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Press Releases Walker Art Center and 89.3 The Current announce Rock the Garden 2012 with The Hold Steady, Trampled By Turtles, Doomtree, Tune-Yards, and Howler on Saturday, June 16

Tickets on sale now to Walker and the Current/MPR members; general public tickets go on sale April 20

Minneapolis, April 18, 2012—Your summer soundtrack starts now. Rock the Garden returns with an expanded line-up of killer live music to jumpstart the season of sun and outdoor sounds. Arrive early as this eclectic five band blowout kicks off a tad earlier than last year with brash surf pop from local upstarts Howler followed by the chart-topping antic art rock of Tune-Yards. Local supergroup Doomtree then takes command with their hyper-literate boundary-pushing hip hop and wall of beats. Next Trampled by Turtles unplug and join the party with their supercharged bluegrass at break-neck speed. The evening ends fists to the sky with the anthemic new classic rock of hometown heroes (by way of Brooklyn) The Hold Steady. With 89.3 The Current DJs hosting the live broadcast and spinning between bands, Summit beer, Prairie vodka, and food trucks and offering a wide range of choices, and the best setting for an outdoor rock show in the upper Midwest, Rock the Garden brings the community together

This all-ages, rain-or-shine party sold out quickly the last four years! Advance ticket purchase is recommended: rockthegarden2012.com or 612.375.7600.


Rock the Garden 2012 Tickets will go on sale to Walker Art Center and The Current/MPR members at 4 pm, Wednesday, April 18. Walker/The Current/MPR membership ID numbers will be required for all pre-sale purchases. Remaining tickets will go on sale to the public at noon, Friday, April 20.

General Admission:

Tickets are $49 for general admission/all ages. To purchase general admission tickets visit www.rockthegarden2012.com and follow the Etix link or visit www.etix.com . Please have your member number ready. Not a member of MPR or the Walker? Buy a special dual membership through Etix to get access to tickets. Children over five years old must have a ticket for entrance. No refunds; all ticket sales are final. All tickets are print-at-home and will be received by e-mail. For online issues please call the Walker Box Office: 612.375.7600.


Tickets are $175 for VIP Skybox (includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres by D’Amico, three drink tickets, a cash bar, and access to the Walker’s rooftop terraces, The Grove, and street amenities). Skybox tickets must be purchased directly from the Walker Box Office at 612.375.7600.

Rock the Garden 2012 Schedule

3:00 pm – Gates open

3:45 pm – Howler

4:30 pm – Tune-Yards

5:45 pm – Doomtree

7:15 pm – Trampled by Turtles

8:45 pm – The Hold Steady

10:00 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:

All ticketholders are eligible for a free ride on buses and light rail to and from the event between the hours of 1 pm and 12 midnight. Visit www.rockthegarden2012.com to get the pass.

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

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.


Enjoy cold beverages from Summit Brewing Company, Prairie Organic Vodka and Jerry’s Fresh Lemonade, cool off with Häagen-Dazs ice cream, and select from an array of food by Barrio Taco Truck, Chef Shack, Joe’s Garage, Best Way Gyros, 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 bonus for being a supporter!

Walker Hours on Saturday, June 16

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.

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.

Rock the Garden 2012 is sponsored by Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. and the Minnesota Twins. Media partner Vita.mn. Official beer by Summit Brewing Company. Additional support provided by Best Buy, Häagen-Dazs Shops, Barrio, and Prairie Organic Vodka. The VIP Skybox is sponsored by Thomson Reuters.

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.

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 Garden features more than 40 works of art and the Cowles Conservatory.

Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current

Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current is an all-music, non-commercial, member-supported station from Minnesota Public Radio. Now in its seventh year, the award-winning station has grown into a far-reaching community, boasting members and Web listeners from around the world. From local to legendary, indie to influential, The Current plays the best new music next to the artists you already love. Part of The Current’s mission is to champion emerging artists, support civic and cultural organizations, and give a platform to important voices that shape our community and make the Twin Cities a great place to live.

Walker Art Center and 89.3 The Current™ present Rock the Garden 2012.

The Hold Steady Photo: Mark Seliger