Familiar with Knoxville's Big Ears Festival? Our neighbors to the east have been hosting the fest since 2009, using it as an opportunity to present concerts alongside "installations, exhibitions, film screenings, interactive workshops, informative talks, surprise collaborations, and unexpected connections." Big Ears 2014 will go down March 28-30 at Knoxville's Tennessee Theatre and U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre (plus more venues TBA), and the recently announced lineup is looking very intriguing indeed, with a list of artists that skews experimental, innovative and (in a case or two) deeply influential.
In addition to noted composer Steve Reich, Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood and neoclassical collective Ensemble Signal, iconic and powerfully influential artists including Television (with Jimmy Rip in place of original TV guitarist Richard Lloyd, of course, as it has been since 2007) and John Cale will also play Big Ears 2014. You can see all of the initially announced artists — also including super-cool weirdos Tim Hecker and Oneohtrix Point Never — on the above poster, or at BEF's website or Facebook page.
Weekend passes for Big Ears Fest 2014 will run you $150 plus service fees, and those go on sale via this link Friday, Dec. 6, at noon EST/11 a.m. Central.