This Week in ATLRetro, August 14-20, 2014

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

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

Monday, August 14

Get some soul with an Anita Baker Tribute at City Winery! Make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar for a night with Jimmy Galloway and Big Brutus! 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! Jazz it up with the Emerald Empire Band at The Vista Room! Blues it up with Barrel House Bob Page at Blind Willie’s! 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 for a side of Dry White Toast and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, August 15

Landmark Midtown Art Cinema takes you near the enemy line and continues their new Classics Series with Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H (1970) at 7pm! Rock out during Kevn Kinney’s Rocket Shop & Travel Show at City Winery! You won’t want to miss the Tony Award-winning production, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS at the Fox Theatre, through Aug. 20! Get down with the Nick Johnson Band 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, August 16

Rev it up with The Octanes, the Sideburners, Sweatin’ Bullets and Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt at The Star Bar! TCM Big Screen Classics get criminal with their 50th Anniversary screening of Arthur Penn’s BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967) 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 Irish-style with The High Kings at City Winery! Get your ‘70s super group fix with Captain Beyond and Mathis Hunter at The Earl! Make your way to Atlanta Symphony Hall for a night with Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) & the Nightflyers! Fat Matt’s Rib Shack dishes out a night of the blues with Frankie’s Blues Mission! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Get the old-school blues with Andrew Black 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, August 17

New Wave it up with The Fixx at City Winery! Get teleported to theatres across Atlanta for RiffTrax Live: DOCTOR WHO: THE FIVE DOCTORS (1983) at 8pm [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); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); and Merchant’s Walk (Marietta)]! Get mischievous with Kool Kat Aileen Loy and Till Someone Loses an Eye, Bad Friend and Dang Dang Dang at The Star Bar! Rock out with The Goddamn Gallows and Birdcloud at The Earl! Graceland presents Elvis Live in Concert with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Chastain Park! Make your way to the Red Light Café for a night with Ellis Dyson & The Shambles, The Extraordinary Contraptions and Rodeo Twister! Get the rockin’ blues with the Cazanovas at Blind Willie’s! Folk it up with Lilac Wine at Venkman’s! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so hula on down to Trader Vic’s for some smokin’ hot island tunes and a couple of cocktails! 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 18

Roll in the hay and get monstrous with a screening of Mel Brooks’ classic YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (1974) during TCM’s Summer Under the Stars event at Piedmont Park! Make your way to the Little Vinyl Lounge for Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer’s monthly variety show ANT LODGE starring Pinkerton/Black, Dirty Titty and Rose Hotel! Kool Kat Talloolah Love, DJ Doctor Q and company get to swingin’ with their Speakeasy ElectroSwing Atlanta at the Red Light Café! Yacht Rock Schooner dishes out a night of Steely Dan at The Vista Room! Get reformed and catch a screening of Alan Clarke’s SCUM (1979) at The Plaza Theater, through Aug. 20! Rock out with A Drug Called Tradition, David Barbe, T. Hardy Morris and more at 529! Or get to rockin’ at the Buckhead Theatre for The Magpie Salute! Get your Texas roots fix with Lee Roy Parnell at City Winery! The Pettybreakers (tribute to Tom Petty) and The Journeymen rock out at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheatre in Peachtree City! Get jazzy at the High Museum with Henry Conerway III, Russell Gunn & the Krunk Jazz Orchestra! Or rock out at the Highlander with Magoo’s Heroes, The Sentinels and Skatanic! Make your way to Blind Willie’s for a night with Beverly “Guitar” Watkins! Blues it up with Larry Griffith at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get down with Stoney Brooks at Northside Tavern! Runaway Gin pays tribute to Phish at Terminal West! 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 19

“The King” graces the stage at Avondale Towne Cinema’s Elvis Fest featuring Elvis & The Blue Suedes Rockabilly Tribute Show and more shakin’ shenanigans! Or spend the night and funk it up with Earth, Wind & Fire at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre! Make your way to the The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for a screening of Rob Reiner’s 1987 classic, THE PRINCESS BRIDE! Lyle Lovett & His Large Band invades Atlanta Symphony Hall! Jazz it up at Chastain Park with George Benson and Boney James! Get down with Mathis Hunter, Liz Brasher, Nikki & The Phantom Callers, Cereal Glypths, and Frosted Orange at 529! Roxie Watson dishes out a hootenanny and a half at Buckhead Theatre! Elzig gets hellacious at the Highlander! Folk it up with Sailing to Denver and The Ormewoods at Venkman’s! Get slayed with the Petty Fam Burlesque Tour at the Red Light Café! Get historic at the Historic Oakland Cemetery’s Malts & Vaults event! If you’re into hot rods, pin-ups, vintage art and revved up rockin’ tunes, you won’t want to miss the Rockabilly Rumble hosted by Southern Devil Harley-Davidson in Cartersville featuring Phil Rocker and the Screamin’ Demons! ATL Collective relives A Tribe Called Quest’s “LOW END THEORY” at Terminal West! Albert Castiglia gets down at Blind Willie’s! Get down and dirty with Beverly “Guitar” Watkins at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get some soul with Grant Green, Jr. at Northside Tavern! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, August 20

Sci-fi it up at Aurora Cineplex (Roswell) with a special screening of Mike HodgesFLASH GORDON (1980) at 7pm! Rock out with Band X at Johnny’s Hideaway! Reggae it up with The Elovaters at the Masquerade! Make your way to the Red Light Café for a night with Farewell Angelina! Catch the Shatka Jazz Trio at Venkman’s! Blues it up with Garrett Collins at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Stomp on down to Park Tavern for a night with Girls, Guns and Glory, Cold Heart Canyon 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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