Big Ears 2020

March 26-29, 2020

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.
Headliners
Thundercat
Trailers
Festival Poster
2020 Lineup
  • 75 Dollar Bill
  • Andrew Cyrille
  • Annette Peacock
  • Anthony Braxton
  • Areni Agbabian
  • Arooj Aftab and the Vulture Prince Ensemble
  • Astrid Sonne
  • Aurora Nealand & The Royal Roses
  • A Winged Victory for the Sullen
  • Bell Orchestre
  • Ben LaMar Gay Quartet
  • Bang on a Can All-Stars
  • Caroline Shaw
  • Caroline Shaw
  • Caterina Barbieri
  • Che Apalache
  • Christian Scott
  • D. Scot Williams
  • Damo Suzuki Network
  • Dan Weiss Starebaby
  • Daniel Pioro & Valgeir Siguròssen
  • Devendra Banhart
  • Dos Santos
  • Efterklang
  • Electric Appalachia
  • Fennesz
  • Gyan Riley
  • Gyða Valtýsdóttir
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Jacob Kirkegaard
  • Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die
  • Jason Moran
  • Jeff Parker and The New Breed
  • Joe Henry’s 115th Dream
  • Josephine Foster
  • Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society
  • Kim Myhr
  • Kronos Quartet
  • Marc Ribot
  • Maurice Louca
  • Mdou Moctar
  • Meredith Monk
  • Moonlight Benjamin
  • MSSV
  • Múm
  • Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret
  • MZM
  • Nadah El Shazly
  • Nathalie Joachim & Spektral Quartet
  • nief-norf
  • Nivhek
  • Patti Smith and Her Band
  • Paul Lazar’s Cage Shuffle
  • Peter Brötzmann
  • Sam Gendel Concert Group
  • Sarah Davachi
  • Saul Williams
  • Shabaka and the Ancestors
  • Sō Percussion
  • Sonja Labianca
  • Sons of Chipotle
  • Steve Coleman and Five Elements
  • Sudan Archives
  • Tamino
  • Terry Riley
  • The Claudia Quintent
  • The Haden Triplets
  • The Necks
  • Theremin Noir
  • Thundercat
  • Tindersticks
  • Xylouris White