Huka Makes Key Appointments

Huka Entertainment has made a number of key promotions and appointments in the wake of its successful Tortuga Music Festival April 15-17. 

Brent Silberstein, a 30-year concert production veteran, becomes Chief Production Officer and Dave Fortune becomes Huka’s VP of touring.

Dan Merker is appointed senior talent buyer and Todd Coder is tapped as talent buyer, with both reporting to Fortune. Bennett Drago, who co-founded Huka with A.J. Niland, continues his role as partner, where he oversees administrative operations.

Niland, who serves as chairman and chief experience officer, will continue to focus on the overall vision of the company as creating the festival experience for Huka properties, including Pemberton Music Festival, Tortuga Music Festival and Buku Music + Arts Project, according to the company.


“Brent and Dave have that rare combination of independent entrepreneurial energy and the experience and track records to back it up,” Huka CEO Evan Harrison said. “Under their leadership Huka has been able to produce some of the best fan and artist experiences in the world.

“Combined with Bennett, who as a co-founder of Huka embodies the spirit of this company, we have a powerful senior executive team who I am confident can help lead Huka Entertainment into our next phase of growth.”

Silberstein started his career with Pace Entertainment in Texas, which was eventually acquired by Live Nation. He worked with artists including *Nsync, Backstreet Boys, Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, and Kiss.

He also established and continues to oversee Warehouse Live, a multi-venue complex in Houston. Fortune was most recent VP of production for Live Nation Canada, where he oversaw more than 1,800 concerts annually, according to Huka.