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Big Ears Festival to Celebrate 10th Anniversary in 2023

The eclectic three-day Tennessee event's initial lineup includes Charles Lloyd, the Bad Plus, Bill Frisell, Cécile McLorin Salvant, John Zorn, and many more

Charles Lloyd at the 2021 Newport Jazz Festival
Charles Lloyd at the 2021 Newport Jazz Festival (photo: Joseph Allen)

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
Devendra Banhart
Caterine Barbieri
Andrew Bird
Béla Fleck: My Bluegrass Heart, with special guests
Bill Frisell Trio with Orchestra
Sam Gendel
Mary Halvorson
Iron & Wine
Vijay Iyer
Rickie Lee Jones
Charles Lloyd
Los Lobos
Love in Exile (Arooj Aftab/Shahzad Ismaily/Vijay Iyer)
Makaya McCraven
Cécile McLorin Salvant
Edgar Meyer
Kevin Morby
Pino Palladino & Blake Mills
William Parker
Marc Ribot
Nate Smith
Son Lux
Tyshawn Sorey
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