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The annual Rock the Garden music festival kicks off summer in the Twin Cities

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Chance the Rapper

Photo by Andrea Ellen Reed

Event: On June 18, Rock the Garden, cosponsored by local radio station 89.3 The Current, welcomed eight bands, and for the first time, music was performed on two alternating stages. Twin Cities food trucks and local beer were also on hand to refuel the crowd.

Moving Day: The festival’s primary home at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden was under construction, so music was moved to Boom Island Park near northeast Minneapolis along the Mississippi River. Rock the Garden will return to the Sculpture Garden in 2017. 

Hometown Heroes: Headliners the Flaming Lips wrapped up the night on Stage 1, and Chance the Rapper on Stage 2, but the day’s local acts gave some of the most memorable performances for the Minneapolis crowd. GRRRL Prty took the stage for their last time together as a group, and Hippo Campus previewed new songs in anticipation of a future album.

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