by Melanie Crew
Come see what we’ve dug up just for you in ATLRetro This Week!
Folk it up with Six Organs of Admittance and Duet for Theramin Lap and Steel at The Earl! Bluegrass on down to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Old Salt Union, Brian Elmquist and Jenni Lyn Gardner! Pop on down to the Variety Playhouse for a night with The Magnetic Fields! Get down and dirty with Gray & The Bad Boys at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! 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 29
Get the rockin’ blues with Davin McCoy at Eddie’s Attic! 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! 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 30
It’s a hootenanny and a half at The Vista Room with Kool Kat Col. Bruce Hampton & the Madrid Express! Make your way to Grady High School and Meet the Authors of Black Speculative Fiction, including Milton Davis, Kool Kat Balogun Ojetade, Gerald Coleman, Valjeanne Jeffers and more! Get your Cretan lute fix with Xylouris White and White Magic at The Earl! Rock out with Los Lobos at City Winery! The Masquerade dishes out a night of gritty garage punk-y grass with Strung Like a Horse and Bella’s Bartok! Stomp on down to Terminal West for a night with Whiskey Myers and The Steel Woods! Or make your way to Venkman’s for a night with Jackson County Line! It’s a hootenanny and a half at The Star Bar with The Hooten Hallers, Andrea Colburn & Her Low Standards and more! It’s Mai Tai Thursday and a night of Dick Dale-esque shenanigans so get swanky with Grinder Nova at Trader Vic’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, March 31
Videodrome (JavaDrome) continues their Frank Perry retrospective with a screening of his THE SWIMMER (1968) at 8:30pm, with an introduction by Justin Bozung, Perry’s official biographer, and out soon-to-be Kool Kat of the Week! Get experimental and make your way to the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center for Kool Kat Andy Ditzler’s Film Love Presents: The Most Human Desire event, focusing on the films of Chick Strand! Rock out with the Starbenders at Avondale Towne Cinema! Orchestra Noir, The Atlanta African-American Orchestra invite you to “A Night at the Symphony” at Center Stage! Funk it up at City Winery with Paul & Fred and the New Orleans Suspects! Get to bluegrassin’ with Noam Pikelny at The Earl! Shimmy on down to the Red Light Café for Twirly Whirly Burly-Q featuring classic burlesque with a classic twirl! Folk rock it up with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at Atlanta Symphony Hall! It’s a rockin’ feud at the Variety Playhouse with Led Zeppelin vs. The Who performed by Yacht Rock Revue, with special guest Peter Stroud! Spend the night with Drivin’ ‘n’ Cryin’ and Five-Eight at The Vista Room! 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, April 1
Get intergalactic at 529 with W8ing4UFOs, Shawnthony Calypso, the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra and Kool Kat Aileen Loy with Till Someone Loses and Eye! Skank on down to City Winery for a night with Kool Kat Rev. Andy and the Southern Ska Syndicate! Don’t be the fool who misses Kool Kat “Big Mike” Geier a.k.a. Puddles Pity Party at Center Stage! Or geek it up at Studio Space Atlanta for Hair of the Dragon VI, the premiere costume studio party! Jam it up with Dead Affect with special guest Honeywood at Avondale Towne Cinema! Spend the night with Radiohead at Philips Arena! Rock out with Drivin’ ‘n’ Cryin’ and Five-Eight at The Vista Room! Come on out to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Michelle Malone, Gareth Asher and more! Blues it up with Rough Draft at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!
Sunday, April 2
Head on down to City Winery for a night with Micky Dolenz! Get down with tunes of the ‘60s and ‘70s with Boomers Gone Wild at the Crimson Moon Café! Rock out with The Flaming Lips at the Tabernacle! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar! Blues it up with Fatback Deluxe at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack!
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!
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!’
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