Big Ears Festival Lineup 2010

In its second year, Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival has stepped up and spread out with a considerably dope lineup of events and installations worth your consideration. Worth your attendance, even, although its proximity in time (but not space) to SXSW is a minor hangup. (The festival runs from March 26th to March 28th.) But this is a congregation for a different sort of music fan: Rather than focus on Clear Channel caliber headliners or obscure up-and-comers, Big Ears has created a slate of some of your favorites, engaging in unique performances and intriguing collaborative projects. Yes there are big (in our world) names: Sufjan Stevens, Joanna Newsom, the National, Vampire Weekend, St. Vincent. And yes the hype cycle gets a spin: jj, Liturgy, and the xx get play. But it’s the aforementioned mindmelds that stand out. To wit: Sufjan, Matt Berninger, and Shara Worden join Clogs (like they do) to recreate their The Creatures IN The Garden Of Lady Walton songcycle. The Bang On A Can all-stars will perform pieces composed by Dave Longstreth and Thurston Moore, as well as an interpretation of Eno’s iconic Music For Airports with the Books and Tim Hecker. And so on. It’s spread out over four venues — the Tennessee Theatre, the Bijou Theatre, the Knoxfvlle Museum Of Art, and the Pilot Light — and promises “surprise collaborations, art installations, a film program, workshops, lectures, interactive experiences, and more.” Tickets go onsale tomorrow right here. The full lineup:

ABE VIGODA
SAM AMIDON
ANDREW W.K.
BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS
WILLIAM BASINSKI
ADRIAN BELEW
IVA BITTOVA
THE BOOKS
BUKE & GASS
CALDER QUARTET
CLOGS
BRYCE DESSNER
DIRTY PROJECTORS
DOVEMAN
THE 802 TOUR
THE EX
BEN FROST
GANG GANG DANCE
TIM HECKER
JAVELIN
jj
KONK PACK
LITURGY
ANDY MOOR
NICO MUHLY
MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND
THE NATIONAL
JOANNA NEWSOM
NOSAJ THING
GYAN RILEY
TERRY RILEY
DJ /rupture
TRACY SILVERMAN
NADIA SIROTA
CHES SMITH
SUFJAN STEVENS
ST. VINCENT
VAMPIRE WEEKEND
THE xx

More info on the special events lined up for Big Ears are available at their site.

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