People 2 People: June 2, 2018

5 reasons you’ll dig Tunes from the Tombs this weekend

On Saturday, Historic Oakland Cemetery will host the eighth annual Tunes from the Tombs, a day of indie music in one of Atlanta's most unique venues.

Oakland Cemetery is Atlanta's third largest public green space, and the final resting place for more than 70,000 souls. The graveyard will play host to the Bitteroots, Drivin' N Cryin' and more.

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Here are 5 reasons to check out Tunes from the Tombs, which will take place from noon until 8 p.m. Saturday:

Photo: Courtesy of Historic Oakland Cemetery's FB page/For the AJC

Music to die for

Now in its eighth year, Tunes from the Tombs will feature a roster filled with Georgia- and Southeastern-based musicians like headliner Drivin' N Cryin' and lesser known acts such as Book Club and Avery Gipson. 

A historical (and spooky!) venue

History, architecture and location make Oakland a unique venue. Among the 70,000 graves at the cemetery, only about 40,000 are marked. Among them are former mayors Maynard Jackson and Ivan Allen, Jr., as well as Margaret Mitchell, Robert T. "Bobby" Jones, six former governors and many other notable Atlantans. 

Support a great cause

All proceeds from the event will benefit Oakland Cemetery's management group, the Historic Oakland Foundation (HOF). The HOF currently needs "approximately $15 million of restoration and repair work on monuments, mausolea, graves, retaining walls, walkways and landscaping," and public events help to fund those goals, according to their event site.

Ticket prices that won't break you

Advance purchased general admission tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for kids 4-17 (children three and under are free). Tickets at the gate are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for kids. VIP tickets are $75 and can only be purchased in advance.

Space at Oakland Cemetery is limited, so advance ticketing is highly recommended.

All the extras

If the three stages of great music aren't enough, you can take a free mini-tour of the cemetery, cozy up with dinner from a local food truck on a picnic blanket or find a one-of-a-kind souvenir at the artist's market.

For more information about the festival and for tickets, head to the Tunes from the Tombs page on Oakland Cemetery's website.

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