Suttree’s Knoxville is a free-to-the-public outdoor film + music project built around a remarkable 70-minute archival film that draws on the vast film and photographic holdings of the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image + Sound (TAMIS). The film reflects the places, people, character, and structure of Cormac McCarthy’s essential mid-century Knoxville novel, Suttree. An ensemble of exceptional musicians drawn from Knoxville and throughout the region — Nathan Bowles + Bill MacKay; Jake Xerxes Fussell; Kelle Jolly + Will Boyd; RB Morris with Greg Horne + Daniel Kimbro — will perform a live score to accompany the film. The film will be projected onto a 40′ wide screen and the audience, assembled at Lakeshore Park, will be able to glimpse the Tennessee River and the Great Smoky Mountains in the distance, just beyond the musicians and screen.

Details on 'SUTTREE'S KNOXVILLE': Answers to your questions about the performance.

[+] Where is the performance taking place?

The performance will take place on the Main Lawn at Lakeshore Park (5930 Lyons View Pike) — a 185 acre general recreation public park located along the Tennessee River in Knoxville at the intersection of Lyons View Pike and Northshore Drive. The park can be accessed via entrances on Lyons View Pike or Northshore Drive. Upon arrival, attendants will direct you to parking and the event site.

[+] What time is the performance?

Food and beverage service will begin at 6:30pm. Music will begin at 8PM and the film accompanied by live music performance will begin at 9PM. We encourage patrons to arrive early, grab a bite, and enjoy the summer evening in a beautiful park setting.

[+] Does it cost anything to attend?

No, the event is free and open to the public. For more information regarding how to support the Big Ears Festival and free programming projects, please visit www.bigearsfestival.org/support.

[+] Who is performing?

The following artists will play live alongside the film: Nathan Bowles and Bill MacKay; Jake Xerxes Fussell; Kelle Jolly and Will Boyd; R.B. Morris, Greg Horne, and Daniel Kimbro. The performance will be interspersed with RB Morris reading passages from McCarthy’s novel. The film has been made by Eric Dawson, drawing from the rich film and photographic materials held by the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image & Sound.

[+] What happens in the event of inclement weather?

If there is impending inclement weather, organizers will make a determination on safety and viability by 2PM on Thursday, July 8. That announcement will be broadcast on this website as well as via Big Ears social media. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be postponed until the next day, Friday, July 9. If the event is rescheduled to the following day, performance schedule and details will remain the same.

[+] Where do I park?

There are numerous lots spread throughout Lakeshore Park. There will be parking attendants on-site directing patrons to convenient parking near the concert area.

[+] Will food and drinks be served?

Yes! Sweet P’s Barbecue as well as Captain Muchacho’s and Fai Thai food trucks will be serving delicious, local fare. In addition, patrons 21 years or older will be able to enjoy alcoholic beverages sold on-site. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be available for patrons under the legal drinking age.

[+] What can I bring?

We encourage patrons to bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the show. While you are permitted to bring your own food and drink, we encourage you to support the local food vendors who will be selling on site.

[+] Are restrooms available on site?

Yes! Restrooms are available throughout the park, there will also be several portable units available nearby to the performance area.

[+] Can children attend the event? What about pets?

Yes! This is a family-friendly event and we encourage people of all ages to enjoy the performance. Dogs are allowed provided that they are kept on a leash and you clean up after them. Other animals are typically discouraged. Please be mindful of other guests during the performance and ensure that children or animals are not causing a distraction.

[+] Can I take photos?

Yes! Photography is permitted during the performance. We encourage patrons to share their photos of the experience on social media using the hashtag #BigEarsKnox or sharing to the Festival’s or Lakeshore Park’s Facebook pages.

[+] Is the event ADA accessible?

Yes! We encourage patrons with disabilities to enjoy the performance from the HGTV Overlook located immediately northwest above the Main Lawn near the Administration Building.

[+] What about safety and medical needs?

If you need medical attention, please alert an event organizer, park staff, security personnel or on-site police and we will assist you.

[+] Other questions?

For any additional questions, please contact info@bigearsfestival.org. We can’t wait to see you!

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