Yet Another Big Ears Review

Source: Relix.

It’s no exaggeration to describe the Big Ears Festival as one of the most unique and eclectic musical gatherings one may ever be fortunate enough to encounter. Spread over the span of four days and encompassing a good part of Knoxville Tennessee’s downtown environs — both its two stately theaters that lie within a block of one another on Gay Street (The Tennessee and the Bijou), as well as various venues located in the historic Old City — it effectively melds the charm and character of a knowing artistic community with a line-up that includes some of the most adventurous music on the planet. While its focus lies in jazz, avant-garde and sounds of a decidedly experimental nature, it also makes room for artists of a vintage variety who have left an emphatic impression on the course of modern music over the past several decades.