A large multicultural crowd gathered at Club Edge in Tokyo's Roppongi district in March, socializing and laughing boisterously before watching three bands. They remained pretty boisterous throughout the performances.

Japanese audiences have a reputation for being quiet during concerts, taking in every single note of a performance. At this show, though, remaining silent isn't really an option.

"Gaijin (foreigner) audiences seem like they enjoy music and drinking even more than our Japanese customers," says Edge booking agent You Tsukazaki with a laugh. The venue has been entertaining such crowds since it started hosting expatriate band nights in 2008.