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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International Pop Overthrow ATLANTA: Day 1

FRI DEC 2 7 PM
$10 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 6 PM

Eventbrite - International Pop Overthrow ATLANTA: Day 1

International Pop Overthrow (or IPO, as it has affectionately become known) is storming into Atlanta for our sixth year, from December 2nd through 4th, with all shows to be held at Red Light Café! IPO Atlanta features over 20 of the best pop and rock bands from Atlanta and beyond!

Here's the super stellar lineup for Day One:

7:30 — Pelicans and Their Allies
8:15 — Steve Baskin
9:00 — Matt Brown (of Uncle Green) and Friends
9:45 — The Shut-Ups
10:30 — Paul Melancon & the New Insecurities
11:15 — The Soogs
12:00 — The Stoplight Roses


Lux de Ville Handbags Trunk Show

SAT DEC 3
12 PM — 3 PM

Lux de Ville is back in ATLANTA again!

This special surprise trunk show will have LIMITED NUMBERS of our new handbag styles in all new colors! Come and rub up against the new and Restocked Glittery Loot while enjoying $5 Mimosas and $6 Bellinis and Bloody Marys!


International Pop Overthrow ATLANTA: Day 2

SAT DEC 3 7 PM
$10 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 6 PM

Eventbrite - International Pop Overthrow ATLANTA: Day 2

International Pop Overthrow (or IPO, as it has affectionately become known) is storming into Atlanta for our sixth year, from December 2nd through 4th, with all shows to be held at Red Light Café! IPO Atlanta features over 20 of the best pop and rock bands from Atlanta and beyond!

Here's the super stellar lineup for Day Two:

7:30 — Tony Low
8:15 — Chris McKay
9:00 — Brent Daniel
9:45 — The Raves
10:30 — Netherglades
11:15 — Kenny Howes & The Wow
12:00 — Ray Dafrico & His Band


Ben Farmer’s Music Student Open Mic Fall 2016

SUN DEC 4 2:30 PM
NO COVER
Doors @ 2 PM

Musician Ben Farmer curates a mix of Rock and Pop songs performed with his music students in this showcase of local talent.


International Pop Overthrow ATLANTA: Day 3

SUN ✦ DEC 4 ✦ 6 PM
$10 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 5 PM

Eventbrite - International Pop Overthrow ATLANTA: Day 3

International Pop Overthrow (or IPO, as it has affectionately become known) is storming into Atlanta for our sixth year, from December 2nd through 4th, with all shows to be held at Red Light Café! IPO Atlanta features over 20 of the best pop and rock bands from Atlanta and beyond!

Here's the super stellar lineup for Day Three:

6:00 — Lord High Admirals
6:45 — Fairshake
7:30 — After California
8:15 — Orange Hat
9:00 — Golden Eels
9:45 — What The…?
10:30 — The Joe & Joe Show


Art Amok Slam!

TUE DEC 6 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 DEC 7 8:30 PM
NO COVER
Doors @ 8:00 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.


Eventbrite - Flamenco feat. Vicente Griego + Cristian Puig + Emrah Kotan + Julie Moon + Luciana Araujo

The Flamenco tablao returns to Red Light Café! In the spirit of back rooms and taverns of southern Spain, this showcase of Flamenco is raw, unrehearsed, and fully improvised to create an electricity that audiences say sends chills through the air and brings tears to the eyes. It's a night of live guitar, singing, and percussive dance featuring the elite Flamenco artists of Atlanta and the U.S.A.

Featuring:

Cristian Puig — guitar and vocals
Vicente Griego — vocals
Emrah Kotan — percussion
Erica Poole — dance
Luciana Aurujo — dance
Julie Moon — dance


Jerry Farber presents

Jokes & Notes: An Evening of Comedy & Music

FRI DEC 9 8:30 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Eventbrite - Jokes & Notes: An Evening of Comedy & Music

Jerry Farber presents an evening of comedy and music featuring comedians Joel Byars ("Hot Breath!" Podcast), Dan Glazer ("Comics on Parole" Web TV Show), Ande Marks, Spacey Christina and Jerry Farber himself followed with music performed by Suspended Animation featuring Mitch Hamburger, Andrew James and Franklin Vincent Cox III.


The Chalfonts w/ Lexi Street

SAT DEC 10 8:30 PM
$10 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

The Chalfonts is a Surf Punk Garage Alt Party Rock band loosely based in the Atlanta area. Wherever we play, a good time is had by all. Especially by us.

Lexi Street opens the show at 8:30pm.


Music Student Showcase

SUN DEC 11 3 PM
NO COVER
Doors @ 2 PM

Young Performers Music Student Showcase, presented by Rock N Roll Music Lessons. A special event for our music students to perform on stage in a real music venue! Many students will be performing their favorite rock and pop songs on guitar, bass, ukulele, piano and/or singing.


Luxotica Lounge Cabaret

SUN DEC 11 9 PM
$12 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 8 PM (ages 18+)

Eventbrite - Luxotica Lounge Cabaret

Luxotica Lounge Cabaret is a lush burlesque show featuring stunning striptease talent, with a twist. Enjoy a little circus and a lot of seduction, set to exotic original tunes performed live, that turns classic cabaret on it's head. Featuring the internationally touring Whirlwind with the Crimson Grin, Vivacious Miss Audacious, bump and grind bombshell Gurl Haggard of the Rocket Doll Revue and the vintage goddess Anytime Jones of Blue Belles Burlesque fame, along with local guest stars. The swinging 4-piece band is headed by knife juggling, saxophone wunderkind, Eli Wilson.

As vibrant as your favorite technicolor tiki cocktail, Luxotica treats you to an evening of gals, games and high energy hip swinging replete with tassel twirling, hoop dance, fire eating, acrobatics and just enough audience participation to get you hooked.


Atlanta Songwriters Club Meet Up

MON DEC 12 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: Naughty or Nice

TUE DEC 13 9 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 8 PM (ages 18+)

Eventbrite - Tease Tuesday Burlesque: Naughty or Nice

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 DEC 14 8:30 PM
NO COVER
Doors @ 8:00 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.


Bluegrass Pickin' Party: Holiday Edition

THU DEC 15 6 PM
NO COVER
Doors @ 6 PM

Grab a fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, dobro, upright bass, and come on down for our Holiday Bluegrass Pickin' Party! Or just bring yourself and enjoy some dinner, a craft beer or a specialty drink and soak in some of the best damn bluegrass jammin' in Atlanta. It’s an evening of Americana festivity at its finest.

We'll have pickin' in the back, by the bar, and even a few mics setup on stage for a showcase or two.


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.


Lennon Jones Band w/ Ben Wade Band

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

Eventbrite - Lennon Jones Band w/ Ben Wade Band

Lennon Jones Band is a power-trio that fuses elements of classic rock and jazz tinged instrumentals with textured songwriter-based tunes, delivered with dynamic improvisational feels performed in tight, technical arrangements.

Ben Wade Band kicks things off at 8pm.


Guitar Shed's Second Annual Winter Recital

SUN DEC 18 6 PM
$5 Door
Doors @ 5:30 PM

Join us for our 2nd annual Winter Recital! Featuring students age 5 to 65 playing a wide variety of instruments and styles. Music begins at 6 pm with the youngest students performing first. Individual performances will be followed by a performance from our Guitar Ensemble and Adult Band.


IATSE Local 927 Holiday Party

MON DEC 19 6 PM
NO COVER
Doors @ 5 PM

The IATSE Local 927 Holiday Party returns to Red Light Café! This is a free event put on by the local as a token of appreciation for the work their members do all year long. It is a chance to get together outside of work and to celebrate the season and the things that bring us together.

"We use words like brother and sister because our labor union is a family. Each of us chose to be a member, to be part of this organization. This is our local. Please come out and celebrate with us. The party is pot luck so feel free to bring some food to share. There is also some food and drink provided so you do not have to bring anything but yourself."


John Kadlecik Solo Acousti-Lectric

TUE DEC 20 8:30 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 8 PM

Eventbrite - John Kadlecik Solo Acousti-Lectric

John Kadlecik — founding member of Dark Star Orchestra and current member of Phil Lesh & Friends and Furthur — performs a special solo acousti-lectric show at Atlanta's Red Light Café on Tuesday, December 20th.

Jonathan Brill (band leader for the Jerry Garcia Band Cover Band) opens the show at 8:30pm.


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED DEC 21 8:30 PM
NO COVER
Doors @ 8:00 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 Brookses Christmas Special

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

Eventbrite - The Brookses Christmas Special

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


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED DEC 28 8:30 PM
NO COVER
Doors @ 8:00 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.


Common Difference w/ Ivory Williams + Lahar

THU DEC 29 8 PM
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Eventbrite - Common Difference w/ Ivory Williams + Lahar

Come join us at Red Light Cafe for a night of soulful indie rock and singer/songwriter magic with performances by Common Difference, Ivory Williams, and Lahar.


cheer! + Folk Is People w/ Strangerwolf + Lea Lea

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

Eventbrite - cheer! + Folk Is People w/ Strangerwolf + Lea Lea

Red Light Café is excited to host a New Year's Eve's Eve show featuring Atlanta's cheer! with Jacksonville, Florida's Folk is People and Strangerwolf! Singer / songwriter Lea Lea opens the show at 8pm, followed by cheer! and Strangerwolf with Folk is People closing out the evening.


Speakeasy Electro Swing Atlanta presents

The Gilded Age Gala

SAT DEC 31 8 PM
Doors @ 7 PM

$30 Adv — General Admission ($25 if ordering 2 or more tickets)
$50 Adv — VIP Admission
$40 Door — Day-of-Show Admission

Eventbrite - The Gilded Age Gala

Well there lads and ladies, it's time to say beat it to the old year and get a wiggle on to the new! That's right dolls and gents, we're classing up the usual juice joint and ringing in the New Year in style. This party is going to be the cat's pajamas, complete with food, live music, dance instruction, and flappers galore! Complete with your very own flute of giggle water to ring in the new year, all with your admission. It'll be the bee's knees, so don't miss out!

Featuring:

— Live music from Suzy & the Peels
— Dancing and special performances from Ada Manzhart and other special guests
— Featured entertainment from Creative Loafing's Best Dance Troupe of 2016, the Candybox Revue, including Talloolah Love, Annette Coquette, and Sin Tillating!
— Dance instruction during the first hour from Down South Swing
— Hors d'Oeuvres & Champagne Toast at Midnight Included
— Music and MC from our resident DJ, Doctor Q

ALL THAT, and we're even offering special VIP seating complete with a special gift bag!

FORMAL DRESS CODE REQUIRED (suit with dress shoes or knee to floor length dress with heels, dance shoes in place of normal footwear permitted.)

Doors open at 7pm, Dance Lessons start at 8pm, Entertainment to follow afterwards.


Art Amok Slam!

TUE JAN 3 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 JAN 4 8:30 PM
NO COVER
Doors @ 8:00 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.


Vinyl Night — A Meet Up to Spin, Trade, Listen, Dance

SUN JAN 8 8 PM
NO COVER
Doors @ 7:30 PM

VINYL NIGHT is a gathering for vinyl enthusiasts to meet up with other collectors, curators and vinyl heads to trade, sell and swap from their collections. Your host, Josh Thane, will be spinning throughout the evening from everyone's wax caches.

Come hang out and listen / dance to rare finds, trade some of your own, and enjoy a craft beer or cocktail (or two).


Atlanta Songwriters Club Meet Up

MON JAN 9 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: 3rd Anniversary Show

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

Eventbrite - Tease Tuesday Burlesque: 3rd Anniversary Show

Syrens of the South is excited to be celebrating our third 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!


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED JAN 11 8:30 PM
NO COVER
Doors @ 8:00 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.


Last Pasties Standing

FRI JAN 13 9 PM
$15 Adv – $18 Door
Doors @ 8 PM (ages 18+)

Eventbrite - Last Pasties Standing

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.

Stay tuned for more details on this edition... it'll be a night of spur-of-the-moment striptease and silly, sexy fun!


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED JAN 18 8:30 PM
NO COVER
Doors @ 8:00 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.


Tango Orchestra Club Atlanta

THU JAN 19 8 PM
$12 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Eventbrite - Tango Orchestra Club Atlanta

An evening of live tango music and dancing featuring Howard Goldstein (violin), Will Scruggs (tenor saxophone), Todd Markey (bass), Kristin Wendland (piano), and César Augusto (tenor). Dancers are invited to the floor during the live-music sets, and we will play Golden Age dance music during the band breaks.


An Evening with Peter Case

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

Eventbrite - An Evening with 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. Nathan Bell opens the show.


UltraFaux + 9 String Theory

THU JAN 26 8 PM
$15 Adv – $20 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Eventbrite - UltraFaux + 9 String Theory

With Romani, Sinti, Musette, Swing Manouche, Funk, Blues, and Dixieland influences, Baltimore's UltraFaux is an acoustic powerhouse of two guitars and upright bass trading dazzling leads and harmonizing together on rich gypsy-inspired melodies.

Atlanta's 9 String Theory — the unique musical collaboration of domra virtuoso Angelina Galashenkova-Reed and award-winning classical guitarist John Huston — performs music of great variety and intense virtuosity, evoking musical traditions both ancient and modern, sharing with audiences the world’s diverse musical culture. Tonight featuring the tangos of Astor Piazzolla.


Charlie Hunter Trio

WED FEB 8 7 PM
$15 Adv – $20 Door
Doors @ 6 PM

Eventbrite - Charlie Hunter Trio

Charlie Hunter really deserves his own category because he has had to actually invent guitars to match his vision. When the Berkeley-High-School graduate emerged on San Francisco stages in the 1990s using an 8-string guitar on which he simultaneously played bass, chords and leads, he seemed almost freakish, but that impression was quickly tempered by a profound musicality that brought him deep respect on the international scene.

Now, having released close to 40 albums either as a leader or sideman, he's reuniting with longtime musical companion, drummer Scott Amendola – also a product of the '90s Bay Area jazz-funk ferment – for a show with a new addition: cornetist Kirk Knuffke, who has rocketed to the top of the New York scene thanks to an ear-turning style that is distinctly 21st century while drawing on the frenetic power of the be-boppers. The diverse stylistic DNA of these three players makes them highly suited to their plan for the Spoonbar – exploring the music of Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Hank Williams, the Cars, and others. The audience will have to strap in for this one.