The 2017 BIG EARS FESTIVAL lineup is upon us, and it’s an experimental/ avant-garde music lover’s dream! It kicks off in Knoxville on MARCH 23rd!

Every year, the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville offers up some of the most cutting edge performers across all genres of music, and the 2017 edition is no exception The lineup is highlighted by Horizon Records favorites like














& many more! We’re thrilled to talk about one of the most daring, artistically forward-looking festivals in the country, and Mr. Gene’s even thinking about taking a trip out to Knoxville this year.

Check out the full lineup and a brief word from festival co-founder and artistic director Ashley Capps below, and you can click HERE for ticket and schedule info!

As always, we thank all of you for your amazing support and enthusiasm for our ever-expanding festival.  What began as a modest passion project has steadily grown into a remarkable, internationally recognized celebration of music, art and creativity.  Your passion and engagement has made that possible.  Big Ears 2017 is shaping up to be an extraordinary weekend, continuing to build upon and explore the themes and tangents of past festivals; we know you’re going to be as blown away by the offerings as we are.  There’s nothing quite like the Big Ears weekend: this curious gathering of visionary artists and cultural explorers here in the beautiful and historic setting – with more than a small tinge of southern mystery – of downtown Knoxville.

We’re looking forward to seeing you again!

Ashley Capps, Big Ears Founder and Artistic Director



Our beloved ECM Records has some serious firepower on the Big Ears schedule, and we’ve got CD’s in-stock now by these amazing artists!


  • Classical piano master and musical alchemist LANG LANG makes his PEACE CENTER debut on February 27th! YES!
    CALL 864-467-3000 OR VISIT FOR DETAILS & INFO! If one word applies to Lang Lang, to the musician, to the man, to his worldview, to those who come into contact with him, it is “inspiration”. It resounds like a musical motif through his life and career. He inspires millions with his open-hearted, emotive playing, whether it be in intimate recitals or on the grandest of stages – such as the 2014 World Cup concert in Rio, with Placido Domingo, to celebrate the final game; the 56th and 57th GRAMMY Award two years in a row, where he performed with Metallica and Pharrell Williams; the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where more than four billion people around the world viewed his performance; the Last Night of the Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall, or the Liszt 200th birthday concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Charles Dutoit which was broadcast live in more than 300 movie theaters around the United States and 200 cinemas across Europe (the first classical music cinema cast to be headlined by a solo artist).
  • ODDISEE takes us on another epic hip-hop journey with “The Iceberg,” out 3/10. It’s a social, personal and political work that seeks some answers within the chaos.
    The prolific MC, producer and musician Oddisee's new album, ''The Iceberg,'' is a plea for humanity to dig deeper in search of understanding and common ground. ''The Iceberg'' is a distillation of stereotypical tropes in hip-hop and beyond, 12 tracks about money, sex, politics, race and religion that appear superficial until his multi-dimensional lyrics unfurl to expose the complexities of individuality and identity: How we see ourselves and how others see us. Deeply soulful, and shot through with jazz, go-go, gospel, thick r&b and hard beats, the album is a timely, poetic statement.