It is the season for outdoor music fesetivals in the Twin Cities, just weeks after SoundSet, this pas weekend was Rock the Garden. The concert has an amazing location along side of the Walker Art Center. This was my third year at the show, and seccond year photographing. The Current works with the Walker to make the show happen, and this year tickets sold out in less than an hour to members of the Walker and The Current.
Despite some morning rain, and the threat of afternoon storms, the weather just improved through the day to create an amazing day of music under the sun and Minnesota sky. While I had photographed each of the bands previously in the studios of The Current, it was great to see their energy in front of a 10,000 person crowd. While I saw many of the members of Doomtree over memorial day weekend at SoundSet, their combined energy on stage was amazing. They put on one of their strongest shows I've seen, mixing some new, yet-to-be-released, tracks and rocking sing-a-long tracks from the "No Kings" album.
Craig Finn closed the day out with his own stellar performance. Having seen him do his quieter solo work before, it was a load of fun to see him full of energy as the frontman for The Hold Steady. It was a long but good day, and went remarkably smoothly. I am thankful for the other MPR digital team members, Brett Baldwin and Peter Valelly, who downloaded memory cards and posted images on http://TheCurrent.org/ throughout the day. It was a luxury that let me really just focus on capturing the day as best I could.