Oakland Cemetery will come alive musically, June 8 from 1-8p for the 3rd annual Tunes from the Tombs music festival. This fundraising event features musicians performing in and among Oakland’s extraordinary monuments, mausoleums and renowned gardens. All genres of music will be represented: rock, folk, Americana, jazz, classical, and everything in between.
Tickets are available at Ticket Alternative.com. Adults are $10 online, or $15 at the gate.
Children ages 4-12 are $5 (3 and under are free). More info at oaklandcemetery.com.
To soothe your spirits, Tunes from the Tombs will have plenty of beer and wine. Local Atlanta food trucks will be serving a variety of tasty festival fare. Festival attendees can also take a complimentary guided mini-tour, or have their fortunes read by Atlanta’s own, Robyn Avalon.
The Festival Line-Up and Schedule:
Creative Loafing Lion Square Stage
6:15pm – Blair Crimmins and the Hookers – New Orleans roots/Americana/swing
5pm – 4th Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra – jazz
4pm – The Bonaventure Quartet (featuring Amy Pike) – jazz/swing
3pm – Bird City Revolutionaries – reggae
2pm – The Breeze Kings – blues
1pm – Caroline and the Ramblers – rockabilly
Scoutmob North Public Grounds Stage
6:30pm – Rod Hamdallah – blues/rockabilly
5:30pm – Slim Chance and the Convicts – Americana/alt.country
4:30pm – The Deadfields – Americana
3:30pm – Rolling Nowhere – Americana/alt.country/roots rock
2:30pm – Little Country Giants – folk/Americana
1:30pm – Spanky and the Love Handles – New Orleans delta blues
Other performances throughout Oakland on smaller vignette stages:
Wasted Potential Brass Band – jazz / standards / busking & stage
6pm – Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers – shape note singing
Parking is $5 at the Grady Health Systems Parking Lot located behind the King Memorial MARTA station on Grant Street, and in the Oakland Cemetery Parking Lot. In keeping with Historic Oakland Foundation’s green initiative, festival attendees are encouraged to ride MARTA to the King Memorial Station.
***Bring blanket or lawn chair. No coolers or outside food allowed. Dogs are not allowed due to Atlanta City ordinance.
About Historic Oakland Cemetery
Oakland Cemetery is a 48-acre Victorian-style garden cemetery founded in 1850. It is one of the largest park spaces and significant cultural sites in metro Atlanta. Among the approximately 70,000 interred at Oakland are: Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell and golf great Bobby Jones, 27 former Atlanta mayors including Maynard Jackson, six former governors, the unmarked graves of paupers, Confederate and Union soldiers, a Jewish section, and an African American section. The grounds of the cemetery are an example of the 19th-century landscape idea of a cemetery-park and provide an ideal setting for its profusion of Victorian cemetery art. Historic Oakland Foundation was founded in 1976, the same year Oakland was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Foundation partners with the City of Atlanta to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery with the public as an important cultural resource and an island of tranquility in the heart of the city. For more information about donations, tours, events, and other ways to support Oakland, please visit.