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 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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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)


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!


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

SUN • JAN 21 • 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 are Madison Erceg, Nick Murphy, Ian Aber, Julie Osbourne, Nick Alexander, Travis Jones, Piper Ruhmkorff, Hayley Ellman, Plug Chapman, and Trey Dunn.


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.


Deuces are Wild: Lexi Street & Ben Friedman w/ Marla Torgerson

THU • JAN 25 • 8 PM
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Lexi Street shares the stage with Ben Friedman (Cigar Store Indians) for an evening of songs and the stories behind them with special guest, Vancouver's urban ingenue, Marla Torgerson.


Welcome to 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!!!


Love is Good, Even When It's Bad: AD2 + Open the Skye

SAT • JAN 27 • 8 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Come be entertained by popular duo, AD2 (Angela Durden and Alan Dynin). Open the Skye open for AD2.


Justin Sams Band w/ Josh Merritt + Martin Joseph

SUN • JAN 28 • 8 PM
$7 Adv – $12 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

An evening of Southern Rock and Americana with Justin Sams Band, Kentucky's Josh Merritt, and Martin Joseph.


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.


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED • JAN 31 • 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.


Prayer Requests: A Stand-Up Comedy Cry for Help

THU • FEB 1 • 8:30 PM
$5 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 8 PM

A stand-up comedy show featuring the best comics from Atlanta and beyond featuring Andrew Markle, Katie Hughes, Dedrick Flynn and Michael Rowland with headliner Ian Aber. Hosted by Katherine Blanford and Powell Mansfield, who could for sure use your prayers.


Hip v Swag 8

SAT • FEB 3 • 8 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Hip v Swag is back with your favorite underground hipsters! The line up includes some of the best talent in all of Atlanta:

Amanda Marks
Lisa Osborne
Anwar Osborne
Aram Martinez
Dedrick Flynn
Andrew George
and more!

And featuring DJ Serengeti Yeti on the 1s and 2s.


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.


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED • FEB 7 • 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.


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

THU • FEB 8 • 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.

NOTE: This is a one-off Thursday Art Amok Slam. We'll return to our regularly scheduled first-Tuesday-of-the-month shows in March!


Atlanta Magic Night! w/ Jim Leach + Debbie Leifer + Dan Garrett

FRI • FEB 9 • 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 Jim Leach, featuring Debbie Leifer, and headliner Dan Garrett.


Atlanta Songwriters Club Meet Up

MON • FEB 12 • 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: Hearts & Heartbreakers w/ special guest Franki Markstone

TUE • FEB 13 • 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!

This month's Hearts & Heartbreakers show features Bodacious Bisexual and Touring Burlesque and Sideshow Showgirl Franki Markstone!

VIP tickets are limited and include front row seats and gift bags.


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED • FEB 14 • 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.


Fleetwood Mac Jam w/ BadAsh Allstar Team

FRI • FEB 16 • 8 PM
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Join the Badash Allstar Team for a jam of one of rock's most iconic bands: Fleetwood Mac! We'll start the night off with about 2 hours of Fleetwood Mac, and then open up the stage for a couple of hours of open jam.


Bob Dylan Jam w/ Mark Michelson & Friends

SAT • FEB 17 • 8 PM
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

It's time once again to celebrate the songs of Bob Dylan. Join us the evening of February 17th, for select performances by some of Atlanta's best bands and performers at The Red Light Cafe. Proceeds from this event will help raise funds for the Lake Claire Community Land Trust.

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


Super Happy Funtime! A Live Band Burlesque + Circus + Comedy Show

SUN • FEB 25 • 9 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 8 PM (ages 18+)

Super Happy Funtime is a live band / burlesque / circus troupe that has been touring the country for nearly a decade. A show that must be seen to be believed; Super Happy Funtime presents a stage show of sexy striptease and burlesque, bawdy comedy, circus stunts and feats, and high energy live music that all wraps up in one big ball to create a show that gives Rocky Horror a run for its money. Live band, burlesque, a snide and scathing emcee, acrobats and aerialists, and a 350lb male stripper; come see the show.


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.”


Tainted Cabaret in Atlanta!

FRI • MAR 23 • 9 PM
$15 Adv – $20 Door – $30 VIP
Doors @ 8 PM (ages 18+)

Burlesque! Boylesque! Ballyhoo! It's the Tainted Cabaret starring Ula Uberbusen, James & the Giant Pasty, Miss Ekaterina & Wilfredo. With Special Guest Sadie Hawkins!

Tainted Cabaret brings together four phenomenal acts direct from New York City's booming variety scene for an adults only variety extravaganza you'll never forget! Weird, wonderful and totally inspirational, Tainted Cabaret is a place where the worlds of burlesque, sideshow, circus and comedy come together to create an unforgettable, feel-good, live entertainment experience. A great night out simply doesn't get better - or sexier! - than this.


HT presents THE FUNNY 2

FRI • APR 6 • 8 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

HT presents The Funny 2: Another comic showcase with Carlos Valencia, Liz Brody, Lance Burson, Cassius Creflo, Amanda Marks, Dora Monica, Chelcie Rice, Helen Sexton, Vannessa Stover, and Keith Vance. Special guest for the evening is Jerry Farber with your host, and backing band, HT and The Kind.