This Week in ATLRetro, Dec. 30 – Jan. 5, 2020

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Ring in the New Year with ATLRetro! Come see all the swingin’ shindigs we’ve found just for you! 

Monday, December 30

Spend the night with the rockin’ sons of the Allman Brothers, The Allman Betts Band at the Buckhead Theatre! Monsters, poets and madmen invade the Highland Inn & Ballroom during Frankenstein’s Ball: An Immersive Holiday Experience! Speakeasy it up at the Red Light Café and spend the night with Roberta Donnay & The Prohibition Mob Band! The Earl garage rocks it up and celebrates NYE two nights in a row with The Coathangers, Tuk Smith & the Restless Hearts and Glove! Peabo Bryson gets down at City Winery! Americana it up with Railroad Earth at the Variety Playhouse! Get down at Smith’s Olde Bar with Rumours – A Fleetwood Mac Tribute and The Lobsters of Rock! Experience the glow of the Atlanta Botanical Garden‘s annual electrical extravaganza shining nightly through Jan. 11! 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 the blues with Larry Griffith at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam!

Tuesday, December 31

It’s New Year’s Eve, folks! Out with the old and in with the new! Although, we here at ATLRetro prefer the old, so keep your eyes peeled for our swell Throwback to the 20th Century New Year’s Eve Guide, that will lead the way as you boogie on down to your final destination in 2019! We wish you a very vintage and rockin’ Happy New Year! Experience the glow of the Atlanta Botanical Garden‘s annual electrical extravaganza shining nightly through Jan. 11! Eddie & the 9Volts get down at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, January 1

Start the new decade and get futuristic with a screening of Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS (1927) at The Plaza Theater! Experience the glow of the Atlanta Botanical Garden‘s annual electrical extravaganza shining nightly through Jan. 11! Get some rhythm and soul and rock ‘n’ roll with Art Holliday at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! The Highlander rocks out with their Punk/Metal/New Wave Karaoke Night, every Wednesday! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Funk it up with the Mike Veal Band at Tin Roof Cantina! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern for a rockin’ night of blues with the Tyler Neal Band! 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 2

It’s a night of hilarity and blood-letting as Cineprov riffs Joel Schumacher’s THE LOST BOYS (1987) at The Plaza Theater at 7:30pm! Croon on down to the Lumiere Lounge at the The Earl Smith Strand Theatre as The Misha Stefanuk Group pays tribute to Frank Sinatra! Hop the pond and get down with The Backyardbirds and The Marsh at 529! Experience the glow of the Atlanta Botanical Garden‘s annual electrical extravaganza shining nightly through Jan. 11! 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, January 3

Catch a screening of Herbert Ross’s STEEL MAGNOLIAS (1989) at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre at 8pm! Get goth-y at the Masquerade during Acsension: A Goth/Industrial Night! Experience the glow of the Atlanta Botanical Garden‘s annual electrical extravaganza shining nightly through Jan. 11! Get the blues with the Randall Bramblett Band with the Megablaster Horns at The Vista Room! Spend the night with Nathan Morgan at the Northside Tavern! Fat Matt’s Rib Shack gets down with T.N.T.! 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 4

Stomp on down to the Buckhead Theatre for a night with Charlie Starr (Blackberry Smoke) and Benji Shanks! Jazz it up with Maysa Leak at City Winery! Reggae it up with Morgan Heritage at Terminal West! Swim on over to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for their LITTLE MERMAID (1989) Sing-A-Long at 3pm and 8pm! Stomp on down to Aisle 5 for a night with Migrant Worker, Brad Parsons and Bonemeal Baker! Experience the glow of the Atlanta Botanical Garden‘s annual electrical extravaganza shining nightly through Jan. 11! Get the Piedmont blues with Mudcat at Waller’s Coffee Shop! The Rib Shack Lady gets down at the Northside Tavern! Boogie down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for an R’N’B Revue! 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, January 5

Q Parker (112) and Friends get down at City Winery! Experience the glow of the Atlanta Botanical Garden‘s annual electrical extravaganza shining nightly through Jan. 11! Boogie down to the Tabernacle for a night with STS9! Get the blues with Fatback Deluxe at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Train to Mars pays tribute to the ‘90s at Tin Roof Cantina! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!

Ongoing

Experience the glow of the Atlanta Botanical Garden‘s annual electrical extravaganza shining nightly Nov. 16 – Jan. 11!

New-Wave it up with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during an 80s New Wave Music Video Dance Party every 2nd Saturday of the month at Amsterdam Atlanta!

Have a deadly good time during Kool Kat VJ Anthony’s COFFIN CLASSICS: Goth Industrial Dance every 4th Saturday at Amsterdam Atlanta!

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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