Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit’s Four Night Concert at Tennessee’s The Caverns Shows Promise For Socially-Distant Concerts

by Atlanta Northcutt
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The Caverns Above Ground Concert Series, featuring the four-time Grammy Award-winning Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, is marking the return of live music. The four-night run took place at the brand-new, COVID-ready The Caverns Amphitheater.

Folk-country band Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit performed a live four-day concert series at The Caverns located in Pelham, TN.

First Live Performances

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The shows seemed much more memorable than the typical concert. As the pandemic ravages the music industry, the majority of performers are streaming their shows live online.

Music enthusiasts were ecstatic while listening to the performances by Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit. They endured the rain and mud enjoying hits, such as “Cover Me Up” and songs from the newest album “Reunions”.

“I know it took a lot of planning to pull this off, but it was worth it,” Jason Isbell exclusively told Forbes. “I think it all comes down to what type of audience you draw. Our audience really seemed to appreciate experiencing live music again. They played by the rules and stayed safe. I couldn’t ask for more than that.”

Safety Precautions

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Fans, staff and the band maintained social-distancing and abided by the highest safety orders. Guests wore masks at all times except when they were in their pods. Concessions and merchandise were ordered via an app with contactless delivery to each pod.

With guests arriving at staggered times, passing COVID-19 screening questions and receiving temperature checks, safety was of the utmost importance. 2-person, 4-person and 6-person pods with a minimum of six feet of distance between each other provided socially-distanced space.

Pod-Based Concept Is a Success

“We could not have been more pleased by the planning and execution by our team, Jason’s team and the patrons who came together creating a very special four days! Not only did we open The Caverns Amphitheater, adding an above-ground venue to go along with our subterranean amphitheater, but we did it in a socially-distanced and responsible manner,” says Todd Mayo, The Caverns owner and founder of Bluegrass Underground. “We hope this model inspires other promoters to find cool places and spaces in nature and musicians a stage!”

Photo courtesy of Erika Goldring

Forbes, Rolling Stone and other prolific publications are praising both the indoor music venue and the new outdoor amphitheater where the concerts take place for extra room social-distancing.

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