89 stunning images from Rock the Garden 2017

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A composite of Bon Iver and the crowd.
A composite of Bon Iver and the crowd. (Evan Frost | MPR)

Rock the Garden 2017 was an epic day of music from Bon Iver, the Revolution, Benjamin Booker, Car Seat Headrest, Margaret Glaspy, Dead Man Winter, Bruise Violet, and Dwynell Roland. Photographers Evan Frost and Emmet Kowler captured all the day's sights and scenes.

88 Photos

  • The main stage before gates open.
    The main stage before gates open. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • Soundcheck on the main stage.
    Soundcheck on the main stage. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Brian Oake and JT Bates.
    Brian Oake meets doppelganger JT Bates of Dead Man Winter. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Benjamin Booker sits down with Oake and Riley.
    Backstage, Benjamin Booker sits down for an interview on air with Brian Oake and Jill Riley. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Margaret Glaspy whips her hair back and forth.
    Margaret Glaspy whips her hair as she performs. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • Margaret Glaspy's drummer plays on the main stage.
    Margaret Glaspy's drummer Tim Kuhl plays on the main stage. (Evan Frost | MPR News)
  • Margaret Glaspy opens the main stage.
    Margaret Glaspy opens the main stage. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Margaret Glaspy's red nails.
    Margaret Glaspy plays guitar. (Evan Frost | MPR News)
  • Margaret Glaspy on the main stage.
    Margaret Glaspy on the main stage. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • New trees line the Walker Art Center hill.
    Newly planted trees line the Walker Art Center hill. (Emmet Kowler for The Current.)
  • The Revolution's instruments.
    The Revolution's instruments, ready for action. (Emmet Kowler for The Current.)
  • Fans enter the Garden.
    Fans enter Rock the Garden. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest.
    Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • Car Seat Headrest perform on the main stage.
    Car Seat Headrest perform on the main stage. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • Car Seat Headrest's guitarist.
    Guitarist Ethan Ives of Car Seat Headrest. (Evan Frost | MPR News)
  • Car Seat Headrest's pedals.
    Car Seat Headrest's pedals. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • Will Toledo plays guitar.
    Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • The crowd gets down to Car Seat Headrest.
    An excited crowd for Car Seat Headrest. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Fans stretch on the hill.
    Fans stretch out on the hill. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Fans laugh on the hill.
    Fans enjoy the sun on the Walker Art Center hill. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • Oake and Riley with Dead Man Winter and family.
    Brian Oake and Jill Riley with Dave Simonett of Dead Man Winter, and his children. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Mark Wheat visits with fans.
    Mark Wheat visits with fans. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • The Thomson Reuters VIP Skybox.
    The Thomson Reuters VIP Skybox. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • The view from the VIP Skybox.
    The view from the Thomson Reuters VIP Skybox. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • Benjamin Booker on the main stage.
    Benjamin Booker on the main stage. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • Benjamin Booker belts on stage.
    Benjamin Booker belts on stage. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • Benjamin Booker with his band.
    Benjamin Booker with his band. (Evan Frost | MPR News)
  • Benjamin Booker and one of his many guitars.
    Benjamin Booker and one of his many guitars. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • Benjamin Booker shreds on the main stage.
    Benjamin Booker shreds on the main stage. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • Benjamin Booker and one of his guitars.
    Benjamin Booker and one of his guitars. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • Andrea Swensson socializes with fans.
    Andrea Swensson socializes with fans. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • Fans chill on the hill with beers.
    Fans chill on the hill with Summit beers. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Fan rejoice under the Spoonbridge Cherry fountain.
    Fan rejoice under the Spoonbridge Cherry fountain. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • A fan helps a security guard cool off.
    A fan helps a security guard cool off. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Bruise Violet's drummer rocks out.
    Drummer Danielle Cusack of Bruise Violet rocks out on the garden stage. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • Bruise Violet take the Garden stage by storm.
    Bruise Violet take the Garden stage by storm. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • Bruise Violet in silhouette.
    Guitarist Emily Schoonover of Bruise Violet. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • Bruise Violet rock out on the garden stage.
    Bassist Bella Dawson of Bruise Violet. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • The Walker's VIP section takes in the view.
    Attendees take in the view from the Thomson Reuters VIP Skybox. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • The hill starts to fill up.
    The hill starts to fill up. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Jade introduces Dwynell Roland.
    Jade and Andrea Swensson introduce Dwynell Roland. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Dwynell Roland wears a t-shirt with a Brian Oake tweet.
    Dwynell Roland wears a t-shirt with a Brian Oake tweet. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • P.O.S gets down to Dwynell Roland.
    P.O.S watches Dwynell Roland from the side of the garden stage. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • P.O.S joins Dwynell Roland.
    P.O.S joins Dwynell Roland onstage. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Dwynell Roland pumps up the crowd.
    Dwynell Roland pumps up the crowd. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Dwynell Roland hops back on stage.
    Dwynell Roland hops back on stage. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Fans keep cool under the Spoonbridge and Cherry.
    Fans keep cool under the Spoonbridge and Cherry. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Dwynell Roland raps.
    Dwynell Roland raps. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • A fan waves an American flag.
    A fan waves an American flag. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Cops walk the Walker.
    Cops walk the Walker. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • A VIP soaks up some sun.
    A VIP soaks up some sun. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Wendy Melvoin shreds.
    Wendy Melvoin of the Revolution. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • Stokley gets the crowd clapping.
    Stokley joins the Revolution onstage. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • The crowd points up for Prince.
    The crowd points up for Prince during the Revolution's set. (Emmet Kowler for The Current.)
  • Brownmark and Dr. Fink jam.
    Brownmark and Dr. Fink of the Revolution. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Wendy Melvoin sings.
    Wendy Melvoin and Brownmark of the Revolution. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • A fan gets down to the Revolution.
    A fan gets down to the Revolution. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Brownmark points to the crowd.
    Brownmark, of the Revolution, points to the crowd. (Evan Frost | MPR News)
  • Wendy Melvoin gets the crowd going.
    Wendy Melvoin, of the Revolution, gets the crowd going. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Wendy Melvoin of the Revolution.
    Wendy Melvoin of the Revolution. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • The Revolution are joined by Stokley.
    The Revolution are joined by R&B singer Stokley. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Justin Vernon joins the Revolution for 'Erotic City.'
    Justin Vernon joins the Revolution for 'Erotic City.' (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Justin Vernon joins the Revolution.
    Justin Vernon sings with the Revolution. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Stokley with Brownmark of the Revolution.
    Stokley with Brownmark of the Revolution. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • The Revolution bring down the main stage.
    The Revolution bring down the main stage. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Sunlight shines on Wendy Melvoin.
    Sunlight shines on Wendy Melvoin. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • The Revolution take a bow.
    The Revolution take a bow. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • Rock the Garden crowd fills the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
    Rock the Garden crowd fills the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • The Walker Art Center's Phillip Bither and The Current's Mark Wheat.
    The Walker Art Center's Phillip Bither and The Current's Mark Wheat. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Mark Wheat introduces Bon Iver.
    Mark Wheat introduces Bon Iver. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Fans dressed for sun.
    Fans dressed for sun. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Bon Iver take the stage.
    Bon Iver take the stage. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • Stage lights shine on the front row.
    Stage lights shine on the front row. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.
    Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Fans share a quiet moment during Bon Iver's set.
    Fans share a quiet moment during Bon Iver's headlining set. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • The crowd watches Bon Iver.
    The crowd watches Bon Iver. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • A composite photo of Bon Iver and a fan.
    A composite photo of Bon Iver and a fan. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Stage lights shine on Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.
    Stage lights shine on Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • One of Bon Iver's saxophones.
    One of Bon Iver's saxophones. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • Justin Vernon of Bon Iver performs at Rock the Garden.
    Justin Vernon of Bon Iver performs at Rock the Garden. (Emmet Kowler for The Current.)
  • Bon Iver drummer Matthew McCaughan.
    Bon Iver drummer Matthew McCaughan. (Evan Frost | MPR News)
  • Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.
    Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • Saxophonist Mike Lewis of Bon Iver.
    Saxophonist Mike Lewis of Bon Iver. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)
  • Bon Iver near the end of their set.
    Bon Iver near the end of their set. (Emmet Kowler for The Current.)
  • Fans love Bon Iver.
    Fans love Bon Iver. (Emmet Kowler for The Current.)
  • Bon Iver's horn section.
    Bon Iver's horn section. (Emmet Kowler for The Current.)
  • Justin Vernon, of Bon Iver, plays 'Skinny Love.'
    Justin Vernon, of Bon Iver, plays 'Skinny Love.' (Evan Frost | MPR)
  • The sun sets over the main stage.
    The sun sets over the main stage. (Emmet Kowler for The Current)

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