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.

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.

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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.

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