This Week in ATLRetro, January 8-14, 2018

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Get back in the swing of things with ATLRetro and take a peek at all the swell shenanigans we’ve found for you!

Monday, January 8

Celebrate some pretty big birthdays in true rock ‘n’ roll style with Avondale Towne Cinema’s Bowie vs. Elvis Jam! Get some soul with Brandon Reeves at Blind Willie’s! 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 blues on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a night with Larry Griffith!

Tuesday, January 9

Shake a tail feather with Kool Kat Katherine Lashe and her burly-Q gals of Syrens of the South during their Tease Tuesday Burlesque: 4th Anniversary Show, shakin’ it up at the Red Light Café! Psych rock out at 529 with HEAVEN, A Drug Called Tradition, Count Vaseline and New Tree! Spend the night with Greg Kihn at City Winery! Reggae it up with Rhythm Earth, Blackberry Breeze and Sound Culture at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get the country blues with the Redstone Ramblers at Blind Willie’s! Darwin’s Burgers & Blues gets down with the Poverty Level Band! JT Speed gets down at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at  every Tuesday! 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, January 10

Rock out old-school with Flashback Flash, The Dround Hounds and Willess at The Star Bar! Rock out with the U.S. Bombs, The Hanging Judge, and Rotten Stitches in Hell at the Masquerade! Catch a screening of Tommy Wiseau’s THE ROOM (2003) at theatres across Atlanta at 8pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Perimeter Pointe 10; Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); and AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville)]! It’s a night of blues and southern soul with Kool Kat Scott Glazer’s Mojo Dojo at Blind Willie’s! Get the blues with Michael Preston at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get the rockin’ blues with The Cazanovas at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Funk it up with the Mike Veal Band at Tin Roof Cantina! Get bewitched with a screening of Chris ColumbusHARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (2002) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth) at 7:15pm! Soul Sacrifice pays tribute to Santana at City Winery! 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 a night of acoustic 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, January 11

Make your way to the Little Vinyl Lounge (The Star Bar) for Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer’s ANT LODGE Vol. 4 starring Weatherly (album release), Victor St. Baloo and Leah Raven Eiland with Jeffrey Butzer! Rock on down to The Earl for a night with JesusHoney and Bad Spell! Honkytonk it up with Kool Kat Spike Fullerton with Ghost Riders Car Club and special guests Andrea Colburn & Mud Moseley at the Clermont Lounge! Hot Ice presents a tribute to The Men of Soul at City Winery! Bluegrass it up with Billy Strings and Mia Green at Eddie’s Attic! Or get your bluegrass fix with Sweet’shine & Honey with Nathan Evens Fox at the Red Clay Theatre! Funk it up with Andy Frasco & The UN with Chelsea Shag at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get your soulful Americana fix with The War & Treaty at Terminal West! Sweet Betty & The Shadows get down at Blind Willie’s! Get rocked with a free screening of Rob Reiner’s THIS IS SPINAL TAP! (1984) at Venkman’s! Cody Matlock & the Mothership get down at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! It’s Mai Tai Thursday at Trader Vic’s so hula on down for a night of rockin’ tunes with the Knotty Boys and some killer island cocktails! Make your way to the Red Light Café for their Neil Young, Crosby, Stills and Nash Jam with Mark Michelson & Friends! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! 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, January 12

Chain gang it up with a screening of Stuart Rosenberg’s classic, COOL HAND LUKE (1967) at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre at 8pm, with a pre-show and sing-along thirty minutes before show time! Get intergalactic and make your way to Diesel Filling Station for the 6th Annual Bar Wars Pub Crawl at 7pm! Rock out at the Masquerade’s Punk-O-Rama featuring the Rotten Stitches, The Breaks, Five O’Clock Devil, The Breaknecks, Eliminate Earth and Blue Tower! Or rock out for a cause with Avondale Towne Cinema’s Benefit for Scott the Hoople, featuring Blake Rainey & His Demons, The Skylarks, Back on the Freakout and The Nonessentials! Get your ‘60s and ‘70s rock ‘n ‘ roll fix with The Rainmen at the Red Light Café during their Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party! Glam it up at The Earl with T.T. Mahoney’s Bowie in Sweats paying tribute to Bowie’s 1974 DIAMOND DOGS, with W8ing4UFOs and Guitar Drag! Spend the night with Hot Tuna at City Winery! Or catch Takenobu at Eddie’s Attic! Tinsley Ellis dishes out a night of the blues at the Variety Playhouse! Get smooth at Yacht Rock Schooner dishes out a night of Steely Dan at Venkman’s! Blind Willie’s dishes out a rockin’ night with House Rocker Johnson & The Shadows! Get some soul at The Star Bar’s Dirty South Winter Weekender, night one!  Funk it up with the Mike Veal Band at Tin Roof Cantina! Geek it up with science at the Fernbank After Dark 2018 – Meteorology Kick Off Party featuring funky rock trio Trash Panda! Spend the night with Heavy Petty, Cody Marlowe, and Jessica & Big Daddy at Smith’s Olde Bar! The Radio Ramblers dish out a night of bluesy Americana at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get the rockin’ blues with Beverly “Guitar” Watkins 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, January 13

Gypsy jazz it up with Kool Kat Amy Pike and the Bonaventure Quartet with Tray Dahl’s Jugtime Ragband at The Vista Room! Rock on down to The Star Bar for night two of the Dirty South Winter Weekender featuring Noi!se, Adapters, Antagonizers ATL, DDC, Legion 76, Duffy’s Cut and The Lower Orders! Or make your way to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre as the Georgia Players Guild pay tribute to Willie Nelson and Ray Charles! Eighties it up with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch with Denim Arcade at Wild Wing Café in Alpharetta! Stomp on down to Kavarna for a night with Rust and Truckstop Confidential! Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho Devilles rev it up at the SuBourban Oyster Bar in Kennesaw! Rodeo Twister goes old-school at Venkman’s in the afternoon, followed by Khari Cabral Simmons bringing you The Ladies of Prince! Boogie down ‘80s-style with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his ‘80s New Wave Music Video Dance Party: David Bowie Tribute at Amsterdam Atlanta! Shimmy on down City Winery for a night with Wasabassco Burlesque! Appetite for Destruction pays tribute to GNR at MadLife Stage & Studios in Woodstock! Get swampy with The Revelers at the Red Clay Theatre! Get down with The Grapes and Kevn Kinney at the Variety Playhouse! Get down and dirty with Big Bill Morganfield at Blind Willie’s! Ron Cooley & The Hard Times get down at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get the blues with Grant Green, Jr. at Northside Tavern! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!

Sunday, January 14

TCM Big Screen Classics presents a 70th Anniversary screening of John Huston’s classic, THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948) at theatres across Atlanta at 2pm/7pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming)]! Get the blues with Amy Black at City Winery! Get jazzy with the Matthew Kaminski Trio at Venkman’s! Rock out with Jon Latham at the Red Light Café! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner! And get the rockin’ blues with Fatback Deluxe at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack!


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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