Historic Oakland Cemetery’s summertime music festival Tunes From the Tombs returns for its fifth year on Saturday, June 13. The daylong festival is quickly becoming an Atlanta tradition, and and all proceeds benefit Historic Oakland Foundation, which in partnership with the City of Atlanta works to preserve, restore, enhance and share Oakland Cemetery.
Headliner Matthew Sweet plays alongside more than a dozen bands, including:
- Michelle Malone
- 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
- The Ghosts Project
- Sarah Wilson
- Atlanta Taiko Project
Here’s our roundup of what to look forward to at Tunes From the Tombs:
Take in some history on a mini guided walking tour
Oakland Cemetery tour guides offer shorter versions of a few of the cemetery’s popular guided walking tours throughout the day during Tunes. Get a peek into the past with the Sights, Symbols & Stories of Oakland overview tour, Malts & Vaults of Oakland: Where Beer Meets History, Oakland’s Boys of Summer Baseball Tour, Fear & Accusation: The Leo Frank Story, The Women of Oakland and Art & Architecture of Death.
Plant yourself in the beer garden
Grab a cold one and take in a performance at the Bell Tower beer garden, which features The Ghosts Project, a cappella group Octave, Bonaventure Quartet and the Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers. No matter your preference, there’s plenty of brews on tap, including: Red Brick Brewery’s Hoplanta IPA, Sessions IPA, Hibiscuwit Belgian Wheat and Laughing Skull Amber Ale; Starr Hill Brewery Grateful Pale Ale; Modelo; Pacifico; Corona Light and PBR.
See what the future holds
Fortune teller Robyn Avalon holds court in the Rawson Mausoleum, offering readings from 1 p.m to 6 p.m. While Avalon’s readings are offered on the house, tips are appreciated (a portion of which are donated back to Oakland!)
RIP and get the VIP treatment
Upgrade with a Rock In Peace (RIP) package for plenty of perks! RIP ticket holders have the chance to meet and mingle with Tunes performers; receive complimentary food from Doc Chey’s Noodle House and Republic Social House; complimentary Historic Oakland Foundation membership for a year, and much more! RIP ticket sales end at 12 p.m. on Friday, June 12, and are available online only at TicketAlternative.com.
See illusion come to life
Strike a pose with Bob Seymore, the living statue who’s been performing world-class pantomime for more than 40 years. Seymore’s statuary is one that must be seen to be believed, and is sure to delight attendees of all ages!
Advance tickets for Tunes From the Tombs available online at TicketAlternative.com. General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children (kids 3 and under are free). Tickets sold at the gate are $20 for adults and $5 for children.
For more information at Historic Oakland Cemetery and Tunes From the Tombs, please visit www.oaklandcemetery.com or call 404-688-2107.