Mark your calendar! Rock the Garden takes place on Saturday, June 16, at the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden featuring Father John Misty. In 2017, Father John Misty aka Josh Tillman released Pure Comedy, his third album under this nom de plume. Misty’s sardonic wit and unique instrumentation fuel a dark and delightful album that is topping numerous best-of lists for the year. His performance is not one to miss, where Jim Morrison gyrations meets 21st century social commentary. Come kick off the summer under the glow of the Minneapolis skyline with Misty’s clever and existential musings.
A members-only flash sale December 13-15 will be the only chance in 2017 to buy tickets for this iconic Minneapolis music event—which sold out last summer. The members-only presale opens December 13 at 10 am, and ends December 15 at 5 pm.
Buy tickets online at rockthegardenfestival.com. Special discounted prices for Walker and Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) members—$69 general admission and $300 VIP admission. Limit 8 tickets per membership, available online only.
Don’t miss out—join or renew now! A current membership is required for purchase, so have your member number ready. If you need help locating your member number, call the Walker (612-375-7655) or MPR (800-228-7123).
Rock the Garden 2018 Member Presale Ticket Information
General Admission tickets: $69
VIP Skybox offers exclusive access to the view of the stage from Walker’s rooftop terraces and the air-conditioned comfort of the Garden Terrace Room, complimentary eats, three free drink tickets, and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages. A voucher for a Rock the Garden T-shirt (up to $25 value); free parking for your party in the underground parking garage; and entry to the Grove on the ground level adjacent to the stage, and all general admission areas are also included.
Max amount of tickets per order: 8
Tickets available at rockthegardenfestival.com
The remaining Rock the Garden 2018 bands will be announced in April on The Current. Any remaining tickets will go on sale following the lineup announcement in April.
ABOUT THE WALKER ART CENTER
One of the most internationally celebrated art museums and multidisciplinary art centers, the Walker Art Center is known for presenting today’s most compelling artists from around the world. In addition to organizing traveling exhibitions and presentations of its world-renowned collections, the Walker presents a broad array of contemporary music, dance, design, theater, and moving image art.
ABOUT THE CURRENT
The Current® from Minnesota Public Radio® brings listeners the best authentic new music alongside the music that inspired it, from local to legendary, indie to influential, new to nostalgic. A non-commercial, listener-supported radio station, The Current® has helped launch and support more than 600 Minnesota artists during its eleven-year history. The Current Sessions®, live performances of emerging and well-established artists recorded in MPR’s Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio, have garnered national attention from music lovers, industry leaders and media outlets like Pitchfork Media, Stereogum and Prefix Magazine. One of the country’s leading authorities in presenting contemporary music to audiences, The Current® has received numerous accolades, including FMQB Triple A Conference Non-Comm Station of the Year, Program Director of the Year (Jim McGuinn), and Music Director of the Year (David Safar). City Pages readers have named the Current® “Best Radio Station” in its annual “Best of the Twin Cities” awards every year since the station’s existence. The station’s online music coverage has been honored with two Page One Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. The Current® can be heard at 89.3 in the Twin Cities, 88.7 in Rochester, 104.3/94.9/90.9 in Duluth and across Minnesota-*-check thecurrent.org for a complete list of stations. The Current® is available for streaming at thecurrent.org, along with other streams: Local Current (all-Minnesota music); Radio Heartland (acoustic, Americana and roots music) and Rock the Cradle (music for kids and their grownups).
ABOUT ROCK THE GARDEN
Launched by the Walker in 1998, Rock the Garden has been cosponsored by 89.3 The Current since 2008. Most of the twelve concerts have been staged outside the Walker since the inaugural event featuring the Jayhawks. Rock the Garden showcases national and international artists paired with the best in local music. Past performers have included Stereolab, Sonic Youth, Wilco, Antibalas, David Byrne, the Decemberists, Sharon Jones, Doomtree, Bob Mould, Trampled by Turtles, De La Soul, Babes in Toyland, Chance the Rapper, the Flaming Lips, and many more. In 2016 the event moved to Boom Island Park along the Mississippi River due to the Walker’s campus renovation project. Last year’s sold-out festival returned to the new Walker Art Center/Minneapolis Sculpture Garden with eight bands, including headliners Bon Iver, the Revolution, Benjamin Booker, Car Seat Headrest, and others.
ABOUT FATHER JOHN MISTY (J. TILLMAN)
Father John Misty is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Josh Tillman. Tillman has released three widely acclaimed albums -*- Fear Fun (2012), I Love You, Honeybear (2015) and his most recent release, Pure Comedy, his Grammy-nominated album (2017). Father John Misty has also recently contributed to songs by Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. As for his most recent album, Pure Comedy it is a complex, often-sardonic, and, equally often, touching meditation on the confounding folly of modern humanity. He just completed a wildly successful international tour in support of the album.
Pure Comedy: The Film
The Walker Art Center and 89.3 The Current® present Rock the Garden 2018.
VIP Skybox sponsor
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is a project of the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.
Rock the Garden is proud to be a zero-waste event in partnership with Eureka Recycling.