Jason Isbell to lead a Vanderbilt show of gratitude to university community

Grammy-winning musicians Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit will lead a lineup of entertainment in a special “show of gratitude” for the Vanderbilt community.

The virtual show, “We’re in This Together: A Vanderbilt Show of Gratitude,” takes place on Thursday, Dec. 17, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Central time via Zoom. Hosted by the Office of the Chancellor, the event is open to all Vanderbilt staff, faculty and students. To join the show, RSVP at RSVPs are required to attend the event.

“We want to express our sincere appreciation for the hard work, the commitment and the determined spirit of our One Vanderbilt community during a semester like none other in our history,” Chancellor Daniel Diermeier said. “This event is a way to say thank you to every member of our community and to offer some much-deserved fun.”

Entertainers for the event include Isbell, illusionist Craig Karges and Vanderbilt singing group Melanated A Cappella. Chris Mann, a Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music alumnus, has also been added to the show’s lineup.

  • Jason Isbell is recognized as one of the best singer-songwriters in the country. Along with The 400 Unit, he has won multiple Grammy and Americana Music Awards.
  • Chris Mann is an LA-based multi-hyphenate–he acts, sings, writes and directs. Most recently, his hysterical musical parody videos have dominated the internet, garnering over 60 million views across platforms. His debut album Roads (Universal/Republic  Records) hit #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart and appeared on the Billboard Top 200 and iTunes charts. His sophomore release, Constellation, followed suit, also topping the Billboard and iTunes charts. Additionally, Mann was cast by Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera‘s 25th Anniversary Tour.
  • Craig Karges, called the “extraordinist,” is an award-winning illusionist and mentalist known for combining the art of magic with the science of psychology and the power of intuition to create magic you have to see to believe.
  • Melanated A Cappella says its mission is to create an inclusive and lively environment for all kinds of singers, rappers and beatboxers to collaborate on a cappella music.

A raffle will be held for prizes. RSVP for the Dec. 17 show at