Live Music Returns in a Responsible Way at The Caverns with Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit

Pod-based concept is a success at the brand-new The Caverns Amphitheater

From October 8th to the 11th, The Caverns Above Ground Concert Series featuring the 4x time Grammy Award-winning Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit marked the return of live music at The Caverns in Pelham, TN. The 4-night run took place at the brand-new, COVID-ready The Caverns Amphitheater.

“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, and they played by the rules and stayed safe. I couldn’t ask for more than that.”

Guests arrived at staggered times, passed COVID-19 screening questions, received temperature checks, and enjoyed the show from 2-person, 4-person and 6-person socially-distanced pods with a minimum of 6’ distance between each other. Masks were worn at all times except when guests were in their pods. Concessions and merchandise were ordered via an app and delivered contactless to purchasers in their pods.

“Of course Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit were amazing, and a large part of the success goes to his fans who followed the protocols perfectly,” said Todd Mayo, The Caverns owner. “We had a lot of feedback from folks who said this needed to be ‘the new normal.’ Plenty of space and every ticket was a VIP ticket. Proving this model gives us hope for the future and we look forward to presenting many more artists at The Caverns Amphitheater.”

$1 from all ticket sales is being donated to the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA). Learn more about NIVA at

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