Big Ears —Knoxville, Tennessee’s annual multi-genre music festival— has announced the first part of its lineup for its 10th-anniversary edition. Scheduled to take place March 30-April 2, 2023, the festival will feature 150 concerts across 12 venues in Knoxville.
The current wave of announced performers includes 23 artists from a vast musical spectrum that includes jazz, country, folk, indie rock, bluegrass, contemporary classical, African, and experimental music.
Among its many offerings are an eight-concert celebration of saxophonist/composer John Zorn’s 70th birthday; presentations of music by experimental composers Annea Lockwood, Éliane Radigue, and Catherine Lamb; and the string quartets of minimalist pioneer Steve Reich.
The currently announced list of performers for the 2023 “Ten Years of Big Ears” festival is below. Festival passes are on sale now at the Big Ears website.
Amadou & Mariam
The Bad Plus
Béla Fleck: My Bluegrass Heart, with special guests
Bill Frisell Trio with Orchestra
Iron & Wine
Rickie Lee Jones
Love in Exile (Arooj Aftab/Shahzad Ismaily/Vijay Iyer)
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Pino Palladino & Blake Mills
James “Blood” Ulmer
John Zorn 70th Birthday Celebration (8 Concerts)
The Music of Annea Lockwood / Éliane Radigue / Catherine Lamb
The String Quartets of Steve Reich