This summer’s first and best outdoor music festival gets a kick-start with local phenoms Retribution Gospel Choir—the scorching side-project of Low’s Alan Sparhawk—who champion the “rock” in Rock the Garden in slash-and-burn style. Next up are Grammy Award winners and viral video sensations OK Go, whose high-octane performances and rollicking new record are brimming with irresistible hooks, vintage Prince, and noisy nuance. The party continues with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, the Brooklyn collective revered globally for live shows that blaze through gospel, soul, and funk—think R&B revue in a revival tent.
MGMT takes the stage next, mining the pop canon of the past five decades to come up with glittering sounds, game-changing grooves, and cosmic-pop hooks. They perform their new release, Congratulations, for a dazzling-yet irreverent art-rock finale that runs the gamut from futuristic to funky, grand to glam, epic to positively euphoric.
Between sets, enjoy selections from the Current’s DJs, stroll through the world-famous sculpture garden, and sample a smorgasbord of food, beer, and other refreshments for sale. This all-ages, rain-or-shine party is sold out!
Sold out. No refunds; all ticket sales are final. Orders received by June 12 have been mailed; all other ticket orders will be held at Will Call in the Walker’s Hennepin Lobby. Box office: 612.375.7600.
General Admission: Access to hillside and street vendors.
The Upper Deck: Access to private area adjacent to the Walker with complimentary snacks from Seward Co-op, and two beer tickets.
VIP Skybox: VIP access to the Walker’s rooftop terraces with complimentary hors d’oeuvres by Wolfgang Puck, two drink tickets, and cash bar, plus entry to The Upper Deck.
Note: VIP Skybox opens at 4 pm; General Admission and The Upper Deck areas open at 3 pm.
Rock the Garden 2010 Merchandise
3:00 pm – Gates open
4:15 pm – Retribution Gospel Choir
5:15 pm – OK Go
6:45 pm – Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
8:30 pm – MGMT
10:00 pm – Music ends
10:30 pm – Gates close
Parking & Directions
Parking is limited in area lots and on the street. Paid event parking is available in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden lot. (The Vineland Place underground ramp is closed to the public.) Parking is also available at St Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (starting at 3 pm) and Dunwoody Institute. If you live in the area, please walk, bike, or take public transportation (Metro Transit bus lines: 4, 6, 12, and 25). For directions, click HERE >>
Note: The Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge pedestrian bridge, connecting Loring Park with the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, will be closed.
Bike racks will be located on Hennepin Avenue and will provide bike parking for 500+ bikes. Bike racks are generously provided by Dero.
Enjoy cold beverages from Summit Brewing Company and Jerry’s Fresh Cherry Lemonade, cool off with Häagen-Dazs ice cream, and select from an array of food by Barrio Taco Truck, Wolfgang Puck, Sweet Roast Corn, Joe’s Garage, Vincent, Best Way Gyros, and Taulelle Concessions. Food and beverages will be on sale from 3-10:15 pm. ID required to purchase alcohol.
Special Member Benefit
Walker Art Center and Minnesota Public Radio members: Bring your member card to receive a special music download card featuring songs from MGMT, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, OK Go, and Retribution Gospel Choir. Thank you for your support!
Walker Hours on Saturday, June 19
Due to preparation for Rock the Garden, the Walker galleries, Open Field, the Open Field Bar & Grill, and the Garden Café by Wolfgang Puck will be closed.
20.21 Restaurant & Bar is open for dinner only (5:30-11 pm).
The Walker Shop is also open (limited hours from 11 am-3 pm). And during the concert, stop by our tent for all the Rock the Garden and band merchandise.
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.
This event may be filmed, photographed, or recorded by the Walker and/or The Current. Ticket holders consent to appear in this documentation and its future use by the Walker and The Current.
No outside food or beverages allowed in the event. No lawn furniture, coolers, or pets. No professional photography or audio recording equipment allowed. No outside soliciting. No guns allowed. All bags subject to search.