by Melanie Crew
Get to shakin’ This Week in ATLRetro! From the weird and the horrorific, to honkytonk shenanigans and classic cinema, we’ve dug it all up just for you!
Blues it up folk-style with M. Ward at City Winery! Get witchy at the Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge during the Bleux Stockings Society, Volume 12: Magic event! Catch a screening of Fred Zinnemann’s A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS (1966) at the Alpharetta Branch Library at 10:30am! The Masquerade dishes out a night with ‘60’s rock girl-esque group The Regrettes and Active Bird Community! Swing on by Big Band Night featuring Joe Gransden and his amazing 16-member orchestra at Café 290 every first and third Monday of the month! Skye Paige, “Queen of Slide Guitar” rocks out at the Little Vinyl Lounge! Get to the root of it all with Brandon Reeves at Blind Willie’s! 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 as they dish out The Pork Bellys and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!
Tuesday, March 21
Rock out at the Drunken Unicorn with the Cosmonauts, The Molochs and Black Linen! Skip school and head to the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern for their screening of John Hughes’ eighties classic, FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (1986) during their “Classic Films on the Big Screen” series at 7:30pm! Stomp on down to City Winery for a night with Robert Earl Keen! Get some psychedelic soul with Chicano Batman at The Earl! Spend the night with James McCartney at Eddie’s Attic! Win a buck or two at the Fox Theatre during The Price is Right Live! Get down and dirty with Gray & The Bad Boys at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s every Tuesday! Andrew Black gets the old-school blues at Blind Willie’s! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with their Downtown Tuesday Night Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! Or come down to the Little Vinyl Lounge for Kenny’s Record Club featuring Kenny Howes dishin’ out Teenage Fanclub’s “BANDWAGONESQUE”! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!
Wednesday, March 22
Get mischievous with Cold Heart Canyon, Blood on the Harp and Urban Pioneers in The Basement! Get your garage rock fix with The Mystery Lights, The Nude Party and Reverends at 529! All work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy, so have some creepy fun and make your way to Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth) for a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s THE SHINING (1980) at at 7:15pm! Get some classic soul ‘n’ funk with Nick & The Grooves at Avondale Towne Cinema! Skip school and head to the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern for their screening of John Hughes’ eighties classic, FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (1986) during their “Classic Films on the Big Screen” series at 7:30pm! Stomp on down to City Winery for an encore performance by Robert Earl Keen! Folk it up with Caroline Spence, Brian Revels, Mike Love and Sol Seed at Eddie’s Attic! Kool Kat Scott Glazer’s Mojo Dojo dishes out a night of blues and southern soul at Blind Willie’s! The Hollidays deliver a night of rhythm ‘n’ soul and rock ‘n’ roll at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Bluegrass it up at The Vista Room with The Vista Stringband! Jazz it up 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 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, March 23
It’s a hootenanny and a half at The Vista Room with Kool Kat Col. Bruce Hampton & the Madrid Express! Get some southern fried funky soul with Secondhand Swagger at Venkman’s! Make your way to the Crimson Moon Café for a night with Cracker! The Mark Twain of Americana Paul Thorn makes his way to City Winery! Rock out with Sacred Leather, Gunpowder Gray and Sadistic Ritual at 529! Spend the night with Pierre Bensusan at Eddie’s Attic! Folk it up with Le Vent du Nord at the Red Clay Theatre! Southern Avenue dishes out a night of funky soul at Smith’s Olde Bar! Head on down to the Variety Playhouse for a night with Conor Oberst and The Felice Brothers! Twang on down to the Red Light Café for their Bluegrass Pickin’ Party! Funk it up with DJ Cozy Shawn’s P-Funk Night at Elmyr! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so get swanky with the Knotty Boys at Trader Vic’s and throw back a couple cocktails! The Northside Tavern gets rockin’ with a little Chicago/Delta blues of The Breeze Kings! 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! Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck and the Atlanta Horns fire up the rockin’ blues at Blind Willie’s! 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, March 24
Get weird and mingle with some killer Weird Fiction/Spec-Lit writers from across the country during The Out Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird’s Pre-Party (more info on the full event covered below) at My Parents’ Basement! Rock out at The Star Bar for a night with Rodney “Pie Man” Henry with Western Star, Black Cat Rising and Sash the Bash! Get down and funk it up with the Charles Walker Band and The Wasted Potential Brass Band at Venkman’s! Stomp on down to The Earl for a night with Mike Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts and the John Pagano Band! Shimmy on down to City Winery for Wasabassco Burlesque featuring Kool Kat Talloolah Love and more! Rock on down to Avondale Towne Cinema for Prog Rock Live Night 2017! Catch a few Summer Sunsets with Yacht Rock Schooner at Park Tavern! Come on out to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Loudon Wainwright III! Get your Americana fix with Ray Wylie Hubbard at the Red Clay Theatre! George Hughley & The Shadows get down at Blind Willie’s! Blues it up with The Kerry Hill Band at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! 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, March 25
ATLRetro is a proud sponsor of The Out Dark Symposium on the Greater Weird as it gets bizarre and lands in Atlanta at Decatur CoWorks, featuring panels, readings and more featuring 19 Weird Fiction/Spec-Lit writers from across the country, including our soon-to-be Kool Kat, Atlanta’s own Michael Wehunt, Kool Kat Balogun Ojetade, ATLRetro’s own publisher and bloggess in charge Anya Martin, Gerald Coleman, Milton Davis, TOD producer and host Scott Nicolay and more! Spook on down to The Plaza Theater for the 41st Annual Atlanta Film Festival’s horror block, FEAR HAUS, hosted by Blair Bathory and Drew Sawyer with guest of honor Luchagore! Make some noise with Dinosaur Jr. and Easy Action at the Variety Playhouse! Fritz Lang it up at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre’s 90th Anniversary screening of his sci-fi classic, METROPOLIS (1927) at 7:30pm! Get horrorific and rock out at The Highlander with Crypt 24, Drop Dead Nasty and The Cherry Bomb! Get weird ‘n’ artsy at The Odd’s End Curiosity Shop’s Art at the End, Vol. III event! Get your zombie fix with the Atlanta Film Festival’s screening of SPRING BREAK ZOMBIE MASSACRE at the Avondale Towne Cinema presented by Kool Kat Shane Morton, a.k.a. ghost host with the most, Prof. Morte and his GOGO Ghouls, with Kool Kat Madeline Brumby and Allison Maier and more at 5:30/8:30pm! Rock out at The Star Bar with Hank & The Cupcakes, Kool Kat Adam McIntyre with The Pinx, The Stir and the Buzzards of Fuzz! Get really retro and dance like it’s 1799 at an English Country Dance Class with ECD Atlanta at the Decatur Recreation Center! Slim Chance & the Convicts celebrate 30 years with a performance of their 1996 album “TWANG PEAKS” at Kavarna! Come out and play at the 3rd Annual Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival, running through March 26, featuring retro tunes by Dyn-O-Mite, Housebroken, Kool Kat Blair Crimmins & The Hookers and more! Hillbilly it up at the Red Light Café for a night with Tony Levitas & The Levitations and Roadkill Debutante! It’s Beatlemania at the Red Clay Theatre with Forever Abbey Road! Get morose and boogie on down to Amsterdam Atlanta for Kool Kat VJ Anthony’s COFFIN CLASSICS: Goth Industrial Music Video Dance Night! Get mischievous with The Platinum Boys at 529! Come on out to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Loudon Wainwright III and Leyla McCalla! Get folksy with Cicada Rhythm at Terminal West! Get funky at The Vista Room for a night with The Sundogs and Dyn-O-Mite! Or make your way to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires it up with his rockin’ blues! Blues it up with the Juke Joint Jukes at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get the blues with Big Bill Morganfield at Blind Willie’s! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!
Sunday, March 26
Come out for day 2 of the 3rd Annual Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival, featuring retro tunes by Willie Ziavino & the C.O.T. Band, The Breeze Kings, Gurufish, Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea Band and more! Get down with Cracker at City Winery! Boogie on down to Smith’s Olde Bar for Sadie Hawkins’ Electric Glitterland Rock ‘n’ Roll Cabaret. Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar! Blues it up with 10,000 Pontiacs at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack!
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!
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!’
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