What Is Tunes from the Tombs?
Now in its seventh year, Tunes from the Tombs is a great way to explore Atlanta history while enjoying music and performances at one of the city’s most unique music venues. Take in the sights and sounds under Oakland’s ancient magnolias, visit some of Oakland’s famous residents, and find one-of-a-kind souvenirs at the artist market.
All proceeds from Tunes from the Tombs benefit HOF’s mission to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Historic Oakland Cemetery.
Tunes from the Tombs will take place on Saturday, June 10 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., with gates opening at noon and performances beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Who’s playing this year?
For a third year, Tunes from the Tombs features an all-local lineup, with over a dozen bands performing on three stages and busking throughout the cemetery. The full lineup and performance schedule is as follows:
MailChimp Main Stage at Lion Square
1 p.m.: Tray Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband
2:15 p.m.: Cadillac Jones
3:30 p.m.: Secondhand Swagger
4:45 p.m.: Delta Moon
6:00 p.m.: Tinsley Ellis and special guests present Music of the Stained Souls: A Tribute to Col. Bruce Hampton
Creative Loafing Stage at North Public Grounds
12:30 p.m.: Atlanta Rock ‘n Roll All-Stars
1:45 p.m.: Dang Dang Dang
3 p.m. Blake Rainey & His Demons
4:15 p.m.: Spencer Garn & The Diamond Street Players
5:30 p.m.: Bad Spell
6:45: Five Eight
Do I need to purchase a ticket in advance?
Because Oakland Cemetery is a venue with limited capacity, advance ticketing is strongly recommended. Advance tickets are available online at TicketAlternative.com.
Adult tickets are $15 (plus taxes and fees) in advance and $20 at the gate. Tickets for children aged 4-12 are $5 in advance (plus taxes and fees) and $5 at the gate. Children 3 and under are free.
Rock In Peace (RIP) packages must be purchased in advance, online only. RIP packages are $75 for adults (plus taxes and fees).
RIP ticket holders receive:
• Complimentary food from Republic Social House, Doc Chey’s Noodle House, and Mediterranea; indoor restrooms; air conditioning
• Two drink vouchers for beer, wine, cocktails, or soft drinks
• Tunes from the Tombs 2017 T-shirt
• Free parking and transportation to stage areas provided by Mezcalito’s Cocina & Tequila Bar Stage Shuttle. Shuttle pickup is at the Bell Tower, MailChimp stage at Lion Square, and Creative Loafing Stage at North Public Grounds.
I also have tickets to Arts at Oakland Presents: Persephone, can I also attend Tunes from the Tombs?
Due to inclement weather, Arts at Oakland Presents: Persephone was rescheduled for Friday, June 9 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Artist Sanithna Phansavanh’s life-size installations will be on display and paired with music and dance performance from Flight of Swallows. Tickets are available in advance and at the gate. For event details and ticketing, click here.
Arts at Oakland advance ticket holders who are unable to attend Friday evening’s event will receive complimentary admission to Tunes from the Tombs. Please present your unscanned ticket at the gates to gain entry.
Patron Pass ticket holders will receive RIP tickets at Tunes from the Tombs. Please present your Patron Pass ticket (or receipt) to receive an RIP lanyard.
Is Oakland Cemetery closed to the public on June 10?
Oakland Cemetery will be open to the public as usual in the morning during event setup. We ask that non-ticketed visitors please leave Oakland Cemetery by 11 a.m. (or purchase a Tunes from the Tombs ticket to stay in the park.)
Will Oakland Cemetery host any tours during Tunes from the Tombs?
The “Sights, Symbols & Stories” guided overview tours and special topic tour will not be offered on Saturday, June 10. However, during Tunes from the Tombs attendees can enjoy 30-minute mini guided tours, offered throughout the day:
Tunes from the Tombs mini tours:
Sights, Symbols & Stories of Oakland
Art & Architecture of Death
Oakland’s Boys of Summer Baseball Tour
Margaret Mitchell and Gone with the Wind
The Women of Oakland
Click here to see a tour schedule.
Oakland Cemetery’s regular tour schedule will resume on Sunday, June 11.
Is Tunes from the Tombs dog-friendly?
No. With the exception of service animals, dogs and other pets are not permitted at Tunes from the Tombs. Because large crowds are expected, we ask that you please leave your four-legged friend at home.
What else is there to do at Tunes from the Tombs?
Sanithna Phansavanh’s life-size installations from Arts at Oakland Presents: Persephone will be on display and available for purchase at Tunes from the Tombs. In addition Tunes from the Tombs features fortune teller Robyn Avalon located in the Rawson Mausoleum; living statuary Bob Seymore; and an Oakland Cemetery pop-up shop and artist market featuring local creatives:
Will there be food and drink?
It’s not a festival without food and drink, and we’ll have plenty of both at Tunes from the Tombs! On-site food trucks include:
Beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available for purchase throughout the cemetery. Adult beverage selection includes options from Pabst Blue Ribbon, Eventide Brewing Company, Old 4th Distillery, and Sweetwater Brewing Company, and a selection of white and red wines.
No coolers, outside food or drink permitted.
Where can I park?
We encourage attendees to walk, bike, car share, or utilize public transportation to get to Tunes from the Tombs.
$5 parking (cash only) is available in the parking lot adjacent to the King Memorial MARTA station, on Grant Street. For directions to the lot, click here. Limited off street parking is available on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and surrounding streets.
Be sure to lock your vehicle and remove any valuables from sight, as Historic Oakland Foundation and Oakland Cemetery are not liable for theft or damage. Limited off street parking is available on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and surrounding streets.
Is Tunes from the Tombs cash only?
Parking in the Grant Street lot is cash only. However, credit or debit card payments are accepted at Tunes from the Tombs.
Where do I get my Tunes from the Tombs t-shirt?
RIP ticket holders will receive their 2017 Tunes from the Tombs t-shirt at the Visitors Center & Museum Shop. Your RIP package is a gift bag labeled with your name, so don’t forget to pick it up!
General admission ticket holders can also purchase t-shirts at the Oakland Cemetery pop-up shop located at the artists market.
What if it rains?
Tunes from the Tombs is a rain or shine event, and no refunds will be issued for advance ticketing.
Can I bring my own chair to Tunes from the Tombs?
Blankets and low-backed chairs are permitted. Please ensure that your chair does not impede the view of other attendees. No coolers, outside food or drink permitted.
Where can I get updates about Tunes from the Tombs?
Join the Tunes from the Tombs Facebook event page, or follow the Twitter hashtag #tunefromthetombs to join the conversation.
Click below to check out our Tunes from the Tombs 2017 YouTube playlist featuring some of this year’s performers!
Thank you to our 2017 sponsors!