This Week in ATLRetro, November 20-26, 2017

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Hey all you Kool Kiddies! Start some new holiday traditions this year and let us guide the way! Whether you’re lookin’ to escape or just needing to get out and breathe, we’ve got a cornucopia of holiday rockin’ fun lined up that will fill you to the brim with giddy! So, come on out and rock out Retro holiday-style!

Monday, November 20

Rock out with Unsane, Plaque Marks and more at The Earl! 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! Get some soul with Brandon Reeves at Blind Willie’s! 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, November 21

Vengeance is yours so make your way to Landmark Midtown Art Cinema as they continue their “A Dish Best Served Cold” Classics Series with a Quentin Tarantino double feature of KILL BILL VOL. 1 (2003) and KILL BILL VOL. 2 (2004) at 7pm! Swamp funk it up with Dirty Bird & The Flu, New Mantra and Hudson Dockett at Smith’s Olde Bar! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! Stomp on down to Blind Willie’s for a night with the BooHoo Ramblers ! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with DJ Quasi Mandisco’s Little 5 Points 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, November 22

Stomp on down to The Earl for a night with I Want Whiskey, Waller and The Villain Family! ATL Collective relives Simon & Garfunkel’s BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER at City Winery! Smith’s Olde Bar dishes out a rockin’ tribute with Celebration Day (Led Zeppelin tribute) and Free Hat, or get swampy and raise a ruckus downstairs with Willow Walkers, The Dirty Hands and Steve Coughlin & Probable Cause! Get mischievous outlaw-style with Reverend Hylton, Odd Job Ensemble and Frankie Boots at The Star Bar! Spend the night with John McLaughlin and Jimmy Herring at Atlanta Symphony Hall! The Variety Playhouse delivers a night of rockin’ tributes with Rumours and The Dirty Doors! Yacht Rock Revue, the “Sultans of Smooth,” deliver a night of ‘70s and ‘80s hits with Turkey Day Eve shows at Venkman’s! Funk it up with the Mike Veal Band at Tin Roof Cantina! Get the Chicago/West Coast blues with the Electromatics at Blind Willie’s! 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! 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, November 23

Burn off all the extra Turkey Day stuffing in ATLRetro! Boogie down Turkey Day Goth-style at 529! Get killer with Santa at The Plaza Theater’s screening of Lewis Jackson’s holiday terror CHRISTMAS EVIL (1980), through Nov. 24, or catch a screening of Tommy Wiseau’s THE ROOM (2003) at 7:30pm! It’s Mai Tai Thursday at Trader Vic’s so hula on down for some rockin’ 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, November 24

Get folksy and rock on down to the Red Light Café for the annual Glen Phillips Day-After-Thanksgiving Show! Rock on down to The Star Bar for a night with Robot Party, Bleach Garden, Air Wolves and Twin Trances! Moontower celebrates the music from the best cult classics of all time with their At the Movies with Moontower event at The Vista Room! Stay alive at The Plaza Theater and catch a 40th Anniversary screening of John Badham’s boogietastic SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER (1977), through Nov. 26! Rock out with Battalion of Saints, the Nobodys, The Cryptics and more at The Earl! Funk it up with Mother’s Finest at the Buckhead Theatre! “King of Strings” Ken Ford gets down at Center Stage! Who’s Bad, the Ultimate Michael Jackson tribute hits the stage at City Winery! Get jazzy with Dave Koz at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center! Get folksy with Livingston Taylor at Eddie’s Attic! Get down with the Sly Dog Band at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Kick off the holiday season with Aurora Theatre – Lawrenceville’s presentation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, bah humbugging through Dec. 23! Sleuth on down to the Historic Oakland Cemetery for The Harvest Hunt! Get artsy pop-style and spend the night with Kool Kat Chris Hamer of UrbnPop and his Drawn & Disordery as they present Black Friday with Red Brick at the Red Brick Brewing Co.! Get down and dirty with Sandra Hall & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues with the Atlanta Horns at Northside Tavern! Time-Warp it up 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, November 25

Get freaky and stomp on down to the Dixie Tavern in Marietta for the Southern Fried Rock & Roll Show featuring creepy sideshow antics with Captain & Maybelle with special guests JB Walker & the Cheap Whiskey Band! Funk it up with Mother’s Finest at the Buckhead Theatre! Or get your Southern Rock fix with Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ at the Variety Playhouse! Learning to Count pays tribute to The Ramones, with ELZIG and Pure Ed at Sweetwater Bar & Grill! Blues rock it up and grunge out with The Vinyl Suns, Jive Revival and Wet Jeans at Smith’s Olde Bar! Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho Devilles rev it up at The Alamo in Newnan! The Last Waltz Ensemble plays tribute to Bob Dylan and The Band at The Vista Room! Edwin McCain dishes out a night of ‘90s alt rock at City Winery! Folk it up with Ellis Paul at Eddie’s Attic! Get the old-school blues with Tinsley Ellis at the Red Clay Theatre! Make your way to Atlanta Symphony Hall for Disney’s Broadway Hits, through Nov. 26! Rock out with Departure and pay tribute to Journey at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre! The Historic Oakland Cemetery continues their Malts & Vaults series, with the Prohibition Edition! Get the blues with Garrett Collins at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Blues it up with Selwyn Birchwood at Blind Willie’s! Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues with the Atlanta Horns at Northside Tavern! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, November 26

Get to the nitty gritty of it all as The Candybox Revue presents their Inglorious Berlesque: A Burlesque Tribute to Quentin Tarantino at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get merry with The Christmas Queens at Center Stage! Funk it up with the Mike Veal Band at Johnny’s Hideaway! Cody Matlock gets the blues at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner!


Aurora Theatre – Lawrenceville presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL, bah humbugging through Dec. 23!

Center for Puppetry Arts presents your favorite traditional seasonal reindeer tale, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, jinglin’ through Dec. 31!

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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