This was the fifth year in a row that I've photographed the Rock The Garden for The Current. It is aways a wonderful day outside in the summer sun, with a relaxed crowd and great music. Instead of the traditional location on the hill next to the Walker Art Center, construction in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden forced the festival to find a new location along the banks of the Mississippi in NE Minneapolis. The Boom Island park location was large enough to grow the festival to nearly 18,000 people with two opposing stages. Music jumped between the two stages with nearly no interruption. With an onsite photo editor, and a 2nd photographer, I was able to immediately deliver images to a Dropbox folder accessible to the social media team to post and share through the day. Three songs into each band's set, a card runner would take memory cards to the editor while I would continue to capture more images of the performers and crowd. By the end of they, 15,000 photos were already edited down to about 100 images ready for the recap of the event on The Current's website. With great music and summer weather it was another successful Rock The Garden.Read More
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Every year it seems that Rock the Garden becomes an even bigger production and the expectations for everyone only grow. For the third year in a row we had to fight the weather as a rain storm rolled through right as the gates opened and the concert was set to get underway. However, the pouring rain lead to one of the most memorable experiences for everyone, as Dan Deacon volunteered to move his gear, personal PA, and his incredible skills at getting people to dance and interact, into the parking garage where everyone was seeking shelter from the rainstorm. He concluded his set with the same song and directions as his performance at Carleton College three years ago, conducting people to form a human tunnel to guide people back out into the freshly shining sun. Low performed next, leading to what has been the biggest story following Rock the Garden, transforming an already slow and brooding song into a 27 minute fuzzy, droning art rock piece. It took everyone by surprise, making it easy to dismiss in the moment, I've enjoyed listening back to the recording on The Current's website. The rest of the show with Bob Mould, Silversun Pickups, and Metric went stunningly. It was wonderful to have the assistance of Matt Mead as a second photographer this year, allowing me to focus more on the stage, while Matt covered more of the crowd, and atmosphere. As in years past, I wanted post a personal edit of some of my favorite images from the day that capture each of the band, and some of the atmosphere. It is a treat that one of my hardest work days of the year is also one of my most fun.