Since 1996, Japan Nite has been showcasing both big-name Japanese artists and rising indie acts in the country’s music scene at SXSW, followed by a tour across the United States. After celebrating two decades of shows at SXSW in Austin last year, the 2016 edition of Japan Nite picks up right where it last left off, introducing fresh-faced Japanese performers to the world while also bringing along some bands who have charmed Texas in the past.

First up is the Japan Preview Show on Thursday 17th March at Valhalla. Its a free, all ages show so come along and check out these Japanese acts.

Japan Preview Show

Thursday 17th of March at Valhalla (Red River 710, Austin TX)

13:00~13:20 Rei
13:30~13:50 DEXSTRINGS
14:00~14:20 Chihiro Yamazaki & Route 14 Band
14:30~14:50 Tempalay
15:00~15:20 Jungles
15:30~15:50 Atomic Stooges
16:00~16:20 Reatmo
16:30~16:50 Emufucka
17:00~17:20 KAO=S


This year’s Japan Nite showcase is set for Friday, 18th of March at Elysium (705 Red River), the event’s home for over ten years, and features the SXSW debuts of Tempalay, REATMO, Atomic Stooges, Rei and DEXSTRINGs, along with the triumphant return of jungles!!! from Red Bacteria Vacuum and KAO=S.


Japan Nite 2016 at SXSW

Friday 18th of March at Elysium (Austin, TX)


Atomic Stooges
jungles!!! from Red Bacteria Vacuum


Following Japan Nite’s annual showcase at SXSW, the Japan Nite tour gets under way as Tempalay, REATMO and Atomic Stooges hit the road. Hooking up with them for the U.S. trek will be THE ROAMERS, a quartet taking cues from country, blues and jazz music but making something distinctly contemporary from those influences. Those four rising groups will handle the first four dates, and will be joined by veterans KAO=S and jungles!!! for the finale in San Francisco. Complete information is below.

Japan Nite 2016 Tour

Sunday 20th of March
Knitting Factory Brooklyn (New York, NY) featuring THE ROAMERS, REATMO, Tempalay and Atomic Stooges.

Monday 21st of March
The Crown (Baltimore, MD) featuring REATMO, Tempalay and Atomic Stooges.

Tuesday 22nd of March
Double Door (Chicago, IL) featuring THE ROAMERS, REATMO, Tempalay and Atomic Stooges.

Wednesday 23rd of March
Federal Bar (Long Beach, CA) featuring THE ROAMERS, REATMO, Tempalay and Atomic Stooges.

Thursday 24th March
Rickshaw Stop (San Francisco, CA) featuring THE ROAMERS, REATMO, Tempalay, Atomic Stooges, KAO=s and jungles!!! from Red Bacteria Vacuum.

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