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 round out a day of genre-spanning performances from some of the South’s best bands.
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.”
The rest of the all-locals only lineup includes Michelle Malone Band, Little Tyvee, 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!
In addition to homegrown musicians, Tunes From the Tombs will feature bites from Atlanta’s favorite food trucks including Pallookaville, Six Feet Under, WOW! Food Truck, Pho Sho Sandwiches & Pastries, Fry Guy, King of Pops, and more.
This will be a rain or shine event, and the lineup is subject to change. No outside food, drink or coolers permitted. Attendees are allowed to bring blankets and low beach chairs.
All proceeds from Tunes From the Tombs benefit the Historic Oakland Foundation’s preservation efforts for Oakland Cemetery, which is Atlanta’s oldest burial ground and most tangible link to the city’s past.
Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the gate for Adults, $5 for Children ages 3-12, and free for Children under the age of 3.