Launched by the Walker Art Center in 1998, Rock the Garden has been cosponsored by The Current since 2008. Fourteen concerts have been staged outside the Walker since the inaugural event featuring the Jayhawks. Rock the Garden features national and international artists paired with the best in local music. Past performers have included Belle and Sebastian, Bon Iver, David Byrne, Chance the Rapper, De La Soul, Dessa, Doomtree, Father John Misty, Flaming Lips, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Lizzo, Jeremy Messersmith, Metric, MGMT, Modest Mouse, the Revolution, Sonic Youth, Spoon, Stereolab, Trampled by Turtles, Wilco, and many more.

Walker Art Center

Known for presenting today’s most compelling artists from close to home and around the world, the Walker Art Center features a broad array of contemporary visual arts, music, dance, theater, and moving image works. Ranging from concerts and films to exhibitions and workshops, Walker programs empower people to experience the transformative possibilities of the art and ideas of our time and to imagine the world in new ways. The adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, one of the first urban sculpture parks of its kind in the United States, holds at its center the beloved Twin Cities landmark Spoonbridge and Cherry by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen as well as some 60 sculptures on the 19-acre Walker campus. Visit for more information on upcoming events.

The Current®

The Current is an all-music, noncommercial, member-supported station from Minnesota Public Radio. Now in its 15th year, the award-winning station has grown into a far-reaching community, boasting members and online 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. Visit to learn more and find a complete list of stations.