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 live entertainment and music venue 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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Tall As Pine + How and Why + Katie Martin

FRI • SEP 21 • 8 PM
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

A night of sweet-tea infused local indie folk, soul and rock with Tall As Pine, How and Why, and Katie Martin.


Por el Amor de Goth presented by Tied and Tasseled Fetish Cabaret

SAT • SEP 22 • 10 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 9 PM (ages 18+)

Come get Goth with us! Tied and Tasseled Fetish Cabaret presents Por el Amor de Goth at Atlanta's Red Light Café. Attendees are encouraged to dress in Goth attire.


The Tannahill Weavers: 50th Anniversary Tour

SUN • SEP 23 • 7:30 PM
$25 Advance
$30 Day of Show
Doors @ 6:30 PM

Windstorm Productions presents The Tannahill Weavers — one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better... yet continue to do just that.

With the band's 50th anniversary in 2018, they are firmly established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage. From reflective ballads to footstomping reels and jigs, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.


Atlanta Songwriters Club Meet Up

MON • SEP 24 • 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.


Sweet Knievel w/ The Away Team

TUE • SEP 25 • 8 PM
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Sweet Knievel is a jam band that explores various genres, featuring Jonathan Brill (JGBCB), Gershone Hendelberg (Dubconscious), Jay Hoots (Bird Dog Jubilee), and Evan Sarver (Heather Gillis Band). Performing for the first time in 3 years.

The Away Team is a side project of members of Under the Porch, featuring Michael Blair and Ayinde Bryant.


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED • SEP 26 • 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.


The Currys

THU • SEP 27 • 8 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Brought together by family ties and a shared appreciation for folk, rock, and roots music, The Currys are an Americana trio featuring brothers Jimmy and Tommy and cousin Galen Curry. Like many family groups, their songs are anchored by the sort of elastic, entwined harmonies that only seem to exist among kin. On their second record, West of Here, their songwriting chops match those interlocking voices, with all three members contributing songs to an album that deals with the constant search for home.


The Extraordinary Contraptions CD Release Party w/ Fable Cry + more!

FRI • SEP 28 • 8 PM
$9 Adv – $12 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Join Atlanta's trans-dimensional rockers, The Extraordinary Contraptions, along with special guest Fable Cry, some of Atlanta's best slam puppeteers, and more surprises as they celebrate the release of The Contraptions' long-awaited 4th album.


Doraville Arts Theater Reunion

SAT • SEP 29 • 6:30 PM
$30 Adv / Door
Doors @ 6 PM

Come celebrate the years we spent on stage with the Doraville Arts Theatre with Jim Ray-James.

If you have videos of performances and are willing to bring them please let Nancy know via email at nancy_a_sings@yahoo.com.

We will have a table set up for pictures, programs, and other memorabilia if you would like to bring your items to share.

For those that are needing a hotel, The Highland Inn is a 5 min Uber ride to Red Light Cafe and was recommended by Ellen (former DAT member and owner of the Red Light Cafe).


Vocalist Eileen Howard, is joined by internationally renowned pianist Kenny Banks, performing songs by two of America’s most iconic composers: Harold Arlen and Hoagie Carmichael. Songs like 'Old Black Magic', 'Georgia on my Mind', 'Come Rain or Come Shine', 'I’ve Got the World on a String' and, of course, 'Stardust' and 'Over the Rainbow', will be woven together with funny tidbits about those crazy cats who wrote and performed the songs back in the heyday of the Sing Era. Swing, Latin and ballads — the dance floor will be open! Also featuring musical greats, Craig “Shawboxx” Shaw on bass, Justin Chesarek on drums and Matt Miller on sax.


SIMONA MINNS: 'A Hunger Artist' (jazz / rock / world / original)

MON • OCT 1 • 8:30 PM
$15 Adv – $20 Door
Doors @ 7:45 PM

Simona Minns is a New York based jazz vocalist, touring artist, composer and artistic director originally from Lithuania, while visiting Atlanta for teaching workshops at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, she is going to show at Red Light Cafe on October 1st, 2018. Along with Atlanta's local talents such as Shawboxx Shaw on bass & Emrah Kotan on drums, at Red Light Cafe they will be presenting a selection of her jazz arrangements and original compositions where classic rock, world and jazz styles are blended. Simona's style is known for its unique theatrical flavor, genre-bending, and virtuosic vocal scat improvisation. Her latest work, “A Hunger Artist," blends haunting vocals with elements of Lithuanian folk, vaudeville and even rock music to convey the narrative of Franz Kafka's short story by the same title.

Classically trained on Lithuanian zither, Simona earned her BA in jazz vocals at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater. Shortly after receiving the European Touring Scholarship, she moved to the United States to study at Berklee College of Music where she majored in Contemporary Composition and Production. She received the Berklee Outstanding Jazz Vocalist Award and regularly performs and presents workshops in the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. In 2017 Simona founded a contemporary performance company, Syntheater, which brings her compositions to life through modern dance. Besides performing and directing, Simona composes for drama plays, string quartets, orchestras, jazz combo, big bands, and non-traditional instrumental settings. 

Musicians: Simona Minns (vocals/zither), Isaiah Hill (piano), Shawboxx Shaw (bass), Emrah Kotan (drums).


Art Amok Slam

TUE • OCT 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'!!!


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED • OCT 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.


Burlesque Karaoke presented by The Candybox Revue

THU • OCT 4 • 8 PM
$10 Adv – $15 Door
Doors @ 7:30 PM (ages 21+)

Come turn the mic on while we take it off at Burlesque Karaoke! Sing your favorite jams while the amazing burlesque dancers of The Candybox Revue perform LIVE to your voice (or that of your reluctant friend)!

EVERYONE is welcome!

This is an incredible entertainment mashup, where you get to have all the fun of karaoke, while watching the amazing sexy talent of burlesque dancers ALL COMBINED INTO ONE! Bring your $dolla-dolla$ bills to show our performers your appreciation for their improvisational skills!

Vocal warmup starts at 8pm and burlesque performers hit the stage at 9pm.


Laugh Because You Can: ALS Fundraiser Comedy Show presented by Jerry Farber

FRI • OCT 5 • 8:30 PM
$20 Suggested Donation
Doors @ 7:30 PM

Join us for a evening of comedy and music to benefit people living with ALS. Performers include Jerry Farber, Kevin Copeland, Ray Rockman, and more, with special guest, from Sig Samuel Cleaners, Adam Collins, and most special guest Kip Heinzmann, an ALS warrior.


Maria Muldaur

SAT • OCT 6 • 8 PM
$25 Adv – $30 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Maria Muldaur is best known world-wide for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” which received several Grammy nominations, and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere; but despite her considerable pop music success, her 50-year career could best be described a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. During the folk revival of the early '60s, she began exploring and singing early Blues, Bluegrass and Appalachian “Old Timey” Music, beginning her recording career in 1963 with the Even Dozen Jug Band and shortly thereafter, joining the very popular Jim Kweskin Jug Band, touring and recording with them throughout the '60s.

In the 40 years since “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria has toured extensively worldwide and has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots Music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band (not to mention several award-winning children’s albums). She has now settled comfortably into her favorite idiom, the Blues. Often joining forces with some of the top names in the business, Maria has recorded and produced on-average an album per year, several of which have been nominated for Grammies and other awards.


Samuel J Comroe LIVE: Stand-up Comedian from America's Got Talent

SUN • OCT 7 • 7 PM
$20 Adv – $25 Door
Doors @ 6 PM

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Samuel J Comroe, stand-up comedian and contestant on the current season of America’s Got Talent, comes into Atlanta for one night only to perform with some of his comic friends from LA.

This show is all-ages, but there may be adult language.


Samuel J Comroe LIVE (9:30 SHOW): Stand-up Comedian from America's Got Talent

SUN • OCT 7 • 9:30 PM
$20 Adv – $25 Door
Doors @ 9 PM

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Samuel J Comroe, stand-up comedian and contestant on the current season of America’s Got Talent, comes into Atlanta for one night only to perform with some of his comic friends from LA.

This show is all-ages, but there may be adult language.


Samuel J Comroe LIVE: Stand-up Comedian from America's Got Talent (Monday 7:30pm)

MON • OCT 8 • 7:30 PM
$25 Adv – $30 Door
Doors @ 7 PM

Samuel J Comroe, stand-up comedian and contestant on the current season of America’s Got Talent, comes into Atlanta for one night only to perform with some of his comic friends from LA.

This show is all-ages, but there may be adult language.


Tease Tuesday Burlesque: Boolesque Spooktacular

TUE • OCT 9 • 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!

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


Jazz Jam w/ the Gordon Vernick Quartet

WED • OCT 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.


Diane Durrett & Soul Suga LIVE w/ Sassy's Burlesque Pride Event

FRI • OCT 12 • 8 PM
$20 Adv – $25 Door
Doors @ 7 PM (ages 18+)

Kick off Pride weekend with Atlanta's Soulstress, Diane Durrett & Soul Suga's live concert. Sassy's Burlesque dancers will be showing up sexy and showing out to celebrate Pride in full burlesque style!


Charlie Hunter Trio

SAT • NOV 17 • 7 PM
$15 Adv – $20 Door
Doors @ 6 PM

With a career spanning 25 years and almost 20 albums, Charlie Hunter consistently ups his game as an innovative writer and bandleader. He has worked with the likes of Norah Jones, Mos Def, John Mayer, D’Angelo and countless others. He is widely considered the authority on the seven and eight - string guitar, and continues to stun audiences with his ability to simultaneously bust out tasty bass parts, melodic leads and swinging rhythms.

Joining Charlie for his Atlanta performance will be Dara Tucker (vocals) and Keita Ogawa (percussion).