Are You Ready To Rock… The Garden?

June 14, 2012

Rock the Garden 2012Once again it’s mid-June and that means one thing, Rock the Garden. The biggest music festival in the Twin Cities is back for the tenth time and is right around the corner.

As expected, the Current and Walker Art Center have once again put together another loaded lineup for this Saturday’s festival.

Like many past years, Rock the Garden 2012 is holding on to its Minnesota roots by including several bands from the state. Minneapolis based hip-hop group Doomtree, Duluth-born Trampled by Turtles and Minneapolis indie-rock band Howler will all be rocking the Cities during the outdoor festival.

As if these three bands weren’t enough, Rock the Garden 2012 will feature two more great headliners, tUnE-YaRdS and The Hold Steady (which features Minnesota-raised frontman Craig Finn.)

The schedule for the festival is as follows:

  • 3:00 p.m. – Gates open
  • 3:45 p.m. – Howler
  • 4:30 p.m. – tUnE-yArDs
  • 5:45 p.m. – Doomtree
  • 7:15 p.m. – Trampled by Turtles
  • 8:45 p.m. – The Hold Steady
  • 10:00 p.m. – Music ends

Rock the Garden 2011All five bands bring something different to the stage but their live shows will definitely keep the sold-out crowd of 10,000 moving from start to finish. Festival goers get everything, from hip-hop to bluegrass to Indie-rock to experimental percussion.

How can it not be a great time?

Well, as of today it looks like there is a good chance it will be raining for a majority of the festival. This may deter some fans from the festival, but the Walker’s policy says the show will go on rain or shine. In my opinion a little rain makes concerts better. My reasoning for this: I’ve been to several outdoor concerts during rainstorms and it seems to make the bands play better. My guess is they realize people will only stay if the show is worth it and more often than not the bands rise up to the challenge and kill it.

Past Rock the Gardens have not disappointed festival goers and it looks like this year’s lineup will keep the tradition going. The only question I have now is: who’s coming with me?