It’s not your mother’s monster mash. There’s a graveyard smach of a different sort June 8 – a mashup of musical genres from rock and jazz to classical and Americana, performed in and around the monuments, mausoleums and gardens of Historic Oakland Cemetery.

Oakland-historic-marker-1024x682 2Tunes From the Tombs, a benefit for the Historic Oakland Foundation, unveils a lively roster of artists including the Bonaventure Quartet (with Amy Pike, whose shimmering vocals once drove the Lost Continentals), Slim Chance and the Convicts, the 4th Ward Afro Klezmer Orchestra and the Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers (shape-note singing). If you must hear sounds in a graveyard, these are the kind you want.

Oakland Cemetery, founded in 1850, is one of the city’s prize green spaces and the final resting place of  some 70,000 souls, among them golfer Bobby Jones, author Margaret Mitchell, 27 Atlanta mayors and almost 7,000 Confederate soldiers.

The lineup for the event’s two stages continues to evolve. Check HERE for updates. And this is what to know before you go:

TIME, DATE, PLACE: 1-8 p.m. June 8. The cemetery is at 248 Oakland Ave S.E. 404.688.2107.

ADMISSION: $15; $10 ONLINE; $5 ages 4-12.

PARKING: $5 at the Grady Health Systems or Oakland Cemetery lots.

MARTA: Exit at the King Memorial station on the blue line.

DO’S AND DON’TS: Walking in is encouraged. Blankets and lawn chairs are OK but no dogs.

FOOD, DRINK: Food trucks and adult beverages will be available. No outside food or coolers allowed.

EXTRAS: Ticket holders can take a complimentary guided mini-tour of the cemetery or get their fortune read.

About Kathy Janich

Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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