The Obvious Circus Events (Until 7/31)


Like any lumbering beast, Nagoya tends to slow down a lot in the wake of the summer heat wave. Take the yearly gaijin exodus and the fact that all the big names in music are hitting up Fuji Rock and Summer Sonic, and you’ve got one long, hot and boring summer. And for those of you stuck here, I will continue to do my best to find you any respite from the tedious summer calm. Even though I, for the most part, will not be here to suffer with you. I’m Bali-bound, suckers!

On To The Calendar

Friday 26

Daishi Dance

X-Hall in Osu from 22:00

One of Japan’s most popular producers is celebrating his newest release along with Shinji Takeda and several more DJs. ADV ¥3000 / DOOR ¥3500


Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00

Because I need something to help meet my word count quota this week, here’s a ubiquitous house music party. ADV ¥1500 / DOOR ¥2000

Saturday 27


Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00
For 20 years, DJ Krush has been on the top of Japan’s hip hop industry, both as a producer and an artist. He’ll be joined on this night of legendary beats by local fave DJ Yanomi of OBRIGARRD. ADV ¥2500 / DOOR ¥3000


Hype Lounge Bar in Imaike from 2200

The Cinderella crew is back with a party for the LGBT crowd featuring drag queens, pole dancers and DJs. Hype Lounge Bar is located near Exit 3 of Imaike station. ¥2000

Classic House Party

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 22:00

If you’re going to be in Imaike anyway, you might as well stop by the factory for DJs Shinobu Nakahara, Nick Shotter and Daniel Cheah and their lesson on the history of that Chicago-born sound. DOOR ¥1500 (1D)

Chant Down Babylon

Club Buddha in Shinsakae from 21:00

This oft-overlooked but always fun ska and reggae party is throwing a summer party featuring special guest performers Axeman and Tucchie. ADV ¥2000 (inc. free CD) / DOOR ¥2000 (no CD)

Sunday 28

Harmonium Parlour with Brian Cullen

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 19:00

Semi-On’s open mic and art space is 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. As a special bonus, Nagoya favorite son of Ireland, Brian Cullen, will be doing an extended set of original and classic folk tunes. There will also be live drawing by resident artist Kohei, as well as a 2nd floor art exhibit featuring a group photography exhibition with Mami Ito, Jun Kimura and Hisato Kobayashi. If you’re looking to showcase your talent, drop them a line at DOOR ¥1000 (1D)

Monday 29

Metal Mate

Café Domina in Sakae from 22:00

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

Tuesday 30

Steve Vai

Club Quattro in Sakae from 18:00

Ask any rock fan to name the 10 best guitarists from the 80s on. If Steve Vai isn’t on that list, there’s a good chance you’re talking to a robot disguised as a rock fan. KILL IT! DOOR ¥7000

Wednesday 31

Very Be Careful

Club Zion in Kamimaezu from 18:00

The Caribbean by way of Colombia sounds of this LA-based band is the perfect summer soundtrack. DOOR ¥3000


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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