The Current and Walker Art Center announce the end of Rock the Garden

The Walker Art Center and MPR News’ sister station The Current announced on Wednesday that they are ending the annual Rock the Garden music festival in Minneapolis.

“Rock the Garden has always been about bringing people together through music. We are grateful to leave on a high note as a team. Now is a new opportunity to conjure up new ways to serve the ambitions that drive each institution in new ways,” Walker Executive Director Mary Ceruti and MPR President Duchesne Drew said in a statement. joint.

The statement did not specify the reasons for the decision to end the festival.

After being canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, Rock the Garden returned last June to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, featuring Sleater-Kinney, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, and Duluth-based Low.

“The 13 festivals we have co-produced together have held so many memorable moments and brought joy and inspiration to many. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with MPR and The Current in new ways and new projects at the ‘future,’ Philip Bither, McGuire’s director and senior curator of performing arts at The Walker, said in a statement Wednesday.

The Walker Art Center started Rock the Garden in 1998, and it went on hiatus in 2004. The Current teamed up to revive the festival in 2008.

The annual music event has been an unofficial start to summer for many Minnesotans, with lineups over the years that have included many international, national and local stars – including David Byrne, Chance the Rapper, Lizzo , Wilco, the National and Bon Iver.