This Week in ATLRetro, July 31-Aug. 6, 2017

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Come see what’s shakin’ in ATLRetro This Week!

Monday, July 31

Liver Down the River and Blue Train Bound dish out a night of psychedelic bluegrass at City Winery! Get the blues with Larry Griffith at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! 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! And Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up at Blind Willie’s!

Tuesday, August 1

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema continues their new Classics Series with Darryl F. Zanuck’s THE LONGEST DAY (1962) at 7pm! Get post-industrial with PIG at the Drunken Unicorn! Catch Michelle Branch and Haerts at the Variety Playhouse! Rock out during Kevn Kinney’s Rocket Shop & Travel Show at City Winery! 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, August 2

Get hell bent and catch Landmark Midtown Art Cinema’s 25th Anniversary screening of Clint Eastwood’s UNFORGIVEN (1992) at 7pm! Get down with Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah at The Star Bar! 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)]! Folk it up with Von Grey at Eddie’s Attic! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Boogie on down to East Atlanta’s Graveyard Tavern for their Graveyard Swing Night, held the first Wednesday of every month, promising an evening of swingin’ jazz and jive with the Savoy Kings! 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, August 3

Hilarity ensues with Cineprov at The Plaza Theater as they get brutal and riff John Boorman’s ZARDOZ (1974) at 7:00pm! Dixieland it up with Waller, Sailing to Denver and Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband at The Earl! Rock out at The Star Bar with Black Irish Texas, Pretty Please and Hot Wives! Get your ‘90s alt-rock fix with Dishwalla at City Winery! Get down at Rowdy Dowdy with Shagwuf, Reverends, Bad Spell and Weary Heads! Atlantic Station’s Movies in Central Park continues with a free screening of Donal Petrie’s MISS CONGENIALITY (2000) at dusk! Folk it up with Lilac Wine at Venkman’s! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so rock on down to Trader Vic’s for a night with the The Sundogs! 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, August 4

Rock out with Wayne Kramer (MC5) at 529! Wipe out with The Surfaris featuring Bob Berryhill at the Masquerade! Or get covert and Bond it up with a screening of Martin Campbell’s GOLDENEYE (1995) at SCADShow at 7pm! Get ghoulish and boogie on down to Avondale Towne Cinema for the Spectres Ball featuring Paul Mercer, The Ghosts Project, Valentine Wolfe and more! Get a weekend full of fantasy, horror, and sci-fi films during the Something Wicked Film Fest 2017 at the Southern Performing Arts Academy (Lawrenceville), running through Aug. 6! Wanda Jackson, the “Queen of Rockabilly” revs it up at Vinyl! Have a hellacious time with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho Devilles at Motorheads (McDonough)!  The Kevin See Quintet gets jazzy at the Red Light Café! Get funky with The Groove Orient at Venkman’s! Get the old-school blues with Ike Stubblefield & Friends at The Vista Room! Blues rock it up with Tinsley Ellis Blues is Dead and Captain Trips & The Sunstroke Serenaders at Terminal West! Get the blues with Jontavious Willis 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, August 5

Kool Kats The Casket Creatures rock out during the Heavy Metal Homecoming III at the Masquerade! The Plaza Theater gets devilish and screens George Pavlou’s RAWHEAD REX (1986), through Aug. 10! Make your way to The Earl for a night with Adam Torres, Moses Nesh and Big Brutus! Tribute dishes out a night of The Allman Brothers tunes at City Winery! Get your reggae Talking Heads fix with the Talking Dreads at Venkman’s! Tommy Talton and Scott Boyer are Laying it Back One More Time at Avondale Towne Cinema! Boogie on down to The Vista Room for DJ Romeo Cologne’s Disco Dance Party! Walk like an Egyptian on down to The Basement for their Heyday – 80s Dance Party! Make your way to the The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for A Tribute to Eagles/Alabama: East Meets West! The Fox Theatre gets witchy and screens the first three films in the HARRY POTTER series at 12pm! Head south for the City of Jonesboro’s Summer Concert & Beach Party featuring the Swingin’ Medallions! Have a rockin’ time with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho Devilles at Sportsline Bar (Lawrenceville)! Blues it up with The Cody Matlock Band at Northside Tavern! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, August 6

Rock on by Criminal Records for their Garbage Book Signing event (THIS IS THE NOISE THAT KEEPS ME AWAKE) at 12pm! Follow that up with a killer time at Chastain Park with Blondie and Garbage! Shimmy on down to Smith’s Olde Bar Disney-style as The Candybox Revue presents their New York STRIPPED Burlesque Show paying tribute to Disney on Broadway at 8:30pm! Get your flamenco fix with Cristian Puig at the Red Light Café! Stomp on down to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Mary Bragg! Get rocked retro-style with Radio Birds, the Cordovas and Foxtrot & The Get Down at Park Tavern’s Sunset Sessions! Gypsy jazz it up with The Hot Club of Atlanta at Venkman’s! Get to jammin’ at Terminal West during their 10th Annual Jerry Day featuring JGBCB, Dead Affect, String ‘N Bones, Escape Vehicle, The Charlie Fog Band, Gr8fldude & Frenz, Honeywood and more! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!


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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One Response to “This Week in ATLRetro, July 31-Aug. 6, 2017”

  1. darryl roy
    on Aug 2nd, 2017
    @ 12:12 pm

    Thanks sooo much for doing this!!! Great guide every week!

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