This Week in ATLRetro, May 28-June 3, 2018

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Kick off the summer with ATLRetro and see what’s heatin’ up on the retro menu This Week!

Monday, May 28

Rev it up with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at City Winery! The Plaza Theater kills it with a screening of Dario Argento’s DEEP RED (1976), through May 31! Or catch a screening of Samuel D. Pollard’s documentary, MAYNARD (2017) about the life and times of the first black mayor of Atlanta, through May 31 at Plaza Atlanta! The Fox Theatre presents HAMILTON, through June 10! Get post-punk revived with A Place to Bury Strangers, Prettiest Eyes and Nest Egg at The Earl! 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!” Get the blues with Clark Ashton 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 for a side of Dry White Toast and a plate full ‘o finger lickin’ BBQ!

Tuesday, May 29

Folk it up with Horse Feathers and Loner at The Earl! The Redstone Ramblers fire it up at Blind Willie’s! Spend the night with Michael Magno 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 30

Make your way to the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Flashback Cinema series screening of Randal Kleiser’s GREASE (1978) at 2:30pm/7:30pm! Get revived with The Dustbowl Revival at Eddie’s Attic! Get some soul with Brian McKnight at City Winery! Catch a double feature of Kevin ReynoldsWATERWORLD (1995) and George Miller’s MAD MAX FURY ROAD (2015) at Noni’s Bar & Deli during their Cinema Paradiso film event at 10pm! Get the Chicago/West Coast blues with the Electromatics at Blind Willie’s! 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 31

Rock on down to The Star Bar for Jed Drummond’s album release show featuring Yancey, T.T. Mahony, and Kool Kat Aileen Loy with Til Someone Loses and Eye! Get some soul with Brian McKnight at City Winery! Heavy Petty pays tribute to Tom Petty at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get jazzy with Gregg Karukas at Suite Food Lounge! Rock out at 529’s 10th Anniversary 3-Day Celebration! Tonight they kick it off with ROYAL THUNDER, Order of the Owl, Gunpowder Gray and 20 Watt Tombstone! It’s Mai Tai Thursday at Trader Vic’s so hula on down for a night of rockin’ island tunes and killer island cocktails! Blues it up with George Hughely & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! 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, June 1

Rock out with Kool Kat Ray Dafrico and Tunnel Visions during their CD release show at The Earl with Kenny Howe & The Wow!, Catfight! and the Wussy Pillows! Or get rocked with Midge Ure at City Winery! Tony Zierra’s documentary, FILMWORKER (2018), about Stanley Kubrick’s right-hand man, Leon Vitali opens tonight at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema! Get filled with tasty food and tunes at the two-day Candler Park Music & Food Fest, featuring Friday night tunes by Lettuce, Petty Grass featuring The Hillbenders, Larkin Poe and more! Funk it up with Wasted Potential Brass Band at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre! Eighties it up with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch with Denim Arcade at Wild Wing Café in Dunwoody! 529 continues their 3-Day Tenth Anniversary Celebration with W8ing4UFOs, Don Chambers, Tom Cheshire & Friends, Kool Kat Adam McIntyre and The Pinx, Shepherds and Vincas! Folk it up with Leo Kottke at the Variety Playhouse! Rock on down to The Star Bar for Fuzzstock 2018 featuring Buzzards of Fuzz, Fantomen, Flashback Flash and Twin Criminal! Gregory Porter pays tribute to Nat King Cole with ASO at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Get loony toony and catch a screening of Robert ZemeckisWHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (1988) at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre at 8pm! Hot Buttered Soul pays tribute to Isaac Hayes at Venkman’s! Or catch Interstellar Echoes as they pay tribute to Pink Floyd at The Vista Room! Blues it up with Ike Stubblefield at Northside Tavern! 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, June 2

Blast-Off Burlesque gets shnazzy and puts on their monkey suits as they bring you their Taboolala: Planet of the Apes 50th Anniversary Celebration at The Plaza Theater, featuring pre-show lobby shenanigans and a screening of Franklin J. Schaffner’s PLANET OF THE APES (1968) at 9:30pm! The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema presents a weekend of killer Kubrick with their Kubrick Matinee Series in honor of Tony Zierra’s documentary, FILMWORKER (2018). First up is Stanley Kubrick’s EYES WIDE SHUT (1999) at 11am! Get horrorfied and rock on down to Sweetwater Bar & Grill in Duluth for a night with Kool Kats The Casket Creatures, Freakshow Sinema and NeverFall! Spend the night with Francine Reed at Blind Willie’s! Or get down with Ruby the Rabbitfoot, Rose Hotel and DEGA at The Earl! Funk it up with Maze at Chastain Park! Get down with the Atlanta Funk Society at Elliott Street Pub! Boogie on down for Day 2 of the Candler Park Music & Food Fest featuring Gov’t Mule, Houndmouth, SUSTO, Twiddle, Busty and the Bass, Webster Band Atlanta and more! Rock out during Night 3 of 529’s Tenth Anniversary Celebration with All the Saints, Wizard Smoke, Uniform, Psych Army and more! Geek it up during Starbase Atlanta’s Warehouse Sale! Or get artsy vintage-style during the Summer Indie Craft Experience at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot! Rock on down to Avondale Towne Cinema for their Georgia Jam! Bill Sheffield and Cody Matlock get down at Northside Tavern! 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, June 3

The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema continues their Kubrick Matinee Series with a screening of THE SHINING (1980) at 11am! Theatrical Outfit presents THE WAY WE WERE, a journey through the music of Alan and Marilyn Bergman at The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum! TCM Big Screen Classics presents a 50th Anniversary screening of Mel Brooks’ classic comedy, THE PRODUCERS (1968) at theatres across Atlanta at 2pm/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); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); and AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming)]! It’s a night of classic western country and rockabilly with the Swingin’ Saddle Cats and Frank Hamilton School at Eddie’s Attic, followed by a swingin’ night with John Pizzarelli! Get down with Papamichael at City Winery! Have an adventure and make your way to the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Flashback Cinema series screening of Rob Reiner’s THE PRINCESS BRIDE (1987) at 2:30pm/7:30pm! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner!

Get really retro at the Georgia Renaissance Festival, jousting through June 4!

The Fox Theatre presents HAMILTON, through June 10!

Emory Arts presents their exhibition The Dream Machine: The Beat Generation & the Counterculture, 1940-1975 in the Schatten Gallery, through June 17!

Noni’s Bar & Deli hosts their Cinema Paradiso film event, screening two films beginning at 10pm, through June 21!

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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