Rock N Rollin’ Roppongi

Last night my mom and I decided to venture over to the Roppongi district in search of The Cavern. Named after the bar in Liverpool, The Cavern in Roppongi was supposed to have a Japanese Beatles cover band. It sounded like a fun way to spend the evening.

The Roppongi district has a very noticable rock and roll vibe to the entire area. A quick walk down the street found numerous live music venues, American pubs, and The Hard Rock Cafe. No Cavern, though. We walked, and walked, with no luck. Eventually we stopped in at an electronics store and asked where this pub might be. Even with the use of high-tech tablets, the place was hard to find, but we did eventually get directions to the place.

We eventually found the building that should have had The Cavern, but it appeared that we were out of luck for Beatles covers. The place was taken over by one of the American pubs.

Deciding to look for dinner before heading back to the Kinshicho district where we’re staying, we came across a bar called Kento’s, advertising live music from the 50’s and 60’s. We decided to head inside for the show. We had an hour to order food and drinks, as well as to write down any song requests we might have before the show was set to start. Slowly people trickled in, and soon the bar was full. Once the music started, people were on their feet dancing to the oldies songs that were performed by a really talented band. We considered getting up and dancing as well, but the crowd seemed to know choreographed routines for all of the songs. They were all pointing and twisting and shaking in unison. We figured we were better off dancing in our seats.

The band would play a 40 minute set, every hour from 7pm to 1am. We stayed for two of the sets. In those two sets we heard hits such as The Locomotion, The Hippy Hippy Shakes, Rockin’ Round the Clock, and more. It was a lot of fun.

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