Comfort Hotel Osaka Shinsaibashi
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This live hall is by no means big, the stage is about 3-4 meters across, but this simply makes the place more intimate and a great place to host amateur bands. Professional bands do come, but given the capacity of the place, they tend to be underground or lesser-known acts. What the place is well known for is its diversity; musicians from a wide variety of musical genres play here, and none of them seems out of place. The hall has a small cafe area where you can consume light food and beverages for under a thousand yen.
Unagidani Sunsui is a venue that features art and entertainment. Art expositions, live music concerts and other events are regularly held here. In the past, Wavves, Sir Richard Bishop and Tokimonsta have performed at this space. Unagidani Sunsui can be rented for private events and can accommodate 50 seating and 150 standing guests respectively. Apart from that, it provides stage equipment, DJ Booths, catering services (buffet and drinks)and other requisite facilities. You can also select from the various party packages on offer. For details, call ahead.
If you want to listen to some of the best local and international artists and bands, then you can vouch on the Live Space Conpass in Osaka. Situated inside the Shikishima Building in Chuo-ku, the venue has concerts scheduled on almost all days of the week, catering to the music lovers of varied sensibilities. From the rhythmic jazz to the thumping hip-hop music, this one has it all. Keep an eye on its calender on the website so that you do not miss out on the performances of your favorite artists/ bands.
This gritty, all-standing live-house frequented by Japan's Generation X has been the launching pad for many a famous band in Japan. It is typically an amateur live-house, though acts that have graduated from the likes of these smaller places do sometimes return for nostalgic reasons or as an expression of thanks. The music spans rock to rap, and while most of it is mediocre at best, you can occasionally catch some talent. Few acts sell out, so you are probably safe just showing up.
Big Cat, located on the 4th floor of the Big Step shopping center in Ame-mura, is an excellent place to catch concerts and musicals. The hall can accommodate as many as 800 people and has some of the best facilities in the city. The sound quality is better than other 'live-houses'. Besides concerts, other events include musicals and performances by amateur bands. Private groups, however, may rent the stage for special events, parties and promotions. For information on upcoming events, you are advised to call.
Located in the Tempozan Marketplace, this trendy live-house hosts a number of fairly well known foreign acts, as well as indigenous bands and amateur acts. When there are no live bands, the place turns into a club with live DJs and dance events. The clientele is comprised largely of couples on dates, as the surrounding area is somewhat romantic and offers much to see and do. The place can even be rented for wedding parties and other private events.
Osaka has many modern event spaces, Avenue A being one of them. This concert hall hosts live music concerts and artists/bands from all over perform here. The state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment and other allied services ensure a successful and hassle-free event. Apart from that, the venue can also be hired for fashion shows, private functions and similar events. For more details, call ahead or check website.
Sunhall is a multipurpose venue that primarily hosts live music concerts. Equipped with modern facilities and state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology, it is one of the most sort after venues in town. The likes of Sonic Syndicate, Fugazi, Army of Freshmen, and Grand Atlantic have performed here in the past. For booking, venue rentals and technical specifications, check website or call ahead.
Bunraku puppetry began in Osaka in the 17th century as a popular rather than aristocratic form of entertainment. This fascinating art is a combination and fusion of samisen (three-string banjo) music, puppetry and chanting. The lavishly-costumed puppets are large and manipulated by hand rather than by strings. The plots are usually epics driven by the music and are similar in style to kabuki. There are performances in January, April, June, August and November. An English program is available.
Universe is Osaka's premium events destination. This versatile venue is well-equipped with a state-of-the-art light and sound system, and spacious interiors. Glamorous LED fixtures dazzle from the ceiling contributing to a vibrant ambiance. The seating layout around the stage is customized to suit various occasions – from wedding receptions, banquets, concerts and private parties. In addition, this place has a reputation for hosting entertaining performances by top DJs and artists.
This large, elegant theater has seating for almost 2,000 and is often fully booked, which is an indication of the quality of the performances it stages. Oddly enough, kabuki is usually only performed in May. For the rest of the year, it stages manzai, or two-man comedy acts, with some of the top artists of this genre; modern drama; and popular variety shows. There is a restaurant that serves Japanese food and alcoholic beverages as well as lunch boxes, a coffee shop, and a shop that sells theater memorabilia.
Housed inside the mega-complex called RiverPalace, in the Naniwa-ku area of the city, Namba Hatch is a premier live music destination. A wide range of music genres are covered here, from jazz and blues, to rock, punk, and even R&B and hip-hop. See the website or call to know more.