Tickets on sale Friday for Big Ears Festival in Knoxville


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The widely acclaimed Big Ears Festival is proud to announce 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. 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. Weekend passes go on sale this Friday, December 6, at 12 noon eastern at

This year, 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.

Rock icon John Cale, co-founder with the late Lou Reed of the legendary Velvet Underground, will be presenting new work as well as old classics at the festival. And the recently reformed New York rock legends Television will appear as well.

Guitarist Marc Ribot, celebrating his 60th birthday in 2014, will present three projects during the Big Ears weekend. He’ll perform solo (including his music for Charlie Chaplin’s classic film, The Kid, which will be screened during the performance) along with his punk/free jazz/rock band Ceramic Dog and his Cuban group, Los Cubanos Postizos.

Nazoranai – the darker than dark collaboration between Keiji Haino, Stephen O’Malley, and Oren Ambarchi – will make a rare US appearance at Big Ears.

Dean & Britta will present their haunting multi-media show, 13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests.

The enigmatic Laraaji, discovered by Brian Eno in the late 1970s and the subject of a new reissue program of Warp Records, will make a rare festival appearance as well.

In addition, a virtual “who’s who” of groundbreaking musicians and performers from the worlds of electronica, avant-rock, jazz and beyond will be performing, including Tim Hecker, Julia Holter, Oneohtrix Point Never, Colin

Stetson, Vatican Shadow, Nils Frahm, Mark McGuire, Bill Orcutt, Dean Wareham, Glenn Kotche, Susanna, Dawn of Midi and Son Lux.

New additions to the line up, as well as information and details about performances, workshops, talks and installations will be revealed in the coming months at

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. Other venues include the Knoxville Museum of Art and other theaters, clubs, galleries, and warehouses.

Ticket information: Weekend passes for Big Ears go on sale Friday, December 6 at NOON EST. Passes are $150 plus applicable service fees and are available online at