This Week in ATLRetro, August 2-8, 2021

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

We at ATLRetro care about your health and well-being, so This Week we are bringing you a week’s worth of hootenannies and shenanigans you can experience straight from your couch and/or safely socially distanced!

Monday, August 2

Get artsy and check out Hammonds House Museum’s exhibit, Departure by Charly Palmer! Catch a screening of Questlove’s SUMMER OF SOUL (2021), documenting the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, screening this week at Midtown Art Cinema! Spend the night with Tommy McNulty at in Scottdale! Post-punk it up and catch a digital screening (iTunes, Amazon, etc.) of Matt Hinton’s newest documentary, PARALLEL LOVE (2021), which delves deep into the strange and bizarre lives of a small-town Georgia band! Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday!

Tuesday, August 3

Check out a Virtual Tour: Old City of Jerusalem, hosted by Girl Travel Tours at 5pm! Frenchy and the Punk release their Emma Peel-themed video for “Emma Bella Citronella!” The Psychedelic Furs share new video for “Wrong Train” out now! Legendary folk singer-songwriter Jonathan Edwards returns with a self-penned new album, RIGHT WHERE I AM! Get old-school with L.A.’s Gretchen Lieberum (Maya Rudolph, Wendy/Prince) and her new album, THIS MAY ONLY BE A DREAM. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST: THE LIFE OF ACTOR JIM VARNY continues their virtual fundraiser campaign for the documentary here! Get your Americana fix as Envoy Records announce their debut release, a split single featuring “Phoenix” by Elijah Ocean and “Let’s Go” by Peter Donovan, available now! Stay Free Recordings releases BARMY LSD ARMY from acclaimed British street artist and Electronic musician Charles Uzzell Edwards!

Wednesday, August 4

Get your Swing fix in the comfort of your own home every Wednesday, with WE Swing Dance’s Online Dance at 7pm! Or swing on down to 57th Fighter Group Restaurant for West Coast Swing Wednesdays at 6:30pm! Get jazzy and live stream (or in person) the Gordon Vernick Quartet hosted by the Red Light Café at 9pm! Drive-By TruckersJay Gonzalez shares duet with Michael Cerveris, Crying Through the Wall” streaming now with new album, BACK TO THE HIVE out now! New-Wave it up with Ronna Reason’s single “American Queen” and check out her self-titled debut EP! James Levy shares a new single and video, “Fool” from forthcoming LP SOLDIER out on Side Hustle Records! Stay Free Recordings has just released a new collaboration and single, “Consequences Coming,” from punk pioneer and former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock and gamed guitarist Earl Slick!  

Thursday, August 5

The Atlanta Shakespeare Company presents A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, through Sept. 5 (Thurs – Sun each week)! Get folk-rocked with The Muckers at Smith’s Olde Bar! Stomp on down to the Red Light Café for a Bluegrass Jam ft. Bound to Ramble! Ann Wilson opens the vault to pre-Heart era recordings! New EP of unheard archival songs from the rock and roll icon’s first band, The Daybreaks, is available now digitally with Limited Edition 10” vinyl available for pre-orders! Boogie down and check out Jazz Beat Productions’ new podcast, Doc’s Jazz Beat with host Doc Robinson! Boogie down during the 80s Alternative New Wave Synth Pop online event every Thursday at 10pm! Eighties-esque Adult Books share sophomore album GRECIAN URN – check out single, “Florence!” Don’t Go Into the Cellar Theatre Company presents their online Pod-Casket 11, every Thursday at 4pm! 

Friday, August 6

Geek it up and have a grand old time at Atlanta Comic Con through Aug. 8! Make your way to Piedmont Park for the 85th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival, through Aug. 8! Or spend the day with BritPop at the Atlanta Botanical Garden! Roots rock it up with Brother and The Hayes at the Red Light Café! Time Warp it up with Lips Down on Dixie at the Plaza Theatre’s screening of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at 10pm! PURPLE MADNESS, the ultimate Prince tribute rocks out at the Dixie Tavern! The Atlanta Shakespeare Company presents A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, through Sept. 5 (Thurs – Sun each week)! Catch a screening of Chris ColumbusHARRY POTTER & THE SORCERER’S STONE (2001) during Duluth’s Flicks on the Bricks event at 8pm! Atlanta’s Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel release new album, OUMUAMUA now! Check out their single, “Vesta!” Prog-rock it up with another track release, “The Wall (Live 2019-20)” from Kansas’s live album POINT OF KNOW RETURN LIVE & BEYOND out now! Rock out and get some soul as Atlanta’s Lynx Deluxe’s JUNGLELAND debuts on Drivin N Cryin Records! DJ FernandoF brings you Flashback Friday, with a live video blend of 70s, 80s, 90s and more at Hot Betty’s Breakfast Bar in Tucker!

Saturday, August 7

Stomp on down to the Star Bar for The Wheel KnockersRecord Release Party with special guests Kool Kat Spike Fullerton & The Ghost Riders Car Club and the Mystery Men?! Kaiju it up at Midtown Art Cinema during their Summer Mega Matinees Series featuring a screening of Jun Fukuda’s GODZILLA VS. MECHAGODZILLA (1974) at 11am! The Atlanta Shakespeare Company presents A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, through Sept. 5 (Thurs – Sun each week)! Get really retro and catch Dino Stroll Atlanta at Cobb Galleria! Check out the Depeche Mode 101 Watch Party online at 3pm! Get down with The Mountain Goats at the Variety Playhouse! Or rock out with Order of the Owl, All Night Drug Prowling Wolves and Blood Circuits at The Earl! Mulholland pays tribute to Tom Petty at Napoleon’s! JD Pinkus (Butthole Surfers) announces New LP FUNGUS SHUI out Aug. 21 and shares single “Gittin It!” 

Sunday, August 8

Make your way to Midtown Art Cinema for their Summer Mega Matinees Series featuring a screening of Isao Takahata’s GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (1993) at 11am! Get really retro and catch Dino Stroll Atlanta at Cobb Galleria! The Atlanta Shakespeare Company presents A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, through Sept. 5 (Thurs – Sun each week)! Sixties/ seventies-inspired indie popper, Stacey, shares new single and video, “Strange (But I Like it),” out now! Swedish psychedelic indie-rock outfit La Fleur Fatale release anniversary single and music video, ”Skydancer!”

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