Rock the Garden 2013

Rock the Garden
Rock the Garden 2013 takes place live June 15th at the Walker Art Center and will be broadcast simultaneously on air at 89.3 The Current. (Walker Art Center)
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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.

Recaps & Slideshows

Slideshow: Metric at Rock the Garden

Slideshow: Silversun Pickups at Rock the Garden

Slideshow: Bob Mould at Rock the Garden

Slideshow: Low at Rock the Garden

Slideshow: Dan Deacon rocks the underground garage

Slideshow: Scenes from Rock the Garden

Andrea Swensson's set-by-set Rock the Garden recap


  • 3:00 p.m. — Gates open

  • 3:45 p.m. — Dan Deacon

  • 4:30 p.m. — Low

  • 5:45 p.m. — Bob Mould Band

  • 7:15 p.m. — Silversun Pickups

  • 8:45 p.m. — Metric

  • 10:00 p.m. — Music ends

  • 10:30 p.m. — Gates close

The Lineup

Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon

Dan Deacon is simultaneously one of the indie scene's most celebrated and most untaggable artists. His renowned live show is a flurry of absurdist electropop,wildly inventive instrumentation, psychedelic flourishes and frenetic, euphoric energy. The Current is thrilled to welcome him to the Rock the Garden stage in 2013.



Duluth, Minn.'s Low need no introduction to The Current audience, who gave them a warm welcome during their recent Current Session at the Fitz. Nearly two decades into their career as a band, the trio will make their first ever Rock the Garden appearance this year, and we couldn't be happier to have them be a part of the big day.

Bob Mould

Bob Mould

Legendary Hüsker Dü guitarist and co-frontman Bob Mould will return to the Twin Cities for his first appearance at Rock the Garden this year, and he's bringing a full band. He's sure to play some songs off of last year's celebrated solo album Silver Age, but don't be surprised if we're treated to some earlier classics—Mould's recent setlists are often peppered with several Hüsker Dü and Sugar-era classics.

Silversun Pickups

Silversun Pickups

Los Angeles quartet Silversun Pickups, with their dreamy-yet-distorted guitars and sun-kissed indie noise-pop style, are the perfect summer soundtrack—so who better to usher in sunset at Rock the Garden 2013 with the second-to-last set of the day? We're proud to invite these Current favorites to bring their unique sound to this year's show.



We're so excited to announce that one of the Current community's most treasured acts, the Canadian indie quartet Metric, will headline Rock the Garden 2013. Over fifteen years and five albums, Metric have honed an alluring sound that perfectly treads the line between synth-driven electro-pop and emotional, compelling indie rock, thanks in no small part to the dark, cerebral lyrics and mesmerizing vocal presence of the band's magnetic frontwoman Emily Haines.


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Rock the Garden will be held rain or shine; however, staff reserves the right to cancel the event, or part of the event, due to severe weather. No umbrellas are allowed into the event. Follow @MPRWeather for the latest updates.

Live Broadcast

Can't make it in person on Saturday June 15th? Rock the Garden on the radio instead! Tune-in to The Current starting at 2 p.m. to hear interviews with the bands, and most importantly, live performances from outside the Sculpture Garden.

We'll rebroadcast highlights as a special 2-hour show on Sunday, June 30, 2013 from 4 - 6 p.m.

Getting to Rock the Garden

Walk, Bike, Bus!

If you live in the area, please walk, bike, or take public transportation.

All ticket holders are eligible for a free ride on buses and light rail to and from the event between the hours of 1 pm and 12 midnight. Visit this link to get the pass. (Metro Transit bus lines: 4, 6, 12, and 25).

Bike racks with parking for 500+ bikes and a Nice Ride bike sharing station will be located on Hennepin Avenue.

Paid event parking is available in the Dunwoody Institute lot. The Vineland Place underground ramp and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden lots are reserved for VIP ticket holders and are closed to the general public.


Enjoy cold beverages from Summit Brewing Company, Prairie Organic Vodka, and Jerry's Fresh Lemonade. Cool off with Haagen-Dazs ice cream, and select from an array of food by Butcher and the Boar, World Street Kitchen, Chef Shack, Cupcake, Best Way Gyros, and Taulelle Concessions. Food and beverages will be on sale from 3 to 10:15 pm. ID required to purchase alcohol.

Free Hydration

Bring your empty water bottle and enjoy refreshing cold water throughout the Rock the Garden concert grounds provided by Tap Minneapolis.

Special Member Benefit

Minnesota Public Radio and Walker Art Center members: Bring your member card to receive a free Rock the Garden 2013 water bottle for being a supporter!


During the concert, stop by our tent for all the Rock the Garden and band merchandise.


This event will be filmed, photographed, or recorded by the Walker and/or 89.3 The Current. Ticket holders consent to appear in this documentation and its future use by the Walker and 89.3 The Current.

No outside food or beverages allowed in the event. No lawn furniture, coolers, or pets. No professional photography (anything with separate lenses and camera bodies) or audio recording equipment allowed. No outside soliciting. No guns allowed. All bags subject to search.

Zero-Waste Efforts

Rock the Garden is proud to be a zero-waste event in partnership with Eureka Recycling. On average, we have reduced the amount of waste per visitor to one ounce. Join us in our effort to make Rock the Garden 2013 even more successful!



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