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Photos: 98 unforgettable moments from Rock the Garden 2016

A crowd fills the field as Chance the Rapper performs (Nate Ryan, all photos for MPR)

Thanks to all 14,000 music lovers who joined us at Boom Island on Saturday for a sold-out Rock the Garden. Below, enjoy a photo gallery spanning all eight acts who played heartfelt sets for an adoring crowd — and some scenes capturing the vibe of this unique summer festival.

Minneapolis skyline as seen from Boom Island (Nate Ryan) The Current’s new wheels, courtesy of Walser Auto Group (Nate Ryan) New merch! (Nate Ryan) (Evan Frost) (Nate Ryan) Watching the festival’s openers, Plague Vendor (Nate Ryan) Plague Vendor (Evan Frost) Plague Vendor (Evan Frost) Plague Vendor (Nate Ryan) Plague Vendor (Nate Ryan) Plague Vendor (Nate Ryan) Plague Vendor (Nate Ryan) Plague Vendor (Nate Ryan) GRRRL PRTY take the stage (Evan Frost) (Nate Ryan) GRRRL PRTY (Evan Frost) Sophia Eris of GRRRL PRTY (Evan Frost) GRRRL PRTY (Nate Ryan) DJ Shannon Blowtorch of GRRRL PRTY (Nate Ryan) Manchita of GRRRL PRTY (Nate Ryan) Lizzo and Shannon Blowtorch of GRRRL PRTY (Nate Ryan) (Nate Ryan) Manchita of GRRRL PRTY (Nate Ryan) (Evan Frost) (Nate Ryan) Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats (Evan Frost) Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats (Nate Ryan) (Nate Ryan) Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats (Evan Frost) Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats (Nate Ryan) Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats (Nate Ryan) Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats (Nate Ryan) Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats (Nate Ryan) Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats (Nate Ryan) An eager crowd for Hippo Campus (Nate Ryan) Hippo Campus (NR) Hippo Campus (Nate Ryan) Hippo Campus (Nate Ryan) (Nate Ryan) Hippo Campus (Nate Ryan) Hippo Campus (Nate Ryan) Nate Ryan Nate Ryan (Evan Frost) (Nate Ryan) (Nate Ryan) M. Ward (Nate Ryan) M. Ward (Nate Ryan) M. Ward (Nate Ryan) M. Ward (Nate Ryan) M. Ward (Nate Ryan) (Evan Frost) The Current’s Mark Wheat and the Walker Art Center’s Philip Bither introduce Poliça (Nate Ryan) Channy Leaneagh of Poliça (Evan Frost) Poliça (Nate Ryan) Poliça (Nate Ryan) Channy Leaneagh of Poliça (Nate Ryan) Poliça (Nate Ryan) Poliça (Nate Ryan) Poliça (Nate Ryan) Poliça (Nate Ryan) Poliça (Nate Ryan) Poliça (Nate Ryan) (Nate Ryan) (Nate Ryan) (Nate Ryan) (Nate Ryan) Mary Lucia introduces Chance the Rapper (Nate Ryan) Chance the Rapper (Nate Ryan) Going crazy for Chance the Rapper (Nate Ryan) Chance the Rapper (Nate Ryan) Chance the Rapper (Nate Ryan) (Nate Ryan) Donnie Trumpet plays with Chance the Rapper (Nate Ryan) Chance the Rapper (Nate Ryan) Stix plays with Chance the Rapper (Evan Frost) Chance the Rapper (Nate Ryan) Chance the Rapper (Nate Ryan) Chance the Rapper (Evan Frost) Chance the Rapper (Nate Ryan) (Nate Ryan) (Nate Ryan) The Flaming Lips take the stage (Nate Ryan) The Flaming Lips (Nate Ryan) The Flaming Lips (Nate Ryan) Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips (Nate Ryan) The Flaming Lips offer a NSFW greeting to the Mill City (Nate Ryan) Wayne Coyne’s footwear (Nate Ryan) (Nate Ryan) Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips (Evan Frost) The Flaming Lips (Nate Ryan) The Flaming Lips, smokin’ (Nate Ryan) Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips (Nate Ryan) Wayne Coyne, rolling on the river (Nate Ryan) The Flaming Lips (Nate Ryan) (Nate Ryan)