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Rock the Garden reviews and photos

There have been a plethora of reviews and blog posts about Rock the Garden coming through my google alerts lately, and they’ve been overwhelmingly positive. My summation of the reviews and tweets I’ve seen so far boils down to two major points: The new layout with the stage facing south up the hill was a […]

Sound Check, Rock the Garden 2009, photo by The Current

Sound Check, Rock the Garden 2009, photo by The Current

There have been a plethora of reviews and blog posts about Rock the Garden coming through my google alerts lately, and they’ve been overwhelmingly positive. My summation of the reviews and tweets I’ve seen so far boils down to two major points:

  • The new layout with the stage facing south up the hill was a big improvement.
  • The Decemberists finished the show off pretty well.

Here’s a list of the reviews that I’ve run across:

And here are photos I’ve seen go by:

If I’m missing any reviews or photos, let me know in the comments.

We also captured a time-lapse video of the stage being set up and people filtering in to watch the show. Unfortunteately, the software we were using to connect to the camera wasn’t the most reliable and crashed a few times, resulting in some gaps in time. That said, it is still neat to see the stage go up and the size of the crowd grow:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SwbDXbVELI&fmt=18[/youtube]

On a side note: I was not able to attend the show, but was able to follow the happenings from my phone in the middle of Wisconsin. It wasn’t quite as good as being there, but following a twitter search for “rock the garden” gave me a good play-by-play and heightened my sense of missing out. Thanks to all the tweeters who kept those of us not there posted.

  • On Sunday I posted a collection of mostly after-dark photos from the Decemberists set. Should have the rest up today.

    Decemberists Set:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/560/sets/72157620054142493/

  • Karen Williams says:

    I’m surprised that you say that the comments have been \overwhelmingly positive\. We arrived late and so were up on top of the hill and the sound quality up there was pretty lousy. Too much bass, and very hard to hear the midrange. One could move around and improve it a bit, but we discovered as we left during the Decemberist’s last song, that the sound on the street to the west was far superior to that inside the gates. Several people I spoke with said they’ll skip the admission next year and just stand on the street! The inadequate number of port-o-potties – maybe 14 total on top of the hill – was a big annoyance! I spent half of the Calexico set in line for the can- inexcusable!

  • Jim says:

    Sorry you had a crappy time Karen. I was there for the entire show and had no such complaints. We also weren’t so far away, and were stage right for most and then 4 rows from the front for The Decemberists. Also, I always went to the bathroom inside the Art Center and I will say being a girl and having to go to the bathroom at ANY event sucks. The girl line was always huge while the guy line was next to nothing.