Big Ears Festival 2022 Kicks Off on March 24

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Nestled in Knoxville’s intimate and historic downtown, festival goers are offered nearly 200 performances — at restored historic theaters, soaring churches, refurbished warehouse spaces, museums, galleries, and clubs — with pop-up events and performances, exhibitions, films, literary readings, workshops, markets and talks taking place in cafes, bars, hotels, restaurants, in alleyways and other nooks and crannies of the city. The festival experience is full of surprises.

Among the highlights: the Bang on a Can All-Stars headline two nights at the iconic Tennessee Theatre — Saturday March 26 with Meredith Monk to perform her epic MEMORY GAME in full, and Sunday to celebrate the long-awaited release of Terry Riley’s Autodreamographical Tales.

Earlier in the weekend, Sō Percussion performs Amid the Noise on Thursday March 24, and then takes the stage with Caroline Shaw the following night.

Big Ears Festival 2022 full schedule