Big Ears underway downtown

Sandra ClarkDowntown

There’s no better time to showcase local artists, makers and musicians than when Big Ears fills our streets with locals and visitors from around the world.

Ashley Capps

Big Ears started Thursday, March 21, and runs through Sunday, March 24. Created by Fountain City guy Ashley Capps (who also created Bonnaroo), Big Ears brings musicians ranging from the famous to the soon-to-be-the-next-big-thing.

Our friends at Downtown Knoxville have neatly summarized happenings downtown here. No need to rewrite the wheel. Check them out. If you enjoyed the World’s Fair or if you wish you’d been born then, Big Ears weekend is the closest you’ll get to the energy and fun.

Buy a pass, sneak under a fence or just hang out and feel the vibes.

Here’s the word from Downtown Knoxville:

Dozens of downtown businesses will be hosting free events to add to the Big Ears festival experience. If you’re from out of town or a Knoxville local, come enjoy these art exhibitions, demonstrations and music performances throughout the weekend. Plus, experience dozens of free Big Ears events, author talks, concerts and pop-up events. No festival pass needed.

Thanks to downtown businesses and the local artists, makers, and musicians of our community for helping add to the energy and excitement of this magical weekend. And thanks to Big Ears for bringing this internationally renowned festival to Knoxville.

Chris Rohwer and Robin Rohwer at play

When 30,000 or so friends come to town, Chris and Robin Rohwer are smart enough to show up at Christopher Robin Arts on Gay Street for live painting of relevant musical subjects. Stop by Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. And find samples of their work each Thursday at

Sandra Clark is editor/CEO of Knox TN Today Inc.


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