Red Light Café, Atlanta, GA

Red Light Café is a comfortable, familiar place to enjoy food, drink, and live music & entertainment with friends. We're located between Midtown and Virginia Highlands in Atlanta, GA. Every Wednesday we've got Americana Open Mic Spotlight, and our Bluegrass Thursday features an open jam at 6pm and Atlanta's best Americana bands at 8pm.

Red Light Café is a comfortable, familiar place to enjoy food, drink, and live music & entertainment with friends. We're located between Midtown and Virginia Highlands in Atlanta, GA. Every Wednesday we've got Americana Open Mic Spotlight, and our Bluegrass Thursday features an open jam at 6pm and Atlanta's best Americana bands at 8pm.

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Upcoming Events, Concerts & Shows

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Col. Bruce Hampton & The Madrid Express

SAT ✦ AUG 30 ✦ 8 PM
$10 Adv – $12 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Eventbrite - Col. Bruce Hampton & The Madrid Express

Col. Bruce Hampton & The Madrid Express with special guests!


City Mouse w/ Frankie Boots & The County Line + WWALYON

SUN ✦ AUG 31 ✦ 8 PM
$8 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

City Mouse is back in the house with San Francisco's Frankie Boots & The County Line and Atlanta's own Real Americans WWAYLON.


Americana Open Mic Spotlight

WED ✦ SEP 3 ✦ 8 PM
$5 Performers / $3 General Admission
Doors @ 7 PM

Keena Graham hosts the Americana Open Mic Spotlight — Red Light Café's Wednesday showcase for the best Bluegrass, Roots Rock, Country & Western, Folk, Blues, Jazz, and all other things Americana. We're looking for Atlanta's Best Americana — we're looking for YOU.

Online sign ups begin at noon on the Monday before each show.


Sans Abri + Caleb Warren & TPG + Justin Hylton

FRI ✦ SEP 5 ✦ 8 PM
$8 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Sans Abri headline an evening of Americana — bluegrass, roots, western swing, with a dash of outlaw — featuring Caleb Warren & The Perfect Gentlemen, and Justin Hylton!


TDawg presents

Folk Soul Revival w/ special guest Hannah Zale

SAT ✦ SEP 6 ✦ 8 PM
$10 Adv – $13 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Eventbrite - Folk Soul Revival w/ special guest Hannah Zale

TDawg presents Folk Soul Revival — a harmony drenched, boot stomping, rowdy, rootsy Americana band from the Appalachian mountain region of Virginia/Tennessee. Special guest Hannah Zale opens the show.


Atlanta Songwriters Club Meet Up

MON ✦ SEP 8 ✦ 8 PM
$3 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Join us for the weekly Atlanta Songwriters Club Meet Up at Red Light Café! $3 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: Nerdtastic!

TUE ✦ SEP 9 ✦ 9 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 8 PM (ages 18+)

Eventbrite - Tease Tuesday Burlesque: Nerdtastic!

Spice up your Tuesday nights the second Tuesday of each month with Syrens of the South's Tease Tuesday Burlesque! September's theme is NERDTASTIC! Join us for 10 amazing acts for $10 including Burlesque, Singers, Acrobats, Jugglers, Aerialists...you never know what's gonna pop up in these Tuesday night shows!


Americana Open Mic Spotlight

WED ✦ SEP 10 ✦ 8 PM
$5 Performers / $3 General Admission
Doors @ 7 PM

Keena Graham hosts the Americana Open Mic Spotlight — Red Light Café's Wednesday showcase for the best Bluegrass, Roots Rock, Country & Western, Folk, Blues, Jazz, and all other things Americana. We're looking for Atlanta's Best Americana — we're looking for YOU.

Online sign ups begin at noon on the Monday before each show.


The DejaBlue Grass Band @ RLC Bluegrass Thursday

THU ✦ SEP 11 ✦ 8 PM
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 6 PM (pre-show bluegrass jam)

Eventbrite - The DejaBlue Grass Band @ RLC Bluegrass Thursday

The DejaBlue Grass Band serves up a fresh selection of truegrass, topped with pop and newgrass, and seasoned with some soul-shaking gospel at RLC Bluegrass Thursday. Doors at 6pm for our weekly pre-show bluegrass jam; show starts at 8pm.


Speakeasy Electro Swing Atlanta's CON CRASH!

FRI ✦ SEP 12 ✦ 8 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Eventbrite - Speakeasy Electro Swing Atlanta's CON CRASH!

Need to beat the post-con blues? Well dance your cares away at this homecoming bash as the Speakeasy returns to Red Light Café. We'll have returning favorites Candi Lecoeur and Lucy Purr on stage dancing the night away, as well as Miss Benjamin Elizabeth of the Atlanta Burlesque & Cabaret Society. As always, our resident DJ Doctor Q will be spinning tunes all night, and we'll have dance lessons during the first hour of the show courtesy of the members of Down South Swing.

If you come to the Con Crash in costume, you can claim your very own Speakeasy souvenir shot glass (limited to the first 25 folks in the door).


SQUAT 20th Anniversary Show

SAT ✦ SEP 13 ✦ 8 PM
$10 Adv – $12 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Eventbrite - SQUAT 20th Anniversary Show

Award-winning Athens- / Atlanta-based jazz band Squat returns to Atlanta's Red Light Café for a special two-set 20th Anniversary Show!


International Pop Overthrow ATLANTA: Day 3

SUN ✦ SEP 14 ✦ 6 PM
$8 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 5:30 PM

Eventbrite - INTERNATIONAL POP OVERTHROW ATLANTA: DAY 3

International Pop Overthrow (or IPO, as it has affectionately become known) is a multi-city pop music festival celebrating it's 16th year in major International markets like Liverpool (at the world famous Cavern Club), London, Vancouver, Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Phoenix, Detroit, Atlanta, Portland, Nashville and Austin.  Come check out the finest pop acts Atlanta has to offer! Friday (9/12) + Saturday (9/13) at Star Bar, then Sunday (9/14) at Red Light Café.

6:30 pm — Shout London
7:15 pm — Last Chance Runaround
8:00 pm — The Merry Go Rounds
8:45 pm — Dot22
9:30 pm — Orange Hat
10:15 pm — The Sunset District


Anderson Valley Tap Takeover @ ATL Songwriters Club

MON ✦ SEP 15 ✦ 8 PM
FREE
Doors @ 7:30 PM (Ages 21+)

Anderson Valley Brewing is taking over our taps with limited-release brews at a very special Atlanta Songwriters Club Meet Up! We'll have The Kimmie, The Yink and the Holy GOSE; Nettied Madge; and Mowkeef Saison on tap for one night only!

There's NO COVER CHARGE, and for those participating in the ASC Meet Up you can sign up to play a song when you get here, as usual.


Americana Open Mic Spotlight

WED ✦ SEP 17 ✦ 8 PM
$5 Performers / $3 General Admission
Doors @ 7 PM

Keena Graham hosts the Americana Open Mic Spotlight — Red Light Café's Wednesday showcase for the best Bluegrass, Roots Rock, Country & Western, Folk, Blues, Jazz, and all other things Americana. We're looking for Atlanta's Best Americana — we're looking for YOU.

Online sign ups begin at noon on the Monday before each show.


Front Country @ RLC Bluegrass Thursday

THU ✦ SEP 18 ✦ 8 PM
$8 Adv – $12 Door
Doors @ 6 PM (pre-show bluegrass jam)

Eventbrite - Front Country @ RLC Bluegrass Thursday

Front Country — winners of the Rockygrass and Telluride bluegrass festivals — perform at RLC Bluegrass Thursday! Doors at 6pm for our pre-show bluegrass jam; show starts at 8pm.


Rhythm & Soul

SAT ✦ SEP 20 ✦ 8 PM
$10 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

C.O.R.E. Culture Group & Team Wildlife present Rhythm & Soul — Hosted by Zai Air and Michael + and featuring Matt De LeReaux, Rizzo, Richelle Brown, Atlas, Jaixx, Bonnie Bordeaux, Brik.Liam, and spins by ControBAND. After the guests perform, the mic will be opened up to the members of the audience!


Atlanta Songwriters Club Meet Up

MON ✦ SEP 22 ✦ 8 PM
$3 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Join us for the weekly Atlanta Songwriters Club Meet Up at Red Light Café! $3 at the door, starts at 8PM, and you can sign up to play a song if you'd like when you get here.


Americana Open Mic Spotlight

WED ✦ SEP 24 ✦ 8 PM
$5 Performers / $3 General Admission
Doors @ 7 PM

Keena Graham hosts the Americana Open Mic Spotlight — Red Light Café's Wednesday showcase for the best Bluegrass, Roots Rock, Country & Western, Folk, Blues, Jazz, and all other things Americana. We're looking for Atlanta's Best Americana — we're looking for YOU.

Online sign ups begin at noon on the Monday before each show.


Mipso @ RLC Bluegrass Thursday

THU ✦ SEP 25 ✦ 8 PM
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 6 PM (pre-show bluegrass jam)

Eventbrite - Mipso @ RLC Bluegrass Thursday

Renegade traditionalists Mipso (now a quartet!) return to Red Light Café with their Appalachian-influenced Dark Holler Pop. Pre-show bluegrass jam at 6pm; show begins at 8pm.


The Bonaventure Quartet ft. Amy Pike

FRI ✦ SEP 26 ✦ 8 PM
$12 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Eventbrite - The Bonaventure Quartet ft. Amy Pike

The Bonaventure Quartet featuring Amy Pike return to Red Light Café for another fabulous evening of Gypsy Jazz and Sultry Swing!


Last Pasties Standing: Under the Covers

SUN ✦ SEP 28 ✦ 9 PM
$12 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 8 PM

Sadie Hawkins presents Last Pasties Standing: a creative and sexy improv burlesque showdown in which two (eight, actually) talented performers will enter, one will…. well, nobody will end up wearing much. The theme for September is Under the Covers, with a playlist bursting with cover versions: well known, weird and wonderful.


Atlanta Songwriters Club Meet Up

MON ✦ SEP 29 ✦ 8 PM
$3 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Join us for the weekly Atlanta Songwriters Club Meet Up at Red Light Café! $3 at the door, starts at 8PM, and you can sign up to play a song if you'd like when you get here.


Peter Case

FRI ✦ OCT 10 ✦ 8 PM
$17 Adv – $20 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Eventbrite - Peter Case

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.


NS2 & Windstorm Productions present

Antsy McClain

FRI ✦ OCT 17 ✦ 8:30 PM
$18.50 Adv – $20 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Eventbrite - Antsy McClain

NS2 & Windstorm Productions present singer, songwriter, humorist and small town philosopher Antsy McClain. Special guests to be announced.


Windstorm Productions presents

Ruth Moody

SAT ✦ OCT 18 ✦ 8 PM
$17.50 Adv – $20 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Eventbrite - Windstorm Productions presents Ruth Moody

Windstorm Productions presents two-time Juno Award winning singer / songwriter Ruth Moody (of The Wailin' Jennys) performing live with her band at Atlanta's Red Light Café!


Eddie's Attic presents

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas

SAT ✦ OCT 25 ✦ 8 PM
$8 Adv – $12 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM (ages 21+)

Eventbrite - Eddie's Attic presents Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas bring their rockabilly and surf pop, cabaret jazz and funky reggae, Latin psych and Gypsy punk sound down from Detroit to Atlanta's Red Light Café!