While you're at the TLA watching your favorite pop punk act perform or enjoying an outdoor concert at Festival Pier, you're likely not thinking about the person making it happen behind the scenes -- Geoff Gordon, regional president of Live Nation Philadelphia.
Geoff and his team are behind a variety of artist-curated festivals like the Roots Picnic, Made in America, the Peach Music Festival and the Mixtape Festival with New Kids on the Block. They produce more than 600 events each year at venues like Festival Pier, the Susquehanna Bank Center, the Wells Fargo Center, the Borgata and Hersheypark Stadium. Learn more about Geoff in the interview below...
When did you first discover your love of entertainment and music?
My mom played jazz and R&B records my whole childhood at our house. I was 12 when I went to my first concert.
What qualities do you most admire about your heroes?
Character and drive to win, while also treating people fairly. You need to be able to hold your head up at the end of the day.
Why is this region such a great place to experience live entertainment?
It’s the long history of musicians and great venues to see live music. We like to think our LN Philly Team keeps that tradition alive with a large array of artists at tons of great venues. We talk about that as our responsibility, not a right, and we are blessed to be involved in this business.
What song are you listening to on repeat these days?
Wow...tough one because I tend to play songs I like to death…but on the artist front: Hozier, Foo Fighters, Drake’s record he just dropped and always The Roots, Meek Mill, Jill Scott, G. Love and Kevin Hart’s comedy stuff. I’m all Philly all the time!
What do you do when you’re not working?
Honestly, in this job, there is not much of that…but when I can…yoga, hang with friends, watching “Shameless” and funny movies, and I’m a huge Philly sports fan.