This Week in ATLRetro, July 2-9, 2017

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Come see what’s shakin’ in ATLRetro this week!

Monday, July 3

Departure dishes out a night of Journey at City Winery! Get down and dirty with Beverly “Guitar” Watkins at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Catch a screening of Hal Ashby’s HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971) at the Alpharetta Branch Library at 10:30am! Get the rockin’ blues with The Delta Troubadours, Meaning of Everything and Max Norton at Smith’s Olde Bar! Swing on by Big Band Night featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 17-member orchestra at Café 290 every first and third Monday of the month! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam!

Tuesday, July 4

Celebrate the 4th, get funky and jazz it up with the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra at Pallookaville! Pay tribute to Billy Joel with The Stranger at City Winery! Blues it up with JT 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!


Wednesday, July 5

Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Blues it up with Frankie’s Blues Mission at Blind Willie’s! Get the blues with Michael Preston at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Rock out with the Garrison Blagg Band at The Regent Cocktail Club! 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, July 6

Get artsy and rock on down to The Highlander for their Punk’s Not Dead, a multi-media art show diving into the history of punk rock at 9pm! Hilarity ensues with Cineprov at The Plaza Theater as they dish out a reptilian tale of terror and riff John McCauley’s RATTLERS (1976) at 7:00pm! Make your way to The Earl for a night of rock ‘n’ roll with CFM, The Cairo Gang and Paralyzer! Get criminal and countrified with The Van Lears, Kameron Corvet, The Alchemy, and Ryan Calhoun at Smith’s Olde Bar! Or get damned and stomp on down to The Star Bar for a night with Dirty Rotten Snake in the Grass, Deadly Lo-Fi, and The Liquors! Folk it up with Lilac Wine at Venkman’s! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so hula on down to Trader Vic’s for a night of island tunes and tasty libations! Atlantic Station’s Movies in Central Park continues with a free screening of James L. BrooksAS GOOD AS IT GETS (1997) at dusk! Get down with 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, July 7

Get terror-filled with The Plaza Theater’s screening of Mario Bava’s BLOOD AND BLACK LACE (1964), through Saturday! Or get covert and Bond it up during SCADShow’s screening of Lewis Gilbert’s THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977) at 7pm! Raise a ruckus with Unknown Hinson and Clownvis Presley at Terminal West! Make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar as El Scorcho presents Chris Cornell – A Life & Music Celebration! Rock out with Timmy James & The Blue Flames, The Crush and The Accidents at The Earl! Donna Hopkins rocks out at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Get down with The Silver Tones at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Cross the pond and catch Please Please Rock Me at Venkman’s! Funk it up with the Atlanta Funk Society at The Vista Room! Eighties it up with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch and Denim Arcade at Wild Wing Café in Suwannee! Boogie on down to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for their Jukebox Giants: Motown & More event, through Sunday, July 9! Bluegrass it up with The String Cheese Incident at Chastain Park! Get down with George Hughley & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! Get your old-school blues fix with Cool John Ferguson 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 8

Surf on down to Kavarna as Kool Kat Chad Shivers presents his Southern Surf Stomp! featuring Kool Kat Sen Artie Mondello and the Delusionaires, El Capitan and Kitty Rose! Scream Queen it up and hang with Lynn Lowry (SHIVERS, THE CRAZIES, CAT PEOPLE) at her photo signing, hosted by Monsterama Con, at Two LiRu Antiques in Acworth! Make your way to Historic Oakland Cemetery for their Malts & Vaults event, where beer meets history! Boogie down ‘80s-style with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his 80s New Wave Music Video Dance Party: Erasure/Yazoo Edition at Amsterdam Atlanta! Jam out with Gr8ful Dude & Frenz and Captain Trips & The Sunstroke Serenaders at Avondale Towne Cinema! Make your way to City Winery for a night with The Verve Pipe! Get the blues with JP Soars & The Red Hots at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Or get rootsy with Cody Marlowe, Hannah Thomas and Emmy Law at Eddie’s Attic! Fat Matt’s Rib Shack dishes out the blues with Sana Blues! Tribute rocks out to the tune of the Allman Brothers at Northside Tavern! Eighties it up with Saved by the Band at Venkman’s! Get down and dirty with House Rocker Johnson & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! Bluegrass it up for night two with The String Cheese Incident at Chastain Park! Make your way to the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema for their Studio Ghibli series, featuring a screening of Yoshifumi Kondo’s WHISPER OF THE HEART (1995) at 10:30am and Hayao Miyazaki’s THE WIND RISES (2013) at 1pm! ATL Collective relives TLC’s CRAZY, SEXY, COOL at the Variety Playhouse! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, July 9

Make your way to Park Tavern’s Sunset Sessions and get down with a night of Prohibition pandemonium with Kool Kat Blair Crimmons & The Hookers! Dweezil Zappa it up at City Winery! Get your apocalyptic cowboy fix with Roselit Bone and the Rollfast Ramblers at The Earl! Swamp folk it up with The Krickets at Eddie’s Attic! Rock out with Cosmic Gypsies at Johnny’s Hideaway! Metallica invades Suntrust Park! Get your Americana fix at the Red Light Café with Brian Revels, The Singing Butcher and The Boy Jones! Make your way to the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema for their Studio Ghibli series, featuring encore screenings of Yoshifumi Kondo’s WHISPER OF THE HEART (1995) at 10:30am and Hayao Miyazaki’s THE WIND RISES (2013) at 1pm!  Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar! And Fatback Deluxe dishes out some classic blues at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack!


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!

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