Clint Eastwood is no stranger to Atlanta and is quite the man about town whenever he’s here.
He filmed the 2016 film “Sully,” with Tom Hanks, largely in Atlanta, and was spotted hanging out at the downtown Meehan’s at the time. The 2012 baseball movie “Trouble With the Curve,” with Justin Timberlake, Amy Adams and John Goodman, filmed here and elsewhere in Georgia. We were told at the time that he’d stand in line at craft services and dine with the crew at mealtime – no hiding out in his trailer.
Now he’s back for “The 15:17 to Paris,” about the Americans who thwarted a terrorist attack on a train bound for Paris in 2015. It’s based on the nonfiction book by the same title by Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone.
Whenever he’s in Atlanta there’s one guy Eastwood hangs out with: big-band jazz musician Joe Gransden, an acclaimed musician who has performed at high profile events such as theNational Black Arts Festival gala, Atlanta Jazz Festival and Swan House Ball. You can catch Joe and his 16-piece band at 8 p.m. every Tuesday at Venkman’s, 40 Ralph McGill Blvd. in the Old Fourth Ward area. He also takes the stage at Cafe 290 on the regular. Check their web site for upcoming shows.
Eastwood caught Joe’s show at Venkman’s on July 25. Wonder if he’ll be back in the audience Aug. 1? Either way it’ll be a great show – we’ve seen Joe and his band many times and they’re always fantastic.
Here’s a video of Joe in action at a past gig!