Mar 21-25


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North America

11:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Founded in 2009, Big Ears is a singular festival experience that explores connections between musicians and artists, effortlessly crossing the boundaries of musical genres as well as artistic disciplines. Big Ears is a weekend of world-class musical performances that celebrates Knoxville’s historic theaters, nightclubs, churches, museums, and outdoor spaces with concerts, discussions, interactive workshops, installations, film screenings, surprise collaborations and unexpected artistic collisions. It celebrates the never-ending adventure of artistic creation and exploration. Annually, the festival supports 100+ performances of music, film, and art over four days. Community engagement typically includes 50+ panels, workshops, and performances that are free and open to the public. In 2016, Big Ears was hailed by The New York Times as “the widest-angle music festival in the country, bridging the spaces between the classical tradition, improvised music, electronics and guitars,” and by Alex Ross of The New Yorker as “the most open-minded music gathering in the country.”

Thursday Pass: $65
Friday Pass: $75
Saturday Pass: $75
Sunday Pass: $65
Thursday Premier: $95
Friday Premier: $105
Saturday Premier: $105
Sunday Premier: $95
General Admission 4 Day pass: $225
Premier Pass: $375
VIP Ticket: $650

GENRE: Multi-Genre


12-hour Drone All Night Flight: Dreams Of The Whirlwind
Abstract Black
Alien Flower Sutra Rob Mazurek / Emmett Kelly
Altered Statesman
Alvin Lucier
Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones
Artifacts Trio
Avey Tare
Avishai Cohen Quartet
Béla Fleck & Edmar Castañeda
Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan
Black Duck
Brooklyn Rider
Carla Bley Trios With Andy Sheppard And Steve Swallow
Carla Kihlstedt
Carl Stone
Columbia Icefield
Dark Inside The Sun
David Torn
Dejohnette Coltrane Garrison
Derek Gripper
Dragnet Girl With Live Score By Coupler
Gabriel Kahane
Harold Budd
Ian Chang
International Contemporary Ensemble
Irreversible Entanglements
Jerusalem In My Heart
Joan La Barbara Performs Works By Alvin Lucier
Joan La Barbara: Voice Is The Original Instrument
Joep Beving
Jon Mueller
Kara-Lis Coverdale
Kayhan Kalhor
Kayhan Kalhor & Brooklyn Rider
Kieran Kane And Rayna Gellert
Kim Kashkashian
Kim Kashkashian And Robert Levin
Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir
Larry Grenadier
Lonnie Holley And The Messthetics
Lonnie Holley With Nelson Patton
Makaya Mccraven
Mary Halvorson's Code Girl
Mary Lattimore
Mathias Eick Quintet
Matt Nelson
Matt Wilson's Honey & Salt
Mercury Rev
Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble Cellular Songs
Mimi Goese & Ben Neill
Moor Mother
Mosaic Interactive
Mountain Man
Nate Wooley
Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin
Nils Frahm
Oren Ambarchi
Parker / Schlippenbach / Lytton Trio
Peter Gregson
Punch Brothers
Rachel Grimes: The Way Forth
Rafiq Bhatia: Breaking English
Ralph Towner
Rhiannon Giddens And Francesco Turrisi
Robert Lundberg
Roomful Of Teeth
Seth Hopper
Shai Maestro
Shane Parish
Sima Cunningham
Sons of Kemet
St. John’s Choir: Arvo Pärt’s Passio
Sun Of Goldfinger (David Torn, Tim Berne, Ches Smith)
Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon Duo
Tatsuya Nakatani
The Art Ensemble Of Chicago
The Comet Is Coming
The Messthetics
Theo Bleckmann: Berlin - Songs Of Love And War, Peace And Exile
Theo Bleckmann: Hello Earth! The Music Of Kate Bush
Third Man Books Presents Caroline Randall Williams, Kendra Decolo, Ciona Rouse
This Is Not This Heat
Tim Berne’s Snakeoil
Tim Story Presents The Roedelius Cells
Uncle Earl
Very Very Hot Evil
Vijay Iyer And Craig Taborn
Wadada Leo Smith Solo: Reflections And Meditations On Monk
White Gregg
Yunohana Variations With Yoshimio, Susie Ibarra, And Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
Yves Tumor