This Week in ATLRetro, July 9-15, 2018

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

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

Monday, July 9

Make a splash and head on over to the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema for a one night only celebration of 50 years of The Beatles’/George Dunning’s YELLOW SUBMARINE (1968) at 7pm! New Wave it up with Dent May and Shannon Lay at The Earl! Lorna Tucker’s documentary covering the life of Dame Vivienne Westwood, WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST (2018) screens at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, through July 12! Get jazzy with Kimberlye McKinney at City Winery! 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!” Spend the night with Rev. Billy C. Wirtz at Blind Willies! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam! And get the blues with Larry Griffith at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack!

Tuesday, July 10

The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema kicks off their Film in Films Classics Series with a screening of David Lynch’s MULHOLLAND DRIVE (2001) at 7pm, including a pre-show intro and post-show introduction! Get sizzlin’ with Kool Kat Katherine Lashe and her burly-Q gals of Syrens of the South as they salute you with their Tease Tuesday Burlesque: Patriot Acts event, shakin’ it up at the Red Light Café! The Plaza Theater screens Samuel D. Pollard’s documentary, MAYNARD (2017) about the life and times of the first black mayor of Atlanta at 3pm! Rock out with Young Rising Sons at Aisle 5! Get some soul with Vivian Green at City Winery! Get countrified with Elise Davis and Jacob Thomas, Jr. at Eddie’s Attic! Garage rock it up with The Tenders, Nikki & The Phantom Callers and Roadkill Debutante at Smith’s Olde Bar! Head over to Chastain Park for a night with Coheed & Cambria! Get old-timey with Ol’ GoForth at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! The Redstone Ramblers fire it Blind Willies! 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 DJ Quasi Mandisco’s Little 5 Points Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! JT Speed gets down at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, July 11

Get your post-apocalyptic sci-fi fix and catch a double feature of Katsuhiro Otomo’s AKIRA (1988) and Hideyuki Kikuchi’s WICKED CITY (1987) at Noni’s Bar & Deli during their Cinema Paradiso film event starting at 10pm! Or get campy and catch a screening of Robert Luketic’s LEGALLY BLONDE (2001) presented by WUSSY MAG at The Plaza Theater at 8pm (doors at 7pm)! Make your way to the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Flashback Cinema series screening of Warren Beatty’s HEAVEN CAN WAIT (1978) at 2:30pm/7:30pm! William Green dishes out a night of rockin’ jazz at City Winery! Or make your way to Atlanta Symphony Hall for a night with Ludovico Einaudi! Chastain Park dishes out a night of retro fun with the Retro Futura Tour featuring Belinda Carlisle, ABC, Modern English and more! Get folk rocked with The Buffalo Ruckus and Back to Memphis at Smith’s Olde Bar upstairs; or indie rock it up downstairs with Wet Jeans, The Mondegreens and The Underhill Family Orchestra! Or lo-fi it up at The Star Bar with Lois Righteous, Post Hunk, DUMB and Fun Isn’t Fair! Blind Willie’s gets rockin’ with The Cazanovas’ Blues Jam! Art Hollidays gets down at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Funk it up with the Mike Veal Band at Tin Roof Cantina! 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, July 12

Rev on down to The Star Bar for a night with The Octanes, Cadillac Junkies and The Sideburners! Spend the night with the Wild Moccasins at 529! Get down to The Earl and spend the night with Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer, Cousin Dan and The Trouble Obscene! Spend the night with Mermaid Motor Lounge and Town Mountain at Smith’s Olde Bar! The Vista Room presents Runnin’ Down a Dream paying tribute to Tom Petty and Mermer paying tribute to R.E.M! Get twangy with Neon Moon at Eddie’s Attic! 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’ island tunes and killer island cocktails! Make your way to Blind Willie’s for a night with The Shadows! 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, July 13

Kool Kat Chad Shivers and Southern Surf Stomp presents a hellacious rockin’ Friday the 13th with The Crimson Ghosts bringing some Misfits Surf intros, ELZIG and El Capitan & The Reluctant Sadists at The Star Bar! The Ghouls of Bump in the Night Ghoulesque cordially invite you to join them for their slasher-inspired burlesque revue, in celebration of their Macabre Mistress Risky Sour at the Red Light Café! Hula on down to the Highland Inn & Ballroom Lounge for Trashy Diva’s One Year Anniversary Tiki Party, featuring mai tais and Burly Q shenanigans with Kool Kat Ursula Undress, Kool Kat Lola LeSoleil and more! Or get bewitched with a screening of George Miller’s THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK (1987) at ATL CRAFT at 7pm! Raise a ruckus at The Earl with Pony League, Have Gun Will Travel, Jeremy Ray and Drew Beskin! Get old-timey with Back in the Saddle and the Swingin’ Saddle Cats at Kavarna! Rock out at The Vista Room with Demolition Man (Sting/Police tribute) and Semi-Charmed (tribute to ‘90s alt rock)! Get some soul with Q Parker & Friends at City Winery! Or get the blues with the Bridget Kelly Band at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Rock out with Dan Baird & Homemade Sin with Jackson County Line at Eddie’s Attic! Or jam it up with the Tyler Neal Band at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Rumours pays tribute to Fleetwood Mac at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get your rockin’ roots fix with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Groove on over to Venkman’s for a night with Yacht Rock Revue! Folk rock it up with Lake Street Drive at the Variety Playhouse! Catch Nikki Bluhm at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens! Geek it up at the Georgia World Congress Center for Atlanta ComiCon featuring a weekend chock full of comics, toys, art, celebrities and more, running through July 15! Sandra Hall & The Shadows get down at Blind Willie’s! Get down with Little Joey’s Jump ‘n’ Jive at the 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, July 14

It’s a late night scumbag revival as Dusty Booze & The Baby Haters release their first album at The Star Bar with Bigfoot and Bad FriendCity Winery rag-times it up with a little Prohibition pandemonium with Kool Kat Blair Crimmins & The Hookers! Bluegrass it up with The Clydes at the Crimson Moon Café! Stomp on down to Darwin’s Burgers & Blues for Heather Luttrell & the Possum’s Den! Get rocked at The Earl with a Midsummer’s Nightmare, featuring Slaygerism, Maiden Killers, and Slack Sabbath! Have a revved up brunch at Venkman’s with Rodeo Twister followed by a night of Bowie vs. Gabriel with Jerome Newton & The Band Who Fell to Earth and The Sledgehammers! Make your way to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Rob Baird, The Cactus Blossoms and Mike Killeen! Get rocked at The Highlander with Rose Asphyxia, Sleazy Cheetah and Kyle Troop & The Heretics! Get folksy with Boo Reefa at Java Monkey! Post punk it up in Hell with the Starbenders, The Rose Garden Funeral Party, The Twotakes, Famous by February and Stone Monkee at the Masquerade! Rumours pays tribute to Fleetwood Mac and Runnin’ Down a Dream pays tribute to Tom Petty at Smith’s Olde Bar! Geek it up at the Red Light Café as Tied and Tasseled Fetish Cabaret brings you their Cosplay Nerdlesque event! Tedeschi Trucks Band rocks out at the Fox Theatre! Folk rock it up for night two of Lake Street Drive at the Variety Playhouse! Head on down to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre for a night with Chicago and REO Speedwagon! Make your way to Solis Two Porsche Drive for their drive-in movie event as they screen Michael Bay’s BAD BOYS (1995) at 7:30pm! Or geek it up at Battle & Brew’s Retro Cosplay Night! Make your way to the High Museum for their Road Trip to Paradise Garden exhibit! Thomas “Git Lo” Lee gets down at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Sammy Blue and the Blues Dude get down at the Northside Tavern! Funk it up with Dynagroove at Tin Roof Cantina! Get to the root of it all with The Nighthawks at Blind Willie’s! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night! And as always, DJ Romeo Cologne and DJ Kwasi Mandisco transforms the sensationally seedy Clermont Lounge into a ’70s disco/funk inferno late into the wee hours of the night.

Sunday, July 15

TCM Classics presents a 3oth Anniversary screening of Penny Marshall’s BIG (1988) at theatres across Atlanta at 2pm/7pm [Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth/Marietta); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; 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); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); and AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming)]! New Age it up with Carol Albert at City Winery! The Red Clay Strays dish out a night of southern rock ‘n’ soul at the Crimson Moon Café! House of Hamill folks it up at Eddie’s Attic! Got the need for speed? Well then, make your way to the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Flashback Cinema series screening of Tony Scott’s TOP GUN (1986) at 2:30pm/7:30pm! Get funky with Risky Biscuit at Tin Roof Cantina! 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!


The Alliance Theater presents WINNIE-THE-POOH, a musical based on the stories of A.A. Milne, running through July 15! (LAST CHANCE!)

ATL CRAFT presents a magical occult Movie Night every second Friday of every month!

My Parents’ Basement goes old-school with their monthly Pinball Tournament, every firsts Wednesday of the month!

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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