This Week in ATLRetro, March 13-19, 2017

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

This Week in Retro Atlanta is the Kat’s Meow! Come see all the shakin’ shenanigans we’ve found for you! From honkytonk hootenannies to rockin’ garage, glam ‘n’ punk, we’ve got you covered!

Monday, March 13

Rock out with the Crocodiles, AJ Davila, Sash the Bash and Low Valley Hearts at The Earl! Gets some rockin’ soul with the Devon Allman Band at City Winery! Get folksy with the Riverside Joyride, Brad Parsons and Jack’s River Band at Smith’s Olde Bar! 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! Blues it up with Bill Sheffield 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 14

Shimmy ‘n’ shake it up as Kool Kat Katherine Lashe and her burly-Q gals of Syrens of the South spring your fling with their Tease Tuesday Burlesque: Spring Fling! event, shakin’ it up at the Red Light Café! Get down with Raul Midon at City Winery! Glam it up and spend the night with Bryan Ferry and Judith Owen at the Tabernacle! Rock on down to The Earl for a night with Pony League, Motel Radio and the High Divers! Make your way to Philips Arena for a Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience featuring Ramin Djawadi! Get down and dirty with Gray & The Bad Boys at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Laugh it up with Perfect Strangers Improv Perfect Strangers & Friends event! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! Eric Sommer dishes out the 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 The Pretenders’ Debut Album! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, March 15

Get old-timey and folk it up with Saw Black, Ben Trickey, John Vournakis and Lebo Jenkins at 529! Spend the night with Kevn Kinney (Drivin’ n Cryin’) at Eddie’s Attic! Rock out with Martin Barre at Smith’s Olde Bar! Catch a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth) at 7:15pm! Vinyl dishes out a night of folksy tunes with Paper Bird! Groove on down to The Star Bar for Romeo Cologne’s Granny Panty Hootenanny with DJ Quasi Mandisco! 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 Bob Page at Blind Willie’s! 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 16

Spook it up and rock out with Weird Omen, Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah, Nate & The Nightmares and Deadly Lo-Fi at The Star Bar! Get old-timey and bluegrass it up with The Dustbowl Revival and The John Stickley Trio at The Earl! Or catch the Georgia Mountain String Band and City Hotel at Eddie’s Attic! It’s a hootenanny and a half at The Vista Room with Kool Kat Col. Bruce Hampton & the Madrid Express! Spend the night with Regina Spektor at the Tabernacle! 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! Get the rockin’ blues with The Cazanovas at Blind Willie’s! 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 17

Rock on down to The Star Bar for their St. Pat’s Jerzfest Day 1 featuring a hellacious night with The Stacktone Slims, Night Terrors, The Crush and The Unsatisfied and more! Get your bizarre circus side-show fix at the Dixie Tavern with the Southern Fried Rock ‘n’ Roll Show featuring Captain & Maybelle, Bigfoot, Kool Kat the Casket Creatures and more! Get your ‘60s and ‘70s rock fix with The Rainmen and Kitten Fontaine at Avondale Towne Cinema! Jamie Laval dishes out a night of Irish folk at the Crimson Moon Café! Stomp on down to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Antigone Rising and Mike Farris! Jazz it up with David Potter at the High Museum! Rock out folk-style with The Mulligan Brothers at the Red Clay Theatre! Get the old-time Delta blues at the Red Light Café with the Steel City Jug Slammers, The Brookses and Moses Nesh! The Vista Room gets down with a night of Chicago/Delta blues with The Breeze Kings! Make your way to the Fox Theatre for their presentation of “ANNIE” through March 19! Blind Willie’s St. Patty’s it up with Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck & the Atlanta Horns! Blues it up with Mr. Chapman’s Quarterly Review at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get the blues with Stoney Brooks 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, March 18

Honkytonk on down to the Avondale Towne Cinema for a night with The Western Sizzlers, Skye Paige and Donnie Picou! Day 2 of The Star Bar’s St. Pat’s Jerzfest cow punks it up with Nine Pound Hammer, Crank County Daredevils, Bad Spell, Dusty Booze & The Baby Haters, JJ & The Hustlers and more! Boogie woogie on down to the Northside Tavern’s Chicken Raid 2017 featuring Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, Bill Sheffield, Steve “The Blues Dude”, Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck, Robert Lee Coleman, the Wasted Potential Brass Band, Roy Lee Johnson, Chickens and Pigs, Essie Mae Brooks, Mandi Strachota, Cool John Ferguson, Albert White and more! Glam it up with the BadAsh All Star Team’s David Bowie Jam at the Red Light Café! Make your way to The Space’s (A Movement Arts Studio) Movie Night featuring four themed acts based on Rob Reiner’s classic, THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987), followed by a screening of the film! Cabaret it up at the Shakespeare Tavern with Sex Ed Burlesque, presented by Bettie Bullet! ATL Collective gets down with the Beastie Boys’ “LICENSED TO ILL” at the Buckhead Theatre! Stomp on down to the Crimson Moon Café for a night with Michelle Malone and Antigone Rising! It’s a night of old-time rockabilly and country with Roxie Watson and Patrick Davis at Eddie’s Attic! Rock out with At the Drive In at the Tabernacle! Get funky with the Naughty Professor at Terminal West! Fat Matt’s Rib Shack dishes out a night of outlaw blues with Blue Roads! Get the blues with Jarekus Singleton at Blind Willie’s! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, March 19

Day 2 of the Northside Tavern’s Chicken Raid 2017 gets down with Essie Mae Brooks, the Radio Ramblers, Skye Paige, Nate Nelson, Swami Gone Bananas, Lola, Eddie Tigner, The Rockaholics, Uncle Sugar and more! Blues it up with 10,000 Pontiacs 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!

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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