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 Comedy Shows and Burlesque in the Southeast! Located on the east side of Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta's Amsterdam Walk, Red Light Café is a cozy live entertainment and music venue 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 23 • 9 PM
$5 Door
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. 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.


Celebrate the release of the new album by Fairshake with special guests Like Mike, Psycho Hill, The Keepsake, and Broken City Sky.


Nicola Són Brazilian Quartet

TUE • MAY 29 • 9 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 8 PM

NOTE: Unfortunately, Nicola has been denied entry into the United States. Therefore this show has been canceled. We wish this weren't the case, and we're sorry folks.

A native Parisian of Armenian descent, singer, songwriter and guitar-player Nicola Són has been a permanent resident of São Paulo, Brazil's largest city, for the past 4 years. In a previous album trilogy (see discography), the artist explored different areas of Brazil and their specific rhythms. In anticipation of his return to Europe and to close his Brazilian chapter on a high note, Nicola Són will be releasing 4², a new EP, on April 6, 2018. The disk features 4 songs all co-written in Portuguese with his long-time Brazilian friend and collaborative lyricist, journalist Igor Ribeiro.

Following a 4X4 concept, the tracks were recorded in 4 different Brazilian cities, each time with different local producers, Márcio Arantes in São Paulo, Daniel Montes in Rio de Janeiro, Hugo Linns in Recife and João Antunes in Belo Horizonte.

To celebrate the release of this new soulful project, Nicola Són will be making his debut on the North American music scene in May and June with a tour of over 20 dates across 10 States and 18 cities starting in Miami (May 16) then New York City (May 17) and ending in LA (June 16).


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED • MAY 30 • 9 PM
$5 Door
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. 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.


Songwriters David Cone, Billy Gewin and Jana Wolf perform 'in the round' before Justin Sams Band take the stage to celebrate the release of their new album, Ghosts of the Day.


Sistahs in Spanx & Friends Comedy Show

SAT • JUN 2 • 8 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Sistahs in Spanx is Atlanta’s Hottest Female annual comedy show hosted by ATL’s Favorite “Queen” Brent Star, with special guest appearances by the 2017 winner of Atlanta’s HOTTEST Female Comedian award ATL’s own Janet Dollar, Luelue Korrell, Joel Byars, Marlan Ballard, Alisha Coley, Vernon Thompson, and Poet ~ Alicia Dawn. You can catch us at Red Light Café located right in the heart of Atlanta.

Sistahs in Spanx offers a show experience that you won’t find anywhere else. This comedy show is different than most because it features six professional comedians and the charming Brent Star as the Host. Brent Star starts the night off with a bang and hilarity ensues. Did I mention the show was only $10 in advance and $15 at the door? The result is an affordable, unique live comedy experience complete with a belly full of laughs and the hottest soundtrack by DJ DMark.

Come check out “Sistahs in Spanx & Friends” comedy show for yourself. Warning: Laugher Advisory, Get there early.


Art Amok Slam

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

Art Amok Slam Team 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.)

In partnership with Syrens of the South and Write Club Atlanta our slam winner will receive $50 and a showcase spot at Tease Tuesday!

First 10 will slam. Judges will have free entry. So, if you don't want to share then come and judge us as we will be slammin'!!!

Karen Garrabrant and Theresa Davis would like to say HEEEEYYYY in advance.


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED • JUN 6 • 9 PM
$5 Door
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. 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.


'Carpe Diem' feat. The Curls + Traveling Alone + The Dround Hounds

THU • JUN 7 • 8:30 PM
$12 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Over a lifetime, one in every twenty six people will be diagnosed with epilepsy. They face various obstacles in life whether it be physically or mentally on a daily basis, but there are organizations out there dedicated to helping them conquer their fears. On June 7th, you have the opportunity to come out and support one of these organizations, the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia. Join us at the Red Light Cafe in Atlanta and enjoy some kick ass local music brought to you by The Curls, Traveling Alone and The Dround Hounds. This event is also hosted by Jackson Heaton of Rock 100.5 and the Scoped Podcast. We hope to see y'all there!!!


Speakeasy Electro Swing Atlanta presents The Midsummer's Dance

FRI • JUN 89 PM
$10 Adv – $20 Door — $30 VIP
Doors @ 8 PM (ages 18+)

“The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.” ― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Speakeasy Electro Swing Atlanta is proud to present our second show of the 2018 Lineup. We are taking some inspiration from the Bard and mixing it well with fairy tales, absinthe, and all things fantastic to bring you The Midsummer's Dance! We plan to transform the Red Light Cafe into a wonderland of dreams, where you will come to be transported and enjoy a fine evening of wine, women, and song! What to expect during the event:

DJ Doctor Q spinning electro swing tunes peppered with in theme fancies pulled from storybook, theater, moulin rouge, or more....

— Live entertainment! We will be having characters wandering the bar, fairy themed gogo girls, and burlesque entertainment weaving into and out of the music of the evening, hosted by our Queen of the Night - Talloolah Love

— Dancing! An open dance floor available, and we'll even be teaching you all some essential dance lessons at the start of the evening when doors open at 8pm before the show starts

— Photo Booth! We'll have a photo booth in the back for you to take selfies or pose with some of our entertainers to be immortalized

— Costume Contest! We'll have judges in our crowd pull up some of the best and most magically dressed to win prizes

So wear your dancing shoes and strap on some wings and get ready to fly to the spot where swing meets sprites, second star to the right and straight on till morning! Buy your tickets in advance, the more we see folks buying ahead.... the bigger and better your entertainment will be!


Day After the Dead Jam w/ Mark Michelson & Friends

SAT • JUN 9 • 7:30 PM
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Invitation jam featuring several of Atlanta's finest Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia cover bands and musicians. We'll be focusing mostly on the acoustic stylings, but hey, it's a Dead jam - so you never know what'll happen.

If you or your band would like to perform in this event, please contact Mark Michelson.


Retro Hipster Variety Show

SUN • JUN 10 • 8 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Bring the kiddies and your grannies and make your Sunday evening a family affair. Yes, indeedy! Start your week with the family-friendly Retro Hipster Variety Show.

Hosted by singer Angela Durden and pianist Alan Dynin, the RHVS features:

— Comedian Andrew Stanley 
— Band C.J. Jones and the Spirit Bones
— Jazz singer Eileen Howard 
— Drummer Dan Freeman 
— Singers Cheer! and Peter Gantt


Atlanta Songwriters Club Meet Up

MON • JUN 11 • 8 PM
$5 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Join us for the Atlanta Songwriters Club Meet Up at Red Light Café, every second and fourth Mondays of the month! $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 12 • 9 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door – $20 VIP
Doors @ 8 PM (ages 18+)

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 gift bags.


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED • JUN 13 • 9 PM
$5 Door
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. 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.


Join us for a night of original folk music with acts from across the South. Join Knoxville-based Dead King Cotton on their summer tour while Greenville-based Vilai Harrington & The Hamptones and Atlanta local Nathan Evans Fox play music from their recent releases.


Atlanta Magic Night! w/ Rolando Santos + Chastain Criswell + Kyle Jarrard

SAT • JUN 16 • 8 PM
$15 Adv – $20 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Atlanta Magic Night! — Metro-Atlanta's favorite monthly evening of live magic, mentalism and comedy — returns to Red Light Café with opener Rolando Santos, featuring Chastain Criswell, and headliner Kyle Jarrard.


Best of Atlanta Comedy at Red Light Café presented by Laughing Skull Lounge

SUN • JUN 17 • 7 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 6:30 PM

Every third Sunday of the month, Laughing Skull Lounge presents a showcase stand up comedy show featuring ten top Atlanta comics at Red Light Café! This month's performers to be announced soon.

And when the show's over, be sure to stick around for After Mic: Comedians trying out their newest jokes in an open mic format with the best sets of the night getting booked on future shows!


Bombshell Burlesque

FRI • JUN 229 PM
$15 Adv – $20 Door
Doors @ 8 PM (ages 18+)

Bringing you the best and brightest burly girls from across the country! Four Suits is bringing back Bombshell Burlesque! This time we are paying tribute to Atlanta local legend The Chameleon Queen for her sweet 16 of burly years! Our femcee the vivacious vixen Roux La La herself is showing Atlanta what our girls have in store for your viewing pleasure. Come and play with the Four Suits girls and bow down to the Chameleon Queen in all her glory for the next installation of Bombshell Burlesque!


Charlie Hunter Trio

SAT • NOV 17 • 7 PM
$15 Adv – $20 Door
Doors @ 6 PM

With a career spanning 25 years and almost 20 albums, Charlie Hunter consistently ups his game as an innovative writer and bandleader. He has worked with the likes of Norah Jones, Mos Def, John Mayer, D’Angelo and countless others. He is widely considered the authority on the seven and eight - string guitar, and continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously bust out tasty bass parts, melodic leads and swinging rhythms.