Saturday, June 13 at 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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.
A special $100 Rock In Peace (RIP) package that includes:
- Access to private, air conditioned restrooms
- Opportunity to mingle with Tunes From the Tombs performers in green room area
- Complimentary catering from Doc Chey’s Noodle House & The Republic Social House
- Two drink tickets (good for beer, wine or soft drinks)
- FREE parking (show parking attendant your ticket confirmation from TicketAlternative)
- Gift pack including a commemorative Tunes From the Tombs 2015 t-shirt, limited-edition poster and koozie, Oakland Cemetery self-guided tour map, and cemetery symbolism bookmark
- Complimentary Historic Oakland Foundation individual membership ($40 value), or complimentary HOF membership renewal if you’re already a member.
General admission tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 at the gates.
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.
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.