This Week in ATLRetro, April 10-16, 2017

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Shake a tail feather in Retro Atlanta this week! Come see what we’ve found for you!

Monday, April 10

Spend the night with Chris Shiflett at Eddie’s Attic! Make your way to the Alpharetta Branch Library for a screening of George Cukor’s BORN YESTERDAY (1950) at 10:30am! Rock out at the Masquerade with The Mumzees, Terry Malts, Business of Dreams and more! Blues it up with Bill Sheffield at Blind Willie’s! 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! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam! And get some soul with Larry Griffith at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack!

Tuesday, April 11

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema gets melodramatic with their Classics Series with a screening of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s BLACK NARCISSUS (1947) at 7pm! 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: April Showers event, shakin’ it up at the Red Light Café! The Fox Theatre dishes out a night of folk, Baroque pop with The Decemberists! Rock on down to 529 for a night with The Rubs, Paralyzer and Bad Spell! Spend the night with the “Father of the Italian blues” Zucchero at Center Stage! Funk it up New Orleans-style with Jojo’s Slim Wednesday and Sam Holt at City Winery! Get sinister with a little ‘90s Romanian black metal with Negura Bunget and more at the Drunken Unicorn! Folk it up with Richard Shindell at Eddie’s Attic! Get the blues with J. T. Speed at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! Blind Willie’s gets the blues with the Cody Matlock Band! 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 12

Raise a ruckus at The Earl with Rev. Hylton’s Tour Kick-Off Show featuring Kool Kat Caleb Warrant & The Gents, Cold Heart Canyon, Blood On The Harp and more! Sci-fi it up with a screening of Joel Silver’s THE MATRIX (1999) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth), 7:15pm! Make your way to 529 for a night with Weisshund, The 200s and Bird City! The Musical Box pays tribute to Genesis at Center Stage! Get the blues with a splash of funk at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack with Kool Kats Georgia Flood! Rock out with Anthrax at the Tabernacle! It’s a night of Bluegrass & Beyond at The Vista Room! Make your way to Blind Willie’s for a night with Danny Michel! 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 13

Riff Trax Live invades theatres across Atlanta with a screening of Amir Shervan’s SAMURAI COP (1989) at 8pm [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 Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); and AMC Buckhead Backlot 6! Rock out with Uncle Van & the Buzzards of Fuzz, Hot Ram and Trent Rice at The Earl! Eddie’s Attic dishes out a garage rock revival with Parker Gispert! Jam it up at Venkman’s with gr8FLdude & frenz! Groove on down to Avondale Towne Cinema for Romeo Cologne’s Granny Panty Hootenanny with DJ Quasi Mandisco! Stomp on down to the Red Light Café for a night with Malcolm Holcombe and Jared Tyler! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so rock out with a couple cocktails and The Sundogs at Trader Vic’s! It’s a hootenanny and a half at The Vista Room with Kool Kat Col. Bruce Hampton & the Madrid Express! Get down with House Rocker Johnson & 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, April 14

It’s “Crackerjill Rockabilly Night” at The Star Bar with Rockabilly Kitty Rose, Kool Kat Caroline & The Ramblers and Crazy Man Crazy! New Wave it up with Yacht Rock Revue as they perform the Talking HeadsSTOP MAKING SENSE at Venkman’s! It’s a night of fuzzed out rock ‘n’ roll with The Weeks and The Lonely Biscuits at The Earl! Eighties it up with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch and Denim Arcade at Suburban Tap (Marietta)! Make your way to The Plaza Theater for a 15th anniversary screening of Richard Kelly’s DONNIE DARKO (2001), screening through April 15! Make your way to Avondale Towne Cinema for a night with 68-75, Kenny Howes & The Wow and Steve Baskin! Donna Hopkins and the Pussy Willows get the rockin’ roots at the Crimson Moon Café! Make your way to City Winery for a night with Leland Sundries and Todd Snider! Rock out with hits from the 50s-70s with The Way Back Band at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get folksy with Boo Reefa at Java Monkey! Bluegrass it up with Dusty Roads and C. J. Jones & The Spirit Bones at the Red Light Café! Interstellar Echoes pay tribute to Pink Floyd at The Vista Room! Blues it up with John Primer at Blind Willie’s! The Allman Brothers Tribute Band rocks out at Northside Tavern! Boogie on down to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for a screening of Emile Ardolino’s DIRTY DANCING (1987) at 8pm! Spend the night with the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Philips Arena! 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 15

Catch a wave and come on down to Trader Vic’s for The Surf Music Seminar featuring James Honeycutt! Rev on down to the Dixie Tavern for a night with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & the Psycho-Devilles! The BadAsh Allstar Team brings you their Women Rock Jam at Avondale Towne Cinema! Rock out with Michelle Malone and Drag the River at The Vista Room! Get heavy and rock out at Center Stage with Testament, Sepultura and Prong! Make your way to The Earl for a night with PLS PLS featuring this week’s KOOL KAT Dan Dixon (interview here!), Hank & Cupcakes and Fox Grin! Eddie’s Attic dishes out a night of the blues with Geoff Atchison & The Soul Diggers! Or blues it up with Frankie’s Blues Mission at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get your Americana fix with the Grassland String Band at the Red Clay Theatre! Sandra Hall & The Shadows dish out a night of bluesy goodness at Blind Willie’s! The Northside Tavern puts on their Annual Sean Costello Celebration featuring Donna Hopkins, the Cody Matlock Band, Danny Michel, Michael Delaney and Odd Man Out! Get old-timey at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre with The Strand Ole Opry! Make your way to Venkman’s for their Chicken Pickin’ Brunch featuring Sailing to Denver! Eighties it up with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch and Denim Arcade at Wild Wings Café in Dunwoody! Make your way to City Winery for a night with Todd Snider and Steve Poltz! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, April 16

Gypsy jazz it up with Kool Kat Amy Pike and the Bonaventure Quartet at Venkman’s! City Winery gets down with some old-time country vibes with Dale Watson & Ray Benson! Blues it up with Fat Back Deluxe at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! 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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