Big Ears 2010 will take place in Knoxville, TN from March 26-28. The National’s Bryce Dessner will co-curate the event, which is organized by Bonnaroo co-founder Ashley Capps. Artists scheduled to perform include: Vampire Weekend, The National, Dirty Projectors, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Iva Bittova, Ben Frost, Tim Hecker, Tracy Silverman, Buke & Gass, the Calder Quartet, 802 Tour (Nico Muhly / Doveman / Sam Amidon with Nadia Sirota), Joanna Newsom, St. Vincent, Andrew WK, The Ex, Gang Gang Dance, Clogs, The xx, Javelin, DJ/rupture (solo), DJ/rupture and Andy Moor, My Brightest Diamond, Gyan Riley, and jj. The National is expected to debut material from its forthcoming studio album at the weekend-long event.
BIG EARS 2010 will also celebrate the 75th birthday year of the legendary American minimalist composer, Terry Riley. Riley is “Artist in Residence” at the festival and will be performing several concerts during the weekend. The weekend will also feature art exhibitions, installations, film screenings, workshops, interactive experiences, lectures and discussions.