This Week in ATLRetro, February 6-12, 2017

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Get hep to the jive and take a peek at what’s going down in ATLRetro This Week!

Monday, February 62.6

Catch a thief, or even a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s TO CATCH A THIEF (1955) at the Alpharetta Branch Library at 10:30am! Get jazzy with the Emerald Empire Band at The Vista Room! Or make your way to the Blind Willie’s as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! 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 on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a side of Dry White Toast and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, February 7

2.7StarBarLandmark Midtown Art Cinema kills it with their Noir Film Classics Series with a screening of Billy Wilder’s DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) at 7pm! Make your way to City Winery for a night with Stephen Kellogg and Harrow Fair! Dance with the devil in the pale moonlight at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern as they screen Tim Burton’s BATMAN (1989) during their “Classic Films on the Big Screen” series at 7:30pm! 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! Blues it up with Grant Reynolds at Blind Willie’s! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with their Downtown Tuesday Night Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! Or come down to the Little Vinyl Lounge for Kenny’s Record Club featuring Kenny Howes dishin’ out John Lennon’s “IMAGINE”! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, February 8

Rock out with Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions) at City Winery! It’s a night of folk rock psychedelia at The Earlwith Liz Cooper & The Stampede and Airpark! Make a date with fate during Studio Movie Grill’s (Alpharetta/Duluth) 2.8screening of Michael Curtiz’ classic, CASABLANCA (1942) at 7:30pm! Catch Emory Cinematheque’s screening of J. L. Anderson’s SPRING NIGHT, SUMMER NIGHT (1967) at 7:30pm as part of the UCLA Film & Television Archive Festival of Preservation Tour! Dance with the devil in the pale moonlight at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern as they give you an encore screening of Tim Burton’s BATMAN (1989) during their “Classic Films on the Big Screen” series at 7:30pm! Fat Matt’s Rib Shack dishes out a night of the blues with Frankie’s Blues Mission! Jazz it up at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! It’s as night of foot-stompin’ Americana with The BooHoo Ramblers at Blind Willie’s! 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, February 9

Rock out with The Scragglers, Sodajerk and Reconciler at The Star Bar! Make your way to the Variety 2.9StarBarPlayhouse and experience Al Di Meola’s Elegant Gypsy 40th Anniversary Tour! Celebrate Black History Month with free African-American History Tours at the Historic Oakland Cemetery, through Feb. 21! Get the blues with Jason Childs’ Blues Jam at the Crimson Moon Café! It’s a hootenanny and a half at with Kool Kat Col. Bruce Hampton & the Madrid Express at The Vista Room! Stomp on down to the Red Light Café for a Bluegrass Pickin’ Party! George Hughley & The Shadows get the blues at Blind Willie’s! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so hula on down to Trader Vic’s and get some soul with Bogey & The Viceroy! 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! 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, February 10

It’s an evening of murder ballads, obsession and love gone wrong with the third annual Bloody Valentine show featuring Kool Kat Aileen Loy with Till Someone Loses and Eye, W8ing4UFOs and so much more at The Earl! The Star Bar gets down with a night of shenanigans with Kenny Howes & The Wow!, Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer and The Compartmentalizationalists, Navajo Joe and Steve Baskin! Kingsize it up with Kool Kat 2.10StarBar“Big Mike” Geier with The Kingsized Trio at The Vista Room! Gangster it up at SCADShow for their screening of Brian De Palma’s SCARFACE (1983) at 7pm! Stomp on down to City Winery for a night with the Packway Handle Band and Forlorn Strangers! ZOSO dish out a night of Led Zeppelin at the Variety Playhouse with The Vegabonds! Or groove on down to Park Tavern and get your fill of silly love songs with Yacht Rock Schooner! Make your way to Avondale Towne Cinema for a night of local mischief with Station 7, Vinyl Refuge and Melonfunky! Get down to Venkman’s for a night with ATL Collective as they relive Sade’s “LOVE DELUXE”! Eighties it up with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch and Denim Arcade at The Alamo in Newnan! Rock out with Bon Jovi at Philips Arena! Or AFI at The Buckhead Theatre! Strut your stuff and get kinky with Mary and Friends: Love is Love event at the Red Light Café! Get down with House Rocker Johnson & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! Blues it up with the Wild Hares at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! 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, February 11

Ghosts and love collide at the Historic Oakland Cemetery with their Love Stories of Oakland tours running 2.11ATCthrough Feb. 12! Surf on down Kavarna for a night with Kool Kat Chad ShiversSouthern Surf Stomp! featuring Liz Brasher, The Wave Slaves and Radisaurus Rex! Get your cult classic fix with Andrea Colburn & Her Low Standards with The Boy Jones with Barbarella Night at Avondale Towne Cinema! Or get sinfully seductive at 7 Stages for Kool Kat Katherine Lashe and the burly-Q gals of Syrens of the South’s 10th Annual Vixen’s Valentease Vaudeville & Variety Show! Groove on down to The Star Bar for Romeo Cologne’s Granny Panty Hootenanny with DJ Quasi Mandisco! Make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar as Rumours plays Fleetwood Mac’s “RUMOURS”! Stomp on down to The Vista Room for a night with Donna Hopkins and friends! Gussy it up gore-style at the Red Light Café’s Valloween Dance Party featuring The Atlanta Rock ‘n’ Roll All-stars! ZOSO dish out an encore night of Led Zeppelin at the Variety Playhouse with The Mammoths! Get down and dirty with Sandra Hall & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! Get to the root of it all with Delta Moon at Eddie’s Attic! Bluegrass it up with Banjolicious at Venkman’s! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, February 12

Make your way to My Parents’ Basement for their February Bizarre Bazaar and pick up a few things for the 2.12one who’s stolen your bloody heart, from 12-5pm! Groove on down to Venkman’s for an unplugged night with Yacht Rock Revue! Celebrate the  60th Anniversary screening of Leo McCarey’s AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (1957) 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; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar! And blues it up with Dr. Dixon 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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