Listen: Adia Victoria wins over new fans at Rock the Garden

Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019
Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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Nashville's Adia Victoria specializes in the Delta blues, which she has described in interviews as "the original punk music." Although she's only a few years into her recording career, Adia approaches the art form like an old soul, and her songs are ominous, captivating and complex.

Her second album, Silences, was released earlier this year to critical acclaim, and it was produced by another one of our Rock the Garden 2019 acts, Aaron Dessner of the National.

Victoria created dense and moody soundscapes with a six-piece band. The singer-songwriter, who is also a poet, name-dropped some of her literary heroes, including Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf... all while crowd-surfing in a perfect plank position.

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  • Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019
    Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019
    Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019
    Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019
    Peter Eddins plays keyboards with Adia Victoria at Rock the Garden 2019. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019
    Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019
    Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019
    Enjoying the music and the art in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at Rock the Garden 2019. (Mary Mathis | MPR)
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    Crew watching Adia Victoria's performance at Rock the Garden 2019. (Mary Mathis | MPR)
  • Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019
    Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Mary Mathis | MPR)
  • Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019
    Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Mary Mathis | MPR)
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    Mason Hickman performs with Adia Victoria at Rock the Garden 2019. (Mary Mathis | MPR)
  • Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019
    Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Mary Mathis | MPR)
  • Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019
    Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Mary Mathis | MPR)
  • Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019
    Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Mary Mathis | MPR)
  • Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019
    Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Mary Mathis | MPR)
  • Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019
    Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Mary Mathis | MPR)
  • Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019
    Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Mary Mathis | MPR)
  • Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019
    Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Mary Mathis | MPR)
  • Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019
    Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Mary Mathis | MPR)
  • Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019
    Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Mary Mathis | MPR)
  • Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019
    Adia Victoria performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Mary Mathis | MPR)