Former bandmates, protégés, and friends pay tribute at seventh annual summer music festival
ATLANTA – On Saturday, June 10 members of the late Col. Bruce Hampton’s Hampton Grease Band and Aquarium Rescue Unit will play a tribute concert at Historic Oakland Cemetery’s seventh annual Tunes from the Tombs music festival.
Headlining the MailChimp main stage at Lion Square, Tinsley Ellis and special surprise guests present “Music of the Stained Souls: A Tribute to Col. Bruce Hampton.” Hampton, who was to headline Tunes from the Tombs, passed on May 1 after collapsing during his 70th birthday tribute concert at the Fox Theatre.
Ellis played with Col. Bruce Hampton in Stained Souls, which also included members of Widespread Panic, Derek Trucks Band, and Captain Soularcat. At Tunes from the Tombs, Ellis plays alongside Yonrico Scott, who won a Grammy playing with The Derek Trucks Band and is a member of blues and rock supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood.
Also performing on the MailChimp main stage are Delta Moon, Secondhand Swagger, Cadillac Jones, and Trey Dahl & The Jugtime Ragband, who will perform Col. Bruce Hampton songs during their sets.
“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.
Athens, Ga., mainstays Five Eight headline the Creative Loafing stage at North Public Grounds, which also features Bad Spell, Spencer Garn & The Diamond Street Players, Blake Rainey and his Demons, Dang, Dang, Dang, and Atlanta Rock ‘n Roll All-Stars.
Performing at the porte-cochere are Octave Atlanta, Little Country Giants, Wasted Potential Brass Band, and Bonaventure Quartet. Atlanta Taiko Project and NerdKween will busk throughout the cemetery.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Colonel Bruce Hampton,” said Betsy Trope, manager of special events at Historic Oakland Foundation. “Bringing together this phenomenal line-up of his friends and bandmates will be a fitting tribute to Colonel Bruce.”
All proceeds from Tunes from the Tombs benefit HOF’s mission to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery. Advance tickets are available at TicketAlternative.com.
Adult tickets are $15 (plus taxes and fees) in advance and $20 at the gate. Tickets for children aged 4-12 are $5 in advance (plus taxes and fees) and $5 at the gate. Children 3 and under are free.
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, Doc Chey’s Noodle House, and Mediterranea; air conditioning, and access to indoor restrooms; a 2017 Tunes from the Tombs T-shirt; complimentary parking; two drink vouchers good for soft drinks, beer, or wine; and complimentary shuttle transport to stage areas.
Tunes from the Tombs is sponsored by MailChimp, Creative Loafing, Six Feet Under, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Republic Social House, Doc Chey’s Noodle House, and Mediterranea. For more details visit www.oaklandcemetery.com.
About Historic Oakland Foundation: Founded in 1850, Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery spans 48 acres of gardens, wildlife and sculpture. Oakland is the final resting place for 70,000 people, including author Margaret Mitchell, 27 Atlanta mayors, six former governors, Civil War generals and soldiers, and thousands of unmarked graves. Oakland Cemetery offers critical green space for recreation and serves as a cultural resource for lifelong learners who come to study history, art, architecture, archaeology, horticulture, photography and more. Working in partnership with the City of Atlanta, Historic Oakland Foundation works to preserve, restore, enhance and share Oakland Cemetery. For more information visit www.oaklandcemetery.com.
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