Big Ears Fest 2010: Dirty Projectors + Bang on a Can, Terry Riley, Joanna Newsom, The Books

Holy shit: now this is a fest to get excited about! On March 26-28, Knoxville, TN will play host to the Big Ears Festival. From what’s confirmed so far, this ain’t your typical fest. Yes, it’ll feature Dirty Projectors, but they’ll be performing with the Bang on a Can All-Stars. Yes, it’ll have Andrew W.K., but he’ll be performing with the Calder Quartet. Yes, it’ll feature Joanna Newsom, St. Vincent, and The National, but they’re all performing with “special guests” too.

Elsewhere, we have the seminal Terry Riley (I fucking love him), performing with Gyan Riley, Tracey Silverman, and Ches Smith one night, as well as a solo set sometime around a Bang on a Can performance of Riley’s “In C.” Another interesting collaboration? The xx, jj, and Nosaj Thing. Yep. And did I mention Brian Eno’s Music for Airports being performed by Bang on a Can and The Books??

Like I said: holy shit.

A limited number of individual show tickets go on sale Friday, January 29. Keep an eye on Big Ear’s website for more announcements, including performances/collaborations from Tim Hecker, DJ /rupture, Gang Gang Dance, Javelin, and many more.

Initial schedule:

• Bijou Theatre

Friday, March 26:
7:00 pm - Terry Riley Quartet featuring Gyan Riley, Tracy Silverman and Ches
10:30 pm - The xx + jj + Nosaj Thing

Saturday, March 27:
1:00 pm -Clogs with very special guests + My Brightest Diamond
7:00 pm - Andrew W.K. performing with the Calder Quartet
10:00 pm - Joanna Newsom + special guests

Sunday, March 28:
7:00 pm - St. Vincent + special guests

• Tennessee Theatre

Saturday, March 27:
2:30 pm - Dirty Projectors + Bang on a Can All-Stars
8:00 pm - Vampire Weekend
12 midnight - Terry Riley’s In C, performed by Bang on a Can and special guests + Terry Riley solo

Sunday, March 28:
2:00 pm - Brian Eno’s Music for Airports,
performed by Bang on a Can + the Books + special guests
9:00 pm - The National + special guests

• Big Ears Festival:

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