Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit•Deer Tick•July 8, 2023• Red Butte Garden

Reviewed and Photographed by Kevin Rolfe

There are some nights where an evening, and a venue match an artist just perfectly.  Jul 8, 2023 at Red Butte Garden the great Jason Isbell and his incredible band the 400 Unit stopped by Salt Lake City on what was a quintessential Utah summer evening.  Every so often Isbell comes to Utah and plays another venue.  Some of them are venues I typically like.  But when a venue like Red Butte pairs this well, it’s clear that he should never play any other venue when he comes to Utah. 

On this tour Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit would be featuring their recently released album Weathervanes.  So much so that they played eleven of the thirteen songs on the album. They mixed in a number of crowd favorites and hit singles that brought together both audience and artists.  I had been anticipating this concert as one of my “Must See” concerts since it was announced. It did not disappoint.

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Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit July 30, 2021 Red Butte Garden Amphitheater

Photo Credit: Kevin Rolfe

I don’t think I’ve been as excited about a concert as I was for this one in a long time.  July 30, 2021, marked the opening of the Summer Concert Series at Red Butte Garden.  Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit headlined with the great Lucinda Williams supporting.  It was a night I had anticipated since the Red Butte Garden announced their summer lineup this spring.  

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