Rock the Garden
|Rock the Garden|
|Genre||Alternative Rock, Indie Rock|
|Years active||1998, 2000, 2002-2004, 2008-Present|
|Founded by||Walker Art Center|
Rock the Garden is an annual summer music festival organized by the Walker Art Center and Minnesota Public Radio held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Launched by the Walker in 1998, the event has been cosponsored by 89.3 The Current and Minnesota Public Radio since 2008, becoming more of an indie rock festival. Since its founding, Rock the Garden has highlighted national artists such as Wilco, Sonic Youth, David Byrne, MGMT, De La Soul, My Morning Jacket, Spoon, Bon Iver, and The Decemberists, and featured a diverse range of local bands like Low, Doomtree, Fog, Iffy, Cloud Cult, Howler, and Trampled By Turtles.
Rock the Garden 2017 was held July 22 in the newly renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
- Bon Iver
- The Revolution
- Benjamin Booker
- Car Seat Headrest
- Margaret Glaspy
- Dead Man Winter
- Bruise Violet
- Dwynell Roland
Rock the Garden 2016 was held June 18 at Boom Island Park (due to construction on the Walker Art Center campus).
- Plague Vendor
- GRRRL PRTY
- Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
- Hippo Campus
- M. Ward
- Chance the Rapper
- The Flaming Lips
Rock the Garden 2015 was held on June 20 and June 21.
Rock the Garden 2014 was held on June 21 and June 22.
Rock the Garden 2013 was held on June 15.
Rock the Garden 2012 was held on June 16.
Rock the Garden 2011 was held on June 18.
Rock the Garden 2010 was held on June 19.
Rock the Garden 2009 was held on June 19 and featured a new stage location facing the hill instead of the street.
Rock the Garden 2008 was held on June 21.
- Hot Head Swing Band
- The Jayhawks
- Walker Art Center homepage
- "Summers of Rock: A Definitive History of Rock the Garden", Walker Art Center homepage, July 20, 2017
- "The Official Rock the Garden 2016 Lineup", Walker Art Center, April 5, 2016
- "A history of Rock the Garden (old and Current)", Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 16, 2011
- "Crowd, sun push Rock the Garden to full bloom", Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 20, 2009
- "Rock the Garden: 10,000 Decemberists fans can't be wrong", Twin Cities Daily Planet, June 22, 2009
- "Is Rock the Garden too Current?", Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 19, 2008