Rock the Garden, the annual juggernaut concert held on the Walker Art Center lawn and co-presented with The Current, has always included at least one local band in its lineup, but this year, tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus is the only act among the five without a significant local connection. Doomtree are from here (proudly), Howler are from here (grudgingly), Trampled By Turtles are from Duluth (of course they are), and New York's the Hold Steady are fronted by Edina-raised Craig Finn.
When the lineup was announced, some observers asked, "Then what's the point?"—but the Walker and The Current won a lot of goodwill among Minnesota's überproud music fans and the event sold out just as quickly as always.
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