By Pamela Henman
Historic Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta’s most unique music venue, brings a day packed with music and family-friendly fun at the sixth annual Tunes from the Tombs music festival coming Saturday, June 18.
Last year’s Tunes from the Tombs marked the first time in the festival’s history that all performers hailed from Georgia. The all-local lineup continues in 2016, with over a dozen bands accompanying two-time Grammy winning headliner Arrested Development for a day of music and spirits benefitting historic Oakland Cemetery.
Leading up to the headlining performance, HeaveN Beatbox, James Hall, Adron, Rod Hamdallah, and Atlanta Funk Society take the MailChimp main stage, hosted by 97.1 The River’s Steve Craig. The stage at North Public Grounds, emceed by 97.1 The River’s English Nick, features a lineup of tribute bands, including: The Return (The Beatles); The Dirty Doors (The Doors); The B-53s (The B-52s); Fauxgerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival); and The Clermonts, who perform covers of various classic rock and party rock hits from the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. Additionally, Atlanta Taiko Project, Sarah Wilson, and Zardine Glaze perform at various locations throughout the cemetery.
“With this year’s lineup, Tunes from the Tombs will be an unforgettable way to celebrate Father’s Day, local music, and a unique slice of Atlanta history all at once,” said Mary Woodlan, director of special events at Historic Oakland Foundation.
A new addition to Tunes from the Tombs is Red Brick Brewing’s Beer Garden at Lion Square, where attendees can enjoy a few rounds of cornhole under the ancient magnolias while cooling off with a Red Brick brew. The festival also includes local fare from some of Atlanta’s favorite food trucks, including: Angelfire7 BBQ, Atlanta Burger Truck, Brain Freezz, El Dorado, The Fry Guy, King of Pops, Just Loaf’N Po’Boys, Rusty’s Nutz of Atlanta, Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House, Sweet Tea Factory, Urban Taali, and Yumbii.
Advance ticketing for both general admission and Rock in Peace (RIP) packages are on sale at www.ticketalternative.com. RIP ticketholders receive: exclusive access to the Tunes from the Tombs hospitality suite, which offers complimentary food from Doc Chey’s Noodle House and Republic Social House, air conditioning, and access to indoor restrooms; a 2016 Tunes from the Tombs T-shirt and poster; an autographed CD from Arrested Development or band frontman Speech; free parking; two drink vouchers good for beer, wine, or soft drinks; complimentary shuttle transport to stage areas; and exclusive access to stage-adjacent restrooms.
Advance general admission tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children aged 4 to-12 (plus fees). RIP tickets are available in advance only and are $100 (plus fees) for adults and $50 (plus fees) for children aged 4 to 12. Tickets at the gate are $30 for adults and $25 for kids aged 4 to12. Children 3 and under are free.
The festival runs from 1:00pm to 8:00pm, with gates opening at noon. All proceeds from Tunes from the Tombs benefit Historic Oakland Foundation, which works to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery.
For more information, visit www.oaklandcemetery.com.