Big Ears, Big Impact

The international music and arts festival generated $36.1 million for the local economy and more than $2.6 million in state and local tax revenues this year.

The Big Ears Experience

Visitors find their favorite acts and make musical discoveries during Knoxville’s four-day music and arts festival.

Culture and Commerce Reunited

As Big Ears returns after a two-year hiatus, downtown Knoxville businesses welcome the festival back with open arms.

Big Ears Returns

After a COVID-induced hiatus, founder Ashley Capps is bringing the international music and arts festival back to downtown Knoxville.

Bringing It All Back Home

R.B. Morris at the Bijou Theatre

The Big Ears Festival launches a virtual performance series Friday with R.B. Morris at the Bijou Theatre.

‘The Shared Experience’

Tennessee Theatre sign

A Q&A with Knoxville promoter Ashley Capps on what he misses about live music and when — and how — he expects it to return.

COVID-19 Cancellations Accelerate

Rachel McCord

As the Big Ears Festival pulls the plug and UT moves classes online, researchers explain what they know about the rapidly spreading coronavirus — and what they don’t.

Big Ears Gets in Gear

Patti Smith

As County Commission discusses public funding of the acclaimed music and arts festival, the lineup grows and ticket sales surge.

Sound and the City

Shabaka Hutchings at Big Ears 2019

For Big Ears founder Ashley Capps, Knoxville itself is a big part of the program. Plus, photos from Big Ears 2019!

Big Ears’ Big Tent

Big Ears 2018

The festival’s eclectic energy is carrying over to its home city, in many different ways. We trace some of them.