bubble economy, Japan exported cars and electronics all across the world, and all they asked for in return was big hair rock, all of it. Which is why, to this day, these bands can still pack houses, even though they are well past their expiration dates. DOOR ¥8000


August 2 Duck and the Billys @ bar DEON
August 3 Natural Rhythm @ Club JB’s
October 26 The Sexy Halloween @ Club Mago
November 6~11 Foreign Artist Exhibition 2012 @ The International Center

*submissions accepted from August*

November 23~24 Dreamcatcher @ Chikusa Playhouse

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