This Week in ATLRetro, April 8-14, 2019

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Have a killer good time in ATLRetro This Week!

Monday, April 8

Rev it up as Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt goes solo for the night at Smokin’ Cues in Stockbridge! Make your way to The Earl for “The Texas Piano Man” Robert Ellis! Spend the night with Wild Belle at Terminal West! Get medieval with The Silkworm Smugglers at Waller’s Coffee Shop! Make your way to Smith’s Olde Bar for a night with Michael Flynn (Slow Runner) and Kris Gruen! Deathcore it up at 529 with the Aborted, Cryptopsy, Hideous Divinity and Ecryptus! 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!” Boogie on down to the Northside Tavern and spend an evening with Lola at her famous Monday Night Northside Jam!

Tuesday, April 9

The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema gets experimental with their new Classics Series screening of Akira Kurosawa’s DREAMS (1990) at 7pm! Slink on down to The Earl for a hot ‘n’ heavy night with Thelma & The Sleaze, Kool Kat Rod Hamdallah, Roadkill Debutante and Gabbie Rotts!  Get some soul with Algebra Blessett at City Winery! Get ‘90s rocked with Buckcherry and Joyous Wolf at The Loft! Get your fantasy fix with Kool Kat Katherine Lashe and her burly-Q gals of Syrens of the South during Tease Tuesday Burlesque: Fairy Tales at the Red Light Café! Jam it up with Joe Gransden and his jazz jam session at Venkman’s! The Star Bar delivers a night of retro shenanigans with DJ Quasi Mandisco’s 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, April 10

Emory Cinematheque continues their “History of Color Films” series with a screening of Terence Davies DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES (1988) at 7:30pm! Or make your way to Studio Movie Grill’s (Alpharetta/Duluth/Marietta) screening of Lana Wachowski/Lilly Wachowski’s THE MATRIX (1999) at 7:15pm! Get rocked with Todd Rundgren at the Buckhead Theatre! Or rock on down to the Masquerade for a night with the Bouncing Souls, The Bronx, The Casualties and Crazy & The Brains! Jazz it up at City Winery with the Jimmy King Experience featuring Gritz & Jelly Butter! Honkytonk it up with The Bohannons, Lee Bains III and Amen Sister at The Earl! Get folksy with John Craigie and The Steel Wheels at Eddie’s Attic! Or get classically rocked with 2Cellos and Jon McLaughlin at the Fox Theatre! Power pop it up with Kenney Howes & Friends at The Star Bar! Or rev on down to Waller’s Coffee Shop for a night with Kool Kat Caroline & The Ramblers! The Highlander rocks out with their Punk/Metal/New Wave Karaoke Night, every Wednesday! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of John LandisTHE BLUES BROTHERS (1980) at theatres across Atlanta [Northlake Festival Movie Tavern (Tucker); GTC Merchant’s Walk Cinemas (Marietta); Movie Tavern at Horizon Village (Suwannee); and The Springs Cinema & Taphouse (Sandy Springs)]! Catch a double feature of Tamra DavisHALF BAKED (1998) and Seth Rogen’s THIS IS THE END (2013) at Noni’s Bar & Deli during their Cinema Paradiso film event starting at 10pm! 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 for a rockin’ night of blues with the Tyler Neal Band! And as always, it’s Ladies Night at Johnny’s Hideaway which plays hits from Sinatra to Madonna for a generally mature crowd.

Thursday, April 11

The Clermont Lounge raises a ruckus with their  Spring Winding! featuring Kool Kat Spike Fullerton and the Ghost Riders Car Club! Get rocked for a second night with Todd Rundgren at the Buckhead Theatre! Spend the night with Carbon Leaf at City Winery! Roots rock it up with Animal Years at The Earl! Get to the root of it all with Yarn and Steve Forbert at Eddie’s Attic! Get your Finnish heavy metal fix with Children of Bodom, Swallow the Sun, Wolfheart, and Summoner’s Circle at the Masquerade! Make your way to Terminal West for a night with Kyle Hollingsworth (The String Cheese Incident) and Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds! Jazz it up with Keiko Matsui at Suite Food Lounge! It’s Mai Tai Thursday at Trader Vic’s so get down with some island tunes and have some killer 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, April 12

Get rocked at The Drunken Unicorn with Kool Kat Jeffrey Butzer, illiterates, Fun Isn’t Fair and Radiator King! Or get your ‘70s tinged rock fix with Kool Kat Adam McIntyre’s The Pinx, HeY!ALLigator, Gnomonaut and Chrome Castle at 529! Joan Osborne is one of us at City Winery! The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema debuts the tale of 20s screen sensation Louise Brooks during her teen years, Michael Engler’s THE CHAPARONE (2019) tonight! Americana it up at the Crimson Moon Café with The Texas KGB! Spend the night with Mike Killeen and David Lowery at Eddie’s Attic! Folk it up with CeCe Hetrick at the Red Light Café! Get criminal with Jamey Johnson at the Roxy! Get your fill of some haunted cabaret Atlanta rock ‘n’ roll with Sarah & The Safe Word, Favle Cry, Soviet Shiksa and Nobody’s Darlings at The Star Bar! Spend the night with Joan Baez at Atlanta Symphony Hall! Get rootsy with Hayes Carll and Ben Dickey at Terminal West! Indie folk it up with Jenny Lewis at Variety Playhouse! Kool Kat Rich Desantis and the Street Fighting Band pay tribute to The Rolling Stones at Venkman’s! The Marietta Theatre Company presents YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, through April 27! Blues it up with Ike Stubblefield 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, April 13

Hey kiddies! It’s Record Store Day, so dust off those old records and come see what’s shakin’ at vinyl shops across Atlanta! Make your way to Criminal Records as they celebrate Record Store Day with performances by Timothy Showalter (Strand of Oaks), Nathan Hardy (Microwave) and more ! Waterloo Sunset Records presents a day of tunes featuring a live set with Curtis Davis and more! Or rock over to Mojo Vinyl in Roswell as they celebrate with MOJOPALOOZA!, featuring records, live tunes, food trucks, freak shows and more! Fantasyland Records brings you a day full of limited editions, special editions and more! Rock out at The Star Bar with The Last Chance Riders, Sash the Bash and the John Pagano Band! Make your way to the Fox Theatre for their 2nd Annual Blues Festival featuring Sir Charles Jones, Calvin Richardson, Tucka, Ronnie Bell, Pokey Bear and Theodis Ealey! Get some soul with Jon B. at City Winery! Make your way to downtown Decatur for 2019’s Amplify Decatur Music Festival featuring Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Julien Baker, Kevn Kinney and The Bitteroots! Folk rock it up with Strand of Oaks and Tyler Ramsey at The Earl! Or get your folk fix with Charlie Mars at Eddie’s Attic! Spend the night with Air Supply at The Fred in Peachtree City! Bluegrass it up with Escape Vehicle at Smith’s Olde Bar! Mausiki Scales & the Common Ground Collective funk it up with some afro-beats at Venkman’s! Stomp on down to The Vista Room for Michelle Malone & Drag the River! Make your way to the Old Smyrna Firehouse for Everyday Objects Group Art Show, featuring 15 local artists, live tintype portraits, tarot readings and more at 7pm! Get merry as the Georgia Renaissance Festival kicks off its 34th year, jousting it up every weekend through June 2! Get sinister and rock out The Highlander’s 27th Birthday Bash featuring BBQ and bands with Hembree & The Satan Sisters, Antagonizers ATL and Gunpowder Gray! Get the blues with Grant Hill at the Northside Tavern! 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, April 14

TCM Big Screen Classics presents a 60th Anniversary screening of William Wyler’s epic, BEN-HUR (1959) at theatres across Atlanta [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Perimeter Pointe 10; AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); Cinemark Tinseltown 17 (Fayetteville); Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium (Buford); and Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18]! ATL Collective relives Fiona Apple’s TIDAL at City Winery! The Savannah Sweet Tease Burlesque Revue presents NSFW at the Red Light Café! Jill Rock Jones revisits Nina Simone & Billie Holiday at Venkman’s! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Mel Stuart’s WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971) at theatres across Atlanta [Northlake Festival Movie Tavern (Tucker); GTC Merchant’s Walk Cinemas (Marietta); Movie Tavern at Horizon Village (Suwannee); and The Springs Cinema & Taphouse (Sandy Springs)]! Funk it up with Risky Biscuit at Tin Roof Cantina! Get sweet and low down blues-style at the Northside Tavern with Uncle Sugar with Eddie Tigner!


The Alliance Theatre presents their production of THE WIZARD OF OZ at the Woodruff Arts Center, through April 14! (LAST CHANCE!)

Aurora Theatre presents ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT’S END, through April 14! (LAST CHANCE!)

The Marietta Theatre Company presents YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, through April 27!

Get really retro and journey back 220 million years to when massive pterosaurs ruled the skies with Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s newest Giant Screen film, FLYING MONSTERS 3D, through June 1!

ATL CRAFT presents a magical occult Movie Night every second Friday of every month!

My Parents’ Basement goes old-school with their monthly Pinball Tournament, every first 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!

The Highlander rocks out with their Punk/Metal/New Wave Karaoke Night, every Wednesday!

Get your vinyl fix during Little 5 Points Corner Tavern’s Records of Mass Destruction! event, every Monday!

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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