Walking Tour: Music in Knoxville from campfires to Big Ears

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Teens, Adults
Registration for this event will close on March 15, 2024 @ 2:30pm.
There are 28 seats remaining.

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The story of Knoxville has always been set to music, from the time when the poetic rhythms of the native Cherokee tribes still echoed in the hills and the ballads of the Scots-Irish settlers were sung around campfires on the riverbanks. Immigrants from all over the world brought new instruments and tunes to enliven the song and East Tennessee became known as a home to musicians of every genre, whether classical, jazz, R&B, rock-n-roll, Americana, or the avant-garde sounds of alt, techno, and fusions of sound, word, and environment featured at the award-winning Big Ears festival!


Join Knoxville Walking Tours guide, Laura Still, as she leads us through downtown Knoxville to discover our musical heritage. Be prepared to walk for up to 90 minutes. 



For ADA accommodations, call (865) 215-8703 or send request to director@knoxlib.org 72 hours in advance of program.

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