Tuesday, Aug. 21
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.
Wednesday, Aug. 22
The Serenaders swing at Twain’s. Ted Nugent brings some “Cat Scratch Fever” (and likely some guns) to Center Stage. 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. The Decatur Bluegrass Association strums at Java Monkey.Dance to ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s hits during Retro in the Metro Wednesdays at Pub 71 in Brookhaven.
Thursday Aug. 23
Our favorite neo-glam band the Sexual Side Effects, fronted by Kool Kat Amber Taylor, rocks 529, with The Issues, Hip to Death Cardova and Story of a Life. Mike Z Trio plays Big Tex. Old Southern Moonshine Revival and John King Band are at Peachtree Tavern. 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 Barbwire Bluegrass Band jams at Red Light Cafe’s weekly Bluegrass Thursday.
PushPush Theatre in Decatur throws a Garage Sale and Party. In other words, support a great local community theater and shop for Retro-finds at bargain prices including costumes, props, kitchen and catering supplies, housewares, tools, shop supplies, furniture and toys, beer and snacks! Today from 4 – 7 p.m. is sneak preview day for those willing to help tote out a box or two from the office to the stage. We all know that rock n roll is the devil’s music, so ensure your entry to Hell at the 13 Year Anniversary Show for The Evils, featuring recent Kool Kat Jet Terror, and also performances by the Casket Creatures and Till Someone Loses an Eye. Caroline and the Ramblers honkytonk an intimate show at Big Tex; if you missed Caroline’s recent Kool Kat interview, catch up here. Country music legend Loretta Lynn plays Chastain. Burlesque divas The Syrens of the South tease and titillate at their 5 Year Anniversary Show at the Five Spot at 10 p.m., with a Student Showcase at 8 p.m. And Danny “Mudcat” Dudeck blues it down at Northside Tavern. Or go off to see THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta.
Professor Morte and The Silver Scream Spookshow crew set sail on THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1974), a rare chance to see a Ray Harryhausen monster classic in 35mm on the big screen at The Plaza Theatre. As usual, there’s a kooky kids matinee at 1 p.m. and the preshow is a racier adult show at 10 p.m. See a mighty fine slate of local bands including Whiskey Belt (2 p.m.), browse vendors and enjoy family activities at the Summer Shade Festival in historic Grant Park. Also playing today: Donkey, The Futura Bold, 68-75, The Wheeler Boys, The Villains, Jimmy Galloway, Men of Soul, Stovall and more. Relive the wild nights of classic ’80s Atlanta clubs Weekends and Rob Lowe favorite Club Rio at a Reunion Party tonight at Tongue & Groove. Head to The High for a free screening of THE PROJECTIONIST (1970), director Harry Hurlitz’s crazy fantasy about a projectionist with fantasies of being a superhero and Rodney Dangerfield as villain The Bat, part of the museum’s Archival Gotham: NYC On Film series. PushPush Theatre’s Garage Sale and Party continues from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tommy Dean Trio plays Big Tex. Ron Cooley & The Hard Times are at Fat Matt’s. Loudon Wainwright III is at Variety Playhouse. 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 26
PushPush Theatre’s Garage Sale and Party continues from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., while the great music goes on at Summer Shade Festival in Grant Park with The Whiskey Gentry; The Higher Choir; The Old Ceremony; Copius Jones; Stonerider; Kick the Robot and more. Tony Bryant brings on the blues at Fat Matt’s, and Uncle Sugar blues it down at Northside Tavern. Ghost Riders Car Club makes it a honkytonk dunch at 1 p.m. at The Earl. And organists Ron Carter (Kool Kat here), Ken Double, Larry Davis and Rick McGee accompany four silent classic comedies at The Strand at 3 p.m., including Harold Lloyd in BUMPING INTO BROADWAY, The Little Rascals in DOG HEAVEN, Charlie Chaplin in A NIGHT AT THE SHOW, and Laurel and Hardy in BIG BUSINESS.
If you know of a cool happening coming up soon, send suggestions to ATLRetro@gmail.com.