This Week in ATLRetro, Sept. 23-29, 2019

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Check out all the killer events going on in ATLRetro This Week!


Monday, September 23

Rev it up as Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt goes solo for the night at Smokin’ Cues in Stockbridge! Make your way to The Earl for a night with Songhoy Blues and Lesibu Grand! Avant-pop it up with Stererolab and Bitchin Bahas at the Variety Playhouse! Break the boundaries and jazz it up with a screening of Stanley Nelson Jr.’s documentary, MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL (2019), or catch  screening of Dennis Hopper’s EASY RIDER (1969), both through Sept. 27 at The Plaza Theater! Or make your way to Regal Tara Cinemas for a screening of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s documentary, LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE (2019), or Max Lewkowicz’s documentary, FIDDLER: A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES (2019), through Sept. 27! Get down with Sy Smith at City Winery! Eighties it up with Tiffany at Terminal West! Spend the night with Jessica Vosk at Eddie’s Attic! Americana it up with Jason Waller at Waller’s Coffee Shop! 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! 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, September 24

The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema continues their Classics Series with a screening of John Singleton’s BOYZ N THE HOOD (1991) at 7pm! Psychobilly it up with Tiger Army at Terminal West! Break free and celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Frank Darabont’s THE SHAWSHANK REDEMTPION (1994) 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); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); Regal McDonough Stadium 16; and Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18]! Get artsy rocked with Methyl Ethel and Ada Lea at Aisle 5! Blind Willie’s gets down with Bill Sheffield, Brandon Reeves and Nathan Nelson! Funk it up with Billy Cobham’s Crosswinds Project at City Winery! 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! Eddie & the 9 Volts get the rockin’ blues at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, September 25

Emory Cinematheque screens Billy Wilder’s A FOREIGN AFFAIR (1948) in White Hall at 7:30pm! Spend the night with Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster at 529! Get classical and celebrate 75 years of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with a free concert at Centennial Olympic Park! Get your film noir fix and catch a Flashback Cinema screening of John Huston’s THE MALTESE FALCON (1941) 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)! Break free and celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Frank Darabont’s THE SHAWSHANK REDEMTPION (1994) 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); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); Regal McDonough Stadium 16; and Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18]! Funk it up with round two of Billy Cobham’s Crosswinds Project at City Winery! Bluegrass it up at Waller’s Coffee Shop! Get heavy with Disturbed at Gwinnett Arena! Catch a screening of Jay Roach’s AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY (1997) at Studio Movie Grill (Marietta/Alpharetta) at 7:15pm! Honkytonk on down to The Star Bar for Cowboy Karaoke! 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 Electric Blue Express! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, September 26

Videodrome and Lunchmeat VHS present Gary Cohen‘s 1987 shot-on-video classic VIDEO VIOLENCE projected on the big screen at The Plaza Theater from VHS at 9:45pm, with pre-screening shenanigans including a VHS Market in the lobby and a Q&A with Josh Schafer of Lunchmeat VHS hosted by Michael Myerz! Swing on by City Winery for a night with Joe Gransden! Spend the night with Sash the Bash, Reptile Room and the Pussy Willows at the Clermont Lounge! Funk it up with The New Mastersounds and Star Kitchen at Terminal West! Get bluegrassy with the Todd Prusin Experience at Waller’s Coffee Shop! Get bizarre with the spectacle that is That 1 Guy at the Masquerade! Rock out with Agent Orange, The Turbo A.C.’s and Night Terrors at at The Earl! 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! 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, September 27

The horror! The horror! Atlanta kicks off its Halloween celebrations with a bang! Spook up the weekend with a whole lotta horror classics by haunting on down to the 6th Annual Monsterama Convention invading the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta and haunting all your senses through Sept. 29! You won’t want to miss our exclusive Kool Kat Interview with horror author Nancy A. Collins coming soon! Experience five horrorific tracks (Main, Maker, Literary/Arts/Comics, Media and Film Screenings) while perusing the fangtastic vender tables. Catch some killer guests including creaturific artist Kool Kat Mark Maddox; Kool Kat Shane Morton, ghost host with the most, a.k.a. Professor Morte; glamour ghoul Kool Kat Madeline Brumby and so much more! So, come on down for the horror that is Monsterama and get your classic horror fix! Keep your bloody eyes peeled for our Top Ten Retro Reasons to Monsterama It Up this year!

Get rocked at The Star Bar with A Drug Called Tradition, Skin Jobs, Dang Dang Dang, Twin Trances and Hot Wives! Haunt on down to Netherworld Haunted House’s new deadly digs in Stone Mountain for their horrorific 23nd season, kicking it of this weekend getting gory through Nov. 4! Glam it up with Adam Ant at Atlanta Symphony Hall! It’s a night of fuzzed out desert rock with Shantih Shantih at 529! Catch a screening of Robert Wise’s WEST SIDE STORY (1961) at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre at 8pm! Get folksy with Ingrid Michaelson at the Buckhead Theatre! Winehoused celebrates Amy Winehouse at Center Stage! Get some soul with Maxwell at Chastain Park! Stomp on down to The Earl for a night with the Great Peacock and The Underhill Family Orchestra! KC & The Sunshine Band gets down at The Fred Amphitheatre! Tribute pays homage to The Allman Brothers at the Northside Tavern! ATL Collective relives De La Soul’s “Feet High & Rising” at Terminal West! Donna Hopkins dishes out a night of rockin’ roots at Waller’s Coffee Shop! The Sweet Auburn Music Fest dishes out tasty food and rockin’ retroesque tunes through Sunday, Sept. 29! Or bring the kiddies and catch a screening of Don Bluth’s ALL DOGS GO TO HEAVEN (1989) at the Ivy Wall Drive-In Theatre in Dacula at 8pm! 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, September 28

Day 2 of the Monsterama Convention kills it with Valentine Wolfe scoring Edgar Allan Poe shorts at 12:30pm,  Professor Morte’s Silver Scream Spook Show’s screening of Jack Arnold’s REVENGE OF THE CREATURE in 3D (1955) on 16mm at 4pm, a monster mashing good time with the Monster Prom and so much more! Celebrate the Man in Black at The Star Bar’s annual Johnny Cash Tribute & Diabetes Benefit, featuring killer tunes with Blacktop (Kool Kat Dave Weil), the Ghost Riders Car Club (Kool Kat Spike Fullerton), The Wheel Knockers, The Downer Brothers, Al Shelton & The Bar Community Stars, Slim Chance & The Convicts, Georgie Beth Harris and more! The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra brings you Star Wars & More, the Music of John Williams at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre! Or strut on down to EAV for EAV Strut 2019 featuring a free full day of shenanigans including a parade, artists, tasty foods and retrotastic tunes with Chickens & Pigs, the Front Porch Session Players, The SleazeStaxxx, Suede Cassidy, Hair of the Dog, Trey Dahl & the Jugtime Ragband, Dot.s and more! Get your R&B fix with Marsha Ambrosius and Norman Brown at Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre! Get countrified old-timey style with Dale Watson at Smith’s Olde Bar! Or rock out at The Highlander with The El Caminos, Cherry Bomb and Twisty Cats! Spend the night with Phil Collins at Gwinnett Arena! Make your way to the Ivy Wall Drive-In Theatre in Dacula for a dino double-feature with Steven Spielberg’s JURASSIC PARK (1993) and LOST WORLD (1997) at 8pm! Get the blues with The Vipers at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! The Northside Tavern gets down with the Rib Shack Lady! 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, September 29

It’s day 3 and your last chance to get your classic horror fix at the Monsterama Convention! Get really retro and Victorian today at the Historic Oakland Cemetery as they present their 41st Annual Sunday in the Park Victorian Street Festival, featuring tasty food, fun and entertainment! Check out the artists’ market, living history demonstrations, storytellers, spooky mausoleums, Victorian costume contests and carriage tours. And you won’t want to miss their vintage musical line-up, and so much more! Holly Bowling jams out at City Winery! Get prog-rocked with King Crimson at Cobb Energy Centre! Velvet Caravan Gypsy swings it up at the Red Light Café! Deep Purple rocks out at The Roxy! Spend the night with Mike Mills, Robert McDuffie and Chuck Leavell at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Get down with The Ain’t Sisters at Waller’s Coffee Shop! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Blake Edwards’s BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961) 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 rootsy with Joe McGuinness at Blind Willie’s! Or get down with 10,000 Pontiacs 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

Haunt on down to Netherworld Haunted House’s new deadly digs in Stone Mountain for their horrorific 23nd season getting gory through Nov. 4!

Geek it up as NerdLanta presents their Back to the ‘80s Movie Night, every third Thursday of the month, at Mother Bar+Kitchen!

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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