This Week in ATLRetro, Feb. 13-19, 2017

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Hey all you lovers and hep vintage rockin’ romantics! It’s a week of love and lust and romance, oh my! So, if you’re searching for that Funny Valentine or would prefer to forget the day, we have everything your wretched little heart could desire! So, come on out and take a peek at what ATLRetro has in store for you!

Monday, February 13

Catch a screening of Mark Rydell’s THE COWBOYS (1972) at the Alpharetta Branch Library at 10:30am! Blues it up with Marshall Ruffin and Lindsay Jarman at Eddie’s Attic! Get the cosmic blues with The Bumbs, Andrew Carter, and Saint Roosevelt at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get the blues with Bill Sheffield at Blind Willie’s! Get funky and groove on down to Café 290 every second and fourth Monday of the month for a taste of Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move!” 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 14

It’s St. Valentine’s Day folks and you know what that means! We’ve dug up a variety of rockin’ vintage shindigs taking place tonight, that we know will get your blood pumping and all set for that shot to the heart! Swing on by The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for Douglas Cameron and his 17-piece Big Band’s Fly Me to the Moon concert at 8pm! Venkman’s dishes out a Valentine’s Day Dinner featuring classical jazz with Le Grand Fromage and a Prix fixe menu by Executive Chef Nick Melvin, $65/person, begins at 5:30pm! Let Kool Kat Katherine Lashe and her burly-Q gals of Syrens of the South spice up your Valentine’s evening with their Tease Tuesday Burlesque: Hearts & Heartbreakers event, shakin’ it up at the Red Light Café! Wax poetic at Center Stage for their Passion & Poetry Valentine’s event featuring spoken word and Broadwayesque performances at 7pm! Or be a pair of star-crossed lovers as the Shakespeare Tavern performs their special Valentine’s production of “Romeo & Juliet” at 7:30pm! Laugh it up with Perfect Strangers Improv’s Perfect Strangers and Flying Giants event this Valentine’s Day at 8:30pm! Hula on over to Trader Vic’s and escape into the island atmosphere of love with their pre-fix Tropical Valentine’s Day Dinner, $60++. Grab your geeky guy or gal and make your way to Battle & Brew’s Valentine’s Day Dinner, featuring a Prix Fixe menu, $80/couple!

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema kills it with their Noir Film Classics Series with a screening of Alexander Mackendrick’s SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957) at 7pm! It’s an old-time pandemonium at 529 with Blood on the Harp, Coldheart Canyon and Kool Kat Caleb Warren & The Gents! Make your way to City Winery for an evening with Shawn Mullins! Rock on down to Atlanta Symphony Hall for a night with Yes! Get educated with Lauryn Hill at the Tabernacle! It’s a night of back porch folk rock with Jamestown Revival at Terminal West! 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 Cody Matlock Band delivers a night of blues 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 Paul McCartney’s “ALL THE BEST”! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, February 15

Surf on down to The Earl for a hellacious night with Fiend Without A Face, Highriders and Dang Dang Dang! Rat Pack Now croons on down to the Red Clay Theatre, doors at 6:30pm! 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)! Stomp on down to Smith’s Olde Bar for a night with Mahogany Marie & The 11th Hour Band! Get the West Coast/Chicago blues with The Electromatics at Blind Willie’s! Catch Emory Cinematheque’s screening of Douglas Sirk’s THE FIRST LEGION (1951) at 7:30pm as part of the UCLA Film & Television Archive Festival of Preservation Tour! 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! 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 16

Rock out at The Earl with Kool Kat Ray Dafrico and His Band with Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so hula on down to Trader Vic’s for a night with Kool Kat Joshua Longino and The Disapyramids! Doo-wop it up with Under the Streetlamp at the Buckhead Theatre! Rock out with The Trews and Whisky Dixie at Smith’s Olde Bar! New Age it up with Yanni at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Get funky with The Werks at the Terminal West! Get your Americana fix with Liz Brasher and the Georgia Mountain String Band at Venkman’s! The Red Light Café presents THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES, a Valentine’s performance, benefitting One Billion Rising at 8pm! Get sweet and low down with Sweet Betty & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! It’s a hootenanny and a half at with Kool Kat Col. Bruce Hampton & the Madrid Express at The Vista Room! 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 17

It’s a weekend of mischief and mayhem at The Star Bar with their Hammerhead Fest 666! Night one brings you Lazer/Wulf, Order of the Owl, The Vaginas, Old Thrones, Dropout and Holy Quit! Funk it up with Voodoo Visionary’s Album Release Party with Little Raine Band and Opposite Box at Aisle 5! Gangster it up at SCADShow with a screening of Raoul Walsh’s WHITE HEAT (1949) at 7pm! Get old school and blues it up with Mac Arnold & The Plate Full O Blues Band at the Crimson Moon Café! Or get the Delta blues with Nathan Angelo at Eddie’s Attic! Get down and dirty with Beverly “Guitar” Watkins at the High Museum! It’s a night of rockin’ blues at the Red Clay Theatre with the Highbeams! Jam out with Dead Affect and Honeywood at Smith’s Olde Bar! Eighties it up with Members Only at Venkman’s! The Georgia Players Guild brings you Outlaws & Outlands paying tribute to Willie Nelson and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre! Get your folk rock fix with The Broken String Band, Lola Cole and the Jess Goggans Band at Vinyl! Get intergalactic with Papadosio, JAW Gems and Skydyed at the Variety Playhouse! Interstellar Echoes pay tribute to Pink Floyd at The Vista Room! The Red Light Café presents an encore presentation of THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES benefitting One Billion Rising at 8pm! Get down and dirty with Sandra Hall & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! Make your way to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a night with the Rockaholics! 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 18

Gypsy jazz it up with Kool Kat Amy Pike and The Bonaventure Quartet at Eddie’s Attic! Get your Allman Brothers fix with Tribute at City Winery! Make your way to the Avondale Towne Cinema for the Badash All-Star Team’s Michael McDonald v. Kenny Loggins Jam! Make your way to the The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for their presentation of The Sam Cooke Story “A Changae is Gon Come”! It’s day 2 of Hammerhead Fest V at The Star Bar featuring Black Tusk, Death of Kings, Shehehe, The Dirty Magazines, Repulsory, and Get Damned! Rock out with a night of bubblegum pop with Starbenders, Chief Scout, The Soul Shakers and Juan de Fuca at The Earl! Rev it up with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & the Psycho-Devilles at the Dixie Tavern! Honkytonk on down to Venkman’s for the Georgia Soul Council’s Album Release Party! Eighties it up with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch and Denim Arcade at Wild Wing Café (Dunwoody) for their 2nd Anniversary Bash! Glam it up with The Lemon Twigs and Savoy Motel at Aisle 5! Rev it up with Roxie Watson at the Crimson Moon Café! Blues it up with the Cody Matlock Band at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack!  Get the funky disco blues with Moontower at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get intergalactic for night two with Papadosio, Zoogma and Echo Maestro at the Variety Playhouse! Big Bill Morganfield gets down and dirty at Blind Willie’s! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! Get folksy with The Good Graces at Kavarna! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, February 19

Get revived at Eddie’s Attic with a “Brunch by Revival” featuring Eric “Ricky” McKinnie and Paul Beasley (The Blind Boys of Alabama) and Mudcat & The Atlanta Horns! Catch John Doe (“X”/The Blasters) at City Winery! The Red Light Café presents an encore presentation of THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES benefitting One Billion Rising at 8pm! Rock out with He is Legend at The Drunken Unicorn! 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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