By Richard Harker, Director of Programming, Historic Oakland Foundation
Atlanta-based folk rock act Drivin N Cryin take the stage at Historic Oakland Foundation’s annual Tunes from the Tombs music festival on Saturday, June 9 at Historic Oakland Cemetery. In its eighth year, Tunes from the Tombs has grown to become one of the city’s most popular festivals and a distinctive Atlanta tradition.
“On three stages in the most unique music venue in Atlanta, some of the very best local and regional artists will bring Oakland to life,” said Richard Harker, director of programming at Historic Oakland. “This year’s lineup is stellar, and Tunes from the Tombs is the perfect family-friendly way to spend a summer day at an unbeatable price.”
With deep roots in the Atlanta music scene, Drivin N Cryin tops a roster filled with Southeastern and Georgia-based musicians, including AJ Ghent [j-ent], Heather Gillis, Caleb Caudle, The Bitteroots, Mermaid Motor Lounge, Book Club, Ansley Stewart, Michael Zaib, Wesley Cook, Avery Gipson, and Greg Fortune.
Drivin N Cryin’s 1989 album, Mystery Road, spawned the band’s first big hits, “Honeysuckle Blue” and “Straight to Hell.” Two years later, 1991’s Fly Me Courageous went gold and cemented them as a force in the Atlanta rock scene. Drivin N Cryin was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2015.
In addition to homegrown musicians, Tunes from the Tombs 2018 will also feature bites from Atlanta’s favorite food trucks, Georgia craft beers, and a local artists; market and community vendors. King of Pops will have field day games and visitors can visit a fortune teller in one of the Cemetery’s mausoleums.
Tunes from the Tombs runs from 12:30pm to 8:00pm, and gates open at noon. This is a rain-or-shine event, and lineup is subject to change. No outside food, drink or coolers will be permitted. Attendees are allowed to bring blankets and low beach chairs only. For event updates, visit www.oaklandcemetery.com.
All proceeds from Tunes from the Tombs benefit Historic Oakland Foundation’s mission to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta’s oldest burial ground and most tangible link to the city’s past.
Visit www.oaklandcemetery.com for more details.