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The Walker Art Center and 89.3 The Current present Rock the Garden 2011

RTG 2011 is THE backyard party this summer and we’ve invited some special friends to handle the music…Local indie kings Tapes ‘n Tapes kick start the shindig in the afternoon sun with their smart, propulsive pop. Next up the legend, the icon - Booker T. Jones fires up his Hammond B-3 organ for a straight shot of timeless soul groove. Chanteuse Neko Case (and her killer band) then joins the party with her mesmerizing voice and heady alt/indie rock. Headlining are expansive southern rockers My Morning Jacket beloved for their riffy pop, smoldering rock, and list-topping live shows. Oh, and just a reminder, this party will sell out fast! Get tickets now.

Between sets, enjoy selections from the Current’s DJs, and sample a smorgasbord of food, beer, and other refreshments for sale. This all-ages party is rain-or-shine!

On-Sale to members FIRST

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No refunds; all ticket sales are final. Orders received by June 12th will be mailed; all other ticket orders will be held at Will Call in the Walker’s Hennepin Lobby. Box office: 612.375.7600.

General Admission: Access to hillside and street vendors.

VIP Skybox: VIP access to the Walker’s rooftop terraces with complimentary hors d’oeuvres by D’Amico, three drink tickets, and cash bar, parking pass for the underground ramp, plus entry to the Grove. $55 of this ticket are tax-deductible.

Note: General Admission opens at 3 pm; VIP Skybox opens at 4 pm.


3:00 pm - Gates open
4:15 pm – Tapes ‘n Tapes
5:15 pm – Booker T. Jones
6:45 pm – Neko Case
8:30 pm – My Morning Jacket
10:00 pm - Music ends
10:30 pm - Gates close


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 umbrellas are allowed into the event.

Parking & Directions

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.) Parking is also available at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (starting at 3 pm) and Dunwoody Institute. If you live in the area, please walk, bike, or take public transportation (Metro Transit bus lines: 4, 6, 12, and 25). For directions, click HERE.

Go Greener – ride Metro Transit

All Rock the Garden ticket holders are eligible for a free rides on buses and light rail to and from the event on Saturday, June 18th between the hours of 2 pm and midnight. Just follow this link to print out your Metro Transit free-ride pass: Rock the Garden - Go Greener.
To plan your trip to the event, use the Trip Planner at Metro Transit Trip Planner. Enter your starting point and enter Walker Art Center as your destination.


Bike racks will be located on Hennepin Avenue and will provide bike parking for 500+ bikes.


Enjoy cold beverages from Summit Brewing Company, Prairie Organic Vodka and Jerry’s Fresh Cherry Lemonade, cool off with Häagen-Dazs ice cream, and select from an array of food by Barrio Taco Truck, Sweet Roast Corn, Joe’s Garage, Vincent, Best Way Gyros, Foxy Falafel, Chef Shack and Taulelle Concessions. Food and beverages will be on sale from 3-10:15 pm. ID required to purchase alcohol.

Special Member Benefit

Walker Art Center and Minnesota Public Radio members: Bring your member card to receive a free bike light. Thank you for your support!

Walker Hours on Saturday, June 18th

Due to preparation for Rock the Garden, the Walker galleries, Open Field, the Open Field Bar & Grill, and the Garden Café by D’Amico will be closed.

During the concert, stop by our tent for all the Rock the Garden and band merchandise.

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.

Rock the Garden is proud to be a zero-waste event in partnership with Eureka Recycling. Last year, attendees and vendors created only 465 pounds of trash – less than two-thirds of an ounce per attendee! Overall, 92% of all discards were either composted or recycled. Join us in our zero-waste effort to make Rock the Garden 2011 even more successful!


The Walker Art Center and 89.3 The CurrentTM present Rock the Garden 2011.

Lead sponsors

Media partner
Official beer

Supporting sponsors

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.