This Week in ATLRetro, April 22-28, 2019

by Melanie Crew
Managing Editor

Get down in ATLRetro and see what’s shakin’ This Week!

Monday, April 22

Polka it up at Dyngus Day Atlanta 2019 and get your fill of tasty food and Polka classics spun by DJ Kool Kat Sen Artie Mondello, at Ormewood Church! Rev it up as Kool Kat Hot Rod Walt goes solo for the night at Smokin’ Cues in Stockbridge! The Landmark Midtown Art Cinema gets cozy with Aretha Franklin as they screen Sydney Pollack’s AMAZING GRACE (2018) through April 25! Get rocked with SeePeopleS at Smith’s Olde Bar! Rock out and tune into Kool Kat Rev. Andy Hawley’s Psychobilly Freakout Radio broadcasting on Garage 71 at 8pm, every Monday! 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 23

Nouvelle Vague it up at SCADShow’s screening of Agnes Varda’s documentary, FACE PLACES (2017) at 6pm! Celebrate The Bard’s birthday as Shakespeare on Draught presents MEASURE FOR MEASURE at Orpheus Brewing at 7pm! Get stringy with Simply Three at City Winery! Get your Americana fix with Carl Anderson at Eddie’s Attic! Swing on by the Schwartz Center for the Emory Big Band! Prog rock it up with Dream Theater at the Tabernacle! Zepparella pays tribute to Led Zeppelin at Terminal West! 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 24

The Star Bar rocks out with Bleach Garden, Trauma City and Camel Run! Rock out with Santana at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre (formerly Verizon Amphitheatre)! Get radioactive as shenanigans ensue at theatres across Atlanta with an encore of RiffTrax taking on Harry EssexOCTAMAN (1971) at 7:30pm [AMC Barrett Commons 24 (Kennesaw); Regal Atlantic Station Stadium 18; Hollywood Stadium 24 (Chamblee); Avalon Stadium 12 (Alpharetta); Perimeter Pointe 10; Regal McDonough Stadium 16 (McDonough); Georgian Stadium 14 (Newnan); AMC Sugarloaf Mills 18 (Lawrenceville); Regal Mall of Georgia Stadium (Buford); AMC Avenue Forsyth (Cumming); and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 (Morrow)]! Groove on down to City Winery for a night with Bumpin the Mango! Funk it up with The Jauntee at Smith’s Olde Bar! Spend the night with the Broom Closet Ramblers at Waller’s Coffee Shop! The Highlander rocks out with their Punk/Metal/New Wave Karaoke Night, every Wednesday! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Gene Kelly’s SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952) 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 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 25

Get to Beer & Lounging at the Clermont Lounge with Shantih Shantih, Young Antiques and Genki Genki Panic! Folk it up with Jonathan Edwards, Liz Longley and Michael McArthurat Eddie’s Attic! Get whiskey-soaked with a night of rockin’ blues ‘n’ Americana at Buteco with Heather Luttrell and the Possumden! Spend the night with Graham Parker and Adam Ezra at City Winery! Get old-timey with The Hills and the Holler and Antic Clay at Waller’s Coffee Shop! Yacht rock it up with Jimmy Buffet at Ameris Bank Amphitheatre! 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 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 26

Stomp on down to The Star Bar for a honkytonkin’ good time with Kool Kat Caroline & The Ramblers and The Villain Family! Boogie on down to The Vista Room for a night with The Lobsters of Rock (B-52s tribute) and The Rainmen! Catch a screening of Gregory Nava’s SELENA (1997) at The Earl Smith Strand Theatre at 8pm! Spend the night with The Rosin Sisters at the Crimson Moon Café! Get rocked with Caroline Rose and Kississippi at The Earl! Or get ‘80s rocked with Lazy Bonez at Madlife Stage & Studios! Fantastic Negrito dishes out some folksy blues ‘n’ roots tunes at the Masquerade! Get the rockin’ blues with Fernando Noronha at the Red Light Café! Or get rocked from across the pond with Her Majesty’s Request and Side Walkers at Smith’s Olde Bar! Get down with Party on the Moon at Venkman’s! Indie folk it up with james of mosaics at Waller’s Coffee Shop! Get folksy with Erick Baker, Robby Hecht and Freddy & Francine at Eddie’s Attic! The Electromatics dish out a night of Chicago/West Coast blues 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 27

It’s that time of year again, folks! Rock on down to the Annual Inman Park Spring Festival, running through April 28, featuring 3 stages of live music, home tours, a street parade, an artist’s market and more! Rockin’ retro performances include Ralph Roddenberry, Sound Medicine, Peter Karp, Randall Bramblett, Chickens & Pigs, Copious Jones, Kool Kat Blair Crimmins & The Hookers, Rae & The Royal Peacocks, Porch Bottom Boys, Roxie Watson and more! Johnny Marr rocks out at the Variety Playhouse! Stomp on down to The Star Bar for a night with BB Palmer, Nikki & The Phantom Callers, Slow Motion Cowboys and Amen Sister! Eighties it up with Kool Kat Becky Cormier Finch with Denim Arcade at Wild Wing Café in Alpharetta! Folk it up with Over the Rhine at City Winery! Get your Americana fix with Michaela Anne at the Crimson Moon Café! Freddy & Francine folk it up at Deer Hollow (Serenbe)! Get the blues with Andy Frasco & The U.N. at The Earl! Spend the night with Erick Baker and Ryan Horne at Eddie’s Attic! Cow punk it up with Blood Oaks, The Breaknecks and Burrito Banditos at The Highlander! Get rocked at the Masquerade with Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers, Mercy Union and Control Top! Cross the pond to the Red Clay Theatre for Forever Abbey Road! Get glam with of Montreal at Terminal West! New Sensation pays tribute to INXS at Venkman’s! Stomp on down to Waller’s Coffee Shop for a night with Ralph Roddenberry and Donna Hopkins! Muppets and madness ensue at Center for Puppetry ArtsPuppet Party Series! Funk it up with The Mar-Tans 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 28

Swing on by day 2 of the Annual Inman Park Spring Festival featuring rockin’ performances by Last Chance Riders, Donna Hopkins, Geoff Achison, Kool Kat Andy Hawley with Southern Ska Syndicate, Joe Gransden’s Big Band, Michelle Malone, Kool Kat Amy Pike with Bonaventure Quartet, Yon Rico Scott, and more! Have an explosive good time with a Videodrome Sunday Matinee screening of Michael Pressman’s THE GREAT TEXAS DYNAMITE CHASE (1976) at Pulp Atlanta at 4pm! The Earl Smith Strand Theatre presents a screening of Mel Stuart’s WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1971) at 4:30pm! Spend the night with Chandra Currelley at City Winery! Get old-timey with The Resonant Rogues at the Crimson Moon Café! Rock out with Steve Gunn and Gun Outfit at The Earl! Park Tavern kicks off their Sunset Sessions with T. Hardy Morris, Neighbor Lady and Teddy & The Rough Riders! Shimmy on down to The Rush Center for The Atlanta School of Burlesque’s Spring Recital! Catch a Flashback Cinema screening of Rob Reiner’s WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (1989) 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!


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

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!

Get merry as the Georgia Renaissance Festival kicks off its 34th year, jousting it up every weekend through June 2!

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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