Tuesday, Aug. 7
Recent Kool Kat Calu Cordeira mixes tiki libations at Mai Tai Tahitian Tuesday starting at 9 p.m. at the Dark Horse Tavern tonight. Grab your horn and head to Twain’s in Decatur for a Joe Gransden jazz jam session starting at 9 p.m. Crosstown Allstars rock the blues at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack. Nathan Nelson & Entertainment Crackers blues it down at Northside Tavern. Dance the night away at Tues. Retro in the Metro nights at Midtown’s Deadwood Saloon featuring video mixes of ’80s, ’90s and 2Ks hits.
Watch the skies for Nazis in flying saucers in the Finnish neo-cult movie IRON SKY, featuring Udo Kier, tonight exclusively at The Plaza Theatre. Read our preview here. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to the music of master movie soundtrack composer/Boston Pops maestro John Williams at Chastain. England in 1819 is back in Atlanta at Drunken Unicorn with The Industry and Ocean vs. Daughter. Get ready to rumba, cha-cha and jitterbug at the weekly Swing Night at Graveyard Tavern. Frankie’s Blues Mission plays Fat Matt’s Rib Shack. Danny “Mudcat” Dudeck blues it down at Northside Tavern. Dance to ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s hits during Retro in the Metro Wednesdays at Pub 71 in Brookhaven.
Ghost Riders Car Club honkytonks it at Clermont Lounge. WonderRoot brings you an evening of short films by local artists including animation, experimental, narrative, music videos and much more at The Plaza at 9:30 p.m. Eat, drink and play a classic game with an adult spin every Thursday night as Mon Cherie presents Mad Lib-Ations, Atlanta’s newest Retro weekly pastime, starting at 7 p.m. at the Corner Tavern in Little 5 Points. The fun-filled night includes games and prizes from some of the city’s most fun Retro retailers, Psychobilly Freakout and punk faves spun by The Right Reverend Andy and a raffle. Relax with a tropical cocktail at vintage tiki bar Trader Vic’s where Tongo Hiti play Retro-Polynesian luxurious live lounge sounds, as well as trippy takes on iconic pop songs, every Thursday night. The Breeze Kings and Chickenshack bring on the blues respectively at Northside Tavern and Fat Matt’s Rib Shack. Frankie’s Blues Mission is at The Family Dog. The Red Light All-Stars jam at Red Light Café’s weekly Bluegrass Thursday.
Twenties Ragtime revivalists Blair Crimmins & The Hula Hookers, cabaret/burlesque-inspired Davina & The Harlots, The Clap, Ghost Bikini, Jeffrey Butzer and The Little 5 Points Rockstar Orchestra get together for a somewhat tiki-themed Summer Sounds concert to raise money for risk-taking independent theatre company 7 Stages, including their highly anticipated DRACULA: THE ROCK OPERA at The Goat Farm. Also starting today is AleCon, a weekend-long performing arts convention hosted by popular Ren-rock band Three Quarter Ale in celebration of their 10th anniversary. Read our Really Retro preview with Rivka Levin here soon. Book your pumpkin carriage, put on your glass slippers and return to Once Upon A Time with Ritual’s Fairy Tales ball at The Shelter. Old-school country legend Merle Haggard plays Atlanta Botanical Garden. Will Scruggs Plays Pretty for the People, a unique repertoire of classic jazz and swing standards, and novelty songs from the ‘30s and ‘40s, at Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s Martinis and IMAX. Scott Glazer’s Mojo Dojo plays outdoors at Callanwolde Jazz on the Lawn. Danny “Mudcat” Dudeck blues it down at Northside Tavern.
Kool Kat of the Week Right Reverend Andy throws a rockabilly Rumble in Little 5 Points to celebrate the return of Hi-Test with Sonoramic Commando, Atomic Boogie, Junior, Dolan & Cash and Grim Rooster at the Star Bar. Relive the glory days of glam updated to the 21st century with The Sexual Side Effects, featuring Kool Kat Amber Taylor, at the Drunken Unicorn with Side by Side and Verge of Bliss. Splatter Cinema screens a rare original 35mm print of the original HALLOWEEN (1978) at The Plaza Theatre. Head to The High to see Atlanta artist Ben “Bean” Worley‘s projection art project and then hang out for a free screening of TAXI DRIVER (1976), part of the museum’s Archival Gotham: NYC On Film series. Ike Stubblefield tickles the blues ivories at Northside Tavern. And as usual, DJ Romeo Cologne transforms the sensationally seedy Clermont Lounge into a ’70s disco/funk inferno late into the wee hours.
Sunday, August 12
Tony Bryant brings on the blues at Fat Matt’s, Frankie’s Blues Mission plays Corner Tavern in East Point and Uncle Sugar blues it down at Northside Tavern. Spanky & the Love Handles plays dunch at 1 p.m. at The Earl.
If you know of a cool happening coming up soon, send suggestions to ATLRetro@gmail.com.