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Tunes From the Tombs

Event Date:

Saturday, June 13 at 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Headliner Matthew Sweet rounds out the lineup of local acts.

Headliner Matthew Sweet rounds out the lineup of local acts.

Boasting a locals-only lineup, Historic Oakland Cemetery’s summertime music festival Tunes From the Tombs returns for its fifth year on Saturday, June 13. Festival headliner Matthew Sweet will top a day of genre-spanning performances from some of the south’s best bands.

“For the first time in Tunes history, all-local artists will grace each of our stages, which is a special milestone for Oakland,” said Mary Woodlan, director of special events at Historic Oakland Foundation. “Tunes is the perfect way to spend a summer day in Atlanta, at a one-of-a-kind venue with an unbeatable price.”

With deep roots in the Athens music scene, Matthew Sweet tops a roster filled with Georgia- and Atlanta-based musicians, including: Michelle Malone Band, Little Tybee, Eliot Bronson, Blair Crimmins and the Hookers, Sweet Auburn String Band, Caleb Warren and the Perfect Gentlemen, Blood On the Harp, Sourwood Honey, Max & Maggie, Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers, Bonaventure Quartet, Octave and more.

Sweet’s 1991 breakout album, Girlfriend, cemented him as a figure in the burgeoning Athens rock scene and spawned hits including “Girlfriend,” “Divine Intervention” and “Evangeline.”  In addition to homegrown musicians, Tunes will feature bites from Atlanta’s favorite food trucks.

Beginning April 8, Historic Oakland Foundation Members receive early access to a special $100 Rock In Peace (RIP) package that includes:

  • Access to private restrooms
  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Two drink tickets
  • Gift pack including a commemorative t-shirt, limited-edition poster and koozie

General admission tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the gates. General admission and RIP tickets go on sale to non-members on April 15.

Tunes From the Tombs runs from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and gates open at noon. This is a rain or shine event, and lineup is subject to change. No outside food, drink or coolers permitted. Attendees are allowed to bring blankets and low beach chairs only.

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All proceeds from Tunes From the Tombs benefit Historic Oakland Foundation’s preservation efforts for Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta’s oldest burial ground and most tangible link to the city’s past.