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Rock the Garden
Genre Alternative Rock, Indie Rock
Dates Mid-June
Location(s) Minneapolis
Years active 1998, 2000, 2002-2004, 2008-2019
Founded by Walker Art Center
Website
www.walkerart.org

Rock the Garden is an annual summer music festival organized by the Walker Art Center and Minnesota Public Radio held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Launched by the Walker in 1998, the event has been cosponsored by 89.3 The Current and Minnesota Public Radio since 2008, becoming more of an indie rock festival. Since its founding, Rock the Garden has highlighted national artists such as Wilco, Sonic Youth, David Byrne, MGMT, De La Soul, My Morning Jacket, Spoon, Bon Iver, and The Decemberists, and featured a diverse range of local bands like Low, Doomtree, Fog, Iffy, Cloud Cult, Howler, and Trampled By Turtles.

Lineups

1998

2000

2002

  • Iffy
  • Marc Ribot and Los Cubanos Postizos
  • Medeski Martin & Wood

2003

2004

  • Barbara Cohen
  • Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra
  • David Byrne

2008

Rock the Garden 2008 was held on June 21.

2009

Rock the Garden 2009 was held on June 19 and featured a new stage location facing the hill instead of the street.

  • Solid Gold
  • Yeasayer
  • Calexico
  • The Decemberists

2010

Rock the Garden 2010 was held on June 19.

  • Retribution Gospel Choir
  • OK Go
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
  • MGMT

2011

Rock the Garden 2011 was held on June 18.

2012

Rock the Garden 2012 was held on June 16.

  • Howler
  • Tune-Yards
  • Doomtree
  • Trampled by Turtles
  • The Hold Steady

2013

Rock the Garden 2013 was held on June 15.

  • Dan Deacon
  • Low
  • Bob Mould
  • Silversun Pickups
  • Metric

2014

Rock the Garden stage, June 2014
The Rock the Garden stage in 2014

Rock the Garden 2014 was held on June 21 and June 22.

Saturday

  • Lizzo
  • Jeremy Messersmith
  • Best Coast
  • Matt & Kim
  • De La Soul

Sunday

  • Valerie June
  • Kurt Vile and The Violators
  • Dessa
  • Guided By Voices
  • Spoon

2015

Rock the Garden 2015 was held on June 20 and June 21.

Saturday

Sunday

2016

Rock the Garden 2016 was held June 18 at Boom Island Park (due to construction on the Walker Art Center campus).

  • Plague Vendor
  • GRRRL PRTY
  • Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
  • Hippo Campus
  • M. Ward
  • Poliça
  • Chance the Rapper
  • The Flaming Lips

2017

Rock the Garden 2017 was held July 22 in the newly renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

  • Bon Iver
  • The Revolution
  • Benjamin Booker
  • Car Seat Headrest
  • Margaret Glaspy
  • Dead Man Winter
  • Bruise Violet
  • Dwynell Roland

2018

Rock the Garden 2018 was held on June 16.

  • Father John Misty
  • Low Cut Connie
  • Chastity Brown
  • U.S. Girls
  • Nikki Lane
  • Kamasi Washington
  • P.O.S (rapper)
  • Feist (singer)

2019

Rock the Garden 2019 was held on June 29.

  • The National
  • Courtney Barnett
  • X
  • Heart Bones (Sabrina Ellis and Har Mar Superstar)
  • Bad Bad Hats
  • Dem Atlas
  • Adia Victoria
  • The Beths

2020

Rock the Garden 2020 and 2021 have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coordinates: 44°58′05″N 93°17′19″W / 44.96806°N 93.28861°W / 44.96806; -93.28861

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