Tuesday, Sept. 4
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. Burning Time 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.
Cobb Energy Centre goes classic goth with Dead Can Dance. Yippee-ki-yay, The Plaza is screening a 35mm print of DIE HARD (1988) tonight at 9:30 p.m. 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.
Chris Isaak rocks Cobb Energy Centre. Go Goth again when Jesus and Mary Chain haunt Variety Playhouse. 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. Every first Thursday at 8 p.m., Drink and Ink at Milltown Tavern Arts provides artists with 2-for-1 Pabst Blue ribbons and Binders art supplies brings out new products to test. The Breeze Kings and Chickenshack bring on the blues respectively at Northside Tavern and Fat Matt’s Rib Shack. Mike Z Trio honkytonks it up at Big Tex.
Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah plays The Earl with The Goddamn Gallows and J.D. Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers. Rockoholics are at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack. Quentin Tarantino favorite The Street Fighter (1974) with martial arts superstar Sonny Chiba is on the big screen at GSU’s Cinefest at 9 p.m.The Plaza starts a three-day run of the Stanley Kubrick classic FULL METAL JACKET (1987). Frankie’s Blues Mission brings on the blues at Johnny MacCracken’s. Danny “Mudcat” Dudeck blues it down at Northside Tavern. The Backyard Birds play Big Tex. Bonaventure Quartet swings Steve’s Live Music. Derryl Rivers and Company perform blues, jazz and a slight bit of funk under the dinosaurs at Fernbank Museum of Natural History Martinis & IMAX.
Battle of the Burgers starting at noon at John Howell Park features not just red meat but really great rockabilly, honkytonk and Redneck Underground bands including Hot Rod Walt Trio, Whiskey Belt, Slim Chance & the Convicts, Wesley Cook and Sailing to Denver.Unknown Hinson plays The Brothers and Sisters Festival at Masquerade with Blackberry Smoke, North Mississippi All-Stars, Reynolds & Williams Band and Nathan Nelson & the Entertainment Crackers. Kayla Taylor Jazz performs their Big Show of the year at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre as part of the free South Cobb Arts Candlelight Concert series. If you missed our Kool Kat interview with Kayla, catch up here. “Come quietly or there will be trouble” when Splatter Cinema serves up a rare chance to see a 35mm print of ROBOCOP (1987) at 9:30 p.m. on the big screen at The Plaza. Tommy Dean Trio plays Big Tex. Beverly “Guitar” Watkins is at Fat Matt’s. is at Variety Playhouse. Ike Stubblefield brings on the blues piano-style 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, Sept. 9
Snake Legs rock the blues at Fat Matt’s, and Uncle Sugar blues it down at Northside Tavern. Bernadette Seacrest and her R.L. Martin plays dunch at 1 p.m. at The Earl. Frankie’s Blues Mission, Snave & The Grass and Lola are at Smith’s Olde Bar.
If you know of a cool happening coming up soon, send suggestions to ATLRetro@gmail.com.