Shop Around: Carving Critters with Uncle Daddy Dirk Hays

Posted on: Feb 20th, 2012 By:

By Jennifer Belgard
Contributing Editor

Dirk Hays has been a force to reckon with since his arrival on the Atlanta Art scene in the early ‘80s. His style is a Dirty South Cocktail: a nostalgia-laced, moonshine Mai Tai served up in a flaming, coconut zombie-monkey cup garnished with a Fez. Dirk’s alter ego, Uncle Daddy, is behind the bar this time shaking up his own country concoctions. So, grab a bar stool, a Psychedelic Sarsaparilla, and sit a spell with us. Let Uncle Daddy spin a yarn.

ATLRetro: Tell me a little about yourself.

Dirk Hays: I grew up in a small town in Alabama and my dad was a sign painter, so I used to spend a lot of time hanging out at the sign shop and watching him work. I spent a lot of my childhood drawing and listening to music for hours on end. I loved comic books and would draw my favorite characters from them. When I was 15 or 16, I discovered underground comics and that clearly shaped my drawing style, along with other artists of the time, such as Big Daddy Roth and Basil Wolverton, and the crew at MAD magazine.

I have a degree in Visual Communications from Auburn University and worked in advertising for a few years after moving to Atlanta in 1982. During those years, I worked off and on at the Center for Puppetry Arts and developed a love for sculpture. I started making and selling my art about this time and enjoyed doing that solely for about 13 years, until I had the opportunity to learn to tattoo. I’ve owned and operated East Atlanta Tattoo for the past 10 years and I also play washtub bass in Uncle Daddy and the Kissin’ Cousins. I enjoy camping, working in my vegetable garden and hanging out with my wife [Editor’s Note: That’s Kool Kat Barbilicious Hays of Blast-Off Burlesque] and dogs. Oh, and bacon.

What led to the creation of Uncle Daddy’s Woodland Critters series?

I’ve always preferred painting on wood for some reason; maybe that goes back to watching my dad paint signs on wood, I don’t know. Sometimes the confines of a canvas with straight edges seems to restrict me and I tend to prefer cut out irregular shapes. The pieces started taking more of a sculptural bent, with the addition of various layers, a few years ago, with another series of work that I was doing. The idea for the critters has been with me for a while now, but only gelled recently. I made an owl one day and put the picture up on Facebook and had 60 some responses within no time. People were asking about prices and if I was doing any other animals, so it seemed like there was a good deal of interest right off the bat. I decided to work on this series under my band persona of Uncle Daddy, and I make them in my workshop on Woodland Avenue, so the name kind of came from that.

You repurpose materials like barn siding for the Critters. What other materials do you use and why? 

I’ve always been a big trash scavenger for art materials. I like the mix of something old and weathered with the freshly painted, bright colors, in some instances. Mainly, the critters are made of birch plywood that I cut out on the bandsaw, paint with a combination of spray and acrylic, and then glue together.

One of my favorite Critters is the O KISSUM. Tell me a little bit about what influences your work.

Well, obviously music and pop culture are big influences, as well as the comic artists that I spoke of earlier. I like to inject a little humor into the work when I can and that was just a silly idea that occurred to me as I was making the possum. Sometimes the different pieces laying around on my work table unassembled, seem to gravitate toward each other in unexpected ways. Mixing the elements up a little allows for more variety in the series and something outside the box. Is that an udder on that rabbitHorns on a beaver? Why not? Anything can happen in this forest, and the weirder the better for my tastes.

Where can we find Uncle Daddy’s Woodland Critters?

I’ve only been doing this series since the beginning of December, and most of the sales have been through Facebook, or in my driveway, up to this point. I recently placed a few at HodgePodge Coffeehouse and Gallery, 720 Moreland Avenue, in East Atlanta. I’m also speaking with the nice folks at Pine Street Market in Avondale Estates about showing some there, as well. I don’t have the space at the tattoo shop any longer to display art, since we gave up the gallery there, so I’m looking for a few locations around town to place them. People can still contact me through Facebook, and if you like the page, you can keep up with any updates there. I usually post any new critters as soon as they’re done, too, so you can get first dibs on new creations. I also do commissions, so if you have an idea for a critter, other than a portrait of your dog, hit me up and I’ll see if I can make it happen.

Any new projects or events coming up?

Just working on new critters, getting ready for spring. I’d like to show the work at some local art/craft festivals, if the stars align just right and I can make it work between band gigs and running the tattoo shop.

About the Author: ATLRetro Contributing Editor Jennifer Belgard is Co-Conspirator at Libertine, Curator of Curios at Diamond*Star*Halo,  Barkeep at Euclid Avenue Yacht Club, and Co-Coordinator of Chaos for the Little 5 Points Halloween Parade & Festival.  In her spare time she enjoys Turnin’ TriXXX and playing Queen of Your Distraction.

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This Week in ATLRetro, June 4-9, 2019

Posted on: Jun 3rd, 2019 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

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

Tuesday, June 4

Get rocked with rockabilly legend Tav Falco’s Panther Burns with Kool Kat Sen Artie Mondello and The Delusionaires at the Masquerade! The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema continues their new Classics Series with a screening of Terry Gilliam’s THE FISHER KING (1991) at 7pm! Garage rock it up with The Mystery Lights and Future Punx at 529! Prog rock it up with The Musical Box at Center Stage! The Lemonheads rock out at Terminal West with Tommy Stinson! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s! Get the blues with Electric Blues Express at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! 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, June 5

Swing noir it up with Bernadette Seacrest at Eddie’s Attic! The Highlander rocks out with Punk/Metal/New Wave Karaoke Night, every Wednesday! Celebrate 40 metalrific years of Vicious Rumors at 529 with Negative Wall and Black Candle! Get bewitched with a screening of David YatesHARRY POTTER & THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (2009) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth/Marietta) at 7:15pm! Catch a screening of Steven Spielberg’s SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998) at theatres across Atlanta [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Perimeter Pointe 10; Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium (Buford); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; and Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Marietta)]! Skip school and catch a Flashback Cinema screening of John HughesFERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (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)! 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 the Man in Black, Johnny Cash Now! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, June 6

Geek it up at My Parents’ Basement at Jon Waterhouse’s “Star Wars Adventures” Comic Book Release Party at 7pm! Get adventurous and take back your town as hilarity ensues with Cineprov and their screening of John MiliusRED DAWN (1984) at The Plaza Theater at 7pm! Garage rock it up with Japan’s The Let’s Go’s and Tiger! Tiger! at The Earl! Get intergalactic as shenanigans ensue at theatres across Atlanta with RIFFTRAX LIVE taking on Mark Steve Grove’s STAR RAIDERS (1983) [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); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! The Historic Oakland Cemetery honors those who have served with their Flashlight Tours: Veterans of Oakland! The Star Bar kicks it in the Little Vinyl Lounge with Karaoke Night, every Thursday! 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, June 7

Get wicked ‘n’ weird with local artist Dirk Hays during his Born Weird Art Show Opening at Diesel Filling Station at 7pm [check out our Shop Around Feature of Hays here]! The Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre kicks off their Movies, Bands and Brew event with a performance by Jerome Newton & The Band Who Fell to Earth and a screening of Jim Henson’s LABYRINTH (1986), all starting at 7pm! Rev it up at Motorheads with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho DeVilles! The Grindhouse Players present their adaptation of 2003 thriller PHONE BOOTH at Pulp Atlanta, through June 22! Departure pays tribute to Journey at the Dixie 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, June 8

Haunt on down to the Historic Oakland Cemetery for the 9th annual Tunes from the Tombs (12p – 8pm), featuring 4 retro-tastic stages of live music! The Platform Main Stage gets down with She Returns from War, The Artisanals, Kool Kat Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, and Futurebirds! Shakin’ on the Larken Underground  Stage will be the Distilled Butter Band, Mike Killeen, Kylie Odetta and The Harraway Brothers! The New Realm Beer Garden Acoustic Stage brings you Kylie Odetta, Caryn Lee Carter, She Returns from War and Mike Killeen! And you won’t want to miss what’s happening on the Bell Tower Buskers Stage featuring Octave, The Hills and The Holler, Serson Brannen and Nate Helfrich! Or get old-school with Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley and Garage71 during Vintage Fest at Timms Harley-Davidson celebrating the history of Harley Davidson, featuring Pin-Ups, old-school rides, vintage venders and live tunes with Atomic Boogie and V-8 Death Car! Or boogie down ‘80s-style with Kool Kat VJ Anthony during his ‘80s New Wave Music Video Dance Party at Amsterdam Atlanta! Catch a bloody double feature at the Ivy Wall Drive-In Theatre in Dacula with Alfred Hitchcock’s PSYCHO (1960) and Mary Harron’s AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000) at 9pm! Rev it up at Falcons Fury Harley Davidson with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho DeVilles! 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, June 9

Get down with Steve Earl & the Dukes at the Buckhead Theatre! Make your way to My Parents’ Basement for the final bazaar of the season, their June Bizarre Bazaar featuring local vendors, artists and more! Hey you guys! Why not catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Richard Donner’s ‘80s classic THE GOONIES (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)! 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

The Grindhouse Players present their adaptation of 2003 thriller PHONE BOOTH at Pulp Atlanta, through June 22!

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

Haunt on down to the Aurora Theatre for Ghost Tours through Sept. 28!

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 29-May 5, 2019

Posted on: Apr 28th, 2019 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Get hep to the jive and check out all the swell shenanigans we’ve dug up for you This Week!

Monday, April 29

The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema gets cozy with Aretha Franklin as they screen Sydney Pollack’s AMAZING GRACE (2018) through May 2! Get psychedelic with Acid Mother’s Temple at The Earl! Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday! Get funky and groove on down to Café 290 every second and fourth Monday of the month for a taste of Bumpin the Mango, ‘The groove that makes you want to move!” Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam!

Tuesday, April 30

Get folk rocked with Joe Purdy and Smokey & The Mirror at Eddie’s Attic! International Jazz Day at the Red Light Café features Myrna Clayton & Friends! Catch The Atlanta Opera’s presentation of Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA at the Cobb Energy Centre! Spend the night with the Indigo Girls at the Variety Playhouse! Get the blues with Matt Pendrick at Blind Willies! 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, May 1

Get your Americana fix with The Yawpers at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get bewitched with a screening of Chris ColumbusHARRY POTTER & THE SORCERER’S STONE (2001) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth/Marietta) at 7:15pm! TheAtlanta Jewish Film Festival presents a screening of Ryan White’s ASK DR. RUTH (2019), the incredible life story of famed sex therapist and Holocaust survivor, Dr. Ruth at the UA Tara Theatre at 7:50pm, followed by a Q&A with Dr. Ruth’s daughter Miriam Westheimer! Folk it up with Willie Watson at Eddie’s Attic! The Highlander rocks out with their Punk/Metal/New Wave Karaoke Night, every Wednesday! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Rob Reiner’s WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (1989) 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! Get jazzy at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Blind Willies dishes out a night with The Cazanovas! 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, May 2

Cineprov haunts it up as they riff Ulli Lommel’s THE BOOGEYMAN (1980) at The Plaza Theater at 7:30pm! Get old-school folksy/country with The Brookses and Collins Drive at the Red Light Café! Stomp on down to The Star Bar for a night with the Chris Massey Band, Kool Kat Dave Weil and Blacktop (formerly Blacktop Rockets) and Truckstop Confidential! Gangstagrass dishes out a night of hip hoppin’ bluegrass at City Winery! Jazz it up with the Yellowjackets at Suite Food Lounge! Out Front Theatre Company presents THE SECRETARIES through May 18! 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 Willies! 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 3

Day one of the 3-day 2019 Shaky Knees Festival has arrived at Centennial Olympic Park, chock full of retro-inspired tunes! Rock on down and catch Tears for Fears, Beck, Tash Sultana, Liz Phair, Sharon Van Etton, Black Lips, Curtis Harding, Face to Face, Low Cut Connie and more! Why not stay together and get some soul with Al Green at the Fox Theatre! The Earl Smith Strand Theatre presents the Movie Palace Radio Hour: The Adventures of the Lone Ranger and The Shadow! Get the psycho-country blues at The Star Bar with RUST, Rare Birds and Blackfox! Folk it up with Peter Mulvey at Eddie’s Attic! Get rocked with Garbage at the Tabernacle! Jump in your T.A.R.D.I.S. and make your way to WHOLANTA 2019, Atlanta’s premiere Doctor Who & British Media Convention, time traveling through May 5! Yacht Rock Revue gets down with PURPLE RAIN and Prince tunes at The Roxy! The Queerly Beloved Revue presents Candida’s Born this Way Birthday Bash at the Red Light Café! The Vipers get the blues at the Northside Tavern! Get down with Sandra Hall & The Shadows at Blind Willies! 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 4

Hey all you miscreants! Get mischievous and rock out at May Ham Fest 2019, featuring vendors including Dirk Hays (see our Shop Around feature here), 2the 9’s Retro and Jezebel Blue [see our Shop Around feature here] and more; a pig roast; live music and more in Avondale Estates! You won’t want to miss a hellacious musical lineup with Graveyard Gospel, Dusty Booze & The Baby Haters, Kool Kat Spike Fullerton and The Russian Roulette Band, Al Shelton, Van Heineken, Kool Kat Adam McIntyre and The Pinx, Dex Romweber, The Tremolords, The Tomb Tones, Codeine Haze, Hot Ram and more! Stick around for a late night feature screening of Mel Brooks’ knee slapper, SPACEBALLS (1987)! Day two of the Shaky Knees Festival brings you Gary Clark, Jr., The Struts, The Dandy Warhols, Mipso and more! Free Comic Book Day invades Atlanta! Come see what Challenges Games & Comics (North Dekalb Mall) has in store! Or check out Criminal Records and what they have in store with live tunes with HYPERSPACE and more! Celebrate 80 years of Batman with a 30th Anniversary screening of Tim Burton’s BATMAN (1989) at theatres across Atlanta [Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Marietta); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); and Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium (Buford)] ! The Earl Smith Strand Theatre presents the Movie Palace Radio Hour: The Adventures of the Lone Ranger and The Shadow! Jam it up at the Red Light Café with gr8FLdude & frenz! Get rocked with Deerhunter at The Earl! Geoff Achison & The Souldiggers gets down at Eddie’s Attic!  Get funky New Orleans-style with the Wasted Potential Brass Band at the Northside Tavern! The Lucky Losers get the blues at Blind Willies! 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 5

Catch Day 3 of the Shaky Knees Festival featuring Deerhunter, Rayland Baxter and more! Croon it up at Atlanta Symphony Hall for a night with Tom Jones! TCM Big Screen Classics Presents a 50th Anniversary screening of Henry Hathaway’s TRUE GRIT (1969) 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); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! The Earl Smith Strand Theatre presents the Movie Palace Radio Hour: The Adventures of the Lone Ranger and The Shadow! Rock out with Captain Beyond and the Reverends at The Earl! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Terry Gilliam’s MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY GRAIL (1975) 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

Out Front Theatre Company
presents THE SECRETARIES through May 18!

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 30-May 6, 2018

Posted on: Apr 29th, 2018 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Shake a tail feather and groove on into ATLRetro This Week!

Monday, April 30

Hot Jam it up with The Hot Club of Atlanta at Ambient + Studio! Or get jazzy with Virginia Schenck at City Winery! Get anti-folk with Beck and Twin Shadow at the Tabernacle! Rock out with The Afghan Whigs and Built to Spill at the Variety Playhouse! Rudiger Suchsland’s documentary HITLER’S HOLLYWOOD (2018) examining “German Cinema in the Age of Propaganda: 1933-1945” screens at The Plaza Theater, through May 3! Sophie Fiennes’ dynamic documentary GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI (2017) screens at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema (see our Retro Review here), through May 3! 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 night with Larry Griffith!

Tuesday, May 1

Rock out with Stone Temple Pilots and Camp Howard at the Masquerade! Spend the night with Clay Harper (The Coolies) and Muleskinner MacQueen at Avondale Towne Cinema! I Love This Band relives Soul Train at City Winery! Get old-timey with Ol’ GoForth at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Get psyched with Ruby the Hatchet, Heavy Temple and HOT RAM at The Earl! Spend another night with Beck and Twin Shadow at the Tabernacle!The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema continues their new Classics Series with a screening of Ingmar Bergman’s FANNY AND ALEXANDER (1982) at 7pm! Dance with yourself and everyone else at the Coca Cola Roxy Theater and rock out with Billy Idol! Make your way to Goblin City and catch a screening of Jim Henson’s LABYRINTH (1986) at theatres across Atlanta at 7pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Regal Mall of Georgia 20 Plus Imax (Buford); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Get folksy with John Baumann and Zach Nytomt at Eddie’s Attic! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with DJ Quasi Mandisco’s Little 5 Points 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, May 2

Get folksy with Heart Hunters at Smith’s Olde Bar! Put on your dancin’ shoes and catch a screening of Gene Kelly’s SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952) at Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth) at 7:15pm! Rock out with Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness at the Buckhead Theatre! Folk it up with Suzanne Vega at City Winery! Darwin’s Burgers & Blues gets down with their Blues Jam! Spend the night with Matthew Logan Vasquez, Thorp Jenson and Ciggurl at The Earl! Get folksy with The Accidentals at Eddie’s Attic! Make your way to Goblin City and catch a screening of Jim Henson’s LABYRINTH (1986) at theatres across Atlanta at 7pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Regal Mall of Georgia 20 Plus Imax (Buford); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Or blues it up with Frankie’s Blues Mission at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! 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 as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up a night of acoustic blues! St. James Live! delivers their Hump Days Blues night, getting classic blues-style every Wednesday! 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 3

Get hellacious with ELZIG, Kool Kats The Casket Creatures and BSOL at the Clermont Lounge! It’s tribute night at The Star Bar, so rock on down for a night with RAPTURE (Blondie), Runnin Down a Dream (Tom Petty), FREEBIRD (Lynyrd Skynyrd), and Rolling Thunder (Bob Dylan)! Jazz it up with The Rebel Big Band at Gallery 992! A night of super hilarity ensues at The Plaza Theater as Cineprov screens/riffs Albert Pyun’s CAPTAIN AMERICA (1990) at 7:30pm! Swing on down, Western-style with Riders in the Sky at City Winery! Cody Matlock & the Mothership get down at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Get folksy with Ben Trickey, Matthew Paul Butler and Moses Nash at The Earl! It’s a garage rock revival with The Whigs and Tedo Stone at Terminal West! Rock out with Helmet in Heaven at the Masquerade! It’s Mai Tai Thursday at Trader Vic’s so hula on down for a night of rockin’ island tunes and killer island 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, May 4

Day one of the 3-day 2018 Shaky Knees Festival has arrived at Centennial Olympic Park, chock full of retro-inspired tunes! Rock on down and catch David Byrne, Fleet Foxes, Franz Ferdinand, Jimmy Eat World, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Frights, The Ghost of Paul Revere, The War & Treaty, Liz Brasher and more! Jump in your T.A.R.D.I.S. and make your way to WHOLANTA 2018, Atlanta’s premiere Doctor Who & British Media Convention, time traveling through May 6! Rock out at The Star Bar with Chromp Plated Apostles, Hot Wives, The Trouble Obscene, with a special Spaghetti Western set with Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer! Get some soulful Salsa at Avondale Towne Cinema with Orquesta MaCuba!  Rock out with The Brian Jonestown Massacre at The Earl! Gypsy jazz it up with Kool Kat Amy Pike and The Bonaventure Quartet at Eddie’s Attic! Get intergalactic and catch SCADShow’s screening of Barry Sonnenfeld’s MEN IN BLACK (1997) at 7pm! The Stranger pays tribute to Billy Joel at City Winery! The Rainmen dish out a night of ‘60s and ‘70s rock at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Go to Heaven and rock out with The Distillers and Broncho at the Masquerade! Or take a trip to Purgatory for a night of dirty doo-wop with The Frights! Albert White gets old school at the Northside Tavern! Get the folksy blues with Peter Case and more at the Red Clay Theatre! Or get your Americana fix with The War on Drugs at the Variety Playhouse! Zoom on down to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for Vintage Market Days West Atlanta, through May 6! The Gipsy Kings dish out a night of ‘80s Flamenco at the Wolf Creek Amphitheatre! The Wild Hares get down at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! 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 5

Hey all you miscreants! Get mischievous and rock out at May Ham Fest 2018, featuring vendors including Dirk Hays (see our Shop Around feature here), 2the 9’s Retro and Jezebel Blue [see our Shop Around feature here], Deathkiss Designs and more; a pig roast; live music and more in Avondale Estates! You won’t want to miss a hellacious musical lineup with The Border Dogs, BBs Blowdown, The Crush, Valkyrie, the Screamin’ Demons, BSOL, The Wheelknockers, Sash the Bash, Kool Kat Carloline & The Ramblers, the Fabulous Thrillbillys, Dusty Booze & The Baby Haters and Nine Pound Hammer! Stick around for a late night double feature with screenings of Ivan Reitman’s GHOSTBUSTERS (1984) and Merian C. Cooper’s creature-feature, KING KONG (1933)! It’s a night of nitty gritty rock ‘n’ roll with Kool Kat Sen. Artie Mondello and The Delusionaires, the Wooly Bushmen and Bad Spell at The Star Bar! Day two of the Shaky Knees Festival brings you Queens of the Stone Age, The War on Drugs, Cake, Manchester Orchestra, The Distillers, Andrew W.K. and more! Free Comic Book Day invades Atlanta! Come see what Challenges Games & Comics (North Dekalb Mall) has in store! Or check out Criminal Records and what they have in store with special guests from 11am – 3pm, including Kool Kat Michael Stark (WOLVERTON) and more! Rock out with the Melvins and All Souls at the Masquerade! Boogie on down to The Basement for their Heyday ‘80s Dance Party! SCADShow presents an intergalactic double feature with screenings of Barry Sonnenfeld’s MEN IN BLACK II (2002) and MEN IN BLACK 3 (2012) beginning at 12pm! Jazz it up with Herb Alpert & Lani Hall at City Winery! Folk it up with Cicada Rhythm at the Crimson Moon Café! Stomp on down to The Earl for a night with The Ghost of Paul Revere and Boy Named Banjo. Make your way to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Lonnie Holley & Lee Bains III and The Sweet Remains! Jazz it up with Denise Kirkland at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! New Sensation pays tribute to INXS at MadLife Stage & Studios! Get the blues with Grant Green, Jr. at the Northside Tavern! Alt rock on down to Terminal West for a night with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club! Folk it up with Fleet Foxes at the Variety Playhouse! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night! 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 6

Catch Day 3 of the Shaky Knees Festival featuring Tenacious D, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and more! Make your way to The William Bremen Jewish Heritage Museum for their At the Jazz Club with Oran Etkin! Get a laugh and catch a screening of Terry Gilliam’s comedy classic MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (1975) during Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Flashback Cinema series at 2:30pm/7:30pm! Get down with some oldies but goodies during the Crimson Moon Café’s Boomer’s Gone Wild event! Get the rockin’ blues with Royal Johnson at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Tav Falco & The Panther Burns dish out a night of fuzzed out dirty rock ‘n’ roll with Shantih Shantih at The Earl! Spend the night with Gurufish at Park Tavern! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner! And get the rockin’ blues with Garrett Collins at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack!

Ongoing

Emory Arts presents their exhibition The Dream Machine: The Beat Generation & the Counterculture, 1940-1975 in the Schatten Gallery, through May 15!

Get really retro at the Georgia Renaissance Festival, jousting through June 4!

My Parents’ Basement goes old-school with their monthly Pinball Tournament, every firsts 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!

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, Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2016

Posted on: Nov 27th, 2016 By:

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Kick off the holidays ATLRetro-style and see what’s shakin’ this week!

Monday, November 28 11.28AL

Folk it up with Caroline Aiken, Faye Webster and Cortez Garza at City Winery! Catch a screening of George Cukor’s CAMILLE (1936) at the Alpharetta Branch Library at 10:30am! Blues it up with Barrelhouse Bob Page at Blind Willie’s! 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!” Skye Paige, “Queen of Slide Guitar” rocks out at the Little Vinyl Lounge! 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, November 29

11.29StarBarGet witchy at the Diesel Filling Station with their special Harry Potter Trivia at 8pm! Make your way to the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern for a screening of Chris ColumbusHOME ALONE (1990) at 7:30pm! Rock out with Steve Vai’s Passion & Warfare 25th Anniversary Tour show at the Variety Playhouse! Make your way to the Fox Theatre, but don’t shoot your eye out as they present “A Christmas Story – The Musical,” sleighing through Dec. 4! Blind Willie’s gets down with Slow Parade! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with their Downtown Tuesday Night 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, November 30

Ragtime jazz it up with Penny Serenade at Venkman’s! Scrooge it up at the Alliance Theatre’s 27th season of “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” running through Dec. 24! Cross Moon River in style with a TCM Big Screen Classics 11.30Vscreening of Blake EdwardsBREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961) at theatres across Atlanta, screening at 2pm/7pm [Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville)]; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); and Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan)! Make your way to the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern for an encore screening of Chris ColumbusHOME ALONE (1990) at 7:30pm! Make your way to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Rick Derringer! Get your traditional country fix with The Secret Sisters at City Winery! Rock out with Glen Iris at The Earl! Get the blues with Kool Kat Scott Glazer’s Mojo Dojo at Blind Willie’s! Frankie’s Blues Mission gets down and dirty at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Jazz it up at the Red Light Café with The Gordon Vernick Quartet! Darwin’s Burgers & Blues gets down and dirty at their Blues Jam hosted by The Cazanovas! The Star Bar gets down with their Okie Dokie Karaoke, every Wednesday at 9pm! Or rock on downstairs to the Little Vinyl Lounge for a night of retro shenanigans with Kool Kat Jeff Clark and Stomp & Stammer’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia at 8pm! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! St. James Live! delivers their Hump Days Blues night, getting classic blues-style every Wednesday! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, December 1

Get intergalactic this holiday season with Riff Trax’ Holiday Special Double featuring Nicholas Webster’s SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS (1964) and a Christmas Shorts-Stravaganza at theatres across 12.1Atlanta (7pm) [Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Perimeter Pointe 10; GTC Merchants Walk 12 Cinema (Marietta); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville)]; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); and Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan)! Make your way to the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern for an encore screening of Chris ColumbusHOME ALONE (1990) at 7:30pm! Get your ‘60s neotropical soul fix with Adron and Cicada Rhythm at Eddie’s Attic! Old-time it up with The Jugtime Ragband and The Clams at the Red Light Café! New Wave it up with Howard Jones and Indianapolis Jones at the Variety Playhouse! Blues it up with House Rocker Johnson & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! Have a Merry Funkin’ Christmas with Secondhand Swagger at Venkman’s! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so hula on down to Trader Vic’s for a night of island tunes and tasty cocktails! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! The Cody Matlock Band delivers a night of blues at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues in Marietta! Stagger on over to Noni’s Bar & Deli for their Bitter Heroes event featuring DJ Brian Parris as he gets charmingly morose with a little New-Wave, The Smiths and The Cure! 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, December 2

Rock on down to The Star Bar for James Hall & The Steady Wicked’s Album Release Party (“Electric Hex”) 12.2StarBar2with Darling Machine and The Crush! Get mischievous at Sweetwater Bar & Grill in Duluth with Radio Cult, Kool Kats The Casket Creatures, Savage Remains and Learning to Count (Ramones tribute)! Get funky and blues it up with the AJ Ghent Band at Eddie’s Attic! Yacht Rock Revue plays The Beatles at Venkman’s! Catch a 25th Anniversary screening of Julie Dash’s DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST (1991) at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema! Rock out during Day 1 of the International Pop Overthrow Atlanta at the Red Light Café with Pelicans & Their Allies, Steve Baskin, Matt Brown, The Shut-Ups, Paul Melancon  The New Insecurities, The Soogs and The Stoplight Roses! Stomp on down to Blind Willie’s for a night with Delta Moon! And as always, time-warp it up and get naughty with some uber musically-inclined transsexual aliens 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, December 3

12.3LVLGet your ‘70s psych rock fix with Kool Kat Adam McIntyre with The Pinx, Plaster (Reunion Show), Spore Lord and The Buzzards of Fuzz at 529! Kick off the killer Krampus season with Little Vinyl Lounge’s (The Star Bar) Deck the Walls: The L5P’s Krampus Art Show featuring original art for sale by Kool Kat Shane Morton, Kool Kat Aileen Loy, Dirk Hays and more through Dec. 10! Catch Day 2 of the International Pop Overthrow Atlanta as it invades the Red Light Café with Tony Low, Chris McKay, Brent Daniel, The Raves, the Netherglades, Kenny Howe & The Wow! and Kool Kat Ray Dafrico & His Band! And rock out at The Star Bar proper with El Scorcho (Weezer tribute), Siamese Dream (Smashing Pumpkins tribute) and Hyperspace! Or get Drawn & Disorderly holiday-style with Kool Kat Chris Hamer (Urbnpop) with a Holiday Art Market at Red Brick Brewing Company! Kool Kat Spike Fullerton’s Russian Roulette Band and The Punknecks get down at the Elliot Street Pub! Make your way to the Variety Playhouse for a night with Mike Gordon! Or rock out with Strutter: The Ultimate Tribute to KISS at the Masquerade! Spend A Victorian Holiday at the Oakland Cemetery from 11-4pm, with carols, a 12.3Masqueradereading of “The Night Before Christmas”, hot cocoa and more! Get artsy with Jenny Bell and more with “Adornment – Holiday Art Show and Open Studio” featuring live tunes by W8ting 4 UFOs with Bill Taft at Sycamore Place Gallery from 6-9pm! Get spooked for a good cause during Containment Haunted House’s (Lithonia Springs) terror-ific Toy Drive! Walk the plank and catch a screening of Brian Henson’s MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND (1996) at 7pm at the Center for Puppetry Arts! Jump on down to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center for a night with The Brian Setzer Orchestra! Support your local artists at the EAYC’s Lovecrafts: Local Artist’s Market from 1-6pm! Have a Chicken Pickin’ Brunch with Sailing to Denver at Venkman’s! Clashinista dish out a tribute to The Clash with Straw Polly at The Earl! Get down and dirty with Jarekus Singleton at Blind Willie’s! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night! And as always, DJ Romeo Cologne transforms the sensationally seedy Clermont Lounge into a ’70s disco/funk inferno late into the wee hours of the night.

Sunday, December 4

12.4Celebrate 15 years of Hayao Miyazaki’s SPIRITED AWAY (2001) at theatres across Atlanta at 12pm [Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Perimeter Pointe 10; AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Studio Movie Grill (Duluth) and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)! It’s your last chance to catch Atlanta’s best pop and rock ‘n’ roll with Day 3 of the International Pop Overthrow Atlanta at the Red Light Café with Lord High Admirals, Fairshake, After California, Orange Hat, Golden Eels, What the…? and The Joe & Joe Show! It’s a night of rockin’ soul with Diane Durrett and Soul Suga at Eddie’s Attic! Jazz it up with the Tray Dahl Jazz Quintet during Venkman’s Bottomless Mimosa Brunch! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar!

Ongoing

Scrooge it up at the Alliance Theatre’s 27th season of “A CHRISTMAS CAROL” running through Dec. 24!

Make a trek to the Island of Misfit Toys a.k.a. the Center for Puppetry Arts as they present Jon Ludwig’s adaptation of RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER, directed by Tim Sweeney, running through Dec. 31!

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!

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!

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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Kool Kat of the Week: Chad Shivers, Guitar Slinger of the Surf-Rock Variety and Founder of Atlanta’s Infamous Southern Surf Stomp!, Catches a Wave and Dishes on the First Ever Southern Surf StompFest!

Posted on: Sep 15th, 2015 By:

by Melanie Crew11990633_10101892377367613_5371082659938104787_n
Managing Editor

Chad Shivers, purveyor of that infamous high-energy reverb and maniacal mayhem a.k.a. Surf Rock, will be reviving Atlanta this Saturday, September 19, retro-style with his Southern Surf StompFest! at Little Tree Art Studios (Avondale Estates), from noon until 8 pm! Catch a wave and raise a ruckus with a whole lotta vintage vendors (our swanky retro pals, 2the 9’s Retro and Jezebel Blue [see our Shop Around feature here]; Uncle Daddy’s Woodworks [see our Shop Around feature on Dirk Hays here], Beachcomber Cory’s Tiki Hut; THE SURF King Surfwear, and more!), tasty vittles and of course one helluva rockin’ line-up, featuring El Capitan & the Band with No Name, Ouroboro’s Boys, Kool Kat Caroline & the Ramblers, The Beech Benders, The Surge!, The Gold Dust Lounge, The Mystery Men?, Aqualads, and DJ Dusty Booze spinning surf, rockabilly and ‘50s/’60s rock between sets, and so much more! And why not round out your weekend with Southern SurfStomp’s surf-tastic bookend events; the official pre-show at Sunbrimmer Records (Avondale Estates) with Chad’s current project, MOONBASE, Genki Genki Panic and Vacations; and the official after-party rockin’ out at Kavarna (Decatur), featuring Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer’s surf-rock outfit, The Compartmentalizationists (SUTURES CD release); Band, James Band; and Gemini XIII! So, come on down and rock out surf-style at the most rock ‘n’ roll weekend-long beach party around!

Chad is no newbie to Surf Rock, or rock ‘n’ roll in general. His musical journey began at age 14, when he jumped head first into his first band, The Squares, in 1995 (active until 2002), releasing two records and extensively touring the Southeast. After selling his soul to the rock ‘n’ roll devil, he built a revved up repertoire with Sorry No Ferrari (2005-2011); joined Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer & the Bicycle Eaters (2010); joined The Mystery Men? (2012); founded the Southern SurfStomp! (2014); and currently fronts his own group, MOONBASE [George Asimakos on guitar; Eric Balint on bass; Sonny Harding on drums and Chad Shivers on guitar], debuting, CREATION MYTHS, in August 2014. And if that isn’t enough, Chad has also performed with Jeffrey Butzer’s, The Compartmentalizationists, Sleep Therapy, the Insect Surfers, The Madeira, and his own Surf Rock Christmas outfit, Chad Shivers & The Silent Knights, dishing out The Ventures’ and The Beach Boys’ Xmas albums every season for the past five years.

Photo by Jamie Galatas, Moonbase at Jacksonville Surf Fest, (L-R) George Asimakos, Chad Shivers, Eric Balint

Moonbase at Jacksonville Surf Fest, (L-R) George Asimakos, Chad Shivers, Eric Balint – Photo by Jamie Galatas

ATLRetro caught up with Chad Shivers for a quick interview about the Southern Surf StompFest!; Surf Rock’s history and resurgence; and his craft of spreading the infectious rock ‘n’ roll vibes of the Surf Rock subculture far and wide! And while you’re takin’ a peek at our little Q&A with Chad, get an earful of his current surf-rock outfit, MOONBASE’s “The Serpent” from their debut album CREATION MYTHS; and a sneak peek at The Compartmentalizationists’ “Blurry Eyes” from their new album SUTURES!

ATLRetro: Who doesn’t love surf rock?! And of course the Southern Surf StompFest! is right down ATLRetro’s alley! Can you fill our readers in on the history or your monthly Southern Surf Stomp! events? And how did you put together that righteous rockin’ line-up you’ve got waiting for our eager readers/listeners?

Chad Shivers: Southern Surf Stomp‘s inception was inspired by multiple factors including Greg Germani‘s incredible Ameripolitan shows; festivals such as Crispy BessInstro Summit held in North Carolina; and the desire to showcase the vast amount of talent within the Southeastern surf music community. Our first show was in April of 2014, and has been going strong ever since, featuring some truly great artists such as Eddie Angel (Los Straitjackets), Ivan Pongracic (The Madeira), Daikaiju, Kill, Baby…Kill!, Aqualads, and even a The Penetrators tribute. For the festival, I wanted to include Atlanta staples (El Capitan and the Band With No Name, The Surge!, The Mystery Men?), groups that have previously performed at our monthly event (Aqualads), and some fresh new faces (Ouroboros Boys, The Beech Benders, Gold Dust Lounge). I’m particularly excited to see Gold Dust Lounge from Miami, as I’ve been practically begging them to come up for the past year or so.

You’ve been devoted to the genre for quite some time, beginning in 1995 with your first band, The Squares, at the ripe old age of fourteen. Can you tell our readers how you became 11986326_10101879470463153_9095156251446565570_naware of surf-guitar and what drew you to the genre?

As a freshman in high school, I attended a house party where a cover band played a number by The Ventures and was completely enamored. Upon seeing my excitement, my friend Jeff, with whom I attended said party, later introduced me to Dick Dale (see ATLRetro’s feature on Dick here) and Man or Astro-man? and that was it. We started The Squares very shortly thereafter. Surf for me just has the energy of punk, the technical prowess of heavy metal, and the melodicism of pop music but (mostly) without lyrics; allowing the listener to create their own narrative.

You’ve been a member and have performed with surf rock and semi-surf rock outfits galore over the years [The Squares; Jeffrey Butzer & the Bicycle Eaters; The Mystery Men?; Sleep Therapy; The Insect Surfers; The Madeira; Chad Shivers & the Silent Knights, etc.]! What exactly is it about surf rock that keeps you coming back for more, even when you’ve stepped away for a bit?

I think it’s just that it’s so much fun to play and there’s an unbelievable amount of variation within the genre from lo-fi garage to highly technical, almost progressive rock and everything in between.  Not to mention, the people involved within the surf scene are among the friendliest, supportive, talented and interesting people you could ever meet.

Although the genre and its subculture hails from Southern California and has even been dubbed “SoCal folk music,” who or what would you say brought that particular sound to the Southeastern US?

Chad Shivers performing with the Penetrators T.R.I.B.U.T.E. - Photo by Jamie Galatas

Chad Shivers performing with the Penetrators T.R.I.B.U.T.E. – Photo by Jamie Galatas

Surf music in the South actually dates back to the ‘60s, and of course there was a later resurgence in the ‘90s with bands like Man or Astro-man? But any ‘scene’, I believe, can be attributed to The Penetrators. They were the jumping-off point for many including myself, aligned themselves with like-minded groups, and were absolutely instrumental – pun intended –in the development of the global surf rock community. What a bunch of incredible songwriters, instrumentalists, and just downright fun guys to be around. Their influence can still be seen, heard and felt greatly even today, and one cannot attend a surf music festival in the US without at the very least a mention of them.

Who would you say are your top three musical influences and why?

That’s quite a difficult question, as the answer will most likely change day to day.  But as of right now, in the most general sense: While not necessarily the greatest influence on me as a musician, hearing Social Distortion for the first time was really a game changer. They brought guitar music to the forefront of my mind and introduced me to punk rock, with which I still greatly identify and has led me down so many wonderful new avenues. Man or Astro-man? was the band that made me want to play surf. Yes, and more specifically, Steve Howe‘s playing has been a huge influence on me in more recent years.  They’re all just such masterful players, yet lyrical and serve the song.

Are there any noticeable differences between current surf rock and the sounds that were spilling out of the ‘50s and ‘60s?

Most definitely! I mean, there are guys out there still trying to recreate the sounds of the ‘60s, but I think for most of us it’s quite difficult to ignore the music of the past 50 years and avoid its influence.

How cool is it that your band, MOONBASE, shared a stage with the granddaddy of surf-guitar, Dick Dale, as well as Man or Astro-Man? at the Surf Guitar 101 Convention in California. Can you tell our readers a little bit about that experience?

We opened for Man or Astro-man? last year and Dick Dale earlier this year, both at The Earl. It’s a bit hard to believe and feels like everything has come full circle; from idolizing

(L-R) Stick Stechkin (of The Penetrators), Chad Shivers, Richard Whig (The Fringe Factory), Eddie Angel (of Los Stratjackets), Richard Hawes (of The Mystery Men?), Trace Luger (of The Penetrators), and Bob Walk (of The Surf King Surfwear) – Photo by Jamie Galatas

(L-R) Stick Stechkin (of The Penetrators), Chad Shivers, Richard Whig (The Fringe Factory), Eddie Angel (of Los Stratjackets), Richard Hawes (of The Mystery Men?), Trace Luger (of The Penetrators), and Bob Walk (of The Surf King Surfwear) – Photo by Jamie Galatas

those guys as a kid to sharing the stage with them, it’s quite the dream come true. When we were approached about performing at the Surf Guitar 101 Convention this year, I was absolutely shocked!  I had no idea we were even on anyone’s radar out there and with our being more on the progressive side, wasn’t even sure how we’d fit in. The response was overwhelmingly positive however, and the opportunity to play with the likes of Davie Allan and The Arrows at the convention for their 50th anniversary and then the following day at the Huntington Beach Pier while people surfed behind us just miles from where it all began was truly a magical experience, never to be forgotten.

Can you tell our readers a little about your collaboration with our Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer and his new surf-rock project, The Compartmentalizationists?

It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of Jeffrey Bützer and his music. He has always been so supportive and highly influential on me. He had performed with his trio The Compartmentalizationalists several years back, so of course I had asked him about resurrecting the project to perform at a Stomp. Other members being unavailable, I offered to back him and enlisted fellow Bicycle Eater (as well as Silent Knight, Small Reactions, and Gold Bears member) Sean Zearfoss on drums. After that initial show in June, we all had such a great time we decided to keep going which has led to Jeffrey to finally The Compartmentalizationalists ‘ debut album SUTURES, which we’ll be celebrating at the Southern Surf StompFest! after-party at Kavarna along with Gemini 13 and Band, James Band.

If you could put together a dream line-up of musicians to play with [still around or not], who would it be and why?

I stepped away from surf music for about 10 years in the early 2000s and regret missing many of the great shows that happened during that time. The biggest regret of them all is never getting to meet Eddie Bertrand (of Eddie & the Showmen and The Bel-Airs) or to see him perform.  Although Dick Dale holds the title of “King of the Surf Guitar,” Eddie is my favorite from that first wave in the 1960s. So I would have to say backing him either with his band, The Showmen, or quite possibly with Ivan Pongracic (The Madeira) also on guitar, Dane Carter (The Madeira) on drums, and Carol Kaye on bass.

pre stomp flyerWhat can ATLReaders expect to experience when they catch a wave and rock out at the Southern Surf StompFest? this Saturday? Anything special planned?

They can quite certainly expect to hear some of the finest surf music in the country and possibly even the world, performed by astounding musicians.  While there, grab some tasty food, enjoy your favorite beverage from The Beer Growler, and shop with our fine vendors. Of course, this is a free event, so please bring some cash to donate toward raffle tickets. We have some amazing prizes and contributions go toward helping us to pay the bands.

What’s next for Chad Shivers?

Hopefully after the festival I’ll be able to spend some much needed time with my family. The Spooky Surf Stomp! with Fiend Without A Face, The KBK and Bad Friend will be October 10. I’ll be doing my annual performance of The Beach Boys and The Ventures Christmas albums with my group the Silent Knights at Kavarna on December 12. I know it may be a tall order, but in 2016 I’d like to see the reach of the Southern Surf Stomp! expand beyond Atlanta, to include other cities in the Southeast and the monthly podcast to become a weekly affair, with revolving hosts. Also next year, be on the lookout for new releases from The Mystery Men? and Jeffrey Bützer and the Bicycle Eaters!

Anything else you’d like to tell ATLRetro readers about yourself, surf rock, etc.?

Nothing other than to ask them to please come out to the Southern Surf StompFest! or one of our monthly shows and bring plenty of friends and family! If you’d like to learn more about what’s happening in this wonderful community please visit our Southern Surf Stomp! website, ‘like’ us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter (@SouthSurfStomp)!

What question do you wish somebody would ask you and what’s the answer?

I’m not sure the question exactly, but it would most definitely involve a wealthy benefactor!

All photographs are courtesy of Chad Shivers and used with permission.

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