This Week in ATLRetro, April 30-May 6, 2018

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!


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!

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