This Week in ATLRetro, June 26-July 2, 2017

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

ATLRetro is hot, hot, hot This Week! Come see all the shakin’ summer shenanigans we’ve dug up just for you!

Monday, June 26

Get prehistoric and catch a free screening of John Milius’ eighties classic, CONAN THE BARBARIAN (1982) at Dad’s Garage Theatre Company at 8:30pm! Catch a screening of Robert Mulligan’s SUMMER OF ’42 (1971) at the Alpharetta Branch Library at 10:30am! GKids Presents Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 with a screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (1988) at theatres across Atlanta [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Regal Mall of Georgia 20 Plus Imax (Buford) and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Stomp on down to Eddie’s Attic for a night with The Station Breaks! Rock out with Dave Mason (Traffic) at City Winery! 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”! Get to the root of it all with Brandon Reeves at Blind Willie’s! 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 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, June 27

Get horrorific with our Kool Kat of the Week, Vanessa Ionta Wright (RAINY SEASON) and Kool Kat Debbie Hess (HORROR HOTEL) and more local horror aficionados during the Attack of the 50 Foot Film Fest, promising to terrify at The Plaza Theater at 7pm! Or hop across the pond and catch Scott Freiman’s documentary, DECONSTRUCTING THE BEATLES’ SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (2017) tonight and Thurs. June 29! Or why not celebrate the album’s 50th Anniversary with a screening of Robert Stigwood’s SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (1978) at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern at 7:30pm! Get some soul with Sam Lewis at Eddie’s Attic! Funk it up with Jon Cleary and Bobby Messano at City Winery! Make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar for a night with Micah Schnabel (Two Cow Garage) and Trae Vedder!  Get down with John Mellencamp at Chastain Park! Blues it up with Frankie’s Blues Mission at Blind Willie’s! Get jazzy with Deb Bowman at The Regent Cocktail Club! 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! Get down and dirty with Gray & The Bad Boys at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, June 28

Get some classic soul ‘n’ funk with Nick & The Grooves at Avondale Towne Cinema! Catch an encore screening of Robert Stigwood’s SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND (1978) at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern at 7:30pm! Bluegrass it up at The Vista Room during Bluegrass and Beyond with The Vista String Band! Rock out with the Garrison Blagg Band at The Regent Cocktail Club! The Hollidays deliver a night of rhythm ‘n’ soul and rock ‘n’ roll at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Get your Chicago/West Coast blues fix with The Electromatics at Blind Willie’s! 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, June 29

Skank it up at The Star Bar for a rockin’ ruckus with The Toasters and Lloyd’s Rocksteady Revue! Get funky with the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra, Bill Brovold, the Frank Pahl Duo, and Duet for Theremin and Steel at Avondale Towne Cinema! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so hula on down to Trader Vic’s for a night with Kool Kat Joshua Longino and The Disapyramids! The Red Light Café dishes out a night of murder, mayhem and mockery with the Tied and Tasseled Fetish Cabaret’s Wanted! A Criminal Night of Burlesque and Drag! Rock out with Spiral Stairs, The Preakness and Floral Print at The Earl! Get countrified with The Steel Woods and George Shingleton at Eddie’s Attic! Get rootsy with The Black Lillies at City Winery! Get rocked at Lakewood Amphitheatre with the Van’s Warped Tour! Atlantic Station’s Movies in Central Park continues with a free screening of Jan de Bont’s TWISTER (1996) at dusk! Or catch a free screening of David Anspaugh’s RUDY (1993) at Town Brookhaven’s Movies on the Town event at dusk! Get down with George Hughley & 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, June 30

Get trapped at Videodrome (JavaDrome) for a screening of Brian Trenchard-Smith’s DEAD END DRIVE-IN (1986) at 8:30pm! Boogie down in The Basement with Nonsense ATL’s Commotion: A Tribute to Women in Music! Honkytonk it up with Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Lonnie Holley, Bitter and Reconciler at The Earl! Get to rockin’ with ZOSO Rising, Cannibal Joe and Lars Nagel (El Caminos) at Smith’s Olde Bar! Boogie on down to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for their Jukebox Giants: Motown & More event! Swing on by American Legion Post 201 (Alpharetta) for a night of Swingin’ the Blues! Stomp on down to Avondale Towne Cinema for a night with Heather Luttrell and Skye Paige! Get down and dirty with House Rocker Johnson & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! Get the blues with Groove Rocket at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get your old-school blues fix with Albert White 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, July 1

Glam it up at The Earl as Jerome Newton & The Band Who Fell to Earth recreates Ziggy Stardust’s farewell concert! Rock on down to The Star Bar for a night with The Dwarves, Richie Ramone, the Vaginas and We Want Blood! Jazz it up with Marcus Johnson at City Winery! Get old-timey with Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband at The Vista Room! Get funky with the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra at Venkman’s! Boogie on down to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for night two of their Jukebox Giants: Motown & More event! Eighties it up with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch and Denim Arcade at Guston’s Grille (Kennesaw)! Or boogie down to The Basement for their Heyday 80’s Dance Party! Make your way to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Kick the Robot! Robert Lee Coleman dishes out the blues at the Northside Tavern! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, July 2

Geek it up at the Atlanta Comic Convention July 2017, from 11am – 5pm! Get some soul with Kool Kat Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics during Park Tavern’s Sunset Sessions! Back in the Saddle delivers a night of old-school western with Little Country Giants at Eddie’s Attic! Get old-timey with Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband at Venkman’s! Boogie on down to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for night three of their Jukebox Giants: Motown & More event! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!

Ongoing

Catch the Andy Warhol exhibit at the High Museum through Sept. 3!

Geek it up and get to bowlin’ at The Comet Pub & LanesComet Cosplay, getting nerdy the first Monday of every month!

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!

If you have a suggestion for a future event that should be included in This Week in Retro Atlanta or see something we missed, please email us at atlretro@gmail.com.

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