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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Guitar Shed's Third Annual Winter Recital

SUN • DEC 17 • 7 PM
$5 Door (for non-performers)
Doors @ 6 PM

Join us for Guitar Shed's Third Annual Winter Recital! Featuring Guitar Shed students ages 13 and up playing a wide variety of instruments and styles. Music begins at 7 pm with our youngest students performing first.

Free Raffle with prizes! 

Guitar Shed is a modern music school located in the Kirkwood neighborhood of Atlanta. Guitar Shed was founded in 2015 with the intent to offer a unique educational experience and an emphasis on lifelong learning. We provide high-quality customized instruction in a relaxed environment that is optimal for learning. With a diverse set of teachers and instruments, Guitar Shed welcomes students of all ages and abilities.


Rian Adkinson w/ Courtney Varner + Jordyn Zaino

MON • DEC 18 • 8 PM
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Post Progressive rock artist Rian Adkinson brings his full band to craft ambient Radiohead-esque soundscapes with a bit of Neil Finn's singer / songwriter vibe thrown in for good measure. Rian will be joined by the multitalented Courtney Varner (of Sarah and The Safe Word) and Jordyn Zaino.


Atlanta Magic Night! w/ Joe M. Turner, Gusto, Ari Slomka

TUE • DEC 19 • 8 PM
$15 Adv – $20 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Jerry Farber, Mark Johnson and Joe M. Turner present Metro-Atlanta's favorite evening of comedy and magic — Atlanta Magic Night! — with opener Ari Slomka and featuring Gusto with headliner Joe M. Turner.


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED • DEC 20 • 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.


This holiday season all you need is love! Join Mark Michelson & Friends at the BadAsh Allstar's monthly jam at Red Light Cafe. To kick off this new series, we'll be covering a wide range of Beatles songs with some of Atlanta's best musicians.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Pepperland Music Camp. So mark your calendars and join us as we bring love, peace and cheer to the holidays with the music of the Beatles.

Sign up to perform

Note: We will be featuring only jammers at this performance - no full band sets.


The Brookses Christmas Special

FRI • DEC 22 • 8 PM
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Atlanta’s favorite father/daughter Americana duo, The Brookses, bring you an evening of classic Christmas country, rhythm and blues with the help of special guests Emily Backus, Adam Goodhue, Ella Brooks and more!  As Meg (and Buck Owens) would say, 'Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy!'


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED • DEC 27 • 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.


Laughing Skull Lounge presents

Best of Atlanta Comedy End-of-Year Showcase: Friday Early Show (8pm)

FRI • DEC 29 • 8 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Laughing Skull Lounge wraps up their 2017 Best of Atlanta Comedy series at Red Light Café with a four-show end-of-year showcase featuring top Atlanta comedians on Friday, December 29th (8pm & 10:30pm) and Saturday, December 30th (8pm & 10:30pm) with each show featuring 10+ comics for just $10!

Featuring Ian Aber, Cherith Fuller, Jen Smith, Brian Emond, Fray Forde, Annie Lockwood, Olivia Cathcart, Shaunak Godkhindi, Landon Lackey, and Jenny Jennings.


Laughing Skull Lounge presents

Best of Atlanta Comedy End-of-Year Showcase: Friday Late Show (10:30pm)

FRI • DEC 29 • 10:30 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 10 PM

Laughing Skull Lounge wraps up their 2017 Best of Atlanta Comedy series at Red Light Café with a four-show end-of-year showcase featuring top Atlanta comedians on Friday, December 29th (8pm & 10:30pm) and Saturday, December 30th (8pm & 10:30pm) with each show featuring 10+ comics for just $10!

Featuring Ian Aber, Cherith Fuller, Jen Smith, Brian Emond, Fray Forde, Annie Lockwood, Olivia Cathcart, Shaunak Godkhindi, Landon Lackey, and Jenny Jennings.


Laughing Skull Lounge presents

Best of Atlanta Comedy End-of-Year Showcase: Saturday Early Show (8pm)

SAT • DEC 30 • 8 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Laughing Skull Lounge wraps up their 2017 Best of Atlanta Comedy series at Red Light Café with a four-show end-of-year showcase featuring top Atlanta comedians on Friday, December 29th (8pm & 10:30pm) and Saturday, December 30th (8pm & 10:30pm) with each show featuring 10+ comics for just $10!

Featuring Fray Forde, Joe Kelley, Jen Smith, Olivia Cathcart, Powell Mansfield, Brian Emond, Landon Lackey, Annie Lockwood, Andrew Michael, and Shaunak Godkhindi.


Laughing Skull Lounge presents

Best of Atlanta Comedy End-of-Year Showcase: Saturday Late Show (10:30pm)

SAT • DEC 30 • 10:30 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 10 PM

Laughing Skull Lounge wraps up their 2017 Best of Atlanta Comedy series at Red Light Café with a four-show end-of-year showcase featuring top Atlanta comedians on Friday, December 29th (8pm & 10:30pm) and Saturday, December 30th (8pm & 10:30pm) with each show featuring 10+ comics for just $10!

Featuring Fray Forde, Joe Kelley, Jen Smith, Olivia Cathcart, Powell Mansfield, Brian Emond, Landon Lackey, Annie Lockwood, Andrew Michael, and Shaunak Godkhindi.


Speakeasy Electro Swing Atlanta presents

The Gilded Age Gala

SUN • DEC 31 • 8 PM
Doors @ 7 PM

$40 Advance General Admission ($30 if ordering 2 or more tickets)
$60 Day-of-Show Admission
$150 VIP Table Admission (includes 2 tickets, a reserved table, 2 drink tickets, and a gift bag)

Speakeasy Electro Swing Atlanta's 2nd annual New Year's Eve celebration is the best way to ring in the new year! What better way to usher in 2018 than living it up like it's our own '20s themed soiree.

Featuring:

— Live music from Mayhayley's Grave
— Electro swing beats from DJ Doctor Q
— Dancers Trini Quinn, Queen Lolita, Rosie Rivet-her, Dahlia Grey, and more!
— Photo booth to capture your vintage memories!
— Dance Lessons when doors open at 8p, the show kicks off at 9p
— Admission includes hors d'oeuvres and champagne toast at midnight!

There's a slew of entertainment in store for all. Formal/Festive Wear is requested for all. The best dressed at the party will go home with a framed signed poster from the Speakeasy signed by all the performers from 2017! 

VIP Guests will gain front table seating and special gift bags with unique souvenirs, so be sure to get them while you can.


Art Amok Slam: Can't Sleep Poets Will Eat Me

TUE • JAN 2 • 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. See you every first Tuesday!!


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED • JAN 3 • 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.


HT presents THE FUNNY

FRI • JAN 5 • 8 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

HT presents The Funny: A comic showcase with Jerry Farber, Garett Hayes, Clint Grier, Marcus Hawkins, Carl Burrell, Marquinta Cash, and Luelue Korrell. Special guests for the evening are Mark Taylor and Brad Sativa with your host, and backing band, HT and The Kind.


Total Babe EP Release w/ Catherine the Great + Cntry

SAT • JAN 6 • 8 PM
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Total Babe EP Release with Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest winner Catherine the Great and cool-as-hell riotgrrrlll folk band Cntry.

WE MADE SOME SONGS AND ARE SO PROUD TO SHARE THEM WITH YOU

*~a backus in every band (it's our birthday!) ~*


Atlanta Songwriters Club Meet Up

MON • JAN 8 • 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: 4th Anniversary Show

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

Syrens of the South is excited to be celebrating our fourth anniversary of having Tease Tuesdays at Red Light Café!

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 • JAN 10 • 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.


Jon Latham Vinyl Release Show w/ Nick Nace + Kristen Englenz

SUN • JAN 14 • 8 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

An evening of songs and stories celebrating the vinyl release of Jon Latham's album LIFERS with special guests Nick Nace and Kristen Englenz.


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED • JAN 17 • 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.


Pro Songwriting Coach: Three-Hour Immersive Professional Development

SAT • JAN 20 • 1:30 PM
$45 Admission
Doors @ 1 PM

Tom Worth has had over 55 cuts in the highly competitive Nashville music scene. His songs have charted and got national radio rotation. They have also been used in TV shows like Jane By Design, Forming The Band, and Road Rules, as well as placed in commercials for companies such as Verizon. Tom is coming from Nashville for one day for a three-hour immersive professional development program for songwriters.

Tom's program includes:

10 Ways To Instantly Make Your Songs More Commercial (1 hour)
Industry Q&A (30-60 minutes, based on audience needs)
— Song Critiques (as many as can be fit into 60-90 minutes)


Peter Case w/ special guests Dead Rock West

FRI • JAN 19 • 8 PM
$15 Adv – $20 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Three-time Grammy nominee Peter Case (The Nerves, The Plimsouls) sets the bar for authenticity, passion and imagination, spanning a number of genres, including folk, blues, and rock. Dead Rock West opens the show then join Peter for his first set.


Last Pasties Standing Gets Salty

SAT • JAN 209 PM
$15 Adv – $20 Door
Doors @ 8 PM (ages 18+)

Sadie Hawkins presents Last Pasties Standing: the improv burlesque game show! Don't miss the excitement as these burlesque babes battle for bragging rights... it's a night of spur-of-the-moment striptease and silly, sexy fun!


Atlanta Songwriters Club Meet Up

MON • JAN 22 • 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.


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED • JAN 24 • 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.


Welcome the The FANDom: A Nerdlesque Celebration

FRI • JAN 268:30 PM
$15 Adv – $20 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM (ages 18+)

The FANDom welcomes you to join us as we celebrate all things Nerdlesque! We'll have all of your favorite acts, PLUS we have invited all performers, in and out of state, to submit their most famous, best of the best nerdlesque acts for your viewing pleasure! Come see your favorite characters make your fan fiction fantasies come to life! After the show, stick around for a dance party with DJ Disco Brains and cake as we officially welcome everyone to The FANDom family!!!


The Rotten Mangos w/ Satisfiers of Alpha Blue + The Titos

TUE • JAN 30 • 8 PM
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Texas psych rock band The Rotten Mangos (Lennon-esque Revolver-era Beatles sound, coupled with a fresh take on Psychedelic pop) are joined by Satisfiers of Alpha Blue and The Titos.


Charlie Hunter Trio featuring Silvana Estrada

TUE • FEB 6 • 7 PM
$15 Adv – $20 Door
Doors @ 6 PM

Charlie Hunter is famous to some and widely considered the authority on the seven and eight string guitar. His fans across the globe travel great distances to marvel first hand at his technique and to savor the sweet sounds of his music.

Silvana Estrada, a native of Mexico’s southeast, had just started her studies of jazz at the University of Veracruz and quickly became known throughout the Jazz Studies Centre as a unique triple-threat talent: a musician, vocalist and songwriter whose original compositions are a mixture of Latin American sounds and a vocal interpretation that comes from the Son Jarocho tradition of Veracruz.

A freshmen in college, Silvana found her way quickly with a band of kindred spirits calling themselves Ciudad De Los Flores (City of Flowers). On a whim after rehearsing one day, Silvana and the band took a road trip to hear one of their heroes - Charlie Hunter was in in Mexico City delivering a Master Class at the University.

Inspired (and pushed by Alex the drummer) the band waited to meet Charlie whereupon Silvana sang for him on the spot. Charlie was so impressed that he ended up staying in Mexico, calling his sound engineer buddy Chris Finney from New Orleans and together, they went all drove to magical hometown in the Southeastern hills of Mexico to record her debut album – Lo Sagrado (The Sacred) that will be released on Charlie’s non-profit 30Amp Circuit later this month.

After an enormous amount of paperwork (thank you Mister President) and an enormous amount of money (thank you Mister President) Charlie and his teammates were able to get Silvana a one year work Visa to take advantage of her music and newfound friends.


Keith Harkin: Live Acoustic Album & DVD Tour

MON • MAR 12 • 7 PM
General Admission — $30 Adv / $40 Door
VIP Meet & Great — $50 Adv / $60 Door

Doors @ 6:15 pm — VIP Meet-And-Greet
Doors @ 6:45 pm — General Admission
Show @ 7 pm

Keith Harkin will be supporting St. Patrick’s with his new Live Album + DVD, In the Round, bringing 14 special tracks straight from the soul of a “wandering” musician from Northern Ireland. Highlights include the exciting thrill of new love in past hits like “Lauren & I” and “I Remember It All.” The album also features two new tracks (co-written with Eagles songwriter, Jack Tempchin) in addition to a cover of the Metallica hit, “Whiskey in the Jar.”