by Melanie Crew
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Make your way to the Alpharetta Branch Library for a screening of George Sidney’s KISS ME KATE (1953) at 10:30am! Polka on down to Pallookaville for their Dyngus Day 2017 event at 6pm! Make your way to The Plaza Theater for a 15th anniversary screening of Richard Kelly’s DONNIE DARKO (2001), screening through April 20! Krautrock it up at 529 with Acid Mothers Temple, Babylon and Reverends! Get some soul with Emily King at City Winery! CJ Ramone rocks out with Big Eyes and Skin Jobs at The Earl! 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! And get some soul with Larry Griffith at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack!
Tuesday, April 18
The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema gets volcanic with their Classics Series’ screening of Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’AVVENTURA (1960) at 7pm! Or make your way to the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern for a screening of Mel Brooks’ BLAZING SADDLES (1974) during their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! 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!] City Winery delivers a boot stompin’ night with Junior Brown! Get retrotastic with Bourgeois Mystic at the Red Light Café! The Fox Theatre presents Roald Dahl’s “Matilda: The Musical” through April 23! 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! 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!
Make your way to the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern for an encore screening of Mel Brooks’ BLAZING SADDLES (1974) during their Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! Get some classic soul ‘n’ funk with Nick & The Grooves at Avondale Towne Cinema! Get the blues and reggae it up with Vieux Farka Toure and Last Good Tooth at Terminal West! Get the blues with a splash of funk at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack with Kool Kats Georgia Flood! 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 20
Surf on down to The Earl and rock out with Guitar Legend Dick Dale (see ATLRetro’s article on Dale here) and The Gartrells! Or boogie on down to The Star Bar for a night with Southern Culture on the Skids and The Wooly Bushmen! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so hula on down to Trader Vic’s for a night with Kool Kat Joshua Longino and The Disapyramids! Get classical with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Rocktopia Live: A Classical (R)evolution at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Get revived at the Clermont Lounge’s Grand Re-Opening featuring Kool Kat Spike Fullerton and the Ghost Riders Car Club! Get psychedelic with The Fritz, Bird Dog Jubilee and The Groove Orient at Aisle 5! City Winery dishes out The Everly Brother Experience with the Zmed brothers! Get traditional with Max Godfrey, Daryl Shawn and I Together S.O.U.L. at the Red Light Café! Funk it up with Kung Fu, Those Cats, and Dr. Strangelove at Smith’s Olde Bar! Rock out with Jump, Little Children at the Variety Playhouse! 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 21
Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & the Psycho-Devilles and Hillbilly Casino rev it up at The Star Bar! Or surf on downstairs as Kool Kats Jeffrey Butzer and Chad Shivers bring Southern Surf Stomp! to the Little Vinyl Lounge featuring The Compartmentalizationalists, Genki Genki Panic, In Snow and Nikki Speake! Make your way to Avondale Towne Cinema for a night with Dan Random and Daniel Cowen! Bluegrass it up with Bluebilly Grit at the Crimson Moon Café! Jazz it up with Jason Collier at the High Museum! Sadie Hawkins shimmies on down to the Red Light Café with her Last Pasties Standing event! Rock out and groove on down to Centennial Olympic Park for the Sweetwater 420 Fest, jamming it up through April 23! Sweet & Sassy gets the blues at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! 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 22
The early bird gets the vinyl! Make your way to Criminal Records for 2017’s Record Store Day celebration at 10am! Rock out at The Star Bar’s Planned Parenthood Benefit featuring Illegal Drugs, Midnight Larks, Hymen Moment, Bitter, Paralyzer, Anna Kramer and more! Creep on down to Amsterdam Atlanta for Kool Kat VJ Anthony’s COFFIN CLASSICS Music Video Dance Party featuring Goth, dark 80s and more! Rock out with Kool Kat Noelle Shuck with SheHeHe and more at 529! Jam it up with Bird Dog Jubilee at Vinyl! Rock out at Centennial Olympic Park for day two of the Sweetwater 420 Fest! Make your way to the Variety Playhouse for a night of ‘90s rock with Sister Hazel! Or blues it up with Dr. Dixon & The Operators at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Bluegrass it up with Dusty Roads at Venkman’s! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!
Celebrate 50 years of Mike Nichols’ THE GRADUATE (1967) at theatres across Atlanta at 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 Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); and AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming)]! It’s your last chance to groove on down to Centennial Olympic Park for the Sweetwater 420 Fest! Make your way to The Vista Room for the Six String Syndicate! 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!
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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