This Week in ATLRetro, August 5-11, 2019

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

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

Monday, August 5

Rev it up as Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt goes solo for the night at Smokin’ Cues in Stockbridge! Get rocked with Tenacious D at the Coca Cola Roxy! The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema delves into the lives of Leonard Cohen and his muse Marianne Ihlen with a screening of Nick Broomfield’s documentary MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE (2019), through Aug. 8! Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday! Get your vinyl fix at Little 5 Points Corner Tavern’s Records of Mass Destruction, every Monday! 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! 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 6

Come on Class of ’79! Get rocked as The Plaza Theater Foundation presents a 40th anniversary screening of Allen Arkush and Joe Dante’s ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HIGH SCHOOL (1979), with live pre-movie tunes by Ramones tribute band Kings of Queens at 6:30pm! Get hellacious with Hank Von Hell (Turbonegro) at The Earl! Fathom Events and CBS will present 5 uncut, full-length colorized episodes of I LOVE LUCY in celebration of Lucille Ball’s Birthday, plus REDHEAD TALES – a newly produced and never-before-seen featurette on the colorization of the hit show, at theatres across Atlanta [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium (Buford); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Blues it up with Bill Sheffield at Blind Willie’s! Get the Piedmont blues with Mudcat during Gypsy Rose’s Mudcat Tuesdays event! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with DJ Quasi Mandisco’s Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! Blues it up with the Crosstown Allstars at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, August 7

Catch a screening of Danny DeVito’s film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic MATILDA (1996) at SCADShow at 7pm! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Tony Scott’s TOP GUN (1986) at theatres across Atlanta [Northlake Festival Movie Tavern (Tucker); GTC Merchant’s Walk Cinemas (Marietta); Movie Tavern at Horizon Village (Suwannee); and The Springs Cinema & Taphouse (Sandy Springs)! Get glam rocked with Kyle Craft at The Earl! The Highlander rocks out with their Punk/Metal/New Wave Karaoke Night, every Wednesday! Join the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival for their final AJFF Selects of the season, FIDDLER: A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES, which traces the creation and enduring legacy of the beloved Broadway musical and global theatrical phenomenon, at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at 7:40pm. Blind Willie’s gets down with The Cazanovas! 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 for a rockin’ night of blues with the Tyler Neal Band! Fat Matt’s Rib Shack gets down with Frankie’s Blues Mission! 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 8

Get garage rocked and doo-wopped with The King Kahn & BBQ Show at The Earl, with UPCHUCK and Rude Dude and the Creek Freaks! It’s a night of dirty ‘ol rock ‘n’ roll at 529 with The Dollyrots, The Pink Spiders and Kyle Troop & The Heretics! Stomp on down to Clermont Lounge Mid-Summer Social starring Kool Kat Spike Fullerton & the Ghost Riders Car Club! Get acoustic with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt  (solo) at Porterdale Bar! Jazz it up with Ken Ford at Suite Food Lounge! It’s Mai Tai Thursday at Trader Vic’s so get down with some island tunes and have some killer cocktails! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! Get down with The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! The Star Bar kicks it in the Little Vinyl Lounge with Karaoke Night, every Thursday! Get your boogie on at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, as Chickenshack 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 9

Get dead and hungry during Ritual’s Zombie Pin-Ups Goth Industrial Theme Party at Heretic! Americana it up with Ray Wylie Hubbard at Center Stage! The Stranger pays tribute to Billy Joel at City Winery! Surf on down to The Drunken Unicorn for a night with Small Reactions and more! Become one with the dinosaurs during Fernbank’s After Dark: Mythbusters event! Get rocked at 529 with high spirits, Lazer/Wulf, Gunpowder Gray and Maiden Killers! Psyche rock it up with The Claypool Lennon Delirium at the Variety Playhouse! The Kerry Hill Band gets the blues at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Sandra Hall & the Shadows get down at Blind Willie’s! 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, August 10

Eighties it up at the Jimmy Carter Museum with their Strange Saturday event featuring Stranger Things costumes, panels, arcade games and more! The 19th Annual Decatur BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass Festival invades downtown with tasty food, arts, crafts and live rockin’ tunes featuring Honeywood, Campbell Station, Roxie, Grizzly Goat, Sandra Hall, Randall Bramblett and more! Lost love is in the air at the Historic Oakland Cemetery with their Love Stories of Oakland: Summer Date Night tour! Swing on by Atlanta Symphony Hall for a night with Lyle Lovett & His Large Band! Get rocked with The Smithereens at Suwanee City Park! Celebrate 20 years of The Earl with All the Saints and Rock*A*Teens! Make your way to the Ivy Wall Drive-In Theatre in Dacula for a double-feature screening of Terry Gilliam’s FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS (1998) and Gaspar Noe’s ENTER THE VOID (2009) at 9pm! Roots rock it up with Delta Moon at Blind Willie’s! Get funky with AJ Ghent at the Crimson Moon Café! Or get down with Rough Draft at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! The Lobsters of Rock pay tribute to the B-52s at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get revved with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho DeVilles at Smokin’ Cues in Stockbridge! Spend the night with Lola and Bill Sheffield at the Northside Tavern! 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, August 11

Get your classic silent film fix at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s Silent Comedy Shorts event [Buster Keaton to Harold Lloyd and more!], featuring live organ accompaniment at 3pm with Kool Kat Ron Carter! TCM Big Screen Classics presents a 50th Anniversary screening of Gene Kelly’s classic, HELLO DOLLY! (1969) at theatres across Atlanta [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Perimeter Pointe 10; Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium (Buford); Studio Movie Grill (Marietta/Alpharetta/Duluth); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Regal McDonough Stadium 16 and Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18]! Make your way to the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre for a night with Peter Frampton and Jon Bonham! Lizz Wright gets jazzy at City Winery! Make your way to 529 for a night with Daikaiju, Kool Kats SHEHEHE, and Trauma City! Mudcat dishes out his Acoustic Blues & Roots Jam at Waller’s Coffee Shop! Shimmy down with Kool Kat Lola LeSoleil at Metropolitan Studios for her Feather Fan-Damentals Workshop! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of John Carpenter’s BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986) at theatres across Atlanta [Northlake Festival Movie Tavern (Tucker); GTC Merchant’s Walk Cinemas (Marietta); Movie Tavern at Horizon Village (Suwannee); and The Springs Cinema & Taphouse (Sandy Springs)! Get bluesy with The Vipers at Blind Willie’s! Or get down with Jet Black & The Whacos at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Funk it up with Risky Biscuit at Tin Roof Cantina! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!

Ongoing

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 first 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!

The Highlander rocks out with their Punk/Metal/New Wave Karaoke Night, every Wednesday!

Get your vinyl fix during Little 5 Points Corner Tavern’s Records of Mass Destruction! event, every Monday!

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!

If you have a suggestion for a future event that should be included in This Week in Retro Atlanta or see something we missed, please email us at atlretro@gmail.com.

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