This Week in ATLRetro, July 17-23, 2017

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

ATLRetro is hot, hot, hot This Week! Cool off with a Kool Kat fix and come see what we’ve dug up just for you!

Monday, July 17

Get horrorific and make your way to Synchronicity Theatre for Horror Films in Hotlanta: Film Festival 2017! Make your way to the Mammal Gallery for 16mm Avante-Garde films by Julie Orlick! Catch a screening of Herbert RossSTEEL MAGNOLIAS (1989) at the Alpharetta Branch Library at 10:30am! Get the blues with Larry Griffith at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get some old southern soul with The Pussywillows, Hans Wenzel & The Eighty Sixers and Danielle Howle 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! Or catch Bill Sheffield at Blind Willie’s!

Tuesday, July 18

The Tabernacle dishes out a night with AFI and Circa Survive! Garage rock it up with The Coathangers, the Residuals, The Gartrells and Bitter at The Earl! Get folksy with Wild Rivers and Von Strantz at Eddie’s Attic! Spend the night with Hans Zimmer at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre! Blues it up with JT Speed at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! The Real Deal Blues Band gets down at Blind Willie’s! 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 19

Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Get to rockin’ ‘70s stoner-style with The Atomic Bitchwax, Mirror Queen, Spore Lord and HOT RAM at The Star Bar! Funk it up with The APX at City Winery! Get countrified with Striking Matches at Eddie’s Attic! Rock out late 90s style at the Masquerade with Taking Back Sunday, Every Time I Die, and Modern Chemistry! The Electromatics dish out a night of Chicago and West Coast Blues at Blind Willie’s! Or make your way to the Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth) for a screening of Tim Burton’s BATMAN RETURNS (1992) at 7:15pm! Get the blues with Michael Preston at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! 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 20

Here’s looking at you kid! Catch a screening of Michael CurtizCASABLANCA (1942) at the Fox Theatre at 7:30pm! The Film Crew presents a free screening of Kool Kat Bret Wood’s THE UNWANTED (2014) at The Speakeasy (Porterdale) at 8pm! Make your way to the Dixie Tavern for a Chris Cornell Memorial Show and Benefit! Rock out with Fastball and Parker Gispert (The Whigs) at City Winery! Get some old-school soul with Rudy Currence at Eddie’s Attic! Stomp on down to the Red Light Café for their Bluegrass Pickin’ Party! Get funky at Terminal West with Boyd Tinsley and Moontower! Folk it up with Lilac Wine at Venkman’s! Mick Kolassa’s Taylor Made Blues Band rocks out at Blind Willie’s! 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 your rockin’ Americana fix with Michelle Malone and Matthew Kahler at the Red Clay Theatre! Atlantic Station’s Movies in Central Park continues with a free screening of Gil Junger’s 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU (1999) at dusk! 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 21

It’s a night of dirty rock ‘n’ roll with The Unsatisfied, the El Caminos and Night Terrors at The Star Bar! Raise a riotous ruckus with High Spirits, Bible of the Devil, Gunpowder Gray and Kool Kat Adam McIntyre with The Pinx at The Earl! Natural Wonder pays tribute to Stevie Wonder at City Winery! Joe Gransden gets jazzy at the High Museum! Get your nitty gritty fix with The Dirty Soul Revival at Smith’s Olde Bar! Gary Clark Jr. dishes out the rockin’ blues at the Tabernacle! Get folksy with John Moreland and Travis Linville at Terminal West! It’s a night of psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll with The Black Lips, the Subsonics and The TNT Band at the Variety Playhouse! Venkman’s funks it up with The Wasted Potential Brass Band and The Chris Paterno Band! Cross the pond with Abbey Road Live at The Vista Room! Get down with Jarekus Singleton at Blind Willie’s! Spend the night with The Queen of Soul at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s presentation of Natural Woman! Spend the night with Charlie Wilson at Chastain Park! For your spiritual well-being, make your way to the three-day (July 21-23) Mystic South Conference 2017 at Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia! Get jazzy with The Kerry Hill Band at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get the blues with Deb Callahan at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Or blues it up with John Hammond and Rob Baird at Eddie’s Attic! Get down with Stoney Brooks 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 22

Rev it up with a Rockabilly Reckoning at the B3 Bar & Grill (Austell) with hellacious live tunes with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho Devilles, Billy Harlan & The Rocka’ Billy’s, Little Lesley & The Bloodshots, Kitty Rose, Crypt 24; a retro car/motorcycle show; pin-ups; vendors and more! Or hula on down to Noni’s Bar & Deli for their 9-Year Anniversary Psycho Beach Party featuring Kool Kat Joshua Longino and The Disapyramids, DJ Brian Parris, tasty tiki drinks and more! Have a raucous good time with The Sh-Booms, Metal McDonald, Black Cat Rising and Bad Friend at The Star Bar! Haunt on down to Amsterdam Atlanta for Kool Kat VJ Anthony’s COFFIN CLASSICS: Goth Industrial Music Video Dance Party featuring Goth, dark 80s and more! Get retro with the Western Sizzlers and Bas Clas at Avondale Towne Cinema! Get the jam band blues with John Ginty at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Gypsy jazz it up with Kool Kat Amy Pike & The Bonaventure Quartet and Jonah Smith at Eddie’s Attic! Get the old-school blues with the Juke Joint Dukes at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Folk it up with Sailing to Denver at Venkman’s! Blind Willie’s dishes out a night of rockin’ blues with James Armstrong! Spend the night with The Queen of Soul at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s presentation of Natural Woman! Albert White gets down at Northside Tavern! Make your way to the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema for their Studio Ghibli series, featuring a screening of Tomomi Mochizuki’s OCEAN WAVES (1993) at 10:30am and Hayao Miyazaki’s CASTLE IN THE SKY (1989) at 1pm! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, July 23

Get your magical nanny fix at the Fox Theatre’s screening (and sing-a-long) of Robert Stevenson’s MARY POPPINS (1964) at 2pm! Get your fill of stadium rock at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre with STYX, REO Speedwagon and Don Felder! Get revived with The Howling Tongues at Park Tavern’s Sunset Sessions! GKids Presents Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 with a screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (1989) at theatres across Atlanta at 12:55pm [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)]! The Moody Blues invade Chastain Park! Get down and dirty with Swanky Tiger, The Paper Arcadia and The Warsaw Clinic at the Masquerade! Make your way to the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema for their Studio Ghibli series, featuring encore screenings of Tomomi Mochizuki’s OCEAN WAVES (1993) at 10:30am and Hayao Miyazaki’s CASTLE IN THE SKY (1989) 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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