Kool Kat of the Week: Jeffrey Butzer Delivers A Lynchian Tour de Force with His “Club Silencio: Music From the Feature Films of David Lynch” Kicking Off Its Southeastern Summer Tour at The Earl

Posted on: May 30th, 2017 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

It’s been exactly half a decade since we shot the breeze with Atlanta’s own jack of all musical trades and film score junkie, Jeffrey Butzer (The Bicycle Eaters/The Compartmentalizationalists). So we caught up with him once again to get the scoop on his upcoming venture into the bizarre land of Lynch. His “Club Silencio: Music From the Feature Films of David Lynch” tours the southeast this summer with a killer kick-off at The Earl this Friday, June 2 at 9 pm, featuring the “Ladies in the Radiator” also known as Butzer (guitar); T.T. Mahony (synth/piano); Bicycle Eaters Matt Steadman and Sean Zearfoss (rhythm section); Ben Davis (sax), Jade Poppyfield and Renee Nelson (rotating vocalists). Club Silencio promises an unconventionally surreal evening sending you dangling head first into The Pink Room. And if you just can’t get enough Lynch-madness after the June 2 date, you can catch the tour at its stops at the High Dive in Gainesville, FL on June 23, at Saturn in Birmingham, AL on July 8, and at the Caledonia Lounge in Athens on July 15!

ATLRetro caught up with Jeffrey Butzer for a quick tête-à-tête about “Club Silencio,” his love affair with film scores and film in general, and what he and the Bicycle Eaters/The Compartmentalizationalists have been up to in the last five years. While you’re takin’ a gander at our little Q&A with Butzer, why not listen to a bit o’ Butzer and The Compartmentalizationalists’ “Mother’s Gray Dress.”

ATLRetro:  It’s been nearly half a decade since we spoke to you about the release of The Bicycle Eaters’ new 7-inch HIDING PLASTIC SPIDERS. So much has happened since, and now you’re diving head first into David Lynch’s land of the bizarre with your newest musical escapade, CLUB SILENCIO: MUSIC FROM THE FEATURE FILMS OF DAVID LYNCH. What draws you to Lynch’s film scores?

Jeffrey Butzer: What I love about Lynch’s work is his element of surprise. The new TWIN PEAKS series is a great example of that. I love that every week I have no idea what I am getting into. Will it scare me or be hilarious?  …Who knows?

Your CLUB SILENCIO tour was originally slated for 2008, as a follow up to your BEAUTIFUL LOSERS: THE SONGS OF CAVE, WAITS AND COHEN and A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS tours. Of course we have to know, what took so long and why now?

I am not sure? It wasn’t feeling right in 2008. I never could get in to the mindset to put it together. As Lynch would say, “The ideas weren’t coming.” I had a set list, which really hasn’t changed very much. But that was it. Earlier this year, I had a conversation with a musician who was sort of pushing me to finally do it. Then Julee Cruise and I sort of discussed a mini tour, which neither of us could make happen but, at that point I was really into the idea again, and with the timing of the new TWIN PEAKS it was easy to get everyone motivated.

Can you tell our readers a little about “The Ladies in the Radiator” who will be performing with you on the CLUB SILENCIO tour?

Yes, my longtime collaborator T.T. Mahony is playing synth/piano, Bicycle Eaters Matt Steadman and Sean Zearfoss are the rhythm section, Ben Davis (Purkenji Shift/Noot d’Noot) on Sax, Meghan Dowlen a.k.a. ”Jade Poppyfield and Renee Nelson (Jarboe) are both singing on different dates. I am playing guitar. It is a really great band. I am really happy with all the arrangements.

Film scores are a big influence on your music, with the Bicycle Eaters and The Compartmentalizationalists, et al. It seems many musicians are influenced by particular musicians (past or present) or a particular type of popular music (the art being the whole), but film’s scores tell a different kind of story, as accompaniments or pieces or carriers of the whole. Can you tell our readers what it is about film scores that influence you and the part they play in carrying a film?

I am a film lover in general. I like when films have no music, like in NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN or films by my hero Luis Bunuel. But, I also like when music is almost like a main character in a movie, like THE MASTER or films by Fellini, for example. I am not sure how film music influences me exactly. I guess I like the abstract nature of creating feelings out of noises. Mood is my primary goal in the music that I create.

We see that you’ve composed several scores as well for films such as Raymond Carr’s WILD IS THE WIND (2011); HITORI (2014); GOOD GRIEF SUICIDE HOTLINE (2015); ABACUS, MY LOVE (2014); BIRDCATCHER (2006), etc. Do you prefer composing behind the scenes, or playing in front of a crowd? Pros and cons?

I enjoy both for different reasons. Making a score is really strange to me. I really never know what I am doing. I still do not have a method of working and I don’t write out music. Matt Steadman (producer, musician) and I normally meet and see what happens and eventually we come up with music we are happy with. Live shows are very thrilling for me. Something like Club Silencio is fun, because we get to have our own Lynchian spin on expectations. We created this as massive admirers and fans of Lynch and have put together the show we would want to see. I’m getting really obsessed with details like stage plot, lighting, clothing. We put a lot of thought in to these types of shows. We really want them to feel special and fun for people.

Which film score(s) influenced you the most before you began composing your own, and how did it influence you?

Nino Rota’s 8 ½, Michael Nyman/Peter Greenaway scores and the spaghetti westerns by Morricone and Luis Bacolov were all influential to me.

Who are your top five favorite film composers and the film scores they composed that moved you most?

In no particular order my favorites would be Nino Rota (8 ½); Angelo Badalamenti (most Lynch films); Ennio Morricone (ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST/ THE GREAT SILENCE); Michael Nyman (A ZED AND TWO NOUGHTS/ THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER); and Carter Burwell (FARGO/ BARTON FINK). However, it is difficult to speak about influence. As a musician I strive to not show my influences. I can say that when I sit down to write, music is the last thing on my mind. I am typically thinking about a story, sometimes my own, sometimes a book or film. Then, I try to musically paint a picture. I am very bad with narrative, which is probably why I am drawn to filmmakers like Lynch, who seems more concerned with mood.

Can you give us five things you’re into at the moment that we should be listening to right now–past or present, well-known or obscure?

1) Rowland S. Howard, the guitarist from The Birthday Party has a great, dark, and beautiful album called TEENAGE SNUFF FILM; 2) the singer Lhasa, especially her song Rising, and a song called “That Leaving Feeling she recorded with Stuart Staples of Tindersticks. She passed away a few years ago. Her voice is one of my favorite things; 3) Leonard Cohen’s underrated album NEW SKIIN FOR THE OLD CEREMONY is an all time favorite of mine; 4) Emiliana Torrini’s version of “If You Go Away” has been in my steady rotation. I love Brel’s version of course, but hers in a wonderful modern take; and 5) Rennie Sparks (The Handsome Family): Many now know of them from the theme from True Detective, but do yourself a favor and delve in to their world. Rennie’s books and paintings are so strange and vivid and their last album is one of their best. Rennie, as a writer is one of my biggest influences.

Back to the surreal. If you had to choose just one (I know it’s hard!), which Lynch film would be your absolute favorite?

I honestly cannot pick one. MULHOLLAND DRIVE is always in my top three. BLUE VELVET is the first one I fell in love with. INLAND EMPIRE is a misunderstood masterpiece. If you’ve only seen it once and are on the fence or don’t really like it, see it three more times. It is so dense it demands multiple viewings.

You’re taking this epic and eccentric beast on a trip across the equally bizarre south this summer after your gig at The Earl on June 2, with shows at the High Dive in Gainesville, FL (June 23); Saturn in Birmingham (July 8); and the Caledonia Lounge in Athens (July 15). What exciting things can folks expect when they come to one of your shows? And will this be the last of the tour, or will you be giving Atlanta an encore presentation in the near future?

If this goes well, we plan to make it a summer tradition. We are doing our best to make you feel like you are visiting the Pink Room/Black Lodge and deliver the best renditions of these iconoclastic songs as possible.

And last but not least, any other exciting plans in the future for Jeffrey Bützer? The Bicycle Eaters? The Compartmentalizationalists?

Bicycle Eaters have our first vocal full-length in the editing room as we speak…er, type. I’m also writing a play/screenplay entitled “Partialisms” that I plan to bring to a stage or screen in the near future.

All photos are courtesy of Jeffrey Butzer and used with permission.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas Is What It’s All About: Jeffrey Butzer and TT Mahony’s Jazzy Musical Tribute to Vince Guaraldi’s PEANUTS Score Comes to The Earl & Nine Street Kitchen

Posted on: Dec 10th, 2012 By:

Nostalgic adults and kids will dig Jeffrey Butzer and T.T. Mahony’s jazzy musical tribute to Vince Guaraldi’s A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS.  This year, the duo will be presenting their holiday treat at The Earl Fri. Dec. 14 and Sat. Dec. 15 and performing a more family-friendly reprise at Nine Street Kitchen in Roswell Mon. Dec. 10 and Thurs. Dec. 20. All shows will start with an instrumental set by Jeffrey’s band, The Bicycle Eaters and also feature surf favorites from THE VENTURES CHRISTMAS ALBUM  rendered by Chad Shivers and the Silent Knights.

As noted last year, the seasonal sell-out shows of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS are a labor of love for Jeffrey, a musician/composer whose solo works tend towards the minimalism of the simple Christmas tree in the iconic Charles Schultz special. His band, the Bicycle Eaters, takes a different bend, inspired by Ennio Morricone spaghetti western scores, klezmer and gypsy. And he’s been collaborating with recent Kool Kat The Residents’ Molly Harvey lately, too. Frankly that’s just a small taste of the musical adventures of this diverse Atlanta performer and affirmed cineaste, who was our Kool Kat of the Week last March.

ATLRetro caught up with Jeffrey to find out more about this year’s A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, and what’s next for him with The Bicycle Eaters and as a solo composer/musician.

How old were you when you first saw A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS on TV and what did the show and its music mean to you when growing up?

I don’t remember a time NOT knowing who Charlie Brown was. It is like Bruce Lee, Elvis or Grandma, something that seemed to always exist to me. Growing up, it was always my favorite special. I liked how blue it was. Both literally and figuratively. Cartoon music in general affects you strangely. Like Carl Stalling and Raymond Scott with the Looney Tunes, I wasn’t aware of them until I was older and started playing music. But again, it is hard to remember a time when I didn’t listen to that record every year.

How did you and TT Mahony get the idea of developing A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS holiday show, and for how many years have you been doing it?

This is year four. I approached TT after he played a Leonard Cohen/Tom Waits/Nick Cave tribute show I worked on. He is an amazing piano player, very witty , too. I had kicked around the idea of doing a holiday show in the past but never really knew a pianist that could handle Guaraldi. Robby Handley is the best upright bass player I know. Great hair, too. And here is an odd fact about TT. He can jump really, really high. I’ve told him he should find some way to compete. I once saw him jump from the ground onto the top of a Toyota.

I understand last year’s shows were packed. Are you surprised that so many adults are so enthusiastic about music from a 1960s kids TV show/Christmas LP? What kind of comments do you get after your performances?

Yes, we were hoping for the best, that our fans and friends would enjoy the show and hopefully some new faces would come out. But the response has been overwhelming. Last year we had to start doing two nights. As far as comments, the one we get the most is “Can you do an all-ages one too…for the babies?” The reason we haven’t is because. the mood we set in The Earl seems to really suit Snoopy and the gang. It is cozy, dark, and has energy almost like a rock show. We are really looking forward to playing Nine Street Kitchen, it sounds like it is going to turn into a great venue. And playing for children will be a blast. My 3-year-old son Francis is happy he can come out to “Dad’s Show.”

What can audiences expect at The Earl this weekend?

Cookies, dancing… It is basically a big Holiday Party with 300 of your closest, newest friends.

What are you doing at Nine Street Kitchen (in Roswell) to make it even more kid-friendly?

The show will not change much.

Why pair Peanuts with The Ventures? 

Well, the albums were released around the same time for one thing. They are both classic ‘60s albums. They are both easy to dance to.

And what about that opening set from Jeffrey Butzer and the Bicycle Eaters?

My band (The Bicycle Eaters) play Frenchy-Jazzy-Spaghetti Western-inspired instrumentals. We are releasing a limited EP at the show

What else are you and the Bicycle Eaters up to? Any more collaborations with Molly Harvey or new 2013 recordings you’d like to tell readers about? 

We have a vocal album on the way called collapsible with our new singer Cassi Costoulas and French singer Lionel Fondeville, as well as several other great guests: Brent Hinds, Don Chambers. Possibly Molly Harvey.

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Kool Kat of the Week: Stalking Tender Prey: The Residents’ Molly Harvey, Jeffrey Butzer and Friends Treat You to a Free Nick Cave Tribute Show at 529 on Tues. Oct. 30

Posted on: Oct 26th, 2012 By:

Molly Harvey performs at Black Mass 2011 Halloween show at 529. Copyright Vincent Tseng 2012. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

When Jeffrey Butzer clues us in about a gig, we always perk up our ears. But when Tender Prey turns out to be a FREE Nick Cave tribute show the day before Halloween featuring such interesting denizens of the Atlanta/Athens music scene as Jeffrey, Molly Harvey of The Residents,Cave Women, Andy DeLoach (The Lady Vanishes) and Ben Trickey – and also songs by Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen and PJ Harvey – well, you betcha we’re ready to head down to 529 on Tues. Oct. 30, declare it our Birthday Party and see what Bad Seeds may be planted or men be grinding.

Yup, we’re bat-crazy about Cave and have dug The Residents for longer than we can remember. There’s this pesky rumor that Residents rarely, if ever, give interviews, but Molly Harvey even was so awfully badass as to answer a few questions. So hell, yeah, we just had to make her the Kool Kat of Halloween Week. For your reading pleasure and because the show is on a Tuesday, it’s no trick. We’re going ahead and treating it to you early…

What’s your earliest memory of Nick Cave and was it disturbing?

I can actually remember where I was, in the living room of a $100/month house in Richmond, VA. My roommate was a big Birthday Party/Nick Cave fan, and he’d play them a lot. I actually did feel disturbed. Nick Cave’s music represented that [part] of the world which was still very unknown to me and seemed out of reach, like a language I never had any hope of learning.

Nick Cave has evolved chameleon-like through a number of musical iterations from the Birthday Party to solo work to Grinderman? Which Nick Cave will you be representing at Tender Prey and why?

We’ll be playing a variety of his music, not sticking with one album or era. We just tried to pick stuff that we like and that is a bit Halloween-y. Looks-wise I am fond of that Bad Seeds fancy bad man look. I’m encouraging suits and nice shoes. We’ll see.  Nick and the Residents certainly seem to share an obsessive interest in the odd, as well as pushing musical boundaries and making people uncomfortable.

Was Nick Cave an influence on you or the Residents or vice versa?

I would say he was probably not an influence on The Residents. I am always surprised by how many artists they DON’T listen to. But I could be wrong – they may be huge Nick Cave fans. I love his music, but I’m not an obsessive fan, and there is plenty of his material that I’ve never heard. So musically/stylistically, he’s not an influence but definitely is someone I admire. I love that no matter what he does, his stuff has a very definite signature, yet not all his stuff sounds exactly alike. That’s a delicate balance to achieve.

Can you tell us anything more about the Tender Prey show, how it came about, and why we shouldn’t miss it?

Well, you should come out because aside from our band, there are about 17 other acts (or two or three) doing great stuff: Leonard Cohen tunes, PJ Harvey, Tom Waits. It’s going to be high caliber songwriter night with a bunch of solid musicians. And did anyone mention it’s FREE? It’s free. So that’s always good. We did a Halloween show last year at 529 that was a lot of fun, so we thought-what the heck. Let’s do it again. And there will be puppets.  This is going to be a totally fun night, because everyone knows these songs we’re playing. All the bands that night are paying homage to artists we love, so right there it sets a really positive note up for the night. Jeffrey and I participated last year in a Halloween show at 529 that we called a Black Mass. It was silly and tongue-in-cheek, but I wasn’t interested in even parodying that energy this year. This is more celebratory.

You’ve been with the Residents, hang out with Jeffrey Butzer, and now you’re doing Nick Cave. Do you ever do anything musically that could be classified as remotely normal? Would you ever want to?

Normal like…doing commerical jingles? Or Christmas caroling? I would. No one asks me to, though. I actually auditioned for all these theaters here and didn’t get one call, so I think I should stick with weird. Normal people don’t usually really care about what I do.

The Residents, "Demons Dance Alone" concept album 2002. Photo courtesy of Henrik Kam.

How did you meet up with Jeffrey Butzer anyway and aren’t you collaborating with him on some stuff?

Jeffrey and I met through our mutual friend Matt Steadman, who is also playing guitar in the show. I guess Jeffrey was a Residents fan, and Matt and I worked together, and someone mentioned something and – voila! We are trying to collaborate on some stuff. We really want to make some original work together. It’s a matter of us being in the same place for enough time to develop something. But the wheels are turning for putting a little band together and doing original stuff. We’ll see.

This isn’t you, is it? http://www.mollyharvey.com/ Are there ever any uncomfortable mix-up moments and what would you say (or sing) if you were asked to lead a corporate soul woman leadership forum?

I actually have been told that there is a girl in [San Francisco] who pretends – or at least used to pretend – to be me. She apparently gets very drunk and blabbers on and on about her and The Residents. I hated hearing that. That’s the kind of thing that may have created misunderstandings that I don’t even know about. As far as the Corporate Soul Woman, I WISH I would get some of her clients. I’d tell them to listen to their hearts, but only for the month, that at the end of the month they’d have to come back and get checked out by me so I could give them more timeless wisdom.

What else are you up to right now, and when you will be playing live next?

I am momming it up. I have a young child and that takes up pretty much all my time. Creatively, I am a sewer. That came out wrong. I like to sew. I make things with fabric. I am also working on fleshing out a character who I hope will be singing with Jeffrey before too long.

The Residents at The Fillmore, Halloween, 1997. Photo courtesy of Henrik Kam.

Finally, since it’s Halloween and you have been known for some pretty insane stage costumes, are you willing to give a hint as to what costume you’ll be wearing? Any favorite place to shop for over-the-top clothing in Atlanta or Athens?

Funny, I have no intention of dressing up this year in any costume. Maybe that’ll change between now and next week, but if anything I sort of just feel like looking nice, like being onstage is a special occasion that I want to honor with a dress and matching socks and washed hair. Since dressing up for me has been the norm in my musical career, I want to explore and see what it’s like to create characters solely with my voice, face and body. But shoot, maybe I’ll find a great wig between now and then and that desire for realness will be over! Shopping-wise I have found some great, funny things at Rainbow, but thrift stores are always my favorite places to find that unintentionally over-the-top outfit.

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Kool Kat of the Week: Playing with Scissors, Dreaming of Unspiralled Stairs and Hiding Plastic Spiders with Jeffrey Butzer

Posted on: Mar 28th, 2012 By:

Jeffrey Butzer with accordion. Photo credit: Melissa J. Butzer.

Cinematic. Haunting. Minimalist. Unique. Perfect.  All of these words could describe Jeffrey Butzer‘s eclectic sound rendered with such unusual instrument choices as accordion, toy piano and glockenspiel. The motto of his live shows might be “expect the unexpected” in the best possible way, and his previous recordings and videos, solo and with bands The Bicycle Eaters and The Compartmentalists, have attracted praise from Canadian film director Guy Maddin (THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD) and film critic Roger Ebert. In other words, if all you know about Jeffrey is his Charlie Brown Christmas tribute show (read our article about it here), you’re in for a real treat at the release party for Jeffrey Butzer and the Bicycle Eaters’ new 7-inch HIDING PLASTIC SPIDERS (The Great Big) this Saturday night March 31 at The Earl.

ATLRetro caught up with Jeffrey recently to find out more about HIDING PLASTIC SPIDERS, the influence of Spaghetti Western scores and scissors on his unique sound, and what it was like to wake up Roger Ebert in the middle of the night.

Just the title HIDING PLASTIC SPIDERS suggests a story behind the music. What’s on it, how did you come to write the songs and is it true it will be on red vinyl?

This might not be as mysterious as a back story as one might want to hear, [but] the title refers to something my wife and I did when we first met. We worked together, and at our job we had a bunch of magnetic spiders that were a promotional item for a film and we would hide them from each other. It is a fond memory of us getting to know each other (13 years ago, now). It is on red vinyl; it looks like a Jolly Rancher.

This is the first release as Jeffrey Butzer and the Bicycle Eaters, these are all songs that I came in with the basic structure and melodies, and they “fixed them up.” Kristin [Jarvis] and Chad [Shivers] are amazing with melodies and counter-melodies. Eric [Balint] is like a secret weapon; he knows just what to and not to do and the right times. And William [J. Brisby] has played bass in almost every project and has never missed one single note. That is not a joke.

What was it like recording with a band and a producer?

It was wonderful. I’ve known Luci, the producer, for a very long time, and he is patient and a perfectionist. He slows me down in a good way. He really excels at everything he tries. He’s an amazing photographer, musician and a great dresser. And recording with a band in the past has been impractical. Normally I multi-track the parts, then bring in other musicians after the fact. On this, it was really nice being able to record with most of us in the room; it added a nice mood to the record.

How did you hook up with Gea who directed the video of Case of Unspiralled Stairs ?

I’ve known her for several years; we are both big film enthusiasts. I liked her artwork and asked her if she wanted to do a video for the record, and thankfully she did and it turned out really great.

So Roger Ebert posts the video for “Case of Unspiralled Stairs” on Facebook and says “I woke up in the middle of the night. Jeffrey Butzer had sent me this. That was the perfect time to view it. My mind was still halfway in dreams.” How cool was that and was that the response you had hoped for from it?

It was very cool! I didn’t really know what to expect. He had never really commented when I sent him videos before. I “know” him through a secret society that he and I are both members of. Along with Ken Keeler (FUTURAMA), Neil Gaiman and Guy Maddin.

Speaking of Guy Maddin, how did you meet him and get him to do alternate cover artwork for HIDING PLASTIC SPIDERS?

I scored a film called BIRDCATCHER that Guy saw, and we sort of became friends. I am going to hang out with him in New York in a couple weeks! I saw the collages that he made, and he agreed to let us use [one of] them as cover art!

When your music is paired with video, it reminds me of a lost 1950s/60s existentialist French film. Can you talk a bit about how film has influenced your sound and visuals?

Film has always been the band’s biggest influence. All the greats: Buster Keaton, Fellini, Bunuel and Penny Marshall… well, maybe not her so much. I think when I first started making music I wanted to sound like certain artists. But as I got older, other mediums began to influence my music more, especially film. The instrumental music that we make is mostly about mood, much like the film style you mentioned. So I think the approach and what we are trying to achieve isn’t that far apart.

Some have heard the influence of Ennio Morricone’s Spaghetti Western scores. Are you a Spaghetti Western fan? What are your favorite films/scores from that genre?

I’m way more into Spaghetti Western music than into the films. There are several I really enjoy. They’re so style-driven that you can really just watch scenes from them isolated from the movie. If I were to name some I like: THE GRAND DUEL and FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE. The other band I’m in The Compartmentalizationalists touches more on the genre than the Bicycle Eaters.

Scissors play a key role in your video for “Lucy 5’s Egg” and I understand you dangle them on stage as well in some of your gigs. Why scissors, and will scissors be part of this week’s show?

I wrote lyrics to a song a really long time ago that had the lines “on a pillar in the sky, a sleeping woman lies, dreaming of the garden of scissors.” I really liked the image. I wrote a screenplay and an album based on that line, and it has sort of stuck as a motif over the years.

An image from the haunting video for "Case of Unspiralled Stairs."

The toy piano, accordion and glockenspiel are unusual instruments for a contemporary musician. What drew you to them?

I like how whimsical they sound together. I never wanted to make music that is old-fashioned or heavily referenced by something from the past. But on the other hand, nostalgia interests me a lot. I first heard toy pianos used a lot by Rob Burger and Margaret Leng Tan.

Why the “Bicycle-Eaters”?

That is a bit of an inside joke. The short version is just that my friend Matt Benard, who plays bass with us, sometimes knows a guy who, in fact…ate a bicycle.

Your gigs are known to include the unexpected, but without giving any big surprises, do you have any special plans for this week’s show at The Earl?

We have a couple OF guest singers and an unusual cover song we are doing. If I tell you anymore, it won’t be unexpected. ZING!

When will your new CD “COLLAPSIBLE” be released and what can you share about it?

I’m not sure. I am hoping for a May release at the Goat Farm. It is a collection of songs played mostly with small arrangements. So far it is just a solo album. I have had a few songs floating around for a while and I record at night after my son goes to sleep. Some are new interpretations of songs I have releases before – only a few though.

I have an odd process. I always set out to make an album with a list of songs in hand. Then when I’m done, as with this one, I cut half of the songs I originally wanted on and record a bunch of new things. For this album, which has between 12-15 songs, I recorded around 35… so far.

What else is up with Jeffrey Butzer? We’ve heard you’ve done some interesting collaborations lately and even dipped into film and theatrical scoring. Any more team-ups planned with Molly Harvey (The Residents)? And aren’t you going to Poland?

Molly and I are planning some shows. Some as a duo and some with a band. Other than that, I’ve got the score for PETER PAN at the Center for Puppetry Arts that starts playing April 5. I am recording a Compartmentalizationalists album with Claire Lodge and Nico from the band Places. Then I am taking a break in June when my second son will be born!  The Poland trip has been put on hold. Hopefully later on we will still go.

 

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A Charlie Brown Christmas Is What It’s All About: Jeffrey Butzer and TT Mahony’s Jazzy Musical Tribute to Vince Guaraldi’s PEANUTS Score Comes to The Earl & The Earl Smith Strand

Posted on: Dec 16th, 2011 By:

Jeffrey Butzer channels Schroeder & Vince Guaraldi in A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, his annual holiday show with TT Mahony.

Not just nostalgic adults, but kids, too, will get to enjoy Jeffrey Butzer and T.T. Mahony’s jazzy musical tribute to Vince Guaraldi’s A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS this year with the duo presenting it at two Earls – first at The Earl Fri. Dec. 16 and Sat. Dec. 17 (both 9 p.m.) and then at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta Tues. Dec. 20 (3 p.m. and 8 p.m.). All shows will feature an opening instrumental set by Jeffrey’s band, The Bicycle Eaters, and surf favorites from THE VENTURES CHRISTMAS ALBUM  rendered by Chad Shivers and Friends.

The seasonal sell-out shows of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS are clearly a labor of love for Jeffrey, a musician/composer whose solo works tend towards the minimalism of the simple Christmas tree in the iconic Charles Schultz special. Inspired by melodic French musette, pieces on two albums SHE TRADED HER LEG (2006) and THE GARDEN OF SCISSORS (2009), both released by Lona Records, incorporate such eclectic instruments as accordions, bass drum, piano, glockenspiel and—perhaps inspired by a childhood admiration for Schroeder—toy piano. His band, the Bicycle Eaters, takes a different bend, inspired by Ennio Morricone spaghetti western scores, klezmer and gypsy, the former suggesting that their opening set will be more than appropriate for a vintage art deco movie theatre like the Strand. He’s also down a film soundtracks (Raymond Carr’s WILD IS THE WIND), collaborated live with Molly Harvey of The Residents and has ventured lately into the world of live scoring to Buster Keaton’s THE BALLOONATIC. And frankly that’s just a small taste of the musical adventures of this diverse Atlanta performer and affirmed cineaste.

Today though, ATLRetro caught up with Jeffrey to chat about A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, what to expect at The Earl and The Strand, and what’s next for him with The Bicycle Eaters and as a solo composer/musician.

How old were you when you first saw A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS on TV and what did the show and its music mean to you when growing up?

I don’t remember a time NOT knowing who Charlie Brown was. It is like Bruce Lee, Elvis or Grandma, something that seemed to always exist to me. Growing up, it was always my favorite special. I liked how blue it was. Both literally and figuratively. Cartoon music in general affects you strangely. Like Carl Stalling and Raymond Scott with the Looney Toons, I wasn’t aware of them until I was older and started playing music. But again, it is hard to remember a time when I didn’t listen to that record every year.

How did you and TT Mahony get the idea of developing A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS holiday show, and for how many years have you been doing it?

This is year four. I approached TT after he played a Leonard Cohen/Tom Waits/Nick Cave tribute show I worked on. He is an amazing piano player, very witty , too. I had kicked around the idea of doing a holiday show in the past but never really knew a pianist that could handle Guaraldi. Robby Handley is the best upright bass player I know. Great hair, too. And here is an odd fact about TT. He can jump really, really high. I’ve told him he should find some way to compete. I once saw him jump from the ground onto the top of a Toyota.

I understand last year’s shows were packed. Were you surprised that so many adults were so enthusiastic about music from a 1960s kids TV show/Christmas LP? What kind of comments did you get after your performance?

Yes, we were hoping for the best, that our fans and friends would enjoy the show and hopefully some new faces would come out. But the response has been overwhelming. Last year we had to start doing two nights. As far as comments, the one we get the most is “Can you do an all-ages one too…for the babies?” The reason we haven’t is because. the mood we set in The Earl seems to really suit Snoopy and the gang. It is cozy, dark, and has energy almost like a rock show. We are really looking forward to adjusting it for a sitting crowd at The Strand. We love the room. It is like a miniature Fox Theatre. And playing for children will be a blast. My 2-year-old son Francis dances every time he hears “Linus and Lucy.”

What audiences can expect at The Earl this weekend?

Cookies, dancing… It is basically a big Holiday Party with 300 of your closest, newest friends.

What are you doing at The Strand to make it even more kid-friendly?

The show will not change much. We do have a kid’s choir with us at the Strand!

Why pair Peanuts with The Ventures?

Well, the albums were released around the same time for one thing. They are both classic ‘60s albums. They are both easy to dance to.

Jeffrey Butzer. Photo credit: Melissa J. Butzer.

And what about that opening set from Jeffrey Butzer and the Bicycle Eaters?

My band (The Bicycle Eaters) play Frenchy-Jazzy-Spaghetti Western-inspired instrumentals. We are releasing a limited EP at the show

What else are you and the Bicycle Eaters up to? Any 2012 gigs or recordings you’d like to tell readers about?

We almost all have children, so we’ve been laying low, only doing select shows. But we will have an official release for our new 7” at The Earl in March. I’m also working on a score for PETER PAN at The Center for Puppetry Arts. Then I have a solo record coming out named COLLAPSIBLE. Then off to play some dates inPoland.

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This Week in ATLRetro, Aug. 12-18

Posted on: Aug 11th, 2019 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

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

Monday, August 12

Jill Scott dishes out a night of soul at the Fox Theatre! Get rocked with Slash at the Tabernacle! 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! Lizz Wright gets jazzy 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!” 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 13

Surf on down to 529 for a night with Scott Yoder, the Mystery Men?, LOS FRENETICOS and Moonshield! Get rocked as The Plaza Theater Foundation presents a 40th anniversary screening of Franc Roddam’s QUADROPHENIA (1979) at 7pm! Get down with Haley Grey & The Medicine at Blind Willie’s! Or catch Algebra Blessett 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! 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 14

Bad Religion rocks out at the Masquerade with The Lawrence Arms! WUSSY MAG and The Plaza Theater present their monthly campy feature fantastico, with a 30th anniversary screening of Herbert RossSTEEL MAGNOLIAS (1989) at 7pm! Or spend the night with the Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock with a screening of his STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951) at Studio Movie Grill (Marietta/Alpharetta) at 7:15pm! 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)! Rattle on down to City Winery for a night with Mindi Abair & the Boneshakers! The Earl gets blues rocked with Brother Hawk, Tedo Stone and Pike Co.! Honkytonk on down to The Star Bar for Cowboy Karaoke! Get old-timey and make it to Waller’s Coffee Shop for their Bluegrass Jam! Stomp on down to Blind Willie’s for a night with The Boohoo Ramblers! 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]! 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 15

Catch a special 40th Anniversary screening of Francis Ford Coppola’s APOCALYPSE NOW (1979) in IMAX at AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw) at 7pm! It’s a turf battle between Videodrome and The Plaza Theater during PlazaDrome’s screening of Walter Hill’s THE WARRIORS (1979) at 9:30pm! Glam it up with Bryan Ferry at the Tabernacle! Or spend the evening with Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer and Friends at Buteco! Alt-country it up with The Vandoliers and Jeremy Ray & The Carolina Highway at The Earl! Get rocked and experience Michael Wadleigh’s WOODSTOCK: The Director’s Cut (1970) at theatres across Atlanta at 7pm [AMC North Dekalb (Decatur); AMC Phipps Plaza 14; AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; 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 Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); Regal McDonough Stadium 16; and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]!  RIFFTRAX LIVE gets creepy crawly as shenanigans ensue at theatres across Atlanta as they take on Bill Rebane’s THE GIANT SPIDER INVASION (1975) [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; 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 Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); Regal McDonough Stadium 16; and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Get your Dead Head fix bluegrass-style with Grass is Dead at Smith’s Olde Bar! Or catch the Jerry Garcia Band Cover Band at Terminal West! Get down with jazz guitarist Peter White 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 Frankie’s Blues Mission 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 16

Catch a Legacy Series screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959) at SCADShow at 7pm! Spend the night with Ace Frehley and The Georgia Thunderbolts at the Variety Playhouse! Americana it up with The Vegabonds and The Trongone Band at City Springs! Get some soul with Loose Ends at City Winery! Spend the night with The Groove Rockets at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Mo-Town it up with “Jukebox Giants” at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre, through Aug. 25! RockForce pays tribute to the ‘80s and ‘80s at the Dixie Tavern! George Hughley & the Shadows get down at Blind Willie’s! Blues it up with Stoney Brooks and Nathan Nelson 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, August 17

Get mythical with Kool Kat Shane Morton, a.k.a. ghost host with the most, Prof. Morte and his Silver Scream Spook Show at The Plaza Theater with a screening of Desmond Davis’ classic CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981) and Ghoul Gal shenanigans at 1:30pm and 10pm! Or get rocked for a cause at the 2nd Annual UpBeat! Benefit Show at The Star Bar featuring one helluva line-up with The Border Dogs, The Wheel Knockers, ELZIG, Kool Kats the Casket Creatures, Sash the Bash, The Cogburns, Kool Kat Phil Stair and Rocket 350, and The Pits! Or head into a ring of fire with Social Distortion and Flogging Molly at the Coca Cola Roxy! The Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre presents an Evening of Soul with Jeffrey Osborne and Jody Watley! Stomp on down to The Earl for a night with The Selmanaires, Omni and Anna Kramer & The Lost Cause! Kitten Fontaine brings you Woodstock 50 at MadLife State & Studios! Get revved with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho DeVilles the Dixie Tavern! ATL Collective relives Astrud Gilberto’s “Beach Samba” at 529! Spend an evening with Melissa Etheridge at the Atlanta Botanical Garden! Sandra Hall & the Shadows get down at Blind Willie’s! Have a second helping of soul with Loose Ends at City Winery! Boogie on down to The Highlander for ‘80s Dance Night! Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah and Bill Sheffield get the blues at the Northside Tavern! The BadAsh Allstar Team gets groovy with their Woodstock Jam at the Red Light Café! The Pylon Reenactment Society pays tribute to Pylon at The Vista Room! Herman Hitson gets the blues at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! 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 18

Kool Kat Spike Fullerton and his Russian Roulette Band get down at Waller’s Coffee Shop! Rev on down to Killer Creek Harley Davidson in Roswell for their Rockabilly Rollout event featuring live tunes by Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho DeVilles! Shimmy down with Kool Kat Lola LeSoleil at Metropolitan Studios for her Feather Fan-Damentals Workshop! The Dude abides with a Flashback Cinema screening of The Coen Brothers’  THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) 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 Nick Johnson Trio 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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This Week in ATLRetro, July 15-21, 2019

Posted on: Jul 14th, 2019 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Beat the heat and chill in ATLRetro This Week!

Monday, July 15

WUSSY MAG and Out on Film present their monthly series, Queers on Film, at The Plaza Theater with a screening of Gus Van Sant’s MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO (1991) at 7pm! Americana it up with John Driskell Hopkins at City Winery! Spend the night with Bond, James Bond, at The Plaza Theater during their 25 Days of Bond Marathon with a screening of John Glen’s FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (1981), with a live organ intro, at 4:45pm! The UA Tara Theatre screens Timothy Greenfield-Sanders’ documentary TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM (2019), through July 18! 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!

Tuesday, July 16

The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema continues their Classics Series with a screening of Robert Wise’s WEST SIDE STORY (1961) at 7pm! Get jazzy with Christian Scott at City Winery! Spend the night with Steven Conn at Eddie’s Attic! Bluegrass it up with Mickey Abraham at the Red Light Café! The Plaza Theater continues their Bond 25 event with a screening of John Glen’s OCTOPUSSY (1983) at 7pm! 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! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, July 17

Catch a 50th Anniversary screening of Dennis Hopper’s EASY RIDER (1969) at theatres across Atlanta [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); and Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18]!  The Plaza Theater continues their Bond 25 event with a screening of Irvin Kershner’s NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN (1983) at 7pm! Folk rock it up with Angie Aparo, Granville Automatic, with Max Stalling & Heather Stalling at Eddie’s Attic! Swing on by City Winery for a night with Karla Harris! Get rocked with Bill Callahan (Smog) at Terminal West! Get your dino fix and catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Steven Spielberg’s JURASSIC PARK (1993) 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)! The Highlander rocks out with their Punk/Metal/New Wave Karaoke Night, every Wednesday! Catch a screening of Mel Stuart’s WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971) at Studio Movie Grill (Marietta/Alpharetta) at 7:15pm! 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! 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 18

Get bizarre with Videodrome and The Plaza Theater and catch PlazaDrome’s screening of David Lynch’s LOST HIGHWAY (1997) at 9:30pm! Spend the night with Dan Baird & Homemade Sin at Eddie’s Attic! Get down at The Star Bar with Alias Patrick Kelly, Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer, and the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra! Kevin Scott gets funky and hosts a tribute to STUFF at Buteco! Minos the Saint gets folksy at the Red Light Café! Spend the night with the Andy Browne Troupe at Waller’s Coffee Shop! The Plaza Theater continues their Tarantino Retrospective with a screening of DEATH PROOF (2007) at 7pm! Darkwave it up at Noni’s during their weekly DARK ROOM event, every Thursday! 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, July 19

New-Wave it up with Howard Jones, Men Without Hats and All Hail the Silence at the Buckhead Theatre! Rock out and pay tribute at the Tin Roof Cantina with The Cherry Bomb (Joan Jett), Learning to Count (The Ramones) and Hyperspace! Spend the night with Chinua Hawk at City Winery! Eighties it up with Electric Avenue at Park Tavern! Runaway Gin pay tribute to Phish at Terminal West! Get old-timey with the Canyon Ladies at Waller’s Coffee Shop! Spend a second night with Dan Baird & Homemade Sin at Eddie’s Attic! SCADShow presents a Legacy Series screening of Victor Fleming’s THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) at 7pm! The Plaza Theater continues their Bond 25 event with a screening of John Glen’s A VIEW TO A KILL (1985) at 6:30pm, and their Tarantino Retrospective with a screening of INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (2009) at 9pm! Groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas and Nathan Nelson 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 20

Get geeky and mysterious with Kool Kats Michael Stark and Terrell Garrett at My Parents’ Basement during their WOLVERTON #2 Signing & Release event at 12pm! Make your way to Eagle Eye Books and get monsterific with ATLRetro Bloggeress in Charge, Anya Martin in conversation with horror writer J.S. Breukelaar at 2pm! Get your ‘90s alt rock fix at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater with the Spin Doctors and 10,000 Maniacs! Get rocked with Iron Maiden at Lakewood Amphitheatre! Or glam it up in Hell with L.A. Guns at the Masquerade! Groove on down to the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre for Gentlemen of Soul! Get your ‘70s-esque power pop fix with The Head, The Titos and Me, Me, Me at Smiths’ Olde Bar! Catch a screening of Frank OzTHE MUPPET GUYS TALKING (2017) at Center for Puppetry Arts at 8pm! Spend the night with the Rock*A*Teens at Buteco! Shimmy on down to the Red Light Café for Last Pasties Standing: Metallic! The Plaza Theater continues their Bond 25 event with a screening of John Glen’s THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1985) at 4pm, and their Tarantino Retrospective with a screening of DJANGO UNCHAINED (2012) at 7pm! Make your way to the Ivy Wall Drive-In Theatre in Dacula for  double-feature screenings of Paul Michael Glaser’s THE RUNNING MAN (1987) and Kinji Fukasaku’s BATTLE ROYALE (2000) at 9pm! Spend a second night with Chinua Hawk at City Winery! Americana it up with Michelle Malone at Eddie’s Attic! The Rainmen and Bill Sheffield get down at the Northside Tavern! The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema presents a Family Matinee Series screening of Wolfgang Peterson’s THE NEVERENDING STORY (1984) at 10am! 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 21

TCM Big Screen Classics presents a 30th Anniversary screening of Edward Zwick’s GLORY (1989) at theatres across Atlanta [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; 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); Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough), and Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville)]! The 2019 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival presents a sing-along with Robert Stevenson’s MARY POPPINS (1964) at the Fox Theatre at 2pm! The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema presents a Family Matinee Series screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (1984) at 10am! The Plaza Theater continues their Bond 25 event with a screening of John Glen’s LICENSE TO KILL (1989) at 4pm, and their Tarantino Retrospective with a screening of THE HATEFUL EIGHT (2015) at 6:30pm! Shimmy down with Kool Kat Lola LeSoleil at Metropolitan Studios for her Feather Fan-Damentals Workshop! Get down to The Earl for Tag Team’s Obligatory 20th Anniversary Show! Catch a 20th Anniversary Flashback Cinema screening of Lana and Lilly Wachowski’s THE MATRIX (1999) 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)! 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

Darkwave it up at Noni’s during their weekly DARK ROOM event, every Thursday through July 26!

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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This Week in ATLRetro, May 20-26, 2019

Posted on: May 19th, 2019 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

So many swell shenanigans taking place in ATLRetro This Week! Come see what we’ve found for you!

Monday, May 20

Rev it up as Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt goes solo for the night at Smokin’ Cues in Stockbridge! Get down with Nick Waterhouse at Terminal West! The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema screens Sydney Pollack’s AMAZING GRACE (2018) through May 23! GKIDS Presents Studio Ghibli Fest 2019’s 35th Anniversary screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (1984) at theatres across Atlanta [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Phipps Plaza 14; Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Perimeter Pointe 10; Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium (Buford)]! Catch retro-inspired Swedish singer Leon at the Buckhead Theatre! Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday! Thrash on down to Hell at the Masquerade for a night with Sacred Reich, Sworn Enemy and Anger Within! 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, May 21

The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema delivers a special early screening of Pamela B. Green’s BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLACHE (2018) followed by a Q&A with the director, at 7:30pm! Slippery When Wet pays tribute to Bon Jovi at City Winery! Spend the night with Matthew Logan Vasquez at Eddie’s Attic! Get industrial with Nitzer Ebb at Terminal West! Or spend the night with Art Alexakis (Everclear) at the Variety Playhouse! TCM Big Screen Classics Presents a 30th Anniversary screening of Herbert RossSTEEL MAGNOLIAS (1989) at theatres across Atlanta [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium (Buford); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! GKIDS Presents Studio Ghibli Fest 2019’s 35th Anniversary screening of Hayao Miyazaki’s NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (1984) at theatres across Atlanta [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Phipps Plaza 14; Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Perimeter Pointe 10; Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium (Buford)]! 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, May 22

Get rocked at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema with a screening of Tom JonesASBURY PARK: RIOT, REDEMPTION, ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (2019) at 7pm! Spend the night with Kenny Howe & The Wow and John McNicholas (The Sunset District) at The Star Bar! Tacocat dishes out a night of Go-Gos meets the Monkees, with Sammi Lanzetta and Winter at The Drunken Unicorn! Blues it up with The Rainbow Girls at Eddie’s Attic! Get bewitched with a screening of Mike Newell’s HARRY POTTER & THE GOBLET OF FIRE (2005) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth/Marietta) at 7:15pm! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Rob Reiner’s THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987) 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)! Funk it up with the Mike Veal Band at Tin Roof Cantina! TCM Big Screen Classics Presents a 30th Anniversary screening of Herbert RossSTEEL MAGNOLIAS (1989) at theatres across Atlanta [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium (Buford); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! 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, May 23

Get rocked, revved and honky tonked with a weekend chock full of the hillbilly persuasion, murder ballads and more with Bubbapalooza 2019 killing it with four full days of rockin’ tunes, BBQ, raffles and fun at The Star Bar, and head on downstairs to the Little Vinyl Lounge for Karaoke Night, every Thursday! Rock on down and kick off the weekend with Genki Genki Panic, Chrome Castle, Coach N’ Commando, and Roadkill Debutante! Beer & Lounge at the Clermont Lounge with Meagan Jean & The KFB, Nikki & The Phantom Callers and Mathis Hunter! Make your way to Venkman’s for Ladies of the ‘80s/’90s with Alyssa and Pete Olson (Yacht Rock Revue)! Cow-punk it up with Alejandro Escovedo, Front Country and Sydney Morse at Eddie’s Attic! Get your Americana fix with Threadbare Skivvies at Waller’s Coffee Shop! Darkwave it up at Noni’s during their weekly DARK ROOM event, every Thursday! 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 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, May 24

Day 2 of Bubbapalooza 2019 at The Star Bar raises a ruckus with Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah, Rev James Leg, El Capitan & The Reluctant Sadists, The Tomb Tones, with a special Tiki Lounge featuring DJ Dusty Booze & Miss Candice with Cap’n Actin Jackson! You Oughta Know pays tribute to ‘90s chick rock at the Dixie Tavern! Jill Rock Jones pays tribute to Aretha Franklin with Rock Steady at Venkman’s! Geek it up at The Plaza Theater as they screen Terry Zwigogg’s GHOST WORLD (2001), through May 27! The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema screens Pamela B. Green’s BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLACHE (2018), through May 25! Or skip school and catch a screening of John HughesFERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (1986) at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre at 8pm! Get experimental with Zen Mother at 529! Departure pays tribute to Journey and Head Games pay tribute to Foreigner at the Buckhead Theatre! Or catch Who’s Bad paying tribute to Michael Jackson at City Winery! Bluegrass it up with Trout Steak Revival at the Crimson Moon Café! Get rocked with Reconciler, Kool Kats Shehehe, and New Junk City at The Earl! Spend the night with Chinua Hawk at Eddie’s Attic! Fat Matt’s Rib Shack gets down with Big C! Make your way to the Northside Tavern for a rockin’ night of blues with the Tyler Neal Band! 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, May 25

The Star Bar and Bubbapalooza 2019 get jangled ‘n’ sleazy with Day 3’s rockin’ lineup with Andrea Colburn & Mud Moseley, Kool Kat Sen. Artie Mondello with The Delusionaires, Kool Kat Spike Fullerton and the Ghost Riders Car Club, Al Shelton, Bully, The Wildtones, Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer & The Compartmentalizationalists, JJ & The Hustlers, the Outlaw Women Band, Tipsy & The Tri-Tones and a special Tiki Lounge with Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah, Malone Ranger and more! Get zombified at The Senoia Dead Bash delivering its 2nd Annual Charity Bash at The Esco Feed Mill for two killer days, through Sunday May 26, supporting two charities, Healing 4 Heroes, and Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation! Enjoy THE WALKING DEAD celebrities, on stage interviews, horse and dog stunt performances, street vendors, live tunes, celebrity auctions and more! Get monstrous during the Official JOE STRYKER Movie Wrap Party at Sweetwater Bar & Grill with Kool Kats the Casket Creatures, ELZIG and DDC! Get rootsy with Bonnie Blue at City Winery! Emma Ruth Rundle folks it up at The Earl! Stomp on down to Smith’s Olde Bar for a night with Rodeo Twister and Ashley Walls! Rumours pay tribute to Fleetwood Mac at the Variety Playhouse! Americana it up with Blackfoot Daisy at Waller’s Coffee Shop! Jazz it up at Piedmont Park during the Atlanta Jazz Festival featuring a killer line-up! The Marietta Pops Orchestra pays tribute to Henry Mancini, John Williams and George Cohen during their Spring Concert at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre! Get down with The Vipers at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get the blues with Debbie Bond 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, May 26

Bubbapalooza 2019 brings you Michael Tolcher, Blackfox, The Hills & The Holler, Michael C. Smith, Kahle Davis & The Nightwatchmen and more at The Star Bar! Get funky with Morris Day & The Time and Queen of Percussion, Sheila E at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre! Get your Styx fix at Chastain Park! Or get roots-rockin’ with Nils Lofgren at City Winery! Dead Meadow dishes out a night of psychedelic rock at The Earl! Folk it up with The Bittersweets at Eddie’s Attic! Make your way to the Variety Playhouse for a night with David Crosby & The Sky Trails Band! Pop rock it up with John Waite at The Vista Room! Jazz it up at Piedmont Park during Day 2 of the Atlanta Jazz Festival! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Randal Kleiser’s GREASE (1978) 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)! 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

Get really retro and journey back 220 million years to when massive pterosaurs ruled the skies with Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s newest Giant Screen film, FLYING MONSTERS 3D, through June 1!

Get merry as the Georgia Renaissance Festival kicks off its 34th year, jousting it up every weekend through June 2!

Darkwave it up at Noni’s during their weekly DARK ROOM event, every Thursday through July 26!

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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This Week in ATLRetro, April 14-21, 2019

Posted on: Apr 14th, 2019 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Shake a tail feather in ATLRetro This Week!

Monday, April 15

Get intergalactically improvisational as Genre-ly Speaking (with Kool Kat Madeline Brumby) presents Ed Wood’s PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1959) at The Plaza Theater at 7:30pm! Jazz it up with Kim Waters at City Winery! 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!

Tuesday, April 16

The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema gets experimental with their new Classics Series screening of Jean-Luc Godard’s BREATHLESS (1960) at 7pm! Or spend the night with Kool Kat Andy Ditzler and his Film Love at the High event, Meet Marlon Brando and other works, at 7pm! Bluegrass it up with Dale Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore at Eddie’s Attic! 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! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, April 17

Get your psychological thriller fix with The Plaza Theater’s screening of Robert Aldrich’s WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE (1962) at 7pm! Emory Cinematheque continues their “History of Color Films” series with a screening of Martin Scorsese’s THE AVIATOR (2004) at 7:30pm! TCM Big Screen Classics presents a 60th Anniversary screening of William Wyler’s epic, BEN-HUR (1959) at theatres across Atlanta at 1pm/6pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Perimeter Pointe 10; AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium (Buford); and Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18]! Roots rock it up with Ryan Bingham at the Buckhead Theatre! Get some soul with Cheryl Pepsii Riley at City Winery! Carsie Blanton folks it up at Eddie’s Attic! Stomp on down to Waller’s Coffee Shop for Sam Aranson’s Bluegrass Jam! The Highlander rocks out with their Punk/Metal/New Wave Karaoke Night, every Wednesday! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Mel Stuart’s WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971) 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)]! Catch a double feature of Tommy Chong’s CHEECH & CHONG (1980) and Nicholaus Goossen’s GRANDMA’S BOY (2006) at Noni’s Bar & Deli during their Cinema Paradiso film event starting at 10pm! 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! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, April 18

Get exploited and bizarre and catch PlazaDrome’s screening of Frank Henenlotter’s BRAIN DAMAGE (1988), introduced by Atlanta’s own, The Swimming Pool Q’s at 9:30pm at The Plaza Theater! Take a walk on the wild side as the Rock & Roll Animals pay tribute to Lou Reed at the Clermont Lounge! Get radioactive as shenanigans ensue at theatres across Atlanta with RiffTrax taking on Harry EssexOCTAMAN (1971) live at 8pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium (Buford); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Get funky with Voodoo Visionary at Aisle 5! Glenn Hughes performs classic Deep Purple at Center Stage! Indie folk it up with The Wild Reeds and Valley Queen at The Earl! Spend the night with ‘70s country rock revivalists The Lost Wages at Eddie’s Attic! Get funky with Charlie Hunter and Lucy Woodward at the Red Light Café! Get down with Moontower at Venkman’s! 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 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, April 19

Spend the night with John Cusack at Atlanta Symphony Hall with a screening of Stephen FrearsHIGH FIDELITY (2000) and post-film conversation at 7:30pm! The Fox Theatre Institute (FTI) celebrates its 10th Anniversary with a tour of Atlanta’s oldest operating and only independent cinema since 1939, The Plaza Theater, from 4pm – 5pm! Catch SCADShow’s Legacy Series screening of David Lean’s LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962) at 7pm! Swamp rock it up with The Subdudes at City Winery! Get down with Mermaid Motor Lounge at Eddie’s Attic! Runaway Gin pays tribute to Phish at The Loft! Get your Cajun swamp pop fix with The Revelers at the Red Clay Theatre! Honkytonk it up with Hillbilly Casino at Smokin’ Cues in Stockbridge! Kameron Corvet dishes out a night of rockin’ soul at Vinyl! Get the blues with Stoney Brooks 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, April 20

Monster madness ensues as Kaiju Cult 2019 invades Little Tree Art Studio in Avondale Estates featuring toy artists, killer local art, live tunes with Kool Kat Shane Morton and VALKYRIE, monstrous screenings and more, from 7pm – midnight! Get old-timey with The WaymoresDebut Album Release Party at the Red Light Café! It’s Fantastic Four Twenty with Cineprov as they riff Roger Corman’s unreleased “classic” FANTASTIC FOUR (1994) at The Plaza Theater at 7:30pm! Make your way to The Star Bar for their Waiting Around to Die: The Music of Townes Van Zandt, featuring Nikki Speake & Anna C. Kramer, Don Chambers, the Downer Brothers, Bill Taft, Michael C. Smith, Michael Bradley, Love Letter, Evan Stepp, CJ Bargamian, Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer, Audrey Gamez and more! Rev on down to the Dixie Tavern for a night with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho-DeVilles! Folk it up with High Mountain Prospect at the Crimson Moon Café! Celebrate 20 rockin’ years of The Earl with The Scientists, the Vincas, and GG King! Spend the night with the Vega String Quartet at the Schwartz Center! Bluegrass it up with Billy Strings and The Church at Terminal West! Get folksy with The Tallest Man on Earth at the Variety Playhouse! Get the rockin’ blues with Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah 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, April 21

Celebrate 20 rockin’ years of The Earl with The Scientists, Gentleman Jesse & His Men and The Subsonics! Get your bluegrass ‘n’ Grateful Dead fix with Grass is Dead at Smith’s Olde Bar! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Gene Kelly’s SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952) 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)]! Indie folk it up with james of mosaics at Venkman’s! Funk it up with Risky Biscuit at Tin Roof Cantina! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner!

Ongoing

The Marietta Theatre Company presents YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, through April 27!

Get really retro and journey back 220 million years to when massive pterosaurs ruled the skies with Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s newest Giant Screen film, FLYING MONSTERS 3D, through June 1!

Get merry as the Georgia Renaissance Festival kicks off its 34th year, jousting it up every weekend through June 2!

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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This Week in ATLRetro, April 8-14, 2019

Posted on: Apr 7th, 2019 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Have a killer good time in ATLRetro This Week!

Monday, April 8

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 “The Texas Piano Man” Robert Ellis! Spend the night with Wild Belle at Terminal West! Get medieval with The Silkworm Smugglers at Waller’s Coffee Shop! Make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar for a night with Michael Flynn (Slow Runner) and Kris Gruen! Deathcore it up at 529 with the Aborted, Cryptopsy, Hideous Divinity and Ecryptus! 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!

Tuesday, April 9

The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema gets experimental with their new Classics Series screening of Akira Kurosawa’s DREAMS (1990) at 7pm! Slink on down to The Earl for a hot ‘n’ heavy night with Thelma & The Sleaze, Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah, Roadkill Debutante and Gabbie Rotts!  Get some soul with Algebra Blessett at City Winery! Get ‘90s rocked with Buckcherry and Joyous Wolf at The Loft! Get your fantasy fix with Kool Kat Katherine Lashe and her burly-Q gals of Syrens of the South during Tease Tuesday Burlesque: Fairy Tales at the Red Light Café! 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! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, April 10

Emory Cinematheque continues their “History of Color Films” series with a screening of Terence Davies DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES (1988) at 7:30pm! Or make your way to Studio Movie Grill’s (Alpharetta/Duluth/Marietta) screening of Lana Wachowski/Lilly Wachowski’s THE MATRIX (1999) at 7:15pm! Get rocked with Todd Rundgren at the Buckhead Theatre! Or rock on down to the Masquerade for a night with the Bouncing Souls, The Bronx, The Casualties and Crazy & The Brains! Jazz it up at City Winery with the Jimmy King Experience featuring Gritz & Jelly Butter! Honkytonk it up with The Bohannons, Lee Bains III and Amen Sister at The Earl! Get folksy with John Craigie and The Steel Wheels at Eddie’s Attic! Or get classically rocked with 2Cellos and Jon McLaughlin at the Fox Theatre! Power pop it up with Kenney Howes & Friends at The Star Bar! Or rev on down to Waller’s Coffee Shop for a night with Kool Kat Caroline & The Ramblers! The Highlander rocks out with their Punk/Metal/New Wave Karaoke Night, every Wednesday! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of John LandisTHE BLUES BROTHERS (1980) 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)]! Catch a double feature of Tamra DavisHALF BAKED (1998) and Seth Rogen’s THIS IS THE END (2013) at Noni’s Bar & Deli during their Cinema Paradiso film event starting at 10pm! 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! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, April 11

The Clermont Lounge raises a ruckus with their  Spring Winding! featuring Kool Kat Spike Fullerton and the Ghost Riders Car Club! Get rocked for a second night with Todd Rundgren at the Buckhead Theatre! Spend the night with Carbon Leaf at City Winery! Roots rock it up with Animal Years at The Earl! Get to the root of it all with Yarn and Steve Forbert at Eddie’s Attic! Get your Finnish heavy metal fix with Children of Bodom, Swallow the Sun, Wolfheart, and Summoner’s Circle at the Masquerade! Make your way to Terminal West for a night with Kyle Hollingsworth (The String Cheese Incident) and Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds! Jazz it up with Keiko Matsui 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 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, April 12

Get rocked at The Drunken Unicorn with Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer, illiterates, Fun Isn’t Fair and Radiator King! Or get your ‘70s tinged rock fix with Kool Kat Adam McIntyre’s The Pinx, HeY!ALLigator, Gnomonaut and Chrome Castle at 529! Joan Osborne is one of us at City Winery! The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema debuts the tale of 20s screen sensation Louise Brooks during her teen years, Michael Engler’s THE CHAPARONE (2019) tonight! Americana it up at the Crimson Moon Café with The Texas KGB! Spend the night with Mike Killeen and David Lowery at Eddie’s Attic! Folk it up with CeCe Hetrick at the Red Light Café! Get criminal with Jamey Johnson at the Roxy! Get your fill of some haunted cabaret Atlanta rock ‘n’ roll with Sarah & The Safe Word, Favle Cry, Soviet Shiksa and Nobody’s Darlings at The Star Bar! Spend the night with Joan Baez at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Get rootsy with Hayes Carll and Ben Dickey at Terminal West! Indie folk it up with Jenny Lewis at Variety Playhouse! Kool Kat Rich Desantis and the Street Fighting Band pay tribute to The Rolling Stones at Venkman’s! The Marietta Theatre Company presents YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, through April 27! Blues it up with Ike Stubblefield 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, April 13

Hey kiddies! It’s Record Store Day, so dust off those old records and come see what’s shakin’ at vinyl shops across Atlanta! Make your way to Criminal Records as they celebrate Record Store Day with performances by Timothy Showalter (Strand of Oaks), Nathan Hardy (Microwave) and more ! Waterloo Sunset Records presents a day of tunes featuring a live set with Curtis Davis and more! Or rock over to Mojo Vinyl in Roswell as they celebrate with MOJOPALOOZA!, featuring records, live tunes, food trucks, freak shows and more! Fantasyland Records brings you a day full of limited editions, special editions and more! Rock out at The Star Bar with The Last Chance Riders, Sash the Bash and the John Pagano Band! Make your way to the Fox Theatre for their 2nd Annual Blues Festival featuring Sir Charles Jones, Calvin Richardson, Tucka, Ronnie Bell, Pokey Bear and Theodis Ealey! Get some soul with Jon B. at City Winery! Make your way to downtown Decatur for 2019’s Amplify Decatur Music Festival featuring Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Julien Baker, Kevn Kinney and The Bitteroots! Folk rock it up with Strand of Oaks and Tyler Ramsey at The Earl! Or get your folk fix with Charlie Mars at Eddie’s Attic! Spend the night with Air Supply at The Fred in Peachtree City! Bluegrass it up with Escape Vehicle at Smith’s Olde Bar! Mausiki Scales & the Common Ground Collective funk it up with some afro-beats at Venkman’s! Stomp on down to The Vista Room for Michelle Malone & Drag the River! Make your way to the Old Smyrna Firehouse for Everyday Objects Group Art Show, featuring 15 local artists, live tintype portraits, tarot readings and more at 7pm! Get merry as the Georgia Renaissance Festival kicks off its 34th year, jousting it up every weekend through June 2! Get sinister and rock out The Highlander’s 27th Birthday Bash featuring BBQ and bands with Hembree & The Satan Sisters, Antagonizers ATL and Gunpowder Gray! Get the blues with Grant Hill 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, April 14

TCM Big Screen Classics presents a 60th Anniversary screening of William Wyler’s epic, BEN-HUR (1959) at theatres across Atlanta [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Perimeter Pointe 10; AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium (Buford); and Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18]! ATL Collective relives Fiona Apple’s TIDAL at City Winery! The Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue presents NSFW at the Red Light Café! Jill Rock Jones revisits Nina Simone & Billie Holiday at Venkman’s! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Mel Stuart’s WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971) 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)]! Funk it up with Risky Biscuit at Tin Roof Cantina! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner!

Ongoing

The Alliance Theatre presents their production of THE WIZARD OF OZ at the Woodruff Arts Center, through April 14! (LAST CHANCE!)

Aurora Theatre presents ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT’S END, through April 14! (LAST CHANCE!)

The Marietta Theatre Company presents YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, through April 27!

Get really retro and journey back 220 million years to when massive pterosaurs ruled the skies with Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s newest Giant Screen film, FLYING MONSTERS 3D, through June 1!

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!

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