This Week in ATLRetro, Feb. 20-26, 2017

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Come see what’s shakin’ in ATLRetro This Week!

Monday, February 20

Get folksy with Devendra Banhart at Terminal West! Shimmy on down to Smith’s Olde Bar for Sadie HawkinsElectric Glitterland Rock ‘n’ Roll Cabaret with Kool Kat Ursula Undress, Nikki Nuke’m and more (upstairs)! Or honkytonk on downstairs for a night with Mike & the Moonpies and the Andrea Colburn Band! Get some soul with Nick Rosen at City Winery! Get the blues with Matthew Pendrick 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 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 21

Get some rockin’ garage soul with our Kool Kat of the Week Emily Robb and Louie Louie with A Drug Called Tradition at The Earl! Jazz it up with legendary crooner Tony Bennett at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Landmark Midtown Art Cinema kills it with their Noir Film Classics Series with a screening of John Huston’s THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (1950) at 7pm! It’s a night of old-fashioned radio show goodness with The Rookery Radio Hour at the Highland Inn Ballroom & Lounge at 8pm! The hills are alive at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern with a screening of Robert Wise’s classic, THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965) during their “Classic Films on the Big Screen” series at 7:30pm! Rock out with Eddie Rascal, A Sunday Fire, Like Mike and Holders at 529! Make your way to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Muddy Magnolias! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! The Nick Johnson Trio gets down 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 George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass”! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, February 22

Rock on down to City Winery for a night with Candlebox! Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” comes to the Fox Theatre as part of the new North American Tour, haunting through March 5! Funk it up with a screening of Jason Orr’s DIARY OF A DECADE: THE STORY OF A MOVEMENT (2012) at The Plaza Theater! The hills are alive at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern with an encore screening of Robert Wise’s classic, THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965) during their “Classic Films on the Big Screen” series at 7:30pm! Or catch a screening of Vincente Minnelli’s FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1950) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth) at 7:15pm! Rock out with The Cadillac Three and The Quaker City Night Hawks at the Variety Playhouse! Get some bluesy southern soul with Kool Kat Scott Glazer’s Mojo Dojo at Blind Willie’s! Get horrified with a deadly double feature with Emory Cinematheque’s screening of Victor Halperin’s WHITE ZOMBIE (1932) and John H. Auer’s THE CRIMES OF DR. CRESPI (1935) 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! 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 23

Rock out at 529 with the Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The Go Rounds and Slow Parade! It’s a night of surfy rock ‘n’ pop at The Earl with Small Reactions, Art School Jocks and Fake Flowers! Get hellacious with Joe Buck (Hank III) and Sash the Bash at The Star Bar! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so get funky and hula on down to Trader Vic’s for a night with The Mar-Tans! Rock out with Sick Of It All, Murphy’s Law and Death Card at the Masquerade! Get down with This Way to the Egress and Eli August and the Abandoned Buildings! You won’t want to miss the “Modern Day Buddy Holly” Girls, Guns & Glory, Rachel Rowland and Kira Annalise & The Trainwrecks at Smith’s Olde Bar! It’s a hootenanny and a half at The Vista Room with Kool Kat Col. Bruce Hampton & the Madrid Express! Catch a free screening of Jim Henson’s LABYRINTH (1986) at Venkman’s at 9:15pm! Get down and dirty with Sandra Hall & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! 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 24

For those who prefer alternate history to reality and Victorian-era lifestyles and fantasy, travel back to the 60s (1960s, 1860s, 1760s and more!) during this year’s 3-day event (Feb. 24-26), AnachroCon 2017, celebrating historical reenactments, Steampunk, science-fiction, classic horror, literature, fashion and a cornucopia of indulgences!  So, catch a train and head on over to the Atlanta Marriott Century Center, where you’ll catch Guest of Honor, author Christopher Stasheff, performances by Dreaming Shadows (performing during the Psychedelic 60s Rock Show), The Gin Rebellion, Wasted Wine, informative panels discussing Steampunk as Victorian science-fiction, time travel, Gothic literature, vintage tales of terror (Lovecraft, Poe, Stoker), ghost stories and the classic monster flicks of Universal and Hammer and a vendors room chock full of goodies, including our pals at Horror in Clay (see our Shop Around feature here) and so much more! Boogie on down to The Heretic for RITUAL’s Steampunk Party!

It’s a night of intergalactic debauchery ‘n’ shenanigans with Kool Kat Sen. Artie Mondello, The Nude Party, The Ar-kaics, Wahya’s and Roadkill Debutante at The Star Bar! Videodrome (JavaDrome) continues their Frank Perry retrospective with a screening of PLAY IT AS IT LAYS (1972) at 8:30pm, with an introduction by Justin Bozung, Perry’s official biographer, and out soon-to-be Kool Kat of the Week! Come on out to Avondale Towne Cinema for A Sondheim Cabaret! Make your way to Gallery 992 for Kool Kat Andy Ditzler and Film Love Atlanta’s “Two Films by Horace Ove” featuring BALDWIN’S NIGGER (1969) and REGGAE (1971) at 8pm! Get festive and Mardi Gras it up at The Vista Room during Fare Thee Well Foundation’s 9th Annual Mardi Gras Ball featuring live tunes by String ‘n Bones, Electric Codpiece and Hoodoo Moon! Banjo it up with The Wooks and Little Country Giants at the Red Light Café! Make your way to The Earl for a two-night stand with the riotous ruckus that is Kool Kat Blair Crimmins and the Hookers (CD release) and the Jon Stickley Trio! Eighties it up with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch and Denim Arcade at Suburban Tap (Marietta)! Get down and dirty with Beverly “Guitar” Watkins at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Terminal West dishes out a night of vintage psychedelic disco fun with BoomBox! Get the blues with Tab Benoit at the Variety Playhouse! Get groovy and make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar for a night with Disco Tendencies, The Orange Constant and Lagoons! Get the blues with Victor Wainwright at Blind Willie’s! Get funky New Orleans’ style during Zydefunk’s Annual King Cake Party at the Northside Tavern! 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 25

It’s day 2 of AnachroCon 2017, dishing out anything and everything Victorian, steampunk, the ‘60s and more! The Earl dishes out night two with the riotous ruckus that is Kool Kat Blair Crimmins and the Hookers (CD release) and the Banditos! Get your ‘70s vintage rock fix with Thelma & The Sleaze and M.O.T.O at The Star Bar! Get brassy with the Rebirth Brass Band in Heaven at the Masquerade! Or go to Hell and catch Save Ferris, Baby Baby and Burns Like Fire! Bluegrass it up at the Red Light Café with the Todd Prusin Experience and Void Luna! Make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar for a night with Little Perks in Paradise, the Bridget Kelly Band and Tony Levitas & The Levitations! Folk rock it up at Vinyl with Frontier Ruckus! Get your classic rock fix with The Barbaric Gentlemen at The Vista Room! Make your way to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a night with The VipersBlind Willie’s dishes out a night of blues with House Rocker Johnson & The Shadows! Stoney Brooks dishes out the blues at the Northside Tavern! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, February 26

Get squeaky clean with The Clermont Girls Bike & Car Wash at B3 Bar & Grill (Austell)! Folk it up with Arlo Guthrie at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Step right up folks! It’s day 3 and your last chance to experience the Victorian life and alternate history at AnachroCon 2017! Jackson County Line delivers a night of Americana at the Crimson Moon Café! 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!


Get haunted Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” at the Fox Theatre, running through March 5!

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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