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The Walker Art Center and 89.3 The Current present Rock the Garden 2008

Featuring Andrew Bird, The New Pornographers, Cloud Cult, and Bon Iver

It’s summer solstice, so take advantage of the daylight as Rock the Garden celebrates the biggest birthday party of the season—the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden turns 20! Singer-songwriter Andrew Bird and band top a bill that also features Canadian indie rock supergroup the New Pornographers and the eco-conscious Twin Cities favorite, Cloud Cult. Opening is Bon Iver, a soulful lo-fi folk artist from northwest Wisconsin.

This all-ages, rain-or-shine street party also includes live broadcasts from DJs of 89.3 The Current and more than 40 works of art in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Enjoy an array of food and refreshments for sale, including crepes from Vincent, fresh selections from Chipotle, and beer from Summit Brewing Company.

Chipotle will donate 100% of its Rock the Garden sales to the Walker Art Center and 89.3 The Current to support Rock the Garden.

Rock the Garden is proud to be a zero waste event, in partnership with Eureka Recycling.


Gates open, 4:00 pm
Bon Iver, 4:30 pm
Cloud Cult, 5:45 pm
The New Pornographers, 7:00 pm
Andrew Bird, 8:30 pm
Music ends, 10:00 pm
Gates close, 11:00 pm


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.) If you live in the area, please walk, bike (over 300 spots for bikes), or take public transportation (Metro Transit bus lines: 4, 6, 12, and 25).


Enjoy cold beverages from Summit Brewing Company and Jerry’s Fresh Cherry Lemonade, and food from Chipotle, Vincent-A Restaurant, Joe’s Garage, and Taulelle Concessions. Food and beverages will be on sale from 4-10:30 pm. ID required to purchase alcohol.


Sold out.
All ticket sales are final. Orders received by June 13 have been mailed; all other ticket orders will be held at Will Call in the Walker’s Hennepin Lobby.


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.

No photography, video or audio taping is allowed, except by official event staff.

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 cameras or photos. Recording (audio and video) not permitted. No food or beverages allowed in or out of the event. No lawn furniture, coolers, or pets. All bags subject to search.


The Walker Art Center and 89.3 The CurrentTM present Rock the Garden 2008.

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The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden 20th-Anniversary Celebration is sponsored by

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Major support is generously provided by Judy Dayton and Martha and Bruce Atwater. Additional support is provided by the Edward R. Bazinet Foundation, N. Bud and Beverly Grossman Foundation, Marilyn and Glen Nelson, and Harriet and Edson Spencer.

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is a project of the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.