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Rock the Garden Reviews and Photos: Everybody loves confetti

I’ve been keeping tabs on what people have been saying about this year’s Rock the Garden via Twitter, facebook, and my eyes and ears. There are three things I’m sure of: 1. People love confetti. (And yes, ours was biodegradable.) 2. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings were amazing and stole the show. 3. MGMT was […]

Confetti! Photo: Cameron Wittig

I’ve been keeping tabs on what people have been saying about this year’s Rock the Garden via Twitter, facebook, and my eyes and ears. There are three things I’m sure of:

1. People love confetti. (And yes, ours was biodegradable.)

2. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings were amazing and stole the show.

3. MGMT was the low after the sugar rush high that was Sharon Jones, but at least they played “Kids.”

I also did a little trend-watching. I counted 500 rompers, 200 straw hats, and 100 bouts of  “grandma’s couch” floral prints. There were only 20 maxi dresses (last year’s romper) so next year, don’t wear a romper. What do you think next year’s big trend will be? Shortalls? Harem pants (will they reach the midwest?) Tie-dye?

Review round-up:

The Onion’s A.V. Club does a quick recap with a short slideshow (including another great confetti shot.)

Twin Cities Daily Planet does a play-by-play of the day with great pictures of the bands and the crowd.

The artcetera blog on Star Tribune offers a quick review of the day, while the full article on the Strib website talks to people from the crowd.

The blog Sandwiches I Have Loved gives a thumbs up to the ratatouille with goat cheese sandwich from Joe’s Garage.

This one on Not Shallow includes a lengthy “romper digression.”

Twin Cities Concert Blog picks the highs and lows of each band. Includes a video of OK Go and their handbell song.

Photo round-up:

I’ve been waiting for this: the City Pages Freestyle Fashion Rock the Garden slideshow!

City Pages‘ well-rounded slideshow of the bands, food vendors, and “10,000 hipsters.”

Star Tribune gallery

50 photos from Twin Cities Metromix (including a strange photo of OK Go’s drummer framed by the lead singer’s outstretched legs)

The Current’s flickr pool (including a photo that captures a pretty fantastic Alan Sparhawk face)

Vita.mn’s photo gallery: lots of band shots.

L’etoile magazine’s photo round-up spends most of the time in the crowd.

Great flickr pool from user choplogicj.

Some nice dusk/city shots from user Dan_H.

Favorite tweet:

MayorRTRybak: Sharon Jones,former prison guard, has Rock the Garden crowd in custody. Love her sound!

More to come as they hit my Google alerts. Also, feel free to let me know if I’ve missed anything.

Be sure to add your best photos to the Rock the Garden photo album on the Rock the Garden facebook page.

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  • CRAIG T. CASS says:

    The opening and closing bands left much to be desired. Perhaps the Current could find some bands that are played on 89.3 that would fit the event better. I found the day to be great fun, but really let down from the lack of quality in the music this year. I know the 650 bands at NXNE put a hole in the potential bands available, but I would guess there are still quality bands around. Better luck next year.