This Week in ATLRetro, April 3-9, 2017

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

April showers bring swell ATLRetro shenanigans! Get hep to the jive and come see what we’ve dug up for you!

Monday, April 3

Hey Daddy-O! Make your way to City Winery for a riotous night with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy! Make your way to The Plaza Theater for a 15th anniversary screening of Richard Kelly’s DONNIE DARKO (2001), screening through April 6! Get really retro with Greta Garbo and John Barrymore at the Alpharetta Branch Library’s screening of Edmund Goulding’s GRAND HOTEL (1932) at 10:30am! 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!

Tuesday, April 4

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema kicks off their new Classics Series with a screening of Federico Fellini’s LA DOLCE VITA (1960) at 7pm! Get musical and make your way to the Fox Theatre for “HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH”! Get criminal at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern during their screening of Arthur Penn’s classic BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967) during their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Get the blues with Coco Montoya at City Winery! Americana on down to Smith’s Olde Bar for a night with Blake Rainey, Joshua Powell & The Great Train Robbery and The 19 Hands! Get to jammin’ with Rusted Root at Terminal West! 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, April 5

Sci-fi it up with a screening of Ridley Scott’s BLADE RUNNER (The Final Cut) (1982) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth), 7:15pm! Or catch a TCM Big Screen Classics screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) 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); AMC Avenue Forsyth 12 (Cumming); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)! Rock out with The Roomsounds and Roadside Glorious at The Earl! Eddie’s Attic dishes out a night of folksy soul with Ben Sollee! Get down to 529 for a night with Eugene Chadbourne and the Merle Haggard Memorial Orchestra! Get criminal at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern during their encore screening of Arthur Penn’s classic BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967) during their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Psyche rock it up with Black P*ssy at The Star Bar! Get some classic soul ‘n’ funk with Nick & The Grooves at Avondale Towne Cinema! Boogie on down to East Atlanta’s Graveyard Tavern for their Graveyard Swing Night, held the first Wednesday of every month, promising an evening of swingin’ jazz and jive with the Savoy Kings! 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, April 6

Get hellacious and rev on down to The Star Bar for a night with The Living Deads, V8 Death Car, Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & the Psycho-Devilles, and Crypt 24! Hilarity ensues with Cineprov at The Plaza Theater as they riff Randal Kleiser’s THE BOY IN THE PLASTIC BUBBLE (1976) at 7pm! Kick off The Highlander’s 25th Anniversary Weekend with Highlander25 multi-media art show and kick-off party! Twang on down to the Red Light Café for their Bluegrass Pickin’ Party! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so get swanky with Bogey & the Viceroy at Trader Vic’s and throw back a couple cocktails! Get your folk rock fix with Aaron Lee Tasjan and Jon Latham at The Earl! Eddie’s Attic dishes out a night of folksy soul with Ben Sollee! Stomp on down to Venkman’s for a night with the Rumpke Mountain Boys! Get intergalactic with The Space Time Travelers at Avondale Towne Cinema! It’s a hootenanny and a half at The Vista Room with Kool Kat Col. Bruce Hampton & the Madrid Express! 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, April 7

Catch The Whiskey Gentry’s album release party with Kool Kat Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics and The Darnell Boys at Center Stage! Raise a ruckus at The Star Bar with Kool Kats Blackfoot Gypsies, the Stacktone Slims and Phill Reynolds! Oompa Loompa it up at SCADShow with their screening of Mel Stuart’s WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971) at 7pm! Folk it up with Leo Kottke and Keller Williams at the Variety Playhouse! It’s a night of rockin’ vintage doo-wop with Shannon & The Clams, Small Reactions and Art School Jocks at The Earl! Get rootsy with Cody Marlowe at Eddie’s Attic! Make your way to the Drunken Unicorn for a night with The Octopus Project, Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer & the Bicycle Eaters and more! Funk it up with the Atlanta Funk Society at Venkman’s! Rock out with Bas Clas at Avondale Towne Cinema! Have a laugh or two with Jerry Seinfeld at the Fox Theatre! 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 8

Get your ‘80s fix and spend the night with Duran Duran at Chastain Park! Get Drawn & Disorderly with our pal and Kool Kat Chris Hamer (UrbnPop) and more at the Red Brick Brewing Company! Psycho surf it up as Daikaiju attacks The Star Bar with Lazer/Wulf, Pirato Ketchup, El Capitan & The Reluctant Sadists and more! Kool Kat VJ Anthony brings you his 80s New Wave Music Video Dance Party: Duran Duran edition at Amsterdam Atlanta at 10pm! Get some soul with Travis Smith and more at the Red Light Café! Get your psyche pop fix with The Zombies for their Odessey and Oracle 50th Anniversary Finale Tour at the Variety Playhouse! Get brassy with the Black Sheep Ensemble and Sehwe Village Percussion at Smith’s Olde Bar! Rock out with The Skylarks and Bark at Kavarna! Sleaze it up with Gunpowder Gray, Dead Red Flowers and more at 529! Bluegrass it up with Banjolicious during Venkman’s Chicken Pickin’ Brunch, followed by Acoustic Beatles with Nick Niespodziani and the Elegant Bachelors presenting their Paul (McCartney) vs. Paul (Simon) show! Eighties it up with Electric AvenueThe 80s MTV Experience at The Vista Room! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, April 9

Banjo it up with The Molsky Mountain Drifters at the Red Light Café! Get revived at Eddie’s Attic with a Gospel Brunch featuring “The American Songbird of the South” Myrna Clayton, Harrold Holloway and Jillian Loux! And come back later that night for Boy Named Banjo! Jazz it up with Trey Dahl and his Quintet at Venkman’s! 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! I

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