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! We're also proud hosts and partners with the Frank Hamilton School Concert Series.

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Hail! Cassius Neptune w/ Melonfunky + Sound Medicine

FRI SEP 30 8 PM
$5 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Eventbrite - Hail! Cassius Neptune w/ Melonfunky + Sound Medicine

Experience a night of positive vibes and eclectic live dance music. Hail! Cassius Neptune brings groovy, Mariah-Carey-meets-Frank Zappa original tunes to ATL on their tour of the Southeastern US joined by ATL's own reggae outfit Sound Medicine, and Cartersville's Roots Rock Funky Jam Band Melonfunky.


cheer! + The Justin Sams Band w/ Paige Hargrove

SAT OCT 1 8 PM
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Eventbrite - cheer! + The Justin Sams Band

Paige Hargrove (8pm) is a singer-songwriter whose love for music has taken her talent to an incredible level as a guitarist, singer and songwriter.

cheer! (9pm) performs original ditties about brooklyn girls, too-kool-for-skool indie bands, quinoa, gluten intolerance, taxidermy, and blah, blah, blah, blah, b

The Justin Sams Band (10pm) is about the music, purely and simply. Blessed with two principal songwriters, two skilled finger-picking string players and a drummer with a fine touch, The Justin Sams Band delivers original songs that speak to the hearts and souls of their listeners.


Art Amok Slam!

TUE OCT 4 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'!!!


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED OCT 5 8:30 PM
NO COVER
Doors @ 7:30 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.


Frank Hamilton School presents

Caroline Aiken w/ special guest Frank Hamilton

THU OCT 6 8 PM
$15 Adv – $18 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Eventbrite - Caroline Aiken w/ special guest Frank Hamilton

The Frank Hamilton School is proud to present the strong, soulful presence of the incredible Caroline Aiken as a part of its ongoing concert series. Caroline has been a cornerstone of the Atlanta music scene for a long time now and has helped pave the way for many musicians including Shawn Mullins and The Indigo Girls. Her rich history includes recording and performing with Bonnie Raitt and the Indigo Girls and opening for Arlo Guthrie, Muddy Water, Doc Watson, Richie Havens and Randy Newman among many other luminaries.

We are thrilled to have our namesake, spiritual leader & teacher extraordinaire Frank Hamilton opening the evening! You won't want to miss this evening featuring two legends in their own right!


Line The Stars + Fairshake + Mike Frazier and The Dying Wild + Reward

FRI OCT 7 8 PM
$10 Adv – $12 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Eventbrite - Line The Stars + Fairshake + Mike Frazier and The Dying Wild + Reward

Fairshake invites their friends Mike Frazier and Reward back to Georgia to their favorite Venue in Atlanta to MAKE ROCK & ROLL GREAT AGAIN. All singer / songwriter-based bands with Rock & Roll flavors and a Pop cadence. The cherry on top being our local, two-sister-fronted band, Line The Stars! Come out and move to the MAKE ROCK & ROLL GREAT AGAIN TOUR!


Frank Hamilton School presents

Jason Kenney w/ BJ Wilbanks

SAT OCT 8 9 PM
$10 Adv – $12 Door
Doors @ 8 PM

Eventbrite - Jason Kenney w/ special guests

We are thrilled to welcome rising Americana artist Jason Kenney to the Red Light Café stage as part of the Frank Hamilton Concert Series! Jason is a real Georgia gem who has been compared to the intellect of Harry Chapin, the lightheartedness of Jim Croce and the intensity of Lyle Lovett. While he does not sound like any of these folks, he channels like them. He has that kind of insight and is tapped in to the same creative spigot. He’s that good.

BJ Wilbanks opens the show at 9pm.


An Evening of Rockabilly w/ Rhythm Dragons + Rockabilly Kitty Rose

SUN OCT 9 8 PM
$6 Adv – $8 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Eventbrite - An Evening of Rockabilly w/ Rhythm Dragons + Rockabilly Kitty Rose

Join us at Atlanta's Red Light Café for an evening of Rockabilly featuring Rhythm Dragons — the #1 Rockabilly band in Arizona infusing Swing, Punk, Jazz, Surf, Country and Americana — and Rockabilly Kitty Rose!


Atlanta Songwriters Club Meet Up

MON OCT 10 8 PM
$3 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Join us for the bi-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: Boolesque Spooktacular

TUE OCT 11 9 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 8 PM (ages 18+)

Eventbrite - Tease Tuesday Burlesque: Boolesque Spooktacular

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!


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED OCT 12 8:30 PM
NO COVER
Doors @ 7:30 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.


Ethan Fogus Album Release Party w/ andi. + Cortez Garza + Slow Parade

THU OCT 13 8:30 PM
$8 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Eventbrite - Ethan Fogus Album Release Party w/ andi. + Cortez Garza + Slow Parade

This special night celebrates Ethan Fogus’ latest record Southbound. Join us at the Red Light Café to celebrate with special guests andi. (Night Driving in Small Towns), Cortez Garza and Slow Parade.

This event is brought to you in part by The Sound Connector.


Last Pasties Standing: Loud & Proud

FRI OCT 14 9 PM
$15 Adv – $18 Door
Doors @ 8 PM (ages 18+)

Eventbrite - Last Pasties Standing: Loud & Proud

Sadie Hawkins presents Last Pasties Standing: a game of sultry (and silly) spontaneous striptease where you get to decide who moves on to the next round. A creative and sexy improv burlesque showdown, Last Pasties Standing is a burlesque game show in which two (8, actually) talented performers will enter, one will…. well, nobody will end up wearing much.

This edition will feature a playlist of pride anthems. 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!


'70s Songwriters Jam w/ Mark Michelson & Friends

SAT OCT 15 7:30 PM
$8 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 6:30 PM

Eventbrite - '70s Songwriters Jam w/ Mark Michelson & Friends

Join Mark Michelson & Friends as we jam to the music of Songwriters of the 70's including greatest hits by Carole King, Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Harry Chapin, Gordon Lightfoot, Rickie Lee Jones, Carly Simon, Billy Joel, Jim Croce, Todd Rundgren, Warren Zevon, Linda Rondstadt, John Denver, Elton John, Don McLean, Bob Dylan and more!

Musicians sign up here.


Refugee Camp Monday

MON OCT 17 8:30 PM
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Eventbrite - Refugee Camp Monday

Refugee Mondays provides an open ground for artists, visionaries, and revolutionist from all walks of life and all genres of art to connect with the free world! We feature extraordinary artists and bands who have a made an impact in their communities and amongst their followers — Positive Vibrations Only! #PEACEPEOPLE


Trio of the Tango Orchestra Club Atlanta

TUE OCT 18 8 PM
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Eventbrite - Trio of the Tango Orchestra Club Atlanta

An evening of live tango music and dancing featuring Howard Goldstein (violin), Todd Markey (bass), and Kristin Wendland (piano) with Will Scruggs (tenor saxophone) and special invited guest César Augusto (tenor).

Dancers are invited to the floor during all the live-music sets, and there will be a DJ spinning Golden Age dance music during the band breaks.


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED OCT 19 8:30 PM
NO COVER
Doors @ 7:30 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.


Sinséar: Green Grass Meets Bluegrass

THU OCT 20 8 PM
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Eventbrite - Sinséar: Green Grass Meets Bluegrass

Sinséar is an Irish-meets-Bluegrass fusion band that plays roots music with a unique blended sound that you won't find anywhere else in Atlanta making for a night of fun and a very lively show!


The 2nd Annual Spookeasy Electro Swing Atlanta

FRI OCT 21 9 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 8 PM

Eventbrite - The 2nd Annual Spookeasy Electro Swing Atlanta

Summer is over, pumpkin spice is in the air, and it's time to don our dreadful dresses and deadly dapper duds for the 2nd Annual Spookeasy! We're frightening the dance floor down and we'll need all you ghouls and ghosties to come out and play.

Featuring:

— Spooky steps and ghastly go go from Maisi Morningstar
— Haunted dancing and performances by Estella Zorn and Black Lotus
— The grand damme of the evening is none other than the Lady of Leggitude, Lola LeSoleil!
— A judged costume contest featuring special prize packages
— Music and MC from our resident DJ, Doctor Q


Mary and Friends! An Evening of Queer Performance

SAT OCT 22 9 PM
$15 Adv – $18 Door
Doors @ 8 PM (ages 18+)

Eventbrite - Mary and Friends! An Evening of Queer Performance

Come one, come all you friends of Mary! Join us for an evening showcasing queer performers from all over the South East! Keep the Atlanta Pride festivities going all month with this stellar lineup of performers.

Featuring:

Theresa Davis
May Hemmer
Diego Wolf
Edie Bellini
Lola Deveux
Silver Kitsune
Caprica Song
Annette Coquette
Valentina Tiggular


Atlanta Songwriters Club Meet Up

MON OCT 24 8 PM
$3 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Join us for the bi-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.


Reverend Hylton + Chilly Winds + Riley Pinkerton

TUE OCT 25 8 PM
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Eventbrite - Reverend Hylton + Chilly Winds + Riley Pinkerton

Tuesday October 25th is a night of great songwriters at Red Light Café. Two of Atlanta’s favorites, Reverend Hylton coming off of his Summer tour and Chilly Winds (Miguel Olascuaga of Atlanta’s Blood On The Harp). Joining them will be NYC songwriter Riley Pinkerton as she travels through Atlanta on her Fall tour.


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED OCT 26 8:30 PM
NO COVER
Doors @ 7:30 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.


Schneider & Mayfield w/ Jefferson Ross

THU OCT 27 8 PM
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Eventbrite - Schneider & Mayfield w/ Jefferson Ross

Songwriter / multi-instrumentalist Roy Schneider and harmonizer / accompanist Kim Mayfield bring their Southern-influenced folk, blues, country & rock together into a seamless genre, like a vibrant jubilee singing out on the banks of the Mississippi.

Southern folk artist Jefferson Ross is a songwriter, singer, guitar slinger and painter weaving stories for the ears and the eyes. An evening with Jefferson Ross is a homespun southern experience that you’re unlikely to forget.


A TDawg Presents Concert

Strung Like A Horse

FRI OCT 28 9 PM
$12 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 8 PM

Eventbrite - Strung Like A Horse

TDawg Presents is excited to reunite with old friends Strung Like A Horse for a night to get STRUNG at Red Light Café! If you've not allowed yourself a chance to witness a Strung Like A Horse performance, now's your chance!

These masters of their self-proclaimed gypsy punk-grass will have you stompin' & dancin' to their high energy and high octane moonshine infused music while displaying some incredible instrumentation throughout. The jams are infectious, and with surprise special guests always an option, this night promises to be one for the books! Feel free to get your freak on, as it's Halloween time!


Gettin’ Hitched Tour: Burlesquein' and Musicin' Across the Country

SAT OCT 29 9 PM
$12 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 8 PM (ages 18+)

Eventbrite - Gettin’ Hitched Tour: Burlesquein' and Musicin' Across the Country

Dan and Frankie are a recently-hitched vaudevillian power couple from Boise, Idaho. Their local show, Frankly Burlesque, plays to packed houses monthly. The dynamic chemistry between Dan's extensive musical prowess and Frankie's absurdist theater nerd create a sex-fueled, high-energy, low-brow chain reaction that audiences adore.


Art Amok Slam!

TUE NOV 1 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'!!!


Austin Piazzolla Quintet

WED NOV 2 7 PM
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 6 PM

Eventbrite - Austin Piazzolla Quintet

Hailed by critics as "one of the foremost tango ensembles in the country," Austin Piazzolla Quintet specializes in the intense and passionate Nuevo Tango music of the late Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla. APQ pushes the boundaries of tango music with their unique arrangements of Piazzolla's classic works, talented improvisations, and breathtaking original compositions.


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED NOV 2 9 PM
NO COVER
Doors @ 8:30 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.


The Pussywillows w/ special guests Gibson Wilbanks

THU NOV 3 8 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Eventbrite - The Pussywillows w/ special guests Gibson Wilbanks

The Frank Hamilton School is proud to present one of the hottest young acts on the Georgia music scene these days in The Pussywillows! Individually, Carly Gibson and Zale are exceptionally strong performers and songwriters; together, they are positively formidable. The Pussywillows, in short, are: sweet and savory; sultry and fresh; pure.

Kicking off the night is Gibson Wilbanks, also featuring Carly Gibson with BJ Wilbanks. These two have combined their considerable songwriting and musical skills to create the unique and popular Southern bluesy sound that helped them to win the coveted songwriter’s open mic competitions at Eddie’s Attic and Eddie Owen Presents @ Red Clay Theatre.


The Sledgehammers (Peter Gabriel Tribute Band)

FRI NOV 4 8 PM
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Eventbrite - The Sledgehammers (Peter Gabriel Tribute Band)

The Sledgehammers — Atlanta's best Peter Gabriel tribute band — plays Red Light Cafe! Come hear all your favorite PG tunes, and some you might not have heard before, played by some stellar musicians.

Featuring: J.T. Alessi (gtr, vox), Matthew Smith (gtr, vox), Adrian Ash (bass), James Burr (percussion), Keys Todd (keys), Heidi Pollyea (vox), Bill Sommer (drums), Jason Passmore (sax), and more!


The Men's Room: Gentlemen, Quarterly

SAT NOV 5 9 PM
$15 Adv – $18 Door
Doors @ 8:30 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!


Windstorm Productions presents

California Guitar Trio

FRI DEC 16 8:30 PM
$20 Adv – $25 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Eventbrite - California Guitar Trio

Celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, the California Guitar Trio will bring their holiday show to Atlanta's Red Light Café, presented by Windstorm Productions. Since 1991, California Guitar Trio has enthralled listeners with a singular sound that fearlessly crisscrosses genres. The trio’s questing spirit drives it to explore the intersections between rock, jazz, classical, and world music. It even throws in the occasional surf or spaghetti Western tune for good measure.