by Melanie Crew
This Week in ATLRetro is the Kat’s meow! Kick off the new year with a killer line-up of shakin’ shenanigans dug up just for you!
Tickle your campy funny bone at Avondale Towne Cinema with a screening of Ivan Reitman’s MEATBALLS (1979) at 10:30pm! Celebrate 20 years of Hayao Miyazaki’s PRINCESS MONONOKE (1997) at theatres across Atlanta at 7pm [Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Perimeter Pointe 10; Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Studio Movie Grill (Duluth) and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Jazz it up with the Emerald Empire Band at The Vista Room! Get the blues with Bill Sheffield 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 it up with Larry Griffith at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack!
Tuesday, January 10
Landmark Midtown Art Cinema kills it with their Noir Film Classics Series with a screening of Billy Wilder’s SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950) at 7pm! Let Kool Kat Katherine Lashe and the burly-Q gals of Syrens of the South spice up your evening with their Tease Tuesday Burlesque: 3rd Anniversary event, shakin’ it up at the Red Light Café! Get folksy with Matthew Perryman Jones and Reuben Bidez at Eddie’s Attic! Get the blues with Ross Pead & Friends at Front Page News (L5P)! 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 their Downtown Tuesday Night Dance Party featuring retro-soul, funk, ‘80s, ‘90s and more! Get down with J.T. Speed at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Booker G & The MTs get down at Blind Willie’s! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!
Wednesday, January 11
Holler and stomp on down to Grocery on Home for a night of swampy blues with Phillip Roebuck! Twentieth Century Fox celebrates the 60th Anniversary of Henry King’s classic, CAROUSEL (1956) at theatres across Atlanta (2pm/7pm) [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville)]; Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); and Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan)]! Get some old-school Georgia soul with Kool Kat Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics at Venkman’s! Old-time it up with Wrinkle Neck Mules and Cold Heart Canyon at Smith’s Olde Bar! It’s a night of rockin’ roots with Donna Hopkins and Hannah Zale at The Vista Room! Get the rockin’ blues with the Michael Preston Band at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Stomp on down to Blind Willie’s for a night with the BooHoo Ramblers! 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 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, January 12
Avondale Towne Cinema dishes out a riotous ruckus for your rights with Kool Kat Ray Dafrico’s Fight For Your Rights – A Civil Rights Benefit featuring Comedian Shelby Hofer (The Push Push Theatre), 68-75, Sash the Bash (Midnight Larks), Ray Dafrico & His Band, Blake Rainey & His Demons, Chickens and Pigs and more! Get down and dirty in The Basement with Mothership, Order of the Owl, Gunpowder Gray and The Dirty Magazines! Rock out with Alejandro Escovedo and Peter Buck at City Winery! Rev on down to Venkman’s for a night with Kool Kat Caroline & The Ramblers! Rock out at 529 with Muuy Biien, the Reverends, Doesin and Bataille! Make your way to The Earl for a night with Bowie in Sweats, W8ing4UFOs and Flap! Get the blues with Jason Childs’ Blues Jam at the Crimson Moon Café! Bluegrass it up with Robbie Fulks and Southern Avenue at Eddie’s Attic! Red Light Café delivers a night of Southern soul and rock ‘n’ roll with The Lively Exchange, Poverty Level and Lexi Street! It’s Mai Tai Thursday, so get swanky at Trader Vic’s with Bogey & The Viceroy! 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! Blues it up with House Rocker Johnson & The Shadows 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, January 13
Skank on down to The Earl for night one of the Dirty South Winter Weekender, featuring the Soul Radics, Kool Kat Rev. Andy & The Southern Ska Syndicate and more! Rock out and celebrate 50 years of The Doors with The Dirty Doors at Venkman’s! Get your mobster fix at SCADShow’s screening of Francis Ford Coppola’s THE GODFATHER (1972) at 7pm! Or for a little dark comedy, make your way to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for their screening of Mel Brooks’ BLAZING SADDLES (1974) at 8pm! Rock on down to The Star Bar for a helluva two-day weekend featuring The Booze, Barreracudas, Paint Fumes, Wyldlife, Mama, GG King, the Ravagers, RMBLR, Shocked Minds, Trouble Boys, Bad Spell, Boy Toy, the Capones, Cheap Fur, Talking Dogs, Bad Mother and more! Make your way to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Charlie Starr and John Cowan! It’s a rockin’ encore with Alejandro Escovedo and Peter Buck at City Winery! Shimmy and shake on down to the Red Light Café for Sadie Hawkins’ Last Pasties Standing – Parade of Parody, featuring Annette Coquette Jack Calico, Kool Kat Vivien Laye and more! Get some swanky soul with Bogey & The Viceroy at The Vista Room! Get your Americana fix with Railroad Earth and David Wax Museum at the Variety Playhouse! Get down with Dr. Dixon at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Blues it up with George Hughley & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! Surf on down to Avondale Towne Cinema for a night with The Chalfonts! 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, January 14
Surf on down to Kavarna for Kool Kat Chad Shivers’ Southern Surf Stomp! featuring The Buckrabbits, Racket Squad and Two Sisters! New Wave it up with Kool Kat VJ Anthony’s ‘80s New Wave Music Video Dance Party: Bowie Edition at Amsterdam Atlanta! The Masquerade dishes out a night of ‘60s garage and ‘70s punk-esque rock with TIGER SEX, Oakland After Dark and The Story Continues! Get funky with the Mike Veal Band at The Vista Room! Bluegrass it up with Barry Waldrep and Kelli Johnson at the Red Light Café! Jump on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a night with Atlanta Boogie! Make your way to Venkman’s for a Chickin’ Pickin’ Brunch with The Family Portrait! Make your way to City Winery as The Machine brings you the music of Pink Floyd! It’s Night 2 of the Dirty South Winter Weekender, so Oi! Oi! Oi! on down to The Earl for a hellacious night with The Templars, Patriot, Antagonizers ATL, DDC, Hanging Judge, Bastard Brigade and more! Get the blues with Sandra Hall & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! St. James Live! delivers their Tribute to the Legends night every Saturday night!
Sunday, January 15
Get your dancin’ shoes on and catch TCM’s Big Screen Classics 65th Anniversary screening of Gene Kelly/Stanley Donen’s SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952) at theatres across Atlanta (2pm/7pm) [Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville)]; Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Perimeter Pointe 10; AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); AMC Avenue Forsyth 12 (Cumming); and Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan)]! Rock down to The Earl for a night with Dinos Boys, The Gartrells, The Ridgelands and Cheap Fur! Jazz it up with Debb Moore at City Winery’s Jazz Brunch! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar! And blues it up with Fat Back Deluxe 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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