ATLRetro’s Throw Back to the 20th Century New Year’s Eve Guide – Our Top Ten Vitally Vintage Eras for Toasting 2019

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Ring in a vintage New Year with ATLRetro!  Come celebrate what once was in 2018 and welcome with open arms what will be in 2019! Start the New Year off with a bang with all the hoppin’ shindigs we’ve dug up just for you!

1. BLUES, SOUL & FUNK, OH MY. Kool Kat Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics dish out a helluva night of rockin’ ‘50s and ‘60s Georgia soul at Venkman’s! For some classic blues and jazz, make your way to Blind Willie’s for a night with “The Empress of the Blues” Sandra Hall! Doors at 7pm and $50 gets you guaranteed seating, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight! Boogie down into the New Year with Funk You and Universal Sigh at Aisle 5! Doors at 9pm/$15 advance. Fire up the blues at the Northside Tavern with Eddie Tigner, Lola & the Atlanta Horns, Albert White and Beverly “Guitar” Watkins! Spend NYE at the Crimson Moon Café with the EG Kight Trio!

2. HEY! HO! LET’S GO! The Star Bar is throwing one helluva killer Kool Kat New Year’s Eve party with Gringo Star (Kool Kats Nick and Peter Furgiuele), Anna Kramer, Mammabear, Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah and Chrome Castle! Doors at 8pm: $17.50 advance/$20. Eat, drink and be scary during The Highlander’s SKARYOKE New Year’s Evil Party! Hey all you miscreants! Get rebellious and rock into the New Year with The Coathangers, Vincas and Paralyzer at The Earl! Doors at 9pm/$25. The Georgia Players Guild delivers a rockin’ NYE Royalty Show: A Tribute to Prince & Queen at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre, at 9pm. $40 cover. Get heavy with Sevendust at the Masquerade at 7pm! $45 advance tickets. Rock out and pay tribute with Led Zeppelified at Smith’s Olde Bar (Atlanta Room)! $12 advance/$20 day of show. The Fox Theatre continues their 30+ year tradition and jams into the New Year with Widespread Panic! Doors at 8pm/tickets start at $75.

3. I PUT A SPELL ON YOU: MONSTERS, MADNESS & WITCHY FUN. It’s a night of monsters, poets and madmen at the Highland Inn Ballroom & Lounge during Frankenstein’s Ball, and immersive experience, at 7:30pm! Get bewitched at Battle & Brew during A New Year’s Eve Yule Ball! Special prizes for the most eloquently dressed witches and wizards! Doors at 7pm!

4. RAISE A ROCKABILLY/FOLKSY/ROOTSY RUCKUS.  Get swampadelic at Terminal West with Larkin Poe and Andrea Colburn & Mud Moseley! Doors at 8pm/tickets start at $26. Have a helluva NYE with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt and the Psycho-DeVilles at Porterdale Bar & Grill! Rock into 2019 with Drivin N Cryin at the Buckhead Theatre with Dan Baird & Homemade Sin! Doors 8pm. Have a folksy New Year’s Eve dinner and show with ESOEBO at the Red Clay Theatre! Jam out at the Tabernacle with Umphrey’s McGee! Doors at 7pm. For a New Year’s Eve filled with foot stompin’ Americana, blues and rock ‘n’ roll, make your way to Eddie’s Attic for two hoppin’ helpings of the sultry Michelle Malone Band and her 21st annual New Year’s Eve Bash! Stomp on down to Hottie Hawgs BBQ and raise a New Beers Eve ruckus with Whiskey Dixie and The Possum Kingdom Ramblers! Cover: $60, Doors: 6:30pm.

5. SMOOTH OPERATOR. Get ‘70s toasty and sail into 2019 with Yacht Rock Revue at Park Tavern during their all-inclusive shakin’ shindig at 9pm! $200/VIP Pass includes champagne, tasty treats and more! Soft rock into the New Year at Smith’s Olde Bar (Music Room) with Rumours – A Fleetwood Mac Tribute. $30 advance/$40 door/$200 VIP tables. Get your fill of ‘60s and ‘70s tunes with The Atlanta Seven at the Clermont Lounge at 10pm! $15 cover.

6. LIFE’S A BEACH. Tiki it up into 2019 at Trader Vic’s New Years Eve in Paradise featuring a special 4-course menu  and a night with Bogey & The Viceroy dishing out some soulful island tunes with a midnight champagne toast! Doors at 9pm! Spend the night with Coast Guard at City Winery for NYE! $109 general admission/$149 VIP. Hula on down to The SOS Tiki Bar for a Tiki Holiday Celebration!

7. THE CURE FOR BANANARAMA. Electric Avenue rings in the New Year with a night of MTV-era rockin’ shenanigans at The Vista Room! Doors 8pm and $45/person. Eighties it up with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch with Denim Arcade at Wild Wing Café in Alpharetta at 10pm!

8. RAT PACKIN’ & ALL THAT JAZZ.  Swing into the New Year in style with Joe Gransden and Francine Reed as they celebrate with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at City Springs at 8pm! Or croon it up at the Red Phone Booth for their Rat Pack New Year’s Eve Celebration featuring live music with Johnny Porrazzo. Doors 7pm and $150/person.

9. PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ. Celebrate the New Year in style! Grab your favorite guy or gal, get dressed to the nines and shimmy on down to the Red Light Café as Speakeasy Electro Swing presents their 3rd annual Gilded Age Gala, featuring live tunes, a Burly-Q feast for the eyes, music by MC/DJ Doctor Q and so much more! Doors at 8pm/$40 advance/$60 at the door. Or boogie on down to the Euclid Avenue Yacht Club’s Suck It 2018 NYE Dance Party, featuring DJs, party favors and a free champagne toast at midnight! Get criminal and make a fabulous getaway to Bonnie & Clyde’s NYE Masquerade Ball! Doors at 9pm/$150. Roar into 2019 with The Great Gatsby Gala featuring tasty treats, a champagne toast and more at 8pm!

10. SCI-FI IT UP. The Plaza Theater gives you an intergalactic start to the New Year with a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968) at 10pm

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