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Ticket Information

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Big Ears Weekend Pass

SOLD OUT: Tier 1 — $150.00 plus applicable service fees

Tier 2 — $175.00 plus applicable service fees

BUY WEEKEND PASSES

A limited allotment of Weekend Passes priced at $150.00 are on sale now! Once this allotment is sold out, Weekend Passes will be $175.00. Weekend Passes for Big Ears 2014 include access to all events at all venues across the festival weekend, subject to capacity. Seating at all events is general admission except the Sunday evening performances at the Tennessee Theatre.

SINGLE DAY TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

A limited allotment of Single Day Passes priced at $65.00 are on sale now! Once this allotment is sold out, Single Day Passes will be $75.00. Single Day Passes for Big Ears 2014 include access to all events at all venues for the specific day, subject to capacity. Seating at all events is general admission except the Sunday evening performances at the Tennessee Theatre.

Friday Single Day Ticket

Tier 1 — $65.00 plus applicable service fees

Tier 2/ Day Of Show — $75.00 plus applicable service fees

BUY FRIDAY TICKETS

Saturday Single Day Ticket

Tier 1 — $65.00 plus applicable service fees

Tier 2 — $75.00 plus applicable service fees

BUY SATURDAY TICKETS

Sunday Single Day Ticket

Tier 1 — $65.00 plus applicable service fees

Tier 2 — $75.00 plus applicable service fees

BUY SUNDAY TICKETS

PASS/TICKET INFO

Each attendee will be required to exchange his or her pass/ticket for a festival wristband upon arriving at the event. This wristband will be your proof of entry for the whole weekend. Bands are not transferrable once applied to a patron’s wrist and should not be tampered with or removed for the duration of the weekend.

Each ticket purchased includes a $2.00 charity fee that will be donated to The Joy of Music School and the Community School of the Arts.

Patrons of all ages are welcome. Passes/Tickets will be required for patrons age 2 and older.

For questions regarding a previously placed order, please call the Tennessee Theatre box office at (865) 684.1200 or email tickets(at)bigearsfestival(dot)com.

 

THE “SMALL PRINT”

All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.

All acts advertised have confirmed their appearance at Big Ears 2014, however acts and performance times are subject to change without notice. Any changes in line up will not be grounds for a refund of any sort.

Passes/tickets that are lost or stolen will not be replaced.

There is a limit of ten (10) general admission passes/tickets per order.

Management reserves the right, without the refund of any portion of the pass/ticket purchase price, to refuse admission or to eject any person who fails to comply with the rules of the venues, local, state or federal law, or whose conduct is deemed illegal, disorderly, or offensive by management.

Persons entering the venues are subject to search for contraband, unauthorized merchandise, alcohol, controlled substances, weapons, firearms, fireworks, cameras, video equipment, or recording devices, which are expressly forbidden.  Any persons found attempting to enter the venues with forbidden item(s) will be refused access, or, at venue’s discretion, allowed to give up the forbidden item(s).  Confiscated items will be destroyed or given away at venue’s discretion.

Pass/Ticket user assumes all risks of personal injury incidental to the event, whether occurring prior to, during, or subsequent to the event.

The resale or attempted resale of passes/tickets at a price higher than that appearing on the face of the pass/ticket is prohibited and if discovered will result in the ticket being voided without refund.

The sale of unauthorized merchandise is not permitted.  Purchaser agrees he/she may be ejected from the event if found selling unauthorized merchandise.

Passes/tickets may not be used for advertising, promotion (including contests and sweepstakes), or other trade purposes without the express written consent of Big Ears.

Pass/ticket user consents to Big Ears and its affiliates’ use of his/her image or likeness incidental to any video display, transmission, or recording of the event.

Activities

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Ampient

Old City Java, 109 S Central Street
Saturday, March 29: 1:00-3:00
Sunday, March 30: 12:00-2:00

Initially started as a sly nod to Brian Eno’s “Music For Airports,” Ampient Music Collective founders Todd Steed and John Baker released “Music For Bus Stations” in 2006. The idea of live performance grew out of that album and more Knoxville musicians joined the fold. Bob Deck, George Middlebrooks, Jesse Wagner along with Baker and Steed form the core of the collective, along with many members of the Knoxville music community, and have been performing their improvisational ambient/experimental music since that time. Having been featured in both previous iterations of the Big Ears Festival, the Collective will once again be playing at Old City Java on Saturday from 1-3 pm and Sunday 12-2 pm.

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Andrew Saftel, Fruits of the World

The Pembroke, 508 Union Ave # 201
Friday, March 28: 2-4:30pm
Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30: 11am-2pm

Tennessee-based artist Andrew Saftel will exhibit his latest work beginning March 28, 2014 in conjunction with  Big Ears. The show entitled Fruits of the World will consist of several tapestries that the artist has been producing in collaboration with weavers from Mexico as well as new works on paper. This continuing collaboration is documented in a film entitled Las Frutas Del Mundo by Eduardo Bautista of Nemesis Films, which can be viewed here.

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Glenn Kotche In-Store Performance and Signing

The Disc Exchange, 2615 Chapman Hwy
Saturday, March 29: noon

Big Ears guests will also have the chance to experience an intimate set from composer, percussionist, and Wilco drummer, Glenn Kotche, thanks to the addition of his in-store appearance and performance on Saturday at noon at the Disc Exchange. Glenn will be presenting a demo with his prepared-snare drum, followed by a signing to support his upcoming solo release Adventureland, in stores March 25.

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Hello City Festival

Pilot Light, 106 E Jackson Ave
Ironwood Studios, 119 Jennings St.

Friday, March 28-Sunday, March 30

Sweeping the weekend of Big Ears will be concurrent and supporting music from the newly formed Hello City Festival, an indigenous companion to Big Ears. The Pilot Light will present a series of music and film showcasing artists from our local and regional music scenes. Two late night shows on Friday (Pilot Light) and Saturday (Ironwood Studios) from 10pm-2am will present artists crossing several genres including Big Ears alumni Ahleuchatistas, neo-soul producer and performer Fine Peduncle, and many more local talents. At 6pm on Friday and Saturday Pilot Light will host screenings of Lance Bangs’ new documentary Breadcrumb Trail about the influential Louisville, Kentucky band Slint and their classic 1991 album Spiderland. Hello City will be honoring all Big Ears passes as admission to their events, and more information is available at www.HelloCityFestival.com.

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Marc Nelson Tattoo and Denim Brunch

Cocoa Moon, 19 Market Square
Saturday, March 29: 11am-2pm

Marc Nelson Denim is hosting a tattoo and denim brunch on Saturday, March 29 at Cocoa Moon on Market Square. The event will also raise money for the Tennessee Theatre as a portion of all denim sales at the event will be donated to the Theatre. The event will feature the airing of the Marc Nelson / Smooth Ambler Whiskey Denim video, the Marc Nelson Spring/Summer 2014 Collection, and live tattooing with local tattoo artist Doc Cooper of Saint Tattoo. Tickets can be purchased here. Marc Nelson will also have a pop up shop inside Nothing Too Fancy on Union Avenue that weekend. Plans are also being finalized to integrate and promote local merchants who carry MN denim in the vicinity of Big Ears.

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Knox Pallet House

Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole Ave
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: sunrise to sunset

Knox Pallet House is a multipurpose project using minimalism and sustainable building objectives to create modular structures from previously used shipping pallets. The Pallet House was first introduced by two architects in New York with I-BEAM Design. The idea for Knoxville was, ‘Why can’t we do this in Knoxville and build cool things for our city out of them?’ Check out the first installation at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum, free and open to the public, March 28th-30th. Go to facebook.com/knoxpallethouse for more information.

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FOUND SOUND NATION’S MOBILE STREET STUDIO HOSTED BY THE TOMATO HEAD (ON MARKET SQUARE)

Tomato Head, 12 Market Square
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 1PM – 5PM EST

At this year’s Big Ears Festival, Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation invites you to join us in the spontaneous collaborative production of original music at our mobile Street Studio at the Tomato Head’s patio on Market Square. With a simple setup the Street Studio is a music creation session that is completely improvised. As mics get passed around we record your sounds and musical ideas actively creating loops and soundscapes to add to the improvised concert. Festival performers audience members and unsuspecting passersby are encouraged to stop by lay down a track with us and add your voice to this unique Big Ears Festival sound. We will turn your spontaneous sonic expressions into original tracks for later download.

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EAT & DRINK

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The Tomato Head

12 Market Square
Friday: 11am to 1:30 am, Saturday: 10am to 1:30 am; Brunch 10am to 3pm, Sunday: 10 am to 9:00 pm; Brunch 10am to 3pm

The official late-night eats of the Big Ears Festival featuring a wide selection of pizza, sandwiches and salads with all house-made ingredients and desserts. Also featuring 19 regional craft beers on tap and wine by the glass. Be sure to check out our brunch during the festival on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10am to 3pm and our late-night dinner and tap takeovers by regional breweries.

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The Bistro

807 S Gay Street
Friday & Saturday: 10am-midnight, Sunday: 10am to 10pm

The Bistro serves top quality food from scratch in a casual setting.   Several vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available as well as one of the best hamburgers in town.  The Bistro is best known for our creative chalkboard specials featuring new southern, Mediterranean and Cajun influences and providing an intimate setting for live jazz.

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Coolato Gelato

524 South Gay Street
Friday & Saturday: 9:30am – 11:00pm, Sunday: 9:30am-10:00pm

First, there’s the Italian cafe’s namesake, the creamy, milk-based Gelato, high in protein and about half the calories of ice cream. Their sorbetto is a water-based treat made with fresh fruit.  It’s around a third of the calories of ice cream, and good for the lactose intolerant. Then there’s the distinctly Italian fresh food, including a turkey-avocado panini with homemade cherry tomato chutney; caprese salad; and the traditional cobb salad and super food salads. The soup bar always has homemade soups like the award-winning Tomato Basil or the ever-popular Chicken Toscana, where the soup is built in the bowl. Cappuccinos, lattes, smoothlatos and homemade Italian hot cocoa make a perfect pick me up.

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Café 4

4 Market Square
Friday: 7am-9:30pm, Saturday: 9am-10:30pm, Sunday: 9am-8:30pm

Come enjoy Café 4′s true urban retreat, featuring traditional Southern comfort foods with a twist. Create memories in our comfortable dining room or relax on our heated and cooled outdoor patio overlooking the bustling Historic Market Square. Savor an entrée from our always-changing “seasonal menu”, featuring Chef inspired Southern house made favorites. Chill out in the “Mezzanine Loft” for a great cup of coffee or latté, a glass of Wine or one of 47 unique Beers.

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Dazzo’s Pizzeria

710 S Gay Street
Friday & Saturday: 11am-11pm, Sunday: 11am-10pm

Dazzo’s is a full service Italian restaurant serving great pizza, pasta, subs, salads and calzones made with top-quality ingredients. We do brick oven New York Style pizza as well as pan pizza (slices are available until 6pm). The walls are decorated with a fabulous selection of concert posters.

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Downtown Wine & Spirits

407 S. Gay Street
Friday & Saturday: 11am-11pm

Downtown Wine & Spirits is a boutique oriented liquor store with a focus on artisan spirits, naturally farmed wines, and craft beers.

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Knox Mason

131 South Gay Street
Friday & Saturday: 4pm – 11pm, Sunday: 10am – 2pm

Knox Mason serves modern cuisine based in southern heritage and locally sourced products. The full service bar menu features the best available domestic, craft and micro-brews, a variety of wines from Tennessee and around the globe and seasonally changing cocktails that are thoughtfully selected to succeed as standalone beverages or as a perfect pairing to Matt’s creative Southern fare.

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Latitude 35

16 Market Square
Lunch: Every Day 10am-4pm, Dinner: Friday 4pm-10pm | Saturday-Sunday 4pm-11pm, Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm

Latitude 35 is Downtown Knoxville’s number one stop for everything from sports to live DJ’s and great food served accompanied by great service. No matter where you sit you are sure to never miss a game or play with HDTV’s looking at you from every angle. We also offer a pool room with free darts. We have live dance music Thursday – Saturday (9 -Close). Everything you need in one place.

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Nama Sushi

506 South Gay Street
Friday & Saturday: 11am-1am, Sunday: Noon-10pm

Nama is a fusion of Asian and American flavors created from the finest and freshest of ingredients. From our sushi to our hot entree selections, we guarantee not to disappoint. Voted Knoxville’s Best Sushi Restaurant ten years running.

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The Public House

212 W. Magnolia Avenue
Friday & Saturday: 4pm – close, Sunday: 2:00-10:00pm

Promoting general good times at 212 Magnolia, Knox Public House is your neighborhood bar located just a short distance from downtown. Taking your favorite drinks and foods and adding a twist to them is their specialty.

ATTRACTIONS

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Knoxville Museum of Art

1050 Worlds Fair Park Drive
Friday & Saturday: 10am-5pm, Sunday: 1pm-5pm

The Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA) celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, educates and serves a diverse community, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. Since its opening, the KMA has presented a lively and engaging schedule of exhibitions, and more recently has also begun to focus on the rich visual traditions its own region. In spring 2014 the museum unveils a monumental glass installation in the museum’s Great Hall by Knoxville artist Richard Jolley, a powerful affirmation of the KMA’s commitment to the art and artists of our region.

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Regal Riviera Stadium 8 – Movie Theatre

510 S Gay Street
Friday & Saturday: 9am-11:30pm, Sunday: 9am- 11:30pm

Just steps away from Big Ears 2014 venues, Regal Riviera Stadium 8 is located in the heart of downtown Knoxville. Featuring a host of hit movies, the Riviera’s state of the art technology and multiple screens only add to the lively downtown atmosphere.

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Knoxville Visitor Center

301 S Gay Street
Friday: 8:30am-5pm, Saturday: 9am-5pm, Sunday: 12pm- 4pm

Knoxville’s downtown Visitor Center is no ordinary “grab-a-brochure-and-go” kind of place. Stop in any day of the week for refreshing gourmet coffees, freshly baked goods and locally made crafts – not to mention the free WDVX Blue Plate Special, a daily, live, noon-time performance of Americana music. The KTSC is your one stop shop for Knoxville information and meeting needs.

RETAIL

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Nothing Too Fancy

435 Union Avenue
Friday: 11am-9pm
Saturday: 9am-10pm
Sunday: 11am-7pm

Nothing Too Fancy is a retail store owned and operated by a family of Knoxvillians who set out to fill a void in downtown’s retail scene by providing a place for guys to shop for ultra-soft t-shirts. Working with local artists who are inspired by Knoxville’s vibrant and varied culture, it quickly turned into so much more. The store offers a wide variety of screen printed items, salvaged treasures, jewelry and one of a kind items you won’t find anywhere else. Be sure to visit during the weekend of Big Ears, as NTF will be the hub of Big Ears merchandise as well as host to a Marc Nelson Denimpop up shop.

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Disc Exchange

2615 Chapman Hwy
Friday & Saturday: 10am-9pm, Sunday: 12pm- 7pm

The Disc Exchange is an independently owned and operated record store that has supplied Knoxville and beyond with new and used CDs, DVDs, and vinyl records for more than 20 years. With more than 100,000 new and used titles on the sales floor, they pride themselves on their extensive selection and their dedicated staff’s knowledge to help you find exactly what you’re looking for. Beyond music, and movies, the Disc Exchange carries a wide variety of boutique items such as t-shirts, posters, incense and more.

MAP

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EAT & DRINK

1. The Tomato Head, 12 Market Square

Friday: 11am to 1:30 am, Saturday: 10am to 1:30 am; Brunch 10am to 3pm, Sunday: 10 am to 9:00 pm; Brunch 10am to 3pm

2. The Bistro, 807 South Gay Street

Friday & Saturday: 10am-midnight, Sunday: 10am to 10pm

3. Coolato Gelato, 524 South Gay Street

Friday & Saturday: 9:30am – 11:00pm, Sunday: 9:30am-10:00pm

4. Café 4, 4 Market Square

Friday: 7am-9:30pm, Saturday: 9am-10:30pm, Sunday: 9am-8:30pm

5. Dazzo’s Pizzeria, 710 South Gay Street

Friday & Saturday: 11am-11pm, Sunday: 11am-10pm

6. Knox Mason, 131 South Gay Street

Friday & Saturday: 4pm – 11pm, Sunday: 10am – 2pm

7. Latitude 35, 16 Market Square

Lunch: Every Day 10am-4pm, Dinner: Friday 4pm-10pm

Saturday-Sunday 4pm-11pm, Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm

8. Nama Sushi, 506 South Gay Street

Friday & Saturday: 11am-1am, Sunday: Noon-10pm

9. The Public House, 212 West Magnolia Avenue

Friday & Saturday: 4pm – close, Sunday: 2:00-10:00pm

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11. Ampient at Old City Java, 109 South Central Street

Saturday: 1:00-3:00 & Sunday: 12:00-2:00

1. Found Sound Nation’s Mobile Street Studio at The Tomato Head

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: 1PM – 5PM EST

12 & 13. Hello City Festival at The Pilot Light (106 East Jackson Avenue) and Ironwood Studios (119 Jennings Street)

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday

14. Marc Nelson Tattoo and Denim Brunch at Cocoa Moon, 19 Market Square

Saturday at 11am-2pm

15. Knox Pallet House at the Botanical Gardens, 2743 Wimpola Avenue

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: Sunrise to Sunset

16. Visit Knoxville Visitors Center, 301 South Gay Street

Friday: 8:30am-5pm, Saturday: 9am-5pm, Sunday: 12pm-4pm

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17. Nothing Too Fancy, 435 Union Avenue

Friday: 11am-10pm, Saturday: 9am-10pm, Sunday: 11am-7pm

18. Glenn Kotche In-Store Performance & Signing at the Disc Exchange, 2615 Chapman Highway

Saturday at 12pm

Overview

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Hailed by composer Philip Glass as a “tremendous experience” and Pitchfork as “an inspiration,” The Big Ears Festival brings together musicians and artists who span generations and transcend genres for dozens of concerts along with installations, exhibitions, film screenings, interactive workshops, informative talks, surprise collaborations, and unexpected connections.

Named for someone who is capable of discerning and perceptive listening, who has the ability to use the ears as a creative tool or who hears things many may miss, Big Ears introduces passionate fans and receptive audiences to new and exciting concerts, performances, workshops and discussions. The goal is to entertain, excite, provoke and inspire the creative spirit in all who attend.

Big Ears debuted in 2009 in Knoxville, Tennessee with a line up that included Philip Glass & Wendy Sutter, Antony & the Johnsons, Jon Hassell, the Necks, Fennesz, and Pauline Oliveros. In 2010, the Festival featured Artist in Residence Terry Riley and guest curator Bryce Dessner of the National, with Joanna Newsom, The xx, Nico Muhly, My Brightest Diamond, the Calder String Quartet, Bang on a Can, Tim Hecker, and the Dirty Projectors, among others.

Big Ears is proud to be making its return in 2014 for another weekend of visionary music, exploratory art, and southern hospitality March 28, 29 and 30 in historic downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.

In 2014, the enormously influential, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich, proclaimed “our greatest living composer” by The New York Times, will be in attendance. The brilliant Ensemble Signal will perform his 1976 masterpiece, Music for 18 Musicians, along with his new Radio Rewrite, inspired by two songs from the rock band Radiohead. Radiohead’s guitarist Jonny Greenwood will perform Reich’s Electric Counterpoint, and the masterful So Percussion will perform his 1971 classic Drumming during the weekend as well.

Other highlights in the Big Ears 2014 lineup include rock icon John Cale, co-founder with the late Lou Reed of the legendary Velvet Underground, New York rock legends Television, guitarist Marc Ribot and more.

As always, Big Ears concerts and events will take place in different venues, all within an easy walk of one another, in Knoxville’s historic downtown. The heart and soul of the festival will be at Knoxville’s two remarkable historic theatres, the Tennessee and the Bijou.

Big Ears is created and produced by AC Entertainment. AC Entertainment is known as one of the foremost concert promoters and festival producers in the United States. Presenting over 700 concerts and events each year, AC is internationally known as co-founders/producers of the acclaimed Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, which was cited as “One of the 50 Moments to Change the History of Rock and Roll” by Rolling Stone magazine. They are also founders and producers of Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit in Asheville, NC, as well as producers of The Forecastle Festival in Louisville, KY.

Venues

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Tennessee Theatre

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The magnificent Tennessee Theatre first opened its doors in 1928 as Tennessee’s grand movie palace and was hailed as “the South’s most beautiful theatre.” Writers from Rolling Stone and Pitchfork have likened it to performing inside a Fabergé egg. It’s a fabulously ornate space – one that hosts everything from classic movies, symphonies, Broadway touring shows, dance and live music events. Acts such as B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Kings of Leon, Widespread Panic and Morrissey have all performed on its storied stage.

 

U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre

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The Bijou is one of East Tennessee’s oldest and most revered performance venues, opening in 1909, as part of the Lamar House hotel, one of the oldest buildings in Knoxville. Tabbed by the New York Times as “one of the best sounding rooms in this country,” the U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou offers a clear stage view and aural excellence from every seat. Music, vaudeville, opera, comedy and more have all been performed on the historic stage throughout the years hosting, among others, Joan Baez, The Ramones, Richard Thompson, Bob Weir, St. Vincent, Sonic Youth, Philip Glass, the xx and comedian Louis CK.
 
 

Scruffy City Hall

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Scruffy City Hall opened in early 2014 to a warm Knoxville reception. Building upon the original wood, stone, and brick foundation, the Hall will include what’s been described as “a variety of Old World flourishes and adornments—Gothic arches, creative ironworks, drawbridge tables—as well as three separate balconies, the most impressive of which is an interior recessed balcony, or loggia, overlooking Historic Market Square, Knoxville.
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Square Room

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Stepping through the archway into the small alley nestled in Knoxville’s Historic Market Square district, one can’t help but get the feeling that something unexpected lies behind the doors of the Square Room. Each performance at the Square Room has a setting unique to the audience in order to afford music fans of all ages the opportunity to enjoy every aspect of a live show. The combination of the intimate setting, top-of-the-line sound, lighting & video equipment make the Square Room one of Knoxville’s must-visit venues.
 
 
 

Knoxville Museum of Art

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The Knoxville Museum of Art (KMA) celebrates the art and artists of East Tennessee, presents new art and new ideas, educates and serves a diverse community, and enhances Knoxville’s quality of life. Since its opening, the KMA has presented a lively and engaging schedule of exhibitions, and more recently has also begun to focus on the rich visual traditions its own region. In spring 2014 the museum unveils a monumental glass installation in the museum’s Great Hall by Knoxville artist Richard Jolley, a powerful affirmation of the KMA’s commitment to the art and artists of our region.

FAQ

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When and where is Big Ears 2014?

Big Ears is March 28-30, 2014 in downtown Knoxville, TN.

When and where can I purchase tickets?

Festival weekend passes and daily tickets are on sale now available online here. You may also purchase tickets at all Knoxville Tickets outlets including Disc Exchange and the Tennessee Theatre box office. The Tennessee Theatre box office is located on Clinch Ave and open M-F 10A-5P.

The Tennessee Theatre box office is extending their hours for the weekend of Big Ears:
Thursday, 3/27: 10am-8pm
Friday, 3/28: 10am-midnight
Saturday, 3/29: 10am-midnight
Sunday, 3/30: 11am-8pm

Tickets can also be purchased via phone by calling 865-656-4444. Passes/tickets will be required for patrons of age 2 or older.

What are my ticketing options?

Details regarding ticketing options can be found here.

A limited allotment of Weekend Passes priced at $175.00 are on sale now! Weekend Passes for Big Ears 2014 include access to all events at all venues across the festival weekend, subject to capacity. Seating at all events is general admission.

A limited allotment of Single Day Passes priced at $65.00 are on sale now! Once this allotment is sold out, Single Day Passes will be $75.00. Single Day Passes for Big Ears 2014 include access to all events at all venues for the specific day, subject to capacity. Seating at all events is general admission.

Are there any age restrictions?

Big Ears 2014 is an all ages event. Passes/tickets will be required for patrons of age 2 or older.

What is included in the Big Ears 2014 Festival Weekend Pass?

The Big Ears 2014 Weekend Festival Pass offers access to all Big Ears 2014 performances and activities throughout the entire weekend. Please note: Access is subject to each venue’s capacity, which will be based on first come, first serve availability.

Do you offer any ticket discounts?

Discounts in general (i.e. students, military, elderly, professional organizations, government, etc) are not something we are offering at this time. We have worked extremely hard to keep the price down and value high, with the number of quality performers we are bringing to the festival.

Are all of the performances indoors?

Yes, all acts are scheduled to perform indoors.

When will the Official Schedule be released?

The Big Ears 2014 schedule is available here!

How do I get to the Big Ears 2014 Festival?

Knoxville is located in Eastern Tennessee at the crossroads of I-40 and I-75, and is an easy drive from anywhere in the eastern United States. Knoxville is 3 hours from Nashville and Atlanta and an easy 4 hours from Cincinnati, Louisville or Charlotte. McGhee Tyson Airport is only 20 minutes from downtown Knoxville, and is serviced by six national airlines with both direct and easy connecting flights. Both Megabus and Greyhound also service the Knoxville area.

Are there any travel packages available?

We do not have any travel packages available. However, there are Big Ears hotel fan rates at many hotels both inside and outside the downtown Knoxville area. Visit our Lodging section for more information.

Which hotels are close to the venues?

Knoxville.org is a great source for Knoxville hotel information. Visit our Lodging section for a list of hotels, including those downtown, that are offering Big Ears fan rates.

Do I need to rent a car?

It’s up to you.  If you’re staying at one of Knoxville’s downtown hotels, you will be within an easy walk of all Big Ears concerts and events, as well as a great selection of excellent restaurants.  If you are staying outside of the downtown area, renting a car is the easiest means of transportation.  If you choose to rent a car, you will find parking downtown to be cheap (often free), easy, and plentiful throughout the weekend. Information regarding car rentals and transportation services from McGhee Tyson Airport can be found here.

Where can I park?

There are multiple parking options in downtown Knoxville. Parking is free at all city-owned garages after 6 PM on weekdays and all day throughout the weekend. For more information and a map, click here.

Additionally, if you are staying in a downtown Knoxville hotel, parking options are generally available during your stay. Please contact your hotel for further details.

Is public transportation available?

Downtown Knoxville is serviced by a trolley system. You can find the route map and additional public transportation information here. Your hotel should also be able to assist in any ground transportation needs.

Are ATMs readily available?

Yes.  There are numerous banks and ATMs located throughout the downtown area.

Will alcohol be available at each event?

Most events will have a bar with beverages available, but some of the more non-traditional venues may not be serving alcohol.

Is Big Ears ADA accessible?

Yes, but the exact accessibility specifications are venue-based. Please contact each venue for their specifications.

What about safety and medical needs?

If you need medical attention, please grab an event organizer, venue staff, or member of our security staff and we will assist you.

Can I bring a camera?

Disposable and small digital photography will be allowed, but anything with a removable lens is not permitted. Audio and video recording devices are prohibited. Additionally, please be respectful of other patrons and the artists when using your camera. No flash photography allowed.

Will I be searched coming in to each venue?

All patrons are subject to search upon entry or re-entry into every venue.

What can I bring and what is prohibited?

What’s ACCEPTABLE: Small purse, camera with non-removable lens. Please remember, everyone is subject to search.

What’s PROHIBITED: Drugs, controlled substances, alcohol, outside food or drink (including sealed water bottles), weapons, firearms, backpacks, projectiles including glowsticks, video recording equipment, tri-pods, audio recording equipment and unauthorized merchandise.

Any person attempting to enter the venues with any of the prohibited item(s) above will be refused access, or at the venue’s discretion, allowed to give up the prohibited item(s) before entry. Confiscated items will be disposed of or given away at the venue’s discretion.

How can I volunteer or become a member of the street team for Big Ears?

Currently we are only accepting spots for our street team and do not have volunteer opportunities. To sign up for our street team click here and be sure to check the Big Ears box when creating your profile. Top performers on our street team will have priority for volunteer positions should they come available and may be eligible for merchandise, swag or event tickets to the festival.

What else is there to do in the area?

We’ve put together a handy Guide / Activities section for a full rundown of what else there is to do and visit in Knoxville during your stay. Check it out on the menu to your left!

If you need more information or have additional questions, please contact us directly: info(at)bigearsfestival(dot)com.

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Knoxville

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Nestled in the Appalachian Valley & at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, the opportunities for exploration and entertainment in Knoxville, TN are plentiful. In the heart of this flourishing East Tennessee city are local eats, shops & activities – all within walking distance of the festival. Behind these local establishments is a community embracing the creative spirit and artistic expression. Knoxville is a welcoming place, anxious to host the Big Ears Festival for locals and travelers alike. For further information on all there is to explore, head on over to Knoxville.org for a comprehensive guide.

Travel Info

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By Car

Located at the crossroads of I-40 and I-75, Knoxville is an easy drive from anywhere in the eastern United States. Knoxville is 3 hours from Nashville and Atlanta and an easy 4 hours from Cincinnati, Louisville or Charlotte. For driving directions, click here.

By Plane

McGhee Tyson Airport is only 20 minutes from downtown Knoxville, and is serviced by six national airlines with both direct and easy connecting flights. For more information, visit the TYS website here.

By Bus

The a Greyhound Bus Station located near downtown Knoxville. For more information, visit the Greyhound website here. Megabus also services Knoxville, providing affordable travel beginning at $1 per trip. More information on Megabus here.

Lodging

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There are numerous hotels centrally located in downtown Knoxville. Each of the hotels listed below are within walking distance of all Big Ears venues and currently offering Big Ears Festival fan rates.

Additional information regarding Knoxville hotels can be found here.

Four Points by Sheraton Knoxville
Cumberland House

Four Points by Sheraton1109 White Ave
Rate: Fan Rate SOLD OUT!

The Four Points by Sheraton Knoxville Cumberland House Hotel is consistently ranked in the top tier and has frequently earned the prestigious Tiffany Award for the highest overall guest satisfaction and loyalty. It is conveniently located near the Knoxville Museum of Art and within walking distance of the main Big Ears Venues.

 

 

Hilton Knoxville Downtown

Hilton501 West Church Ave
Rate: $114 per night

The Hilton Knoxville hotel is located in the heart of downtown Knoxville within walking distance of all the Big Ears venues as well as many restaurants, retail stores, and Market Square. Comfortable and well-furnished, some rooms also have views of the Smoky Mountains, Tennessee River and the Neyland Stadium. Upgrade to an Executive Room and enjoy access to the private lounge, serving a delicious daily breakfast and evening appetizers. For more information about booking and to receive the Big Ears group rate click here and be sure the group code BEFB is entered.

 

Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park

Holiday Inn525 Henley St
Rate: $109 per night

Holiday Inn® Knoxville Downtown World’s Fair Park is downtown Knoxville within walking distance of all the Big Ears venues as well as many restaurants, retail stores, and Market Square. During your stay you can enjoy their great amenities including the Windows on the Park restaurant/lounge and indoor pool. For more information about booking and to receive the Big Ears group rate click here to book your room and be sure the group code BEF is entered.

 

Knoxville Marriott

Marriott Downtown501 E Hill Ave.
Rate: $105 per night

Knoxville Marriott is located just outside of downtown Knoxville, a very short drive away from Big Ears venues. Amenities include a concierge, business center and high-speed Internet access. For more information about booking and to receive the Big Ears group rate click here. Note: To receive the Big Ears Group Rate, your room must be booked by February 28, 2014.

 

 

Other downtown Knoxville hotels not currently offering Big Ears fan rates include Crown Plaza Knoxville, Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown, The 705 Place, and The Oliver Hotel.


The below hotels are also located in Knoxville but may require transportation to the downtown area. Each are currently offering Big Ears fan rates.

Best Western PLUS Cedar Bluff
420 N Peters Rd.
Rate: $87 per night
Booking Info: Call 865-539-0058 and ask for the Big Ears rate.

Comfort Inn – North Knoxville/Powell
7585 Barnett Way, Powell, TN 37849
Rate: $89.99 per night
Booking Info: Call 865-938-5500 and ask for the Big Ears rate.

Comfort Inn & Suites – West
208 Market Place Ln.
Rate: $112.50 per night
Booking Info: Call (865) 531-1900 and ask for the Big Ears rate.

Comfort Suites – West
811 N Campbell Station Rd.
Rate: $89 Standard; $99 Suite
Booking info: Call 865-675-7585 and ask for the Big Ears rate.

Country Inn and Suites Cedar Bluff
9137 Cross Park Dr.
Rate: $99 Standard; $119 Suites
Booking info: Click here, select your room type & enter your dates of stay. The special rate will automatically be included.

Country Inn and Suites West
805 N Campbell Station Rd.
Rate: $89 Standard; $99 Suite
Booking info: Call 865-675-9800 ask for the Big Ears rate.

Courtyard by Marriott – Knoxville West/Bearden
250 Brookview Centre Way
Rate: $129 per night
Booking info: Click here to reserve your room! Group code: BEFBEFA

Courtyard by Marriott – Cedar Bluff
216 Langley Place
Rate: $89 per night
Booking info: Call 865-539-0600 and ask for the Big Ears rate.

Days Inn North
5335 Central Ave Pk.
Rate: $55 King; $65 Double
Booking info: Call 865-687-5800 and ask for the Big Ears rate.

Hampton Inn & Suites Knoxville – Turkey Creek/Farragut
11340 Campbell Lake Dr.
Rate: $89 per night
Booking info: Call 865-966-0303 and ask for the Big Ears rate.

Hilton Garden Inn Knoxville/University of Tennessee
1706 Cumberland Ave.
Rate: $114 per night
Booking info:
Click here to reserve your room! Group code: BEF

Holiday Inn Knoxville West at Cedar Bluff
9134 Executive Park Dr.
Rate: $89 per night
Booking info:
Click here to reserve your room! Group code: BEF

Relax Inn
5334 Central Ave. Pk.
Rate: $54.99 per night
Booking info: Call 865-688-1010 and ask for Big Ears rate.

Super 8 Downtown West
6200 Papermill Dr.
Rate: $49.99 King; $57.99 Double
Booking info: Call 865-584-8511 and ask for the Big Ears rate.

Springhill Suites Knoxville at Turkey Creek
10955 Turkey Dr.
Rate: $89 per night
Booking info: Call 865-966-8888 and ask for the Big Ears rate.

News

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UT Percussion Studies and Nief-Norf To Host Composer John Luther Adams

Read more about the Pulitzer Prize winning composer's upcoming Earth Day performance in Knoxville Read More

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Festival Press Roundup

Get the lowdown here! Read More

Big Ears Merch is Here

Pick up yours today! Read More

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"The mayor of Knoxville said the words 'Captain Beefheart.'" Read More

Welcome to Big Ears!

Top 10 Things You Can't Miss Read More

Additional Activities to Enjoy!

Knoxville Offers Collaborative Weekend Experience for Big Ears Guests Read More

Big Ears Activities and Guide

Check out our new Activities and Guide tab (to your left) to discover what’s in store for you during your Big Ears weekend! Read More

The Big Ears App is Here!

Download now on Apple and Android phones Read More

Coming Next Week

Full schedule + activity details! Read More

Big Ears Announces Partnership With Local Organizations

This year, we'll be working with two wonderful initiatives that directly affect local youth music education and involvement with arts. Read More

New Venue Addition

Join us in welcoming Scruffy City Hall! Read More

Latest Artist Additions

Check out who was added! Read More

2013 “Best Of” Music Roundup

How Did Our #BE2014 Artists Rank? Read More

Weekend Passes On Sale Now!

Get yours quickly... Read More

Big Ears 2014 Lineup

Here it is - your 2014 lineup... Read More

Passes On Sale Friday

Get all the details... Read More

Big Ears 2014 Dates Announced!

Mark those calendars -- Big Ears returns... Read More

Press & Media

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Advance Interview Requests

For advance interview requests, please e-mail press(at)bigearsfestival(dot)com.

Please do not send any solicitations to this e-mail. Any questions or proposals regarding the marketing and advertising of the event can be directed to marketing(at)bigearsfestival(dot)com.

 

Credential Requests

E-mail all requests to press(at)bigearsfestival(dot)com.

To submit a request for press credentials to cover Big Ears 2014, please take note of the info below.

All requests are due by March 1, 2014. We will begin processing requests then.

On Staff

If you are on staff at a daily or weekly newspaper, online publication or radio or TV station, please e-mail the following information: Your name and title, your publication’s name, circulation or viewership, links to past coverage (if applicable), and description of planned pre/during/post-fest coverage for 2014.

Freelancer

If you are a freelancer, please have an assigning editor submit the above request.

College

If you represent a college publication or radio station, please have an assigning editor/station manager submit the request. In addition to the information noted above, please note the size of your school’s student body.

All media requesting a photo pass will be required to sign a release. This release will be sent to you along with return instructions in your e-mailed confirmation.

Please be sure to note if you are also requesting a pass to bring in a camera with a removable lens. Photo passes will only be given to those using cameras with removable lenses, and only those with photo passes will be allowed into the pit (where applicable).

Big Ears does not allow filming of any kind. Exceptions to be made on a case-by-case basis and will require escort.

Media are not permitted backstage unless approved and escorted by a member of the Big Ears Media Team.

Press Releases

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Artist Assets

Contact Us

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General Inquiries

E-mail info(at)bigearsfestival(dot)com.

Sponsorship

E-mail sponsorship(at)bigearsfestival(dot)com.

Marketing/Advertising

E-mail marketing(at)bigearsfestival(dot)com.

Press & Media

Check out our Press & Media informational page here. For additional questions, requests, and inquires, e-mail press(at)bigearsfestival(dot)com.

Volunteer/Street Team

Sign up here.

Currently we are only accepting spots for our street team and do not have volunteer opportunities. To sign up for our street team click here and be sure to check the Big Ears box when creating your profile. Top performers on our street team will have priority for volunteer positions should they come available and may be eligible for merchandise, swag or event tickets to the festival.