What happens when a sound from Vancouver meets the end of a good winter in Minneapolis with clouds, a bird and local greenery?
The outcome isn’t a picturesque sandbar on the Mississippi. Rather, one of the largest rock concerts for Minneapolis this summer: Rock the Garden.
Wisconsin singer-songwriter Bon Iver (Bohn Eevair) will be opening the evening and followed by local favorites Cloud Cult and Canadian indie-rockers The New Pornographers. Andrew Bird, the eclectically styled, classically trained “one man band” from Chicago is to close the evening. Eureka Recycling, a local nonprofit organization, has the encore covered as they promise make the already grassy show an even greener event; Rock the Garden will be a zero-waste venue.
In conjunction with the Walker Art Center and 89.3 The Current, the sold out, all ages show will take place in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden on June 21 from 4–11 p.m.
The show’s bill promises both talent and a global consciousness. After 12-hour writing sessions and a winter alone in the Wisconsin woods, Justin Vernon emerged Bon Iver (French for “good winter” and intentionally misspelled), with his debut album “For Emma, Forever Ago.” A favorite at the South by Southwest festival in March, Iver’s eerie falsetto places him outside usual expectations of the singer-songwriter genre.
For the last 13 years, Cloud Cult’s music has been as friendly to the Earth as it is to the listening ear. Growing from a local solo act to a six-member band, Cloud Cult releases their music through Earthology Records, a nonprofit environmental record label. The green band’s hip-hop, indie-rock, chamber pop performances have included live painters and video and have attracted the attention of the New York Times, Spin, and Billboard. From Vancouver, the ethereal power pop of The New Pornographers has been featured in Rolling Stone and Pitchfork magazines.
Chicagoan Andrew Bird is to close the evening with an exceptional performance. Stacking live loops of violin, whistling, glockenspiel and guitar, Bird’s live performances allow new layers of sound to morph away from perfected studio recordings, creating a new show with every venue and event.
As innovative as Bird’s sound and as environmentally sound as Cloud Cult’s record label, Eureka Recycling is turning the venue into a zero-waste event. For the last seven years, the locally based, nationally acclaimed nonprofit has allowed individuals to experience the possibility that waste can be prevented entirely. After concertgoers enjoy summer food from Chipotlé and the Summit Brewing Company, all of the concert’s waste will be recycled or composted.
Rock the Garden
What: Concert featuring Andrew Bird, Bon Iver, Cloud Cult and The New Pornographers
Where: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 725 Vineyard Place
When: June 21, 4–11 p.m.