Big Ears Festival 2023 Lineup: Béla Fleck, Los Lobos, Andrew Bird & More

Rickie Lee Jones, Charles Lloyd, Christian McBride, Iron & Wine and Kevin Morby are just a few of the other acts set to play the festival next spring.

By Scott Bernstein Sep 12, 2022 1:18 pm PDT

Big Ears‘ initial 2023 lineup has arrived with a typically diverse slate of artists set to honor the festival’s 10 years, including Béla Fleck, Los Lobos, Andrew Bird and many others. The event will feature 150 concerts at 12 venues in Knoxville, Tennessee between March 30 and April 2, 2023.

Rickie Lee Jones, Charles Lloyd, Christian McBride, Iron & Wine, Kevin Morby, William Parker, The Mountain Goats, Devendra Banhart, Bonny Light Horseman, The Weather Station and Son Lux are also slated to play Big Ears 2023. Additionally, Bill Frisell and his trio will perform with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, while Pino Palladino and Blake Mills will team up with Sam Gendel and Abe Rounds.

Other acts on the bill include Edgar Meyer, Makaya McCraven, Maeve Gilchrest and Love In Exile featuring Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer and Shahzad Ismaily. Plus, John Zorn will present eight programs over the course of Big Ears 2023 in celebration of his 70th birthday. The programming for an event bringing together music with films, readings, talks, exhibitions and more is laid out at bigearsfestival.org. More artists and surprises will be revealed in the months to come.

“The spirit of Big Ears – its heart and soul – is deeply rooted in the essential role of art and culture in developing a strong community,” noted festival founder and Executive Director Ashley Capps in a press release. “We are here to celebrate the creative spirit – to find inspiration in tradition while embracing change and innovation. We are continually inventing and reinventing ourselves year after year with a steadily expanding audience that shares that ideal, that spirit and vision.”

Festival passes will go on sale this Wednesday, September 14 at 9 a.m. ET. Grab Big Ears 2023 passes by following this link.

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