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LBJ Presidential Library

May 7, 1964, was a beautiful spring day in Knoxville. There were no thunderstorms, but a Texas-sized whirlwind swept into town that afternoon. President Lyndon B. Johnson flew in to stump for one of his "Great Society" proposals, a plan to elevate the quality of life for people in Appalachia.

Big Ears Preview Podcast

Mar 21, 2017
Todd Steed

Melony, Todd and Garrett explore the plethora of classical and jazz performances coming this weekend. 

At a meeting on Monday, March 20, the Knox County Board of Education may choose the system's next superintendent. From 25 initial applicants, a three-person search committee narrowed the field to two choices: current KCS assistant superintendent Bob Thomas, and Dale Lynch, superintendent of the Hamblen County school system.

Rachel Grimes Digs Deep

Mar 18, 2017

Composer Rachel Grimes shares the stories and sometimes unpleasant surprises behind her new work, The Way Forth, which she will debut at the Big Ears Festival.  

Knoxville-based contemporary music ensemble, Nief-Norf, is presenting not one, but four concerts at this year's Big Ears Festival, including the opening concert at the official launch party.  Joined by special guest, percussionist Greg Stuart, the group will perform music by Michael Pisaro, Michael Gordeon, Pauline Oliveros, and Christopher Burns. Nief-Norf will "set the tone" of the festival by opening (at the launch party) with Oliveros' "Single Strike Roll Meditation," which requires the audience and performers to be fully present and in-the-moment.

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