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I joined the Walker as some sort of intern in 2007 and worked in Education & Community Programs and Public Relations until I ended up in as the Walker's social media manager, delivering you e-mails, Twitter updates, Facebook statuses, answers to your questions, and occasional blogs about things I like. Then I left to go make art in Utah and drive around the country. Now I'm back and producing a little event called the Internet Cat Video Film Festival. #cats

Rock the Garden 2012 Review and Photo Round-up

There wasn’t much to complain about at this year’s Rock the Garden. The skies gave us a go ahead by clearing up just in time for the show, the “goat path” stayed in place leading to easy movement up and down the hill, the food offerings were delicious, and the bands all seemed happy to […]

There wasn’t much to complain about at this year’s Rock the Garden. The skies gave us a go ahead by clearing up just in time for the show, the “goat path” stayed in place leading to easy movement up and down the hill, the food offerings were delicious, and the bands all seemed happy to be there and gave it their all.

Oh, and the Mayor once again proved that he knows what it takes to be awesome on Twitter.

Here’s a round-up of some of your tweets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(More of those tweets plus photos can be found right here on Storify.)

Reviews:

“Reverence for the Twin Cities music scene was in overflowing supply during the 2012 running of Rock the Garden.” City Pages‘ Gimme Noise blog review every band and also reports on the number of mosquito bites the reporter received during the show: 3. (There were mosquitoes out?)

During the show, Local Current’s Andrea Swensson wrote a play-by-play of every band’s performance, including posting their set lists.

Rock the Garden a city unto itself: Star Tribune’s Chris Riemenschneider says that we were “daring” by changing up the formula by including so many local bands, and says this is why: “A punky hip-hop group — the first rappers ever booked at RTG — going on before a bluegrassy string band, both following an Afrobeat-influenced experimental group, with two straight-up, guitar-heavy rock bands for the opener and headliner. That’s how widely Saturday’s RTG lineup reached.”

Rose City Live admits they were watching the #rockthegarden tag all day long.

METRO finishes off their review saying, “No, Minnesota is not the center of the musical universe. But on this afternoon, at this venue, it seemed pretty close.”

Cake in 15 wants us to expand our drink selection and has a fantastic animated gif of Sims really, really moving.

Photo round-ups:

First of all, thanks to everybody who posted their photos and stories on our Rock the Garden wall! We love having them there.

City Pages‘ 1, 2, 3 punch: animated GIFs, bands, and people.

Three opportunities to find yourself in the Current’s interactive superzoom crowd photos taken from the VIP Skybox, press pit, and the top of the hill.

Rose City Live’s Stuart Wainstock’s set on Flickr.

Secrets of the City has a nice photo round-up of bands and happy concert-going couples.

Ryan Siverson has a gallery of 120 photos, including lots of shots of each band.

How Was The Show’s album showcases Craig Finn’s expressive faces.

We are still awaiting Vita.MN’s photobooth album, until then, here is their set of festival shots.

Leslie Plessner of shuttersmack‘s set of beautiful close-up shots, called out on Twitter as the “best photos I’ve seen so far from #rockthegarden” (@cleverkate.)

The Current also offers some behind-the-scenes photos from set-up before the gates opened.

KARE 11 and their photo gallery from the press pit.

Heavy Table devotes the first half of their photo set to the food, naturally.

One thing is missing from these photo sets: where are your fashion recaps? As predicted in our Rock the Garden Bingo game–

–we saw all of these, and yes, sometimes by standing in one spot. Congrats to @moonsweetie, our winner!

Are we missing something? Let us know in the comments below.

PS: Totally feel you on this one:

And also, the beautiful annual Rock the Garden time-lapse video is in, set to Trampled by Turtles’ “Alone”:

Rock the Garden 2011 Review & Photo Round-up

Whew! How are you all feeling? Standing my ground on a goat path of mud and avoiding dirty-footed crowd surfers in the marsh pit took quite a bit of energy out of yours truly, but I’m jazzed to see all the reviews and photos on the web and Twitter from before, during, and after the […]

Getting rocked. Photo: The Current

Whew! How are you all feeling? Standing my ground on a goat path of mud and avoiding dirty-footed crowd surfers in the marsh pit took quite a bit of energy out of yours truly, but I’m jazzed to see all the reviews and photos on the web and Twitter from before, during, and after the show.

Here is a round-up of some of your tweets:
@hansenwithane: My Morning Jacket melts faces. #RTG2011 #amazing
@misslibrarian: I wonder what hair products Jim James uses. #hairtwins #RTG2011
@_SamChoo: #RtG2011 was sprinkley, but good. Bands were solid – though this will be known as the the year I finally tasted @chefshack1’s mini-donuts!
@ChaseThisBear: Favorite part of #rtg2011 was lost child alert and to pick him up at the Vodka tent and Mark Wheats annual drunk speech.
@thatredgirl: Oh the glory of dry pants and clean feet! Who knew it was so lovely, thank you @RockTheGarden for reminding me of this pleasure #RTG2011
Celebrity sightings! @EamonCoyne: Saw Craig Finn, the Sklar Bros and Josh Hartnett @RockTheGarden today. Oh and some pretty good music too! #rtg2011 – you have exhausted me!
@maggieckane: “You could stare into that cherry [on the spoon] for hours and hours. God bless it.” –My Morning Jacket #rtg2011

And related (intentionally or not…)
@vholst: My Morning Jacket was the cherry on top of an amazing day. #rtg2011

And finally…
@dane_ray: It may have rained, but it sure was fun as hell! #rtg2011
@mlindstrom: Watching @mymorningjacket as the sun goes down in the best city in America. #rtg2011

Reviews:
* = reviews that mention Jim James’ reverent comments about Spoonbridge and Cherry

Metro has a review and recap of the show. *

City Pages was doing some livebloggin’ all day long over at Gimme Noise. *

The Star Tribune covered the day inside and out: in this review for the print edition, a recap of Neko Case and My Morning Jacket and their set lists on Artcetera*, and this short piece and slide show about a few of the 10,000 people who came to the show–rain, mud, and all.

Photo Round-Ups:

The Current has great behind-the-scenes, crowd, and band pics on their page. They’re still updating!

Metromix’s massive 100-photo slideshow

Heavy Table: a visual feast of food and band photos.

Trend-spotting was a little difficult this year due to the continuous drizzle, but art of wore soldiered on anyways.

A nice album of band and crowd shots from McNally Smith.

City Pages slideshow

Shuttersmack has a nice big set of band-heavy photos.

A set of photos from How Was The Show

The Pioneer Press slideshow opens on a shot of people drinking beer in ponchos: a representative photo.

Derek Johnk has an album that offers a sneak peek into the life of RTG VIPs.

And last, but definitely not least, some amazing folks over here at the Walker have put together an extra special time-lapse video this year. Check it out and re-live your entire day in 4 minutes: