This Week in ATLRetro, July 24-30, 2017

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Check out what’s on the Retro menu This Week in ATLRetro!

Monday, July 24

GKids Presents Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 with a screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE (1989) at theatres across Atlanta at 7pm [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)]! You’re your way to Avondale Towne Cinema for Hamiltunes! Folk it up with Todd Sheaffer at City Winery! Get the blues with Larry Griffith at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! 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!” 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 Brandon Reeves at Blind Willie’s!

Tuesday, July 25

The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema kicks off their new Classics Series with David Lean’s THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957) at 7pm! Or spend the night with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s VERTIGO (1958) at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! “Swamp Yankee” The Suitcase Junket, Big Brutus and Chastity Brown get down at Eddie’s Attic! Rock out with Jimmy Herring & The Invisible Whip at Terminal West! Blues it up with JT Speed at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! The Redstone Ramblers get 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 26

Rock out and make your way to The Star Bar for a night with Las Pinas and Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer & The Bicycle Eaters! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Spend the night with an encore screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s VERTIGO (1958) at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Retro Cinema series at 7:30pm! It’s a night of fuzzy rock ‘n’ roll at 529 with Shantih Shantih, Impossible Vacation, Minorcan and Nikki & The Phantom Callers! Get to rockin’ with Matthew Sweet and Tommy Keene at City Winery! Get folksy with Steve Poltz at Eddie’s Attic! Cody Matlock dishes out the blues at Blind Willie’s! Make your way to The Vista Room for Bluegrass & Beyond! It’s a night of late ‘90s power metal with DragonForce at the Masquerade! 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 27

Shimmy on down to the Red Light Café for The Savannah Sweet Tease’s “I Love the ‘90s” event with featured guest Kool Kat Lola LeSoleil! Spend the night with Barry Manilow at the Fox Theatre! Get countrified and stomp on down to The Star Bar for a night with Truckstop Confidential, BLACKFOX, Chickens and Pigs and Antic Clay! Or rock on down to the Clermont Lounge for a night of debauchery with The Crush, Forsaken Profits, We Want Blood and ATTN SPAN! Get to rockin’ with Matthew Sweet and Tommy Keene at City Winery! Or get rootsy with Mark Miller at Eddie’s Attic! Reggae it up with Rebelution and Nahko & Medicine for the People at the Tabernacle! Folk it up with Lilac Wine at Venkman’s! Get the blues with George Hughley & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so rock on down to Trader Vic’s for a night with the Knotty Boys! 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 28

Make your way to The Star Bar for a night with The Woolly Bushmen, Midnight Larks and Pono AM! Get down with The Swimming Pool Q’s and Pylon Reenactment Society at The Vista Room! Retro it up at Chastain Park during the Retro Futura Tour featuring Howard Jones, Men Without Hats, English Beat, Katrina & The Waves and Modern English! Get hellacious with Kool Kats The Casket Creatures, Die 985 and The Zombie Mafia at Sweetwater Bar & Grill (Duluth)! Get psyched for A Drug Called Tradition’s MEDICINE MUSIC LP release party at The Earl! Get old-timey with the Georgia Mountain String Band and Cold Heart Canyon at Eddie’s Attic! Hula on down to Heretic and have a helluva good time at RITUAL’s Gothic Luau! Spend the night with James Bond as SCADShow screens John Glen’s THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1987) at 7pm! Rock on down to The Highlander for a night with Air Wolves, Boston Marriage, and Dogs in Slow Motion! Gets some soul with The Raukus Jubilee featuring Gina Maria at the Red Light Café! Funk it up at Venkman’s with Spirk and The Atlanta Funk Society! Groove on down to Park Tavern for a night with Yacht Rock Schooner! Get the blues with Michael Preston at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! House Rocker Johnson gets the blues at Blind Willie’s! Get down with Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck and Beverly “Guitar” Watkins 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 29

Get monsterific at Avondale Towne Cinema as Kool Kat Shane Morton, a.k.a. ghost host with the most, Prof. Morte and his Silver Scream Spook Show presents Atlanta’s first ever kaiju toy show (Kaiju Cult) featuring toys, art (with special guests, including Kyle Yaklin and more) and a live Spook Show followed by screenings of Shan Hua’s INFRA-MAN (1975) at 1pm and 10pm! Get intergalactic at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre during their screenings of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. (1982) at 3pm and 8pm! Or get sin-sational and make your way to Diesel Filling Station for the 2017 Atlanta ZOMBIE Pin-Up Contest! Honkytonk it up with the Georgia Soul Council and Cadillac Jones at 529! Chastain Park rocks out with Foreigner’s 40th Anniversary Tour featuring Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham! Get folksy with Michelle Shocked at City Winery! Get the folk blues with Hill Roberts at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Make your way to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Lonnie Holley, Minton Sparks and Michelle Malone! Blues on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a side of Dry White Toast and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ! Get old-timey with The Vaudevillains, Kool Kat Spike Fullerton, the Glacier Singers and more at the Red Light Café! Head on down to the Variety Playhouse for a night with Toad the Wet Sprocket and Beta Play! Rockabilly it up with Rodeo Twister at Venkman’s! Get the bottleneck slide blues with the Jon Harris Band at The Vista Room! Get mischievous at The Star Bar with Gateway to Hell, Dusty Booze & The Baby Haters and We Want Blood! It’s a scattered, smothered and covered sort of day with the Waffle House Museum Open House in Decatur! Make your way to Elliott Street Pub for a night with Bird City Revolutionaries and The Morkestra Live! Get down with Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck at Northside Tavern! Or get bluesy with the Randall Bramblett Band at the Red Clay Theatre! Get down and dirty with Sandra Hall & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, July 30

Celebrate 35 years of Amy Heckerling’s ‘80s classic, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982) at theatres across Atlanta (2pm/7pm) [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); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming)]! Make your way to City Winery for The Band of Heathens! Have a barrel of laughs at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s 6th Annual Silent Comedy Shorts featuring the antics of Keaton, Chaplin and more, from 3pm – 5pm! 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!

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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