April 2 & 3 • Knoxville, TN
For the show on April 2nd, click HERE and use code: BROTHERS from 10AM to 10PM Thursday
For the show on April 3rd, click HERE and use code: BROTHERS from 10AM to 10PM Thursday
April 9-11 • Asheville, NC
The Orange Peel
Tickets for all 3 shows are on sale Friday at 12 PM
February 23 • Knoxville, TN
For the 3:00 PM show, click HERE and use code: MUSICAL from 10AM to 10PM Wednesday
For the 7:30 PM show, click HERE and use code: MUSICAL from 10AM to 10PM Wednesday
With Sierra Hull
With Bendigo Fletcher
April 18 • Asheville, NC – With Jay Som
The Orange Peel
Tickets On Sale Friday at 12 PM EST
Save the date and set your alarms! Homecoming in association with MusicNOW returns to Cincinnati, May 8-10, 2020! Your Homecoming lineup will be revealed next Wednesday, November 20 with tickets on sale to the public Friday, November 22 at 10am EST. A special pre-sale will run starting Monday, November 18 at 10am EST to Tuesday, November 20 at 11:59pm EST in advance of the lineup announcement.
Homecoming will be held Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9 at scenic Smale Riverfront Park. MusicNOW will run in conjunction with the festival throughout the weekend May 8-10 at separately ticketed venues throughout the city.
Ready for round 2? We’ve got your chance to win the first pair of tickets to Homecoming 2020! Enter HERE for a chance to WIN VIP access for two plus a $100 voucher for festival merch! Don’t forget to tell your friends to enter..
Big Ears Festival is proud to announce that rock icon, writer, poet, photographer Patti Smith will make her Big Ears festival debut March 26-29, 2020 in Knoxville, TN, where she’ll perform with her band as well as present a literary program / conversation during the weekend.
Cited by Rolling Stone in 2010 as one of our 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, Smith galvanized the New York punk scene in 1975 with the release of her debut album, Horses. She is now a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as well as a Commander of the French Ministry of Culture’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. She received the National Book Award in 2010 for her memoir, Just Kids, which chronicles her friendship and journey in art with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. She has since published several other acclaimed collections of poetry and prose, including the recently released The Year of the Monkey.
The Big Ears lineup has expanded to include the 100th anniversary of the invention of the Theremin, where Theremin master Rob Schwimmer will lead a trio featuring pianist Uri Caine and violinist Mark Feldman in a concert marking the 20th anniversary and recent release of their collaboration, Theremin Noir.
Montreal’s post-rock chamber ensemble Bell Orchestre, featuring Arcade Fire members Sarah Neufeld and Richard Reed Parry, will make their Big Ears debut on the heels of a long-awaited new recording. Adam Wiltzie and Dustin O’Halloran’s A Winged Victory for the Sullen return to Big Ears with a stunningly beautiful new recording, The Undivided Five, inspired by the mystic Swedish painter, Hilma af Klint.
Chicago’s groundbreaking chamber group Ensemble Dal Niente will be joined by saxophone virtuoso Ken Vandermark, performing music written for them by Roscoe Mitchell, along with works by Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, and others contemporary composers. Dal Niente and Vandermark are also planning a kaleidoscopic array of performances at the Knoxville Museum of Art during the festival weekend.
Fennesz, whose richly textured guitar and electronics dazzled the very first Big Ears audience on opening night back in 2009, returns to the festival at long last. His latest release, Agora, was cited as one of the best recordings of the year in Pitchfork, which described it has having “a cumulative force that is unlike anything he’s done in years.”
Nivhek is the name of a new project from Big Ears alum, Liz Cooper (Grouper), also cited by Pitchfork as one of the finest records of 2019, “…her music remains in an enigmatic class of its own.”
Danish sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard will bring his evocative and mysterious explorations of the world that surrounds us, with both installations and live performance.
New additions include Pakistani singer / composer Arooj Aftab and the Vulture Prince Ensemble, with Gyan Riley, Maeve Gilchrest, Shahzad Ismaily, and Greg Fox; the mysterious mezzo-soprano folk singer Josephine Foster channeling Harry Smith’s “old weird America;” composer / percussionist extraordinaire John Hollenbeck’s minimalist/maximalist post-jazz ensemble, The Claudia Quintet; Chicago’s adventurous, boundary-pushing composer / cornet player Ben LaMar Gay and his band; an evocative solo performance from Múm’s cellist and singer Gyda Valtysdottir; saxophonist Sam Gendel’s haunting reimagining of jazz standards; the spirited Argentine / Mexican / North Carolina string band wizardry of Che Apalache; composer/performer Astrid Sonne, who explores perception and its accompanying emotional states through her viola and electronics; Sonja LaBianca, whose solo saxophone performances create poetic, minimalist soundscapes; cellist D. Scot Williams performs solo music by Hindemith, Crumb, and Overall.
Additional artists and special performances will be announced, along with information about the film and literary programs, talks and discussions, and other facets of the Big Ears experience. Stay tuned and learn more about Big Ears 2020 here.
The 2020 High Water Festival Lineup has been revealed! Now, it’s time to get your tickets.
Set your alarms, tell your friends, and get ready to lock in your rock ‘n’ roll adventure for as little as $35 down!