Minneapolis, April 15, 2014— Why Rock the Garden for one day when you can rock it for two? The Twin Cities’ favorite annual summer concert returns with the first two-day format in the event’s history. The expanded event features some of the best music from our backyards and around the world including Jeremy Messersmith, Best Coast, Matt and Kim, and De La Soul (Saturday, June 21); Valerie June, Dessa, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Guided by Voices, and Spoon, (Sunday, June 22).
The 10-band festival starts off on Saturday with one of Minnesota’s newest pop stars, Jeremy Messersmith, the beloved singer-songwriter whose newest album Heart Murmurs showcases the most sophisticated arrangements of his signature mod-influenced style yet. Best Coast, a surf-pop duo from California, takes the stage next to keep the fun going; Bill Murray once called Best Coast his favorite band, and they’ve been wowing audiences with their energetic live shows on the festival circuit for years. Another group known for their energetic live shows, Matt & Kim, have been leaving audiences breathless with their frenetic, confetti-filled shows since they burst on the scene in 2006. Saturday headliners, pioneering hip hop act De La Soul, delivered a one-two punch to audiences this year by first releasing their entire discography for free online (including their classic hit “Stakes is High”) along with critically acclaimed new material, their first full length recording in a decade. They’ll be performing hits from their storied career with a 10-piece band, The Rhythm Roots All Stars.
Sunday’s lineup kicks off with electric indie-blues sensation Valerie June, whose song “Working Woman Blues” dominated public radio playlists and took audiences by storm last year. Next up is the indie-rock guitar-based band Kurt Vile and the Violators, with their beautiful and spacious sound. Then, a favorite local act with a massive national following, Dessa, brings her powerful voice and catchy songs to the stage with her energetic and charismatic live band. Dessa paves the way for one of indie rocks most enduring bands, Guided by Voices, with their post-punk sound and Robert Pollard’s “anything-can-happen” stage presence bringing the rock up a notch for the evening. Closing out Rock the Garden 2014 is Austin, Texas’ Spoon, another long-standing favorite of the alt-rock word, known for their live shows that keep audiences dancing and singing along to some of their biggest hits like “I Turn My Camera on” and “The Underdog”.
Rock the Garden 2014 Tickets will go on sale to Walker Art Center and The Current/Minnesota Public Radio members at 11am, Thursday, April 17. Membership ID numbers for the Walker Art Center or Minnesota Public Radio will be required for all pre-sale purchases. Remaining tickets will go on sale to the public at 11 am, Saturday, April 19.
To purchase tickets follow the Etix link or visit www.etix.com. Please have your member number ready to participate in the member presale. Limit of 4 tickets per member ID during the presale. Children over five years old must have a ticket for entrance. No refunds; all ticket sales are final. All ticket orders must be made online. All tickets are print-at-home and will be received by e-mail. For online issues please call Etix customer support: 1.800.514.3849
Single Day: $59; Two-Day Pass: $100
Access to hillside and street vendors.
VIP Green Room
Single Day: $100; Two-Day Pass: $175
VIP Green Room offers exclusive access to a private area in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Take a break from the action and avoid the lines with VIP-only food and beverage stations and restrooms. Free parking for your party in the Parade Lot, a voucher for a Rock the Garden T-shirt (up to $25 value), one drink ticket, and access to Green Room–only food and drink vendors are included. You’ll also enjoy special activities such as the Garden Party, featuring lawn games and meet-and-greet opportunities with The Current hosts and other special guests.
Single Day: $225; Two-Day Pass: $400
VIP Skybox offers exclusive access to the Walker’s rooftop terraces (with new and improved sightlines of the stage), complimentary hors d’oeuvres from Modern Events by D’Amico, three free drink tickets, and complimentary water and soda. A voucher for a Rock the Garden T-shirt (up to $25 value), free parking for your party in the underground parking garage, entry to the VIP Green Room, the Grove on the ground level adjacent to the stage, and all general admission areas are also included.
Rock the Garden 2014 Schedule
Saturday, June 21
3:00 pm – Gates open
3:45 – 4:15 pm– Surprise Guest (Not the Replacements)
4:30 – 5:25 pm – Jeremy Messersmith
5:55 – 6:50 pm – Best Coast
7:20 – 8:20 pm – Matt and Kim
8:50 – 10 pm – De La Soul
10 pm – Music ends
10:30 pm – Gates close
Sunday, June 22
3:00 pm – Gates open
3:45 – 4:15 pm Valerie June
4:30 – 5:20 pm – Kurt Vile and the Violators
5:50 – 6:45 pm – Dessa
7:15 – 8:15 pm – Guided by Voices
8:45 – 10 pm – Spoon
10 pm – Music ends
10:30 pm – Gates close
Getting to Rock the Garden:
Walk, Bike, Bus!
If you live in the area, please walk, bike, or take public transportation:
Bike racks bike with parking for 500+ bikes and a Nice Ride bike sharing station will be located on Hennepin Avenue.
Metro Transit bus lines: 4, 6, 12, and 25
Parking and Directions
Paid event parking is available in the Dunwoody Institute lot. The Vineland Place underground ramp and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden lots are reserved for VIP ticket holders and are closed to the general public.
Bring your empty water bottle and enjoy free, cold, refreshing water throughout the Rock the Garden concert grounds provided by Tap Minneapolis.
Food and beverages
Food and beverages will be on sale from 3-10:15 pm. ID required to purchase alcohol.
Walker Hours on Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22
Due to preparation for Rock the Garden, the Walker galleries, Walker on the Green: Artist-Designed Mini Golf, and the Garden Café by D’Amico will be closed. Walker on the Green: Artist-Designed Mini Golf will also be closed on Friday, June 20, for event set-up.
During the concert, stop by the merchandise 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 will 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.
About Rock the Garden
Launched by the Walker in 1998, Rock the Garden has been cosponsored by The Current since 2008. Eleven concerts have been staged outside the Walker since the inaugural event featuring the Jayhawks. Rock the Garden features national and international artists paired with the best in local music. Past performers have included Stereolab, Sonic Youth, Wilco, Antibalas, David Byrne, the Decemberists, Bon Iver, Sharon Jones, Doomtree, Bob Mould, Trampled by Turtles, Metric, Silversun Pickups, and many more.
Walker Art Center
One of the most celebrated art museums in the country, the Walker Art Center is known for presenting today’s most compelling artists, as well as modern masters, including Andy Warhol, Matthew Barney, Jasper Johns, Yoko Ono, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko, and Kara Walker. In addition to traveling exhibitions and its world-renowned collection, the Walker presents a broad array of contemporary music, dance, and theater, and the best in film from around the world and down the block. The Walker’s 11-acre Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is one of the country’s largest urban sculpture parks. At its center is the beloved Twin Cities landmark—the playful fountain-sculpture Spoonbridge and Cherry.
The Current brings listeners the best authentic new music alongside the music that inspired it, from local to legendary, indie to influential, new to nostalgic. The Current began broadcasting in 2005 as a non-commercial, member-supported radio station. From the start, The Current has received numerous accolades, including FMQB Triple A Conference NonComm Station of the Year and Jim McGuinn Program Director of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. In 2013, City Pages readers named it “Best FM Station” and host Mary Lucia “Best FM Personality”. The Current and its hosts have also been honored by the Minnesota Daily, Women’s Press Awards and Vita.MN. Its stellar broadcasts of in-studio performances have been featured online at Pitchfork Media and Prefix Magazine.