Tour management veteran Henry Bordeaux has been named the general manager of Pennsylvania’s new entertainment complex Poconos Park, the venue’s management company announced Aug. 11.
Poconos Park is located in Lehman Township, Pa., roughly 18 miles north of Stroudsburg in the Bushkill Falls region. The complex includes the 10,000-capacity open-air Amphitheater at Poconos Park, which can be converted to a 2,600-cap fully enclosed venue. Poconos Park also includes a 10,000-square-foot banquet hall that can seat up to 400 people for private events like wedding and corporate events, as well as serving as a space for VIP experiences for concerts and festivals.
“Henry’s experience as a trusted leader in the music industry is impressive, and we couldn’t be more pleased to see him plant his roots here and call Poconos Park his home,” John M. Oakes, CEO and founder of real estate development and venue management company From the Roots, said in a statement.
Starting as a guitar tech on the Vans Warped Tour when he was 18, Bordeaux worked his way up the ladder, eventually working as the tour and production manner for Olivia Rodrigo, Tyler, the Creator, Travis Scott, Jennifer Lopez and Fall Out Boy.
During his more than 25 years in the industry Bordeaux has worked in over 43 countries. His accolades include being named the NextGen Parnelli Tour Manager of the Year in 2019. He also earned the award for Young Gun Tour Manager of the Year in 2013 and 2014, having been nominated for the honor four times between 2012 and 2017.
Bordeaux is also the co-founder of the web series Tour Management 101, which has helped mentor the next generation on the fundamentals of touring with group panel discussions and one-on-one interviews with leaders in the business.
Over the years Bordeaux has also helped give opportunities to up-and-comers in the business with a shadow program for numerous acts he’s tour management including Travis Scott, Jason Derulo and Nick Jonas. In 2021, Bordeaux announced he was coming off the road to prioritize time with his family, including his 2-year-old son.
“Partnering with John Oakes on this project was the perfect fit to take my 20-year concert touring experience into the next phase of my life off the road,” Bordeaux said in a statement. “It’s always been a dream of mine to manage a venue. Poconos Park has everything in one location— an amphitheater, festival site, and banquet hall located on a private lake with future camping sites planned. This is a very unique venue and opportunity. I look forward to bringing an iconic destination festival site to life and an educational program to support the live event industry.”
Poconos Park will host its first-ever country festival, Cowboy Luau, Sept. 16-17 with headliners Brantley Gilbert and Brett Young. Tickets for the two-day event are on sale now via cowboyluau.com.
Visit PoconosPark.com for more information.