This Week in Retro Atlanta Nov. 18-24, 2013

by Melanie Crew
Contributing Writer

Hey all you old-school kiddies!  Forget the daily grind and come out and let Retro Atlanta fill you to the brim with a week’s worth of swingin’ good times!  Get off that couch and see what we have in store for you! We’ve got steamy burlesque! We’ve got flicks of yore! And all the low-down dirty blues you could ever want! So, get out and get Retro!

Monday, November 18

Shake off those Monday blues and boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam!  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. Get revived and take a stroll over to Blind Willie’s for a night of old school blues with Midnight Revival! Pork it up with Pead Boy & The Pork Bellies at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! And hop into Woody Allen’s version of Fellini’s 8 ½, in a recollection of life and love in STARDUST MEMORIES (1980) at the Cinefest which runs until Nov. 24!

Tuesday, November 19

The Masquerade gets shady and gritty retro-style with some dark-wave and synth pop/electronic delivered by William Control, a little gutter and grit with Davey Suicide, some horror punk from the unknown with Kool Kats Ryan Howard, Derek Obscura and Jamie Robertson of the Casket Creatures and the Fearless Vampire Hunters rocking out to some Bowie-esque and kinky death pop! Or rock on over to The Earl for a night of foot-stompin’ Americana and bluegrass with Ha Ha Tonka, Samantha Cain and Heather Luttrell! Eddie’s Attic delivers Otis Redding-inspired soul and funk with Billy Buchanan and some old-timey country with special guest Elise Davis! Head on over to Steve’s Live Music in Sandy Springs for a rockin’ hootenanny with The Night Travelers and special guest Lou Wamp! Boogie on down to Darwin’s Burgers & Blues in Marietta for a taste of Bill Sheffield’s acoustic roots and blues. Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires up the blues at Blind Willie’s! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Twain’s in Decatur every Tuesday at 9 pm. And The Entertainment Crackers gets bluesy with their folksy Americana sounds at the Northside Tavern! Get eccentric and come-of-age with Titta as the Midtown Art Cinema screens Federico Fellini’s AMARCORD (1973) in their Midtown Cinema Series at 6:45 pm with a Q&A afterwards!  And get really retro at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern with Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Lion at their screening of Victor Fleming’s THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) in their Home For The Holidays series at 7:30 pm!

Wednesday, November 20

Smith’s Olde Bar gets nostalgic and old-school with a rockin’ evening of Americana, glam and soul with Anna Vogelzang, Sarah Lou Richards, Russell McGlaughlin and City Mouse in the Atlanta Room! Make your way to the Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge for a night of belly-laughs as A Write Club Atlanta presents Scene Missing Episode 4: The Films of Chevy Chase, offering six performances of essays and comedy based on Chevy Chase flicks at 9 pm! Rock on over to the Northside Tavern as Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck fires up the blues or head on over to Blind Willie’s for a night with the Cazanovas! Or rock on over to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a night of “Frankie Lee” Robinson belting out some smoky blues in his Frankie’s Blues Mission! Head back to college and spend the night with John Belushi and his kooky frat brothers as Emory’s Cinematheque screens the ever-hilarious NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE (1978) during their American Comedy Classics series at Emory’s White Hall at 7:30 pm! Get old-school heavy at The Shelter for their Dark Retro Night for an evening of hard electro, industrial and dark retro at 9 pm! And skip on down the Yellow Brick Road at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern at their screening of Victor Fleming’s THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) in their Home For The Holidays series’ matinee at 11:30 am!

Thursday, November 21

Shake yer booty and get funky at Terminal West with Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band and Consider the Source for an evening of interstellar, intergalactic groovin’ energy and sci-fi psychedelic funk! Or rock on over to The Star Bar for their Foresee Films Benefit Show with an evening of gothic Americana and foot-stompin’ old school rock featuring Lily & The Tigers, Cute Boots, On Holiday and The Johnny Rebs! Get revived and boogie on over to the Clermont Lounge for a night of psychedelic boogie with The Six Shot Revival and a little sleazy hard rock with Ledfoot Messiah!  Head on over to Noni’s Bar & Deli for their weekly Occupy Edgewood event featuring DJs Rene Dellefont & Brian Parris as they offer up the sounds of The Smiths and The Cure and all the morose tunes your black little heart desires. Get your boogie on at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack, as Chickenshack featuring Eddie Tigner delivers some honky-tonk blues while the Northside Tavern presents the classic 50s Chicago-style blues of The Breeze Kings. Blind Willie’s gets sugary sweet as Sweet Betty & The Shadows delivers some sultry blues while Darwin’s Burgers & Blues gets down and dirty at their Blues Jam hosted by The Cazanovas! Boogie on over to Steve’s Live Music in Sandy Springs as Donna Hopkins offers some foot-stompin’ rock and soul!  It’s 80s/90s Retro Video Night with free drinks ’til 10 at The Shelter. Beach party it up with Kool Kat Joshua Longino and Andrew & the Disapyramids and a few cocktails as they throw a rockin’ beach party at Trader Vic’s!  Hey all you fan boys and girls! Get vengeful and witness a widow track down her lover’s killers in Francois Truffaut’s THE BRIDE WORE BLACK (1968) during The Plaza Theater’s Fall Focus on Directors series at 9:30 pm! Hey all you fan boys and girls! Come check out the SCAD Interior Design students’ presentation of their Visions for DragonCon Retail stores for steampunk, faeries, Cosplay Superheroes, Star wars, Star Trek fan groups at the INDS 210 Studio II Open House at 6 pm! And it’s your last chance to take a trip over the rainbow with Dorothy and her pals at the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern at their screening of Victor Fleming’s THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) in their Home For The Holidays series at 7:30 pm!

Friday, November 22

Boogie on down to the Smith’s Olde Bar to catch the madness and absurdity that is, Colonel Bruce Hampton as he slings over 50 years worth of that funky, jazz-infused rhythm with Johnny Awesome and The Bitteroots! Or rock on over to the Masquerade as 80’s rock band King’s X delivers some progressive metal funky soul at 7:30! Get super 80s and slip on down to The Strand Theater for Slippery When Wet, The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute with live arrangements from Bon Jovi tours! Or get dolled up in your tackiest poofy pink dresses and boogie on down to Mary’s for their ‘Quinceanera’, celebrating 15 years of dance parties galore in East Atlanta! Eddie’s Attic offers you two chances to experience Bobby Yang and his maddening, rockin’ bluegrass violin! The Fox Theater gets bluesy with the Irish and British-inspired blues of Joe Bonamassa! Blind Willie’s gets bluesy and rocks out with Houserocker Johnson & The Shadows! Or stroll on down to Darwin’s Burgers & Blues for a night of blues with The Funky Kings! The Northside Tavern promises a jamming good time with the sounds and ‘blues woman power’ of Beverly ‘Guitar’ Watkins! Big Tex delivers some 60s and 70s rock n roll with the Rainmen! Get wild and rock on down to Fat Matt’s Rib Shack for a night of super tasty BBQ and some rockin’ blues with AJ & The Wild Oats! Or stomp on over to the Red Light Café for some rebel roots-grass and swashbucklin’ folk with Rootstand and Scott Warren & The Booze Mountaineers!  Rock on over to Steve’s Live Music in Sandy Springs for a little “Dylan meets Petty at a Replacements show” sound with Jim McCaffrey and a little Americana rockin’ soul with Jimmy T and the Tune Train! Jazz it up at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s Martinis and IMAX for a cocktail or two and boogie on down with CC Booker III featuring Will Scruggs!

Saturday, November 23

Get fabulous and retro and start your holiday shopping in style at the Ambient Plus Studio for the two-day ICE (Indie Craft Experience) Holiday Shopping Spectacular 2013 featuring 120+ venders, artists, crafters, vintage treasures and tasty food! Or head on over to DR No’s Comics & Games for artist extraordinaire Francesco Francavilla’s Afterlife with Archie Signing Event from 2 to 4 pm!  Jump in your T.A.R.D.I.S. and help celebrate the longest-running sci-fi television show at the 50 Years of Adventure: Doctor Who event commemorating interstellar time-travel at the Holiday Inn Atlanta – Perimeter featuring videos, costumes, panels and more!

Get saucy and shimmy on down to the Main Stage at 7 Stages and ring in the season hot toddy-style while helping out the kiddies as Syrens of the South Productions presents their 7th Annual Tits for Toys for Tots burlesque show! Get a taste of some sultry tease with Kool Kats Katherine Lashe and Ursula Undress, the Atlanta School of Burlesque, Bourgeois Betty, a little magic with ATL Retro’s favorite magic man, Chad Sanborn and so much more! So, come on out, bring a toy and get spicy!

Rock on over to The Earl and come celebrate with Jeff Clark, editor and founder of Stomp & Stammer during their 17th Birthday Weekend – Night Two with some lost 70’s classics featuring the southern soul madman, Swamp Dogg, backed by Lee Bains III & Glory Fires along with Shonna Tucker and Eye Candy and Atlanta’s Sodajerk! Or get down and dirty at 529 for a night of sleazy garage pop and rock n roll with The Stents, Kings of the F***ing Sea, The Delusionaires and Poni! The Variety Playhouse gets retro with the King of Pop as Who’s Bad takes the stage as the ultimate Michael Jackson tribute band at 8:30 pm! Rock on down to the Masquerade for some old-school rock and punk with the Swingin’ Utters, the Blacklist Royals and the gritty Social Distortion/Rancid-inspired rock of the Antagonizers ATL!  Grant Green, Jr. gets groovy at the Northside Tavern! Blues it on down to Blind Willie’s for Francine Reed & the Shadows! Or get spicy and have a side order of gumbo with your BBQ at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack with the New Orleans, Memphis soul and jazz of the Swamp Funk Quartet!  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, November 24

Start your day with a Bluegrass Brunch with Cedar Hill at Big Tex in Decatur from 11am to 1 pm.  It’s day 2 of the ICE (Indie Craft Experience) Holiday Shopping Spectacular 2013 at the Ambient Plus Studio, so come on out and get retro fabulous! Get jazzy at Steve’s Live Music in Sandy Springs for an afternoon of high-energy Hotlanta Dixieland Jazz! For an old-timey finger pickin’ bluegrass hootenanny, head on over to The Earl and get a taste of Alex Commins & Todd Prusin! It’s your last chance to catch Francois Truffaut’s THE BRIDE WORE BLACK(1968) at The Plaza Theater’s Fall Focus on Directors series’ 1 pm matinee! The Family Dog presents the bluesy sounds of the Jez Graham Trio and Joe Gransden while Tony Bryant gets bluesy at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack!


Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents Ira Levin’s 1978 theatrical thriller, DEATHTRAP runs Nov. 7 through Nov. 24. (LAST CHANCE)

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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