This Week in ATLRetro, Jan. 16-22, 2017

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Get hep to the jive in ATLRetro This Week! We’ve dug up all the old-school-esque rock, funk, blues and all around shakin’ shenanigans your little ‘ol heart desires! Come see what we’ve found just for you!

Monday, January 16 1.16

Get some soul with Roy Ayers at City Winery! Get the blues with Barrel House Bob Page at Blind Willie’s! Swing on by Big Band Night featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 16-member orchestra at Café 290 every first and third Monday of the month! Skye Paige, “Queen of Slide Guitar” rocks out at the Little Vinyl Lounge! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam! And blues it up with Larry Griffith at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack!

Tuesday, January 17

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema kills it with their Noir Film Classics Series with a screening of Orson WellesTOUCH OF EVIL (1958) at 7pm! Come on out to the Little Vinyl Lounge and catch Kenny Howes performing Joe Touch of EvilJackson’s “LOOK SHARP” with special guest Paul Melancon! Catch a screening of Joseph Pevney’s TAMMY AND THE BACHELOR (1957) at The Plaza Theater, running through Jan. 19! Rock out with Mike Doughty at Terminal West! Get the country blues with The Brookses and the Chinquapin Duo at the Red Light Café! Get the blues with Ross Pead & Friends at Front Page News (L5P)! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with their Downtown Tuesday Night Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! Get down with J.T. Speed at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Duo Evolution gets down at Blind Willie’s! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, January 18

Get really retro with Emory Cinematheque’s screening of Sam Taylor’s MY BEST GIRL (1927), at 7:30pm as part of the UCLA Film & Television Archive Festival of Preservation Tour, presented with D.W. Griffith’s THE SON’S RETURN (1909) and Thomas Ince’s A MANLY MAN (1911)! Or get your dancin’ shoes on and 1.18catch TCM’s Big Screen Classics 65th Anniversary screening of Gene Kelly/Stanley Donen’s SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952) at theatres across Atlanta (2pm/7pm) [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville)]; Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); AMC Avenue Forsyth 12 (Cumming); and Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan)]! Rock out at 529 with Eureka California, The Hotels, Feather Trade and Antbrain! Folk it up with Caroline Aiken and John Chandler at City Winery! Get funky with Lola Cole at Venkman’s! Get the rockin’ blues with the Michael Preston Band at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get some bluesy southern soul with Kool Kat Scott Glazer’s Mojo Dojo at Blind Willie’s! Jazz it up at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! The Star Bar gets down with their Okie Dokie Karaoke, every Wednesday at 9pm! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! St. James Live! delivers their Hump Days Blues night, getting classic blues-style every Wednesday! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, January 19

1.19RLCSpend the night with Dr. John and the Nite Trippers at City Winery! Tango on down to the Red Light Café for a night with the Tango Orchestra Club! Get your psychedelic pop fix with Indianapolis Jones and Telegram at Venkman’s! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so hula on down to Trader Vic’s for a night with Kool Kat Joshua Longino and The Disapyramids! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! Stagger on over to Noni’s Bar & Deli for their Bitter Heroes event featuring DJ Brian Parris as he gets charmingly morose with a little New-Wave, The Smiths and The Cure! Stomp on down to Blind Willie’s for a night with Heather Luttrell! Get your boogie on at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, as Chickenshack featuring Eddie Tigner, delivers some honky-tonk blues! And as always, boogie down at Mary’s, as the East Atlanta venue gets funky with their weekly Disco in the Village.

Friday, January 20

Glam it up with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s The Music of David Bowie Concert at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Or rock on down to The Earl for a night with the Subsonics, Bad Spell and Black Cat Rising! Roll, roll, roll in the hay with a screening of Mel BrooksYOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974) at the The Earl Smith Strand Theatre at 8pm! Make your way to Venkman’s as ATL Collective relives Erykah Badu’s1.20EarlBADUIZM”! Groove on down to The Plaza Theater with their screening of Cosmo Feilding-Mellen’s 2015 documentary about Nicholas Sand and Tim Scully, the “unlikely duo at the heart of the 1960s American drug counter-culture,” THE SUNSHINE MAKERS, screening through Jan. 26, or catch their screening of Kunihiko Ikuhara’s newly restored SAILOR MOON R, THE MOVIE (1993), running through Jan. 22! Make your way to the Variety Playhouse for a Talking Heads-esque electrifying and intergalactic night with Lotus and Higher Learning! It’s a hootenanny and a half at The Vista Room with Kool Kat Col. Bruce Hampton & the Madrid Express! Rock on down to 529 for a night with Pony League, Slow Parade, Wasted Wine and Jesse Nighswonger! Rock out roots-style with Steve Earle at City Winery! Get your Americana fix with The Barefoot Movement at the Crimson Moon Café! Jazz it up with The Convergence at the High Museum! Get folksy with Missy Raines & The New Hip at the Red Clay Theatre! Spend the night with Peter Case at the Red Light Café! Departure pays tribute to Journey at Cosmopolitan Live in Marietta! Blues it up with Stoney Brooks at Northside Tavern! The Vista Room dishes out a night of classic rock with The Barbaric Gentlemen! Get the blues at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack with a Rockin’ Blues Revue! Get to the root of it all with Delta Moon at Blind Willie’s! And as always, time-warp it up and get naughty with some uber musically-inclined transsexual aliens at The Plaza Theater as they continue their tradition of screening THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Saturday, January 21

Jazz it up with Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli’s tribute to Nat King Cole, “Straighten Up and Fly Right” at the Rialto Center for the Arts! Get your vinyl fix at the Avondale Record Fair at Avondale Towne Cinema from 10am – 3pm! Get some soul and rock on down to The Star Bar for Kool Kat Gringo Starr’s 10th A1.21Drunkennniversary Show, with special guests the Woolly Bushmen, The Sh’Booms and DJ Poppin Pietro! Make your way to the Moonshadow Tavern in Tucker for a night of ‘60s/’70s rock ‘n’ roll with The Rainmen! Venkman’s delivers a tribute to the early R.E.M. catalogue with The REMakes! Bluegrass it up with Greensky Bluegrass and Front Country at the Buckhead Theatre! The Breakfast Club dishes out a night of ‘80s tributes at Cosmopolitan Live in Marietta! Boogie down at The Vista Room’s Globe Rocks ‘80s Prom, benefitting music education! Get a second helping of Lotus at the Variety Playhouse with Bells and Robes! James Armstrong, the “Ambassador of the Blues” gets down and dirty at Blind Willie’s! Albert White dishes out old-school blues at Northside Tavern! Make your way to the Drunken Unicorn for RadFest 2017 featuring the Soloriens Native Unity Quartet (ft. Marshall Allen, leader of the Sun Ra Arkestra, and James Harrar), Pyramid Club, Jade Poppyfield and more! Get your ‘90s alt-rock fix as ATL Collective relives Pearl Jam’s “TEN” at Terminal West! Get some soul with The Sole Travelers at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

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Get horrorfied and rock on down to The Earl for a night with Koffin Kats, The SideBurners and Kool Kats The Casket Creatures! Jazz it up with the Matthew Kaminski Trio during Venkman’s Bottomless Mimosa Brunch! Spend the day with the Dread Pirate Roberts at the Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta) screening of Rob Reiner’s THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987) at 2pm! Rock out with Don Henley at the Fox Theatre! Make your way to City Winery for a night with Denny Laine (Moody Blues)! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar! And blues it up with Fat Back Deluxe at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack!


Dad’s Garage’s Big Boozy Nerdy Game Night brings out the kid in you, every first Monday of the month at 7pm!

Union EAV rocks out with their Punk Rock Karaoke ATL, and every last Tuesday of the month!

Geek it up at My Parents’ Basement with their weekly Tuesday night Nerd Trivia at 8pm!

Nerd Film Mafia screenings at the Diesel Filling Station following NerdCore Trivia, every last Tuesday of the month!

The Plaza Theater Time-Warps it up as they screen, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) every Friday night, featuring the live cast of Lips Down on Dixie at midnight!

Every first and third Mondays are Big Band Nights at Café 290, featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 16-piece orchestra playing jazz and swing standards in the tradition of The Glen Miller Orchestra and other legendary groups.  Second and fourth Mondays are Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move!’

Every first Wednesday is the Graveyard Tavern’s Graveyard Swing Night, featuring the swingin’ jazz and boogie-woogie sounds of the Savoy Kings!

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