A new music festival, Tunes from the Tombs, will be held in Historic Oakland Cemetery May 21 and 22. The weekend-long event features musicians performing in and among Oakland’s extraordinary monuments, mausoleums and renowned gardens. Several main stages will host amplified artists, while buskers will perform on distinct vignette stages throughout the cemetery.

All genres of music will be represented; rock, folk, Americana, jazz, classical, and everything in between. Tunes from the Tombs will feature bands and musicians from Atlanta, Georgia and beyond, including California, Colorado, and Pennsylvania.

The event runs from 11 a.m. until dusk on the grounds the Cemetery, 248 Oakland Ave. Tickets may be purchased at the gates and will be $10 for one day or $15 for a two day pass. Children 12 and under will be admitted for $5 or $10 for a two day pass.

In addition to the souls who reside at Oakland, Tunes from the Tombs will have plenty of spirits: wine and beer, plus a variety of local foods from vendors including Six Feet Under, Pallookaville and Hottie Hawg’s Smokin’ BBQ.

Free guided mini tours of the cemetery will be given throughout both days. Well known Atlanta psychic and fortuneteller, Robyn Avalon, will be offering readings from 2:00pm until dusk on Saturday and Sunday.

In keeping with Historic Oakland Foundation’s green initiative, festival attendees are encouraged to ride MARTA to the King Memorial Station. The Atlanta Bike Coalition will also be on hand to provide valet bicycle parking outside the main gate on Oakland Avenue.

All proceeds benefit Historic Oakland Foundation. For more about the event visit http://oaklandcemetery.com/

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.