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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit to Headline at Williamsburg Live

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Virginia Arts Festival)
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. (WYDaily/Courtesy of Virginia Arts Festival)

Grammy Award-winning artist Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will headline Williamsburg Live, the Virginia Arts Festival’s annual outdoor music event in Colonial Williamsburg.

Isbell’s appearance was announced Monday by the Festival.

The inaugural Williamsburg Live was last year — Virginia Arts Festival announced in October 2018 the popular music festival, Funhouse Fest, would no longer be running, the organization let locals know in February 2019 that Williamsburg Live would be taking its place.

In the past, Funhouse Fest has garnered $675,000, with $368,000 coming from ticket revenue of the 7,400 guests in 2018.

This year, the festival is set for the weekend of June 26 and 27 on The Lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. Isbell headlines the June 27 evening performance; the June 26 headliner will be announced soon, organizers said.

RELATED STORY: Funhouse Fest may be gone, but a new festival has come to take its place

“We are thrilled to welcome Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit to Williamsburg Live,” said Virginia Arts Festival Executive Director Robert W. Cross. “As one of the most gifted musicians of this or any generation, Jason will bring passionate fans from across the U.S. to Williamsburg.”

Tickets for Williamsburg Live go on sale Friday, and will be available online at or by phone at 757-282-2822, or in person at the Virginia Arts Festival Box Office at 440 Bank St., Norfolk.

Colonial Williamsburg Hotels will offer special Williamsburg Live hotel packages. Click here or call 877-568-8225 for more information.

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John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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