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2016 Big Ears Dates Announced

Save the date. Plan accordingly. Big Ears returns to downtown Knoxville in 2016 March 31-April 2. The 2016 artist-in-residence will be revealed in the coming weeks along with a special presale.In the meantime, have a look back at this year’s festival with our newest Big Ears video featuring a live track from 2015 performer Perfume Genius,…

Exclusive Big Ears Artist Portraits

We’re very excited to begin sharing a series of Big Ears portraits by friend of the festival and talented music photographer, Kara Smarsh Photography. We’ll be premiering more over the coming weeks – first up, Jim Jarmusch-helmed SQÜRL, 2015 artists-in-residence Kronos Quartet, and the incomparable Laurie Anderson.

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What is Big Ears?

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.

Little Ears

Big Ears is proud to partner with the Joy of Music School and Community School of the Arts to bring special opportunities to underprivileged and at-risk youth in the Knoxville area during the festival weekend. These organizations play an integral role in the community by providing a musical educational and mentorship to the disadvantaged that would not exist otherwise. The festival will be supporting the mission of these groups by coordinating hands-on musical experiences for the students throughout the weekend, in addition to providing a cash donation from each ticket sold to the event.

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Weekend Activities

During the weekend of Big Ears, the KMA and other community venues will host a series of special programs and collaborations, film showings, workshops, panels and discussions with the artists, interactive exhibitions and projects, and more! Many of these will be free and open to the public, inviting patrons and passers-by alike to delve into the music of the festival.

Big Ears Festival Knoxville
Big Ears Festival Knoxville
Big Ears Festival Knoxville
Big Ears Festival Knoxville

About Knoxville

Nestled in the Appalachian Valley and 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.