Big Ears 2016

March 31-April 2, 2016

Knoxville, TN

Photo Credit David Simchock
The Scene

Big Ears in Knoxville, Tennessee, is part of a group of intriguing American music festivals that have cropped up in the spring and fall seasons. Big Ears likes to explore connections between musicians while mixing it up with film, performance, and the visual arts. The venues are varied including the Knoxville Museum of Art, a cathedral, and an ornate theater.

Festival Poster
2016 Artist Lineup
  • Knoxville Symphony Orchestra
  • The Gloaming
  • Yo La Tengo
  • Andy Stott
  • Tony Conrad
  • Wolf Eyes
  • Marc Ribot
  • Xylouris White
  • Zeena Parkins & Tony Buck
  • Olivia Chaney
  • Mamiffer
  • Andrew Bird
  • Anthony Braxton Tentet
  • Outside the Dream Syndicate (Tony Conrad with Faust)
  • Nicolas Jaar (DJ)
  • Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith
  • eighth blackbird with Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Bryce Dessner
  • Yo La Tengo & Lampchop
  • Shabazz Palaces
  • Steven Schick
  • Bombino
  • Joe Henry & Marc Ribot
  • Phantom Orchard
  • Chris Abrahams
  • Molly Nilsson
  • An Evening with Laurie Anderson and Philip Glass
  • Sunn O)))
  • Nico Muhly, Ben Frost, Sam Amidon, & Valgeir Sigurðsson
  • The Necks
  • Kiasmos (Ólafur Arnalds & Janus Rasmussen)
  • Angel Olsen
  • Lambchop
  • Anthony Braxton Trio
  • Faust
  • Kamasi Washington
  • Mary Halvorson
  • Hieroglyphic Being
  • Circuit des Yeux
  • Ikue Mori
  • nief-norf
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