This Week in ATLRetro, July 2-8, 2018

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Get some ATLRetro in your life this Summer! Come see all the sizzlin’ shenanigans we’ve found just for you!

Monday, July 2

The Plaza Theater screens Samuel D. Pollard’s documentary, MAYNARD (2017) about the life and times of the first black mayor of Atlanta, through July 3!  Spend the night with Latrese Bush at City Winery! Sludge it up with the Vincas, A Deer A Horse, MTN ISL and Bataille at The Earl! 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! Bill Sheffield fires it up at Blind Willies! Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam! And get the blues with Larry Griffith at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack!

Tuesday, July 3

Funk it up with the Lightning Orchestra, For Now, and Artimus at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get old-timey with Ol’ GoForth at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Jazz it up with Madoca at City Winery! Or get progressive with Rian Adkinson, Spurge, and Identikit at The Earl! Spend the night with Nathan Nelson, Bill Sheffield and Akua Taylor at Eddie’s Attic! Barrelhouse Bob Page fires it Blind Willies! up at 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! JT Speed gets down at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! And as always, groove on down with Swami Gone Bananas at the Northside Tavern!

Wednesday, July 4

Get horrorfied this Independence Day and make your way to the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Flashback Cinema series screening of Steven Spielberg’s JAWS (1975) at 2:30pm/7:30pm! Or head on over to the Studio Movie Grill (Alpharetta/Duluth) for a screening of Mel Stuart’s, WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971) at 7:15pm! Dark Wave it up with Das Ich, Finite Automata, and Kangarot at The Drunken Unicorn! Or rock out at 529 with Kool Kats SheHeHe, Divided Heaven and Useless Against! Hula on down to the Ponce City Roof for their Rooftop Backyard Luau! Blues it up in East Point with Frankie’s Blues Mission at East Point Independence Day Festival! The Earl Smith Strand Theatre dishes out a summer treat with two screenings of David M. EvansTHE SANDLOT (1993) at 12pm and 3pm! Art Hollidays gets down 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, July 5

Rock out in Hell with Kool Kats The Casket Creatures at the Masquerade, or make your way to Purgatory for the Summer Blues with Cody Matlock, Hughes Taylor, Jerry 22, and Jackwagon! Get your Latin Ska fix with Desorden Publico at Smith’s Olde Bar! Cineprov delivers a TKO with Sly Stallone and Dolph Lundgren at The Plaza Theater as they screen/riff Sylvester Stallone’s ROCKY IV (1985) at 7:30pm! Groove on down to Venkman’s for a night with Forever ’78! Get a taste of Bumpin the Mango at City Winery! Make your way to The Earl for a night with The Octopus Project, Botany and Dot.s! Cody Matlock & the Mothership get down at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! It’s Mai Tai Thursday at Trader Vic’s so hula on down for a night of rockin’ island tunes and killer island cocktails! Make your way to Blind Willie’s for a night with Kristen & The Honey Badgers! 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, July 6

Get your faces rocked at The Star Bar during their Down South Summer Stunner featuring Paint Fumes, Gino and The Goons, Gunpowder Gray, Heavy Chills, The Rubs, Chaz & Co., Fixed Faces and Broke Jokes! Get your Afrobeat Funk fix with Mausiki Scales & The Common Ground Collective at Venkman’s! Or get the jungle blues with C.W. Stoneking and Hunter Callahan at Eddie’s Attic! Lorna Tucker’s documentary covering the life of Dame Vivienne Westwood, WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST (2018) opens at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema! Get your ‘90s grungy fix with Collective Soul, Soul Asylum and 3 Doors Down at Chastain! Maleke O’Ney dishes out a night of soul at City Winery! Make your way to the High Museum for their July First Friday event featuring live tunes by Jennifer von Schlichten & Chris Schweigert, Drag Queen Story Time with Miss Terra Cotta Sugarbaker, Winnie-the-Pooh themed yoga and so much more! Rock on down to the Masquerade for a night with The Bastard Suns, Beauregard & The Down Right and The Muckers! Get down with Danny ‘Mudcat’ Dudeck & The Atlanta Horns at The Vista Room! Or make your way to the Crimson Moon Café for a night of rockin’ Southern soul with Blue Mother Tupelo! Spend the night with Runway 27 at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Get down and dirty with Beverly “Guitar” Watkins at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get the blues with House Rocker Johnson & The Shadows at Blind Willie’s! Blues it up with Frankie’s Blues Mission at the 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, July 7

Rock out with Foreigner’s Juke Box Hero Tour at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre with White Snake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening! Get old-timey with Dusty Roads during Venkman’s Bottomless Mimosa Brunch, followed by Saved by the Band’s performance of Alanis Morissette’s JAGGED LITTLE PILL at 10pm! Funk it up with Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band at Lee Street Park in Jonesboro! Rock out at The Earl with Dead Boys, Gunpowder Gray and Bad Spell! Boogie on down to The Basement for their HeyDay ‘80s Dance Party! Rev it up with Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt & The Psych DeVilles at The Listening Room at Irish Bred Pub in Covington! 529 delivers their PBR BBQ Day Party featuring a rockin’ lineup with The Biters, RMBLR, Crocodile Tears, Trouble Boys, Trash Bags, The Up Up Ups, Platinum Boys, The Whiffs, Big Huge and Night Talkers! Nevermind pays tribute to Nirvana at City Winery! Stomp on down to Eddie’s Attic for a night with Evan Stepp & The Piners and Brian Revels & The Heat Lightning! Folk it up with Poor Liza at Java Monkey! It’s a rock ‘n’ roll revival at Smith’s Olde Bar with Nameless Nameless, Buzzards of Fuzz and The Dirty Soul Revival! Get Southern rocked with The Garrett Collins Project at Tin Roof Cantina! Make your way to The Earl Smith Strand Theatre for Love & Happiness: An Al Green Experience! Jam it up at Avondale Towne Cinema during their Grateful Dead Jam! Get the blues with the Barry Richman Band at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Get the Dixie blues with Seminole Jackson at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack! Get the old school blues with Robert Lee Coleman and Bill Sheffield at the Northside Tavern! Get rootsy with Delta Moon at Blind Willie’s! 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, July 8

Park Tavern holds their next Sunset Session with Super Doppler, Okey Dokey, and Uncle Son! Make your way to the Northlake Festival Movie Tavern’s Flashback Cinema series screening of Warren Beatty’s HEAVEN CAN WAIT (1978) at 2:30pm/7:30pm! Spend the night with Cherrelle at City Winery! Funk it up with the Nick Schnebelen Band at Darwin’s Burgers & Blues! Or get rocked at The Earl with Dinos Boys, Antagonizers ATL, the Ravagers, Vicious Dreams, Rotten Stitches and Adam Anzio! Mia Borders funks it up at the Red Light Café! Reggae it up at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center with Beres Hammond & Friends! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner! And get the rockin’ blues with Fatback Deluxe at Fat Matt’s Rib Shack!


The Alliance Theater presents WINNIE-THE-POOH, a musical based on the stories of A.A. Milne, running through July 15!

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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