This Week in ATLRetro, March 6-12, 2017

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Hey kiddies! This week in ATLRetro is the Kat’s MEOW! Check out all the swell shenanigans we’ve found just for you!

Monday, March 6

Catch a screening of Howard HawksHIS GIRL FRIDAY (1940) at the Alpharetta Branch Library at 10:30am! Get your Americana fix with Robert Ellis and Courtney Hartman at City Winery! 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! Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues at Blind Willie’s! 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 as they dish out The Pork Bellys and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, March 7

Rock out with Flatfoot 56 and Mickey Rickshaw at The Earl! Folk it up with Tim O’Brien at Eddie’s Attic! Get down and dirty with Gray & The Bad Boys at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get your traditional Celtic folk fix with The Chieftains at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Thundercat dishes out a rockin’ show at Terminal West with Zack Fox! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! Make your way to 529 for a night with Walker Lukens! Landmark Midtown Art Cinema kills it with their Noir Film Classics Series with a screening of Ridley Scott’s BLADE RUNNER (The Final Cut) (1982) at 7pm! Or make your way to the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern for their screening of Ethan/Joel Coen’s classic, RAISING ARIZONA (1987) during their “Classic Films on the Big Screen” series at 7:30pm! 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! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, March 8

Punk out horror-style with Voodoo Glow Skulls, Burns Like Fire and Kool Kats The Casket Creatures at The Star Bar! Catch a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s FULL METAL JACKET (1987) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth) at 7:15pm! Catch a screening of Joseph L. MankiewiczALL ABOUT EVE (1950) 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); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)! Get some classic soul ‘n’ funk with Nick & The Grooves at Avondale Towne Cinema! Dan Baird & Homemade Sin rock out at The Earl! The Hollidays deliver a night of rhythm ‘n’ soul and rock ‘n’ roll at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Bluegrass it up at The Vista Room with The Vista Stringband! Get down with the Cody Matlock Band at Blind Willie’s! Get Victorian retro at Liquid Sky with Girls Shooting Girls: Victorian Tea Party, hosted by Marilyn Chen Photography! Jazz it up at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! 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, March 9

Honkytonk it up with Dwight Yoakam and The Whiskey Gentry at the Buckhead Theatre! Cold Hard Cash pays tribute to “The Man In Black” at City Winery! Make your way to the Fox Theatre for a night with “The King” during their presentation of Elvis Lives! Psyche rock out with Shadow Band, Weird Sin and Little Rituals at 529! Make yoru way to Cobb Energy Center for a night with Garrison Keillor! Crimson Moon Café dishes out their Blues Jam Session! Funk it up with Big Sam’s Funky Nation at Terminal West! It’s a night reminiscent of ‘70s rock at Venkman’s with Valley Queen! Get jazzy with Selina Albright at Suite Food Lounge! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so get swanky with Bogey & the Viceroy at Trader Vic’s and throw back a couple cocktails! 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, March 10

Head on down the Atlanta Highway to Criminal Records for an Artist Signing and meet ‘n’ greet with Cindy Wilson (B-52s), followed by her live performance at Venkman’s! It’s a night of rockin’ tributes with The Ballbreakers (all-female AC/DC tribute), The Cherry Bomb (Joan Jett tribute) and Sash the Bash at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get swanky with Bogey & the Viceroy at The Vista Room! Catch Communist Daughter at the Masquerade! Get criminal with a prohibition pandemonium at SCADShow’s screening of Brian De Palma’s THE UNTOUCHABLES (1987) at 7pm! It’s a night of naughty magic at the Buckhead Theatre with The Naked Magicians! Spend the night with Sandra Bernhard at City Winery! Get your garage rock fix with Deep Sea Diver, Shantih Shantih and Oak House at The Earl! Jimmy Webb dishes out a night of old-time country at Eddie’s Attic! Blues it up with Brown Dog at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Rock out at The Star Bar with Highriders, Skin Jobs and Black Cat Rising! Stomp on down to Terminal West for a night with Son Volt! Bluegrass it up with The Steeldrivers at the Variety Playhouse! Get the blues with Sandra Hall & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! Get old-school at the Northside Tavern with Albert White! Jam it up with the Jerry Garcia Cover Band at Aisle 5! 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, March 11

Hey kiddies of all ages! Joelanta & The Great Toy Con 2017 invades the Atlanta Marriott Century Center for 2 days only, through March 12! If you love vintage toys, stop-motion animation, comics, cosplay, pop culture and more, you won’t want to miss this two-day toy extravaganza including vendors and celebrity guests! Surf on down to Kavarna for Kool Kat Chad ShiversSouthern Surf Stomp! featuring Gemini 13, Forbidden Waves and The 19 Hands! Get old-school with a night of Taj Mahal at City Winery! Stomp on down to Avondale Towne Cinema for a night with Jackson County Line and Shadowlands! Folk rock it up with Livingston Taylor at Eddie’s Attic! Spend the night with Norah Jones at the Fox Theatre! You won’t want to miss Venkman’s Chicken Pickin’ Brunch with Banjolicious, followed by Smithsonian that night performing “Hatful of Hollow”! Get some soul with Lee Fields & The Expressions at Terminal West! Make your way to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre as the Georgia Players Guild pays tribute to Creedance Clearwater Revival and Three Dog Night! Get some rockin’ soul with Diane Durrett and Soul Suga at The Vista Room! Boogie on down to Amsterdam Atlanta for Kool Kat VJ Anthony’s 80s New Wave Music Video Dance Party: PBS Edition! It’s an encore night of naughty magic at the Buckhead Theatre with The Naked Magicians! Get some soul with Courtney Daly at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Folk it up with Ellis Paul at the Red Clay Theatre! It’s a night of cosmic boogie with Parker Smith & The Bandwidth, Station 7 and Captain & The Kid at Smith’s Olde Bar! Shimmy on down to the Red Light Café for Sadie HawkinsThe Gentlemen’s Quarterly! Blues on down to Blind Willie’s for a night with House Rocker Johnson & The Shadows! Get some soul with Grant Green, Jr. at the Northside Tavern! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, March 12

It’s day 2 and your last chance to experience the Joelanta & The Great Toy Con 2017 at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center! Catch Celtic Woman at Cobb Energy Center! Or get your Celtic folk rock fix with The Buddy O’Reilly Band at Eddie’s Attic! Get your reggae fix with Rub-A-Dub gettin’ down at WildPitch Music Hall, every second Sunday of the month! Get down with Madeleine Peyroux and Rickie Lee Jones at the Variety Playhouse! Blues it up with 10,000 Pontiacs at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! And get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!


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!

Get your reggae fix with Rub-A-Dub gettin’ down at WildPitch Music Hall, every second Sunday of the month!

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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