Watch deM atlaS ignite Rock the Garden's main stage with his day-opening set

deM atlaS performs at Rock the Garden 2019
deM atlaS performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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  • deM atlaS - Never Belonged 03:15
  • deM atlaS - Music Man 04:27
  • deM atlaS - Gratitude 04:19
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  • deM atlaS - Bad Loves Company 03:50

DeM atlaS kicked off the day at 2:30 p.m. on the Main Stage. The Rhymesayers rapper energized the crowd with songs from his debut album, Bad Actress. He had hands in the air from his first song, the raucous "Tomorrow Party." Despite the heat, deM atlaS spun, jumped, and danced around the stage, where he was backed by a live drummer and DJ Keezy.

For "Music Man," deM was joined by special guest Lady Midnight. "She's a good friend of mine," deM atlaS said of the Minneapolis singer who recently released the album Death Before Mourning. "We have a lot of dope art in this city, don't we?" Watching the sun stretch over Spoonbridge and Cherry while the two artists' voices filled the air, it was hard to disagree.

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  • DeM atlaS at Rock the Garden 2019
    DeM atlaS at Rock the Garden 2019. (Nate Ryan/MPR)
  • DeM atlaS at Rock the Garden 2019
    DeM atlaS at Rock the Garden 2019. (Nate Ryan/MPR)
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    Audience at deM atlaS performance during Rock the Garden 2019 at the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, June 29, 2019. (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    Joe Spencer at deM atlaS performance at Rock the Garden 2019. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    Fans at deM atlaS performance at Rock the Garden 2019. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • deM atlaS performs at Rock the Garden 2019
    deM atlaS performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • deM atlaS performs at Rock the Garden 2019
    deM atlaS performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • deM atlaS performs at Rock the Garden 2019
    deM atlaS performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • deM atlaS performs at Rock the Garden 2019
    deM atlaS performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • deM atlaS performs at Rock the Garden 2019
    deM atlaS performs at Rock the Garden 2019. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
  • deM atlaS performs at Rock the Garden 2019
    Fans gather for deM atlaS performance at Rock the Garden 2019. (Nate Ryan | MPR)
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    deM atlaS backstage at Rock the Garden 2019. (Nate Ryan | MPR)