Tune in Tuesday, April 15 at 4 p.m. to hear Jim McGuinn, Mary Lucia and The Walker's Philip Bither reveal this year's lineup.
Why Rock the Garden for a day when you can rock it for two?
The Walker and 89.3 The Current's annual summer concert returns Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22, 2014, 3 to 10 p.m. each day, with the first two-day format in the event's history. Doug Benidt, Associate Curator, Performing Arts at the Walker comments, "With an informed audience, an in-tune partner, and a picture perfect location already in place, a two-day Rock the Garden is a soundly logical next step. It's an exciting evolution for this beloved event and illuminates a simple truth... the only thing better than live music is more live music." Jim McGuinn, Program Director, 89.3 The Current adds, "As Rock the Garden has grown over the past few years, we've been looking for a way to allow more fans to enjoy the experience - the music, the setting, the feeling of summer lifting off that accompanies each year's show. We look forward to filling the weekend with artists and making this festival a blowout that showcases some of the best music from both our backyards and around the world."
Rock the Garden 2014 will be held on the greenspace adjacent to the Walker. Event times are subject to change.
Follow Rock the Garden on Facebook and Twitter to be the first to hear about the two-day line-up and ticket on-sale dates. Sign up to receive Cross Currents, The Current's weekly newsletter and Walker emails. Tickets to the two-day event will be available to Walker Art Center and MPR members first, with an exclusive pre-sale to be announced at a later date. To purchase Walker memberships visit www.walkerart.org/membership; The Current/MPR memberships can be purchased at thecurrent.org/support.
Launched by the Walker in 1998, the event has been cosponsored by Minnesota Public Radio's The Current since 2008. Eleven concerts have been staged outside the Walker since the inaugural event featuring the Jayhawks. Rock the Garden features national and international artists paired with the best in local music. Past performers have included Stereolab, Sonic Youth, Wilco, Antibalas, David Byrne, The Decemberists, Bon Iver, Sharon Jones, Doomtree, Bob Mould, Trampled by Turtles and many more.
- Rock the Garden 2013 What a day. One of the most exciting and memorable Rock the Gardens is in the history books. Thanks to all who came and made it such a rousing success.
- Watch Low play their historic one-song set at Rock the Garden 2013 The skies cleared just in time for Alan Sparkhawk, Mimi Parker and Steve Garrington from second act Low. The Duluth trio set the twitter world abuzz when they performed one song for 27 minutes, an experiential variation of "Do You Know How to Waltz?" from their 1996 studio album The Curtain Hits the Cast at Rock the Garden 2013.
- Watch Dan Deacon perform underground at Rock the Garden 2013 Composer and electronic musician Dan Deacon is known for his experimental and interactive shows. When a lightning storm rolled through minutes before his outdoor set was set to begin, it sparked the idea to move his gear and the dance party underground, and the impromptu performance in Walker Art Center's parking garage gave an energized start for fans at Rock The Garden 2013. Highlights from the set are backed by Deacon's "Konono Ripoff No. 1."
- Watch Silversun Pickups perform 'Dots and Dashes' at Rock the Garden 2013 As the sun was setting at Rock the Garden 2013, Southern California alternative rock band Silversun Pickups performed "Dots and Dashes" from their latest album Neck of the Woods and won over both new and old fans with their explosive set.
- Watch Bob Mould Band perform 'The Descent' at Rock the Garden 2013 Legendary rocker Bob Mould and his band perform "The Descent" off his tenth solo album Silver Age. Mould's high-energy, 14-song set at Rock the Garden 2013 included songs from solo albums, his renowned punk band from the 80s Hüsker Dü and Sugar, his band from the 90s.
- Watch Metric perform 'Youth Without Youth' at Rock the Garden 2013 Independent, electronic pop-rock band Metric headlined Rock The Garden 2013 and played an explosive set full of hits including "Youth Without Youth", the first single from their 2012 album Synthetica and second song in their RTG set.
- Rock the Garden After Party with Michael Kiwanuka, Chastity Brown and DJ Jake Rudh If you got shut out of Rock the Garden this year... or if you're going to Rock the Garden and want to keep the music flowing, we're having our first ever After party this year at First Avenue, with Michael Kiwanuka, Chastity Brown and DJ Jake Rudh.
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