There have been a plethora of reviews and blog posts about Rock the Garden coming through my google alerts lately, and they’ve been overwhelmingly positive. My summation of the reviews and tweets I’ve seen so far boils down to two major points:
- The new layout with the stage facing south up the hill was a big improvement.
- The Decemberists finished the show off pretty well.
Here’s a list of the reviews that I’ve run across:
- East-lake.net posts a lengthy play-by-play review, including a good deal of pictures and short reviews of each band.
- The Twin Cities Daily Planet reviews the show with a several photos.
- The Star Tribune has crowd reactions and gives the show a mixed review. There are a few more tidbits in the Pop Life blog.
- About.com’s review goes into some of the logistics of the stage placement.
- MFR has another review and came away pretty impressed by this year’s lineup of bands.
- Pop Culture Junkie reviews the show with YouTube inlines of the band’s different music videos.
And here are photos I’ve seen go by:
- The best group is probably from our partner The Current‘s flickr stream, with 82 photos and 5 videos, many by twin cities video personality extraordinaire, Chuck Olsen.
- City Pages has a slideshow of 40 shots from the show.
- The Star Tribune posted 9 photos, including some great action shots of the band and crowd.
- emoeby posted a collection of 18 shots to flickr, perhaps giving the best sense of the size of the crowd.
- Plesserchick has 18 photos, including some close-ups of Solid Gold (I think) and Colin Meloy.
- WontonBrutallity has a small collection of 6 photos, including a couple night shots and a guy drinking beer.
- danlwhelan posts a large collection of iPhone images on MobileMe.
- Jacob Walter Photography posted a collection of 38 images, including a couple panoramas.
If I’m missing any reviews or photos, let me know in the comments.
We also captured a time-lapse video of the stage being set up and people filtering in to watch the show. Unfortunteately, the software we were using to connect to the camera wasn’t the most reliable and crashed a few times, resulting in some gaps in time. That said, it is still neat to see the stage go up and the size of the crowd grow:
On a side note: I was not able to attend the show, but was able to follow the happenings from my phone in the middle of Wisconsin. It wasn’t quite as good as being there, but following a twitter search for “rock the garden” gave me a good play-by-play and heightened my sense of missing out. Thanks to all the tweeters who kept those of us not there posted.