Since its inception in 2009, Knoxville's Big Ears Festival has been a place for both mainstream and outsider musicians to hawk their wares among peers and fans alike—and though it took a bit of a sabbatical during 2011-2013, it's roaring back next year.
Its 2014 iteration finds the festival leaning toward a more electronic aesthetic, with artists like Steve Reich, Tim Hecker, Oneohtrix Point Never and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead filtering their talent through miles of cables and circuit boards. Reich will be performing his masterpiece "Music for 18 Musicians" in its entirety (with the help of Ensemble Signal), as well as a new composition that draws inspiration from two particular songs by Radiohead.
The festival also features sets by saxophonist (and Arcade Fire session musician) Colin Stetson, former Emeralds guitarist Mark McGuire and late '70s rock icons Television—among a dozen others, with more acts scheduled to be announced later.
Aside from the musical acts, you'll be able to view art installations and film screenings, get hands-on with various interactive workshops, and listen to assorted lectures.
Big Ears will run the weekend of March 28-30, and with it comes a chance to immerse yourself in dozens of tremendous musical shows. A weekend pass will run you $150, but with a lineup this impressive, it's hard to argue the price point. Check out all the details regarding ticket prices, location and festival updates on their website.
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