The Team Behind the Scenes

Big Ears Merchandise photo

Big Ears enlists a network of local businesses to keep the international music and arts festival humming.

The Big Ears Experience

Ashley Capps photo

Serendipity often steals the show at Knoxville’s acclaimed international music and arts festival.

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.