Tunes from the Tombs, Historic Oakland Cemetery’s annual summer music festival, presents beloved Atlanta bands in the city’s most gorgeous garden cemetery, founded in 1850. Guests stroll the grounds where there are three stages, food trucks, kids’ activities, roaming buskers and more. All proceeds from Tunes from the Tombs benefit HOF’s mission to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery. Tickets are $15 in advance at TicketAlternative.com or $20 at the gate.
A $75 Rock in Peace package includes: one adult general admission ticket; exclusive access to the Tunes from the Tombs hospitality suite that includes complimentary fare from Republic Social House and Doc Chey’s Noodle House, air conditioning, and access to indoor restrooms; a 2017 Tunes from the Tombs T-shirt; complimentary parking; two drink vouchers good for beer, wine, or soft drinks; and complimentary shuttle transport to stage areas.
Originally, Col. Bruce Hampton was slated to headline Tunes from the Tombs this year, but as friends and fans know, the larger-than-life Atlanta musician passed away after a 70th birthday concert in his honor on May 1 at the Fox Theatre. In his honor, guitarist, singer and songwriter Tinsley Ellis will assemble a group of surprise guests to present “Music of the Stained Souls: A Tribute to Col. Bruce Hampton.” Ellis played with Hampton in Stained Souls, which also included members of Widespread Panic, Derek Trucks Band and Captain Soularcat. At Tunes from the Tombs, Ellis will play alongside members of the Hampton Grease Band and Aquarium Rescue Unit, as well as drummer Yonrico Scott.
“Bruce Hampton was a huge influence on Delta Moon, as he was for half a century on the entire Atlanta music community. Seeing the Aquarium Rescue Unit at the Little Five Points Pub was one of the main reasons [Delta Moon co-founder] Mark Johnson moved to Atlanta in the first place. He thought, ‘There’s something going on here,’ said Tom Gray, co-founder of Delta Moon.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Colonel Bruce Hampton,” said Betsy Trope, manager of special events at HistoricOakland Foundation. “Bringing together this phenomenal line-up of his friends and bandmates will be a fitting tribute to Colonel Bruce.”
The lineup and schedule includes:
MailChimp Main Stage at Lion Square
1 p.m.: Atlanta Rock ‘n Roll Allstars
2:15 p.m.: Jugtime Ragband
3:30 p.m.: Cadillac Jones
4:45 p.m.: Secondhand Swagger
Music of the Stained Souls: A Tribute to Col. Bruce Hampton
Creative Loafing Stage at North Public Grounds
1:45 p.m.: Dang Dang Dang
3 p.m.: Blake Rainey and his Demons
4:15 p.m.: Spencer Garn & The Diamond Street Players
5:30 p.m.: Bad Spell
6:45 p.m.: Five Eight
Bell Tower Porte-Cochere Stage
1:30 p.m.: Octave Atlanta
2:45 p.m.: Little Country Giants
4 p.m.: Wasted Potential Brass Band
5:15 p.m. & 6:15 p.m.: Bonaventure Quartet
Busking throughout Oakland Cemetery: Atlanta Taiko Project, NerdKween