Red Light Café, Atlanta, GA

Red Light Café is Atlanta's premiere listening room for Americana, Bluegrass, Country & Western, Folk, Blues, Jazz, Roots Rock, and everything in between — as well as host to some of the best Burlesque in the Southeast! Located between Midtown and Virginia Highlands in Atlanta, GA, Red Light Café is a casual, comfortable, smoking-free environment to enjoy live music & entertainment featuring a full bar (with a massive craft beer selection) and an ever-evolving menu of appetizers, entrées, soups, salads, desserts and more.

Red Light Café is Atlanta's premiere listening room for Americana, Bluegrass, Country & Western, Folk, Blues, Jazz, Roots Rock, and everything in between — including some of the best Burlesque in the Southeast! Located on the east side of Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta's Amsterdam Walk, Red Light Café is a cozy space with tables and seating for over 100 folks to enjoy an intimate show with a full bar and kitchen for drinks, appetizers and entrées.

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Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED MAY 31 9 PM
NO COVER
Doors @ 8 PM

Every Wednesday, the Gordon Vernick Quartet perform a few numbers then invite other musicians and singers to join them on stage for a Jazz Jam Session. There's no cover charge and plenty of free, secure parking. Whether you're a professional or amateur musician, you're welcome to sit in — everyone who wants to perform will be given a chance to play.


Libro Musica presents

Truett + Dreambrother + Kara Kole

THU JUN 1 8 PM
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Eventbrite - Truett + Dreambrother + Kara Kole

Libro Musica presents Truett and Dreambrother and Kara Kole at Atlanta's Red Light Café Thursday, June 1st!

Truett will take you from the Mississippi Delta to Prince’s Minneapolis, Chicago blues to Bowery Punk, down through Outkast’s Atlanta and out the other side of the psychedelic rabbit hole. That explosive mix makes for a singular experience. Truett is more than the sum of his influences; what he does is unique and spectacular. His work is evocative of many things, but a carbon copy of nothing that came before. He’s classic and modern, new and old, absolutely stunning in his raw, unbridled authenticity.

Dreambrother gracefully bridges the gap between alt-rock and electronic music with soulful, colorful imagery.

Kara Kole has an eclectic sound infused with flavors of rhythm & blues, funk, rock n’ roll, and alternative soul. Influenced by 60’s R&B divas like Etta James and Nina Simone, and modern-day crooners such as Joss Stone and Amy Winehouse, the singer/songwriter tastefully delivers a blend of modern and classic styles.


Jerry Farber presents

'The Piano Bar' feat. John Gordon, Kendrick Dopp, Hayley Tarkenton + The Musical Chairs Trio

FRI JUN 2 8:30 PM
$12 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Eventbrite - 'The Piano Bar' feat. John Gordon, Kendrick Dopp, Hayley Tarkenton + TMCT

Jerry Farber presents The Piano Bar: a Way-Off-Broadway evening of comedy and music featuring John Gordon, Kendrick Dopp, Hayley Tarkenton, with backing band The Musical Chairs Trio.


The Radiomen 'Black Roses Tour' w/ Special Guests

SAT JUN 3 4:30 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 4 PM

Eventbrite - The Radiomen w/ Special Guests

The Radiomen are a Rock 'n' Roll band from Chicago. Their lively stage presence entertains audiences across the country. They are performing on their Black Roses National Tour 2017 alongside several talented Atlanta acts to bring you a night of Rock 'n' Roll.

Featuring special guests Jet Phase, Jeff Kujan, Wolves Among Ravens, Shoegazers, Rust, Stoni Taylor & Miles of Stones and Play Time's Over.


Jerry Farber, Mark Johnson and Joe M. Turner present

Atlanta Magic Night! feat. Jim Driscoll + Howie Marmer + Arthur Atsma

SUN JUN 4 8 PM
$15 Adv – $20 Door
Doors @ 7:00 PM

Eventbrite - Atlanta Magic Night! feat. Jim Driscoll + Howie Marmer + Arthur Atsma

Jerry Farber, Mark Johnson and Joe M. Turner present Metro-Atlanta's favorite evening of comedy and magic — Atlanta Magic Night! — with opener Jim Driscoll and featuring Howie Marmer with headliner Arthur Atsma. Hosted by Mark Johnson.


Art Amok Slam!

TUE JUN 6 8:30 PM
$5 Door
Doors @ 8 PM

Art Amok Slam is back once again at Red Light Café!! Come out and share your words, songs, limericks, haiku, knock-knock jokes or interpretive dance. Whatever you bring we want to hear it and see you! (As long as it's not homophobic, racist, sexist, misogynistic crap. Nobody wants to hear that.)

If you don't want to share then come and judge us as we will be slammin'!!!


Burris w/ Jack Jones Quartet

WED • JUN 7 • 6:30 PM
$5 Door
Doors @ 6 PM

Come enjoy a night of jazz featuring New Orleans based jazz-fusion band, Burris along side local jazz drummer and band leader Jack Jones and his Quartet! The night will start off with Burris, known for their soulful southern vocals complimented by eclectic jazz instrumentalists. Then rounding out the set will be the Jack Jones Quartet. Stick around afterwards for Red Light Cafe's weekly jazz jam at 9pm!


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED JUN 7 9 PM
NO COVER
Doors @ 8 PM

Every Wednesday, the Gordon Vernick Quartet perform a few numbers then invite other musicians and singers to join them on stage for a Jazz Jam Session. There's no cover charge and plenty of free, secure parking. Whether you're a professional or amateur musician, you're welcome to sit in — everyone who wants to perform will be given a chance to play.


Bay Station + Ryan Taylor Band w/ special guests

THU • JUN 8 • 8 PM
$8 Adv – $12 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Eventbrite - Bay Station + Ryan Taylor Band w/ special guests

Touring West Coast Americana trio Bay Station shares the evening with the Atlanta-based Ryan Taylor Band, who combines mandolin, banjo and acoustic and electric guitars to create a layered sonic blanket of roots music. It’s a night of strong songwriting, vocal harmonies and dynamic acoustic instrumentation.


Sadie Hawkins presents

The Men's Room: Gentlemen, Quarterly

FRI JUN 9 9 PM
$15 Adv – $20 Door
Doors @ 8 PM (ages 18+)

Eventbrite - The Men's Room: Gentlemen, Quarterly

Sadie Hawkins presents The Men's Room: Gentlemen, Quarterly — let's hear it for the boys! The fellas are going to dance, sing, and even take it off during an evening featuring male-presenting burlesque and variety performers. Mister strippers! Dudes that duet! Gentlemen who take it off gently! Virile vocals!


Mark Miller Band w/ The Justin Sams Band

SAT JUN 10 8:00 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 7:00 PM

Eventbrite - Mark Miller Band

On June 10th, at Red Light Cafè, Mark Mller and his stelar band will be debuting his newest material including several songs written with Multi-hit and award winning Country music songwriting legend, Phil Barnhart. As always, there will be plenty of stories mingled in with covers from the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Tom T Hall, Lyle Lovett and Blind Willie McTell.

The Justin Sams Band opens the show at 8pm.


Guitar Shed's Second Annual Summer Recital

SUN JUN 11 5 PM
$5 Door (for non-performers)
Doors @ 4 PM

Join us for Guitar Shed's Second Annual Summer Recital! Featuring Guitar Shed students of all ages playing a wide variety of instruments and styles. Music begins at 5 pm with our youngest students performing first.

5pm — Kids Set
7pm — Teens and Adults Set

Guitar Ensemble will perform at the end of the Kids Set and our Adult Band will perform at the end of the Teens and Adults Set.

Free Raffle during set break!


Atlanta Songwriters Club Meet Up

MON JUN 12 8 PM
$5 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Join us for the bi-weekly Atlanta Songwriters Club Meet Up at Red Light Café! $5 at the door, starts at 8PM, and you can sign up to play a song if you'd like when you get here.


Tease Tuesday Burlesque: June Is Jumpin'

TUE JUN 13 9 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door – $20 VIP
Doors @ 8 PM (ages 18+)

Eventbrite - Tease Tuesday Burlesque: June Is Jumpin'

Spice up your night the second Tuesday of each month with 10 amazing acts for only $10 at Tease Tuesday Burlesque! See some of the best performers in Atlanta and some amazing new up and coming acts as well! Burlesque, Singers, Acrobats, Jugglers, Aerialists... you never know what's gonna pop up in these Tuesday night shows! And don't worry, we'll be done before midnight since it's a school night!

VIP tickets are limited and include front row seats and gifts.


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED JUN 14 9 PM
NO COVER
Doors @ 8 PM

Every Wednesday, the Gordon Vernick Quartet perform a few numbers then invite other musicians and singers to join them on stage for a Jazz Jam Session. There's no cover charge and plenty of free, secure parking. Whether you're a professional or amateur musician, you're welcome to sit in — everyone who wants to perform will be given a chance to play.


Free Spin Atlanta

THU JUN 15 8 PM
NO COVER
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Free Spin Atlanta is a collaboration between audience and DJ — Atlanta's own Vinyl Meet Up! Everyone is encouraged to bring selections from their own vinyl collection to add to the music of the night.

Dance party where anything goes will follow, so come hang out and enjoy a craft beer or cocktail (or two)!

All vinyl all night, accept no substitutions.


Stories of Life in Music: Angela Durden + Marina Frolova-White

FRI JUN 16 9 PM
Doors @ 8 PM
$15 Early Bird General Admission / $20 Advance after June 9th
$70 Early Bird Table for 2 (includes 2 appetizer and 2 drinks) / $90 Advance after June 9th
$120 Early Bird VIP Table for 4 (includes 3 appetizers and 4 drinks)
$25 Door
Early Bird tickets available until June 9th.

Eventbrite - Stories of Life in Music: Angela Durden + Marina Frolova-White

Angela Durden and Marina Frolova-White bring you a night of songs featuring two keyboards, stories to make you go “Ah!”, sing-alongs, and a full band. Greg Fortune and Chris Senador are our two fabulous guest artists that evening.


A Midsummer Night's Speakeasy

SAT • JUN 17 • 9 PM
$15 Adv – $20 Door
Doors @ 8 PM

Eventbrite - A Midsummer Night's Speakeasy

“And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays.” ― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

On this Summer's celebrations we look to the Bard himself for some inspiration. Our June Speakeasy is a romp, dance, and holler in honor of one of our favorite stories of love, faeries, and mistaken identity. So come costumed or come with your dance shoes and have an enchanting evening at Red Light Cafe! To see the full length of what fools these mortals be, our show will feature:

— FREE swing dance lessons at 8pm after doors open from Alyssa Jackson
— Our puckish resident DJ Doctor Q who will be sharing MC duties with the spritely Talloolah Love!
Rosie Rivet-her as our hostess and stage kitten spirit
Candi LeCoeur and Flame Cynders as our performers and dancing fey
Wolfling as our featured go go dancer
A Costume Contest: Show up in Shakespearean or Fairy attire for a chance to win tickets to next month's Secret Speakeasy and other door prizes.
— And our Titania for the evening is the Doris Day of dropping trou, our Lady of the Night, Dee Flowered!


Electric Kif + Stephen Cox Electric Trio

TUE • JUN 20 • 8 PM
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Eventbrite - Electric Kif + Stephen Cox Electric Trio

Miami's Electric Kif is a four piece instrumental band that blends cosmic funk, rock, soul and jazz. They are joined by Atlanta's Stephen Cox Electric Trio for a powerful evening of unparalleled energy and sound that has been described as 'a drunken jazz fusion rage against the machine with a hit of earwax, and a cold beer.'


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED • JUN 21 • 9 PM
NO COVER
Doors @ 8 PM

Every Wednesday, the Gordon Vernick Quartet perform a few numbers then invite other musicians and singers to join them on stage for a Jazz Jam Session. There's no cover charge and plenty of free, secure parking. Whether you're a professional or amateur musician, you're welcome to sit in — everyone who wants to perform will be given a chance to play.


HT Rosen presents

Old School Thursday Night Laughs

THU • JUN 22 • 8 PM
$9 Adv – $12 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Eventbrite - Old School Thursday Night Laughs

HT Rosen presents Old School Thursday Night Laughs with headliner Renard Hirsch and featuring Garett Hayes + Scott Eason + Trey Brown + Amanda Marks + Brandon Ijames + David Boyd with special guest Jamie Ward and your host David HT Rosen.


Sweet Lu Olutosin CD Release Show: 'Meet Me at the Crossroads'

SAT JUN 24 7:30 PM
$20 Adv – $25 Door
Admission includes a CD copy of Meet Me at the Crossroads
Doors @ 7 PM

Eventbrite - Sweet Lu Olutosin CD Release Show: 'Meet Me at the Crossroads'

Sweet Lu Olutosin's new album Meet Me at the Crossroads is a musical collaboration that creatively connects the dots between the gospel roots of Jazz and Blues with the toil that underpins the struggles of everyday people everywhere. The album features Jazz legend Donald Brown, Tyrone Jackson (piano), Mace Hibbard (Sax), Lester Walker (Trumpet), Henry Conerway III (Drums), Kevin Smith (Bass), and Crystal Monet (Vox).

Sweet Lu Olutosin uses his talent for truthfully articulating this existence by lyrically weaving stories of past and present struggle while forcing self-examination by his audience. This music Grooves Hard, and is guaranteed to get you moving from your seats to the dance floor. 

“Sweet Lu’ Olutosin is one of the most promising male jazz singers around…. Throughout Meet Me At The Crossroads, Sweet Lu Olutosin provides warm vocals, versatility and subtle creativity. His latest release is well worth exploring and savoring” — SCOTT YANOW, Jazz journalist/historian and author of 11 books including “The Jazz Singers”

“To call Sweet Lu a griot is an understatement. He is a wise sage imparting age old lessons by deftly infusing our cultural history and family values utilizing a tapestry of blues, gospel and jazz that are pure entertainment from beginning to end.” — CARL ANTHONY, Jazz Curator, Notoriusjazz.com


Atlanta Songwriters Club Meet Up

MON • JUN 26 • 8 PM
$5 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Join us for the bi-weekly Atlanta Songwriters Club Meet Up at Red Light Café! $5 at the door, starts at 8PM, and you can sign up to play a song if you'd like when you get here.


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED • JUN 28 • 9 PM
NO COVER
Doors @ 8 PM

Every Wednesday, the Gordon Vernick Quartet perform a few numbers then invite other musicians and singers to join them on stage for a Jazz Jam Session. There's no cover charge and plenty of free, secure parking. Whether you're a professional or amateur musician, you're welcome to sit in — everyone who wants to perform will be given a chance to play.


Bluegrass Pickin' Party

THU • JUN 29 • 6 PM
NO COVER
Doors @ 6 PM

Grab your fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, dobro, cajón, upright bass, and come on down for a Bluegrass Pickin' Party! Or just bring yourself and enjoy some dinner, a craft beer or a specialty drink and soak in some of the best damn bluegrass jammin' in Atlanta.


Tease Tuesday Burlesque: Patriot Acts

TUE • JUL 11 • 9 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door – $20 VIP
Doors @ 8 PM (ages 18+)

Eventbrite - Tease Tuesday Burlesque: Patriot Acts

Spice up your night the second Tuesday of each month with 10 amazing acts for only $10 at Tease Tuesday Burlesque! See some of the best performers in Atlanta and some amazing new up and coming acts as well! Burlesque, Singers, Acrobats, Jugglers, Aerialists... you never know what's gonna pop up in these Tuesday night shows! And don't worry, we'll be done before midnight since it's a school night!

VIP tickets are limited and include front row seats and gifts.


Dwan Bosman w/ special guest Morgan Bosman

SAT • AUG 26 • 8 PM
$20 Adv – $25 Door – $30 VIP
Doors @ 7 PM

Eventbrite - Dwan Bosman w/ Vanessa Graniero

Prepare to have your musical listening gauge elevated defying everything you know about the lucid sound of the saxophone. Saxophonist Dwan Bosman with his tremendously seasoned ensemble including Kevin Bales on Keys, Ramon Pooser on Up Right Bass and Emrah Kotan on Drums will unleash a euphonic and powerful performance of Jazz tunes from the 40’s to present time, along with original music from his album Sax Attack (released in 2013). Soul-drenched songstress Morgan Bosman opens the show at 8pm.

VIP tickets include CD & Special, Preferred Seating.