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 Brings Big Bucks

Lucy Negro Redux

The international music festival provides an economic injection to downtown businesses and introduces Knoxville to new audiences.

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.