Nederlander Concerts has beefed up its executive ranks with five key promotions, the Los Angeles-based promoter announced Sept. 27.
Jordan Harding, ongoing GM of City National Grove of Anaheim, becomes Nederlander Concerts Senior Vice President; Mike Goldsmith, Eric Milhouse and Shane Shuhart are promoted to vice presidents of booking and event programming; and Cindy Huang becomes senior director of booking. All will report directly to Nederlander Concerts CEO Alex Hodges.
“These promotions are well-deserved and a testament to the incredible work from Jordan, Mike,
Eric, Shane and Cindy,” Hodges said in making the announcement. “Their roles are critical as we look forward to expanding our bookings across new venues while continuing to work with our core venues and others with which we have long-standing relationships. We’re happy to be able to acknowledge them and know that they will continue to thrive as we move forward as an organization.”
Harding joined Nederlander Concerts in 2018 as the General Manager for City National Grove of Anaheim, one of the company’s premiere venues, where he oversees business operations and develops new revenue opportunities for the theater. During his tenure, the Grove has experienced substantial growth, celebrated its 20th anniversary, presented its first outdoor concerts with more than 10,000 fans, was named 2022 Entertainment Business of the Year by the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, and earned a 2021 ranking of No. 4 worldwide by VenuesNow.
Harding also spearheaded Drive-In OC during the COVID-19 pandemic, a series featuring live music and movies generating revenue, keeping part-time staff employed and garnering international press. In addition, he led Nederlander’s efforts to present the immersive exhibit “Beyond Van Gogh” in multiple markets. He was also named a VenuesNow 2021 All-Star and Top 100 Most Influential People in Orange County by OC Register.
Prior to joining Nederlander, Harding was VP of Entertainment Strategy for the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. where he was an integral part of the unprecedented growth of Prudential Center’s revamped entertainment business, increasing its Pollstar venue ranking from No. 17 to No. 5 in the U.S.
Goldsmith joined Nederlander in 2011 as director of talent and has more than two decades of music and comedy industry experience. He previously served as director of touring with AEG Live Touring/Concerts West and was a project manager for Live Nation.
At Nederlander, Goldsmith manages the multi-million dollar concert budget of City National Grove of Anaheim with Harding. He promoted the venue’s highest-grossing concerts and comedy shows – Prince and Ali Wong – and shows at Drive-In OC during the pandemic, including working with artists such as Jason Mraz.
This past year, he booked sold-out shows featuring Anjelah Johnson and Elvis Costello, and recently secured bookings for Jeff Beck at multiple venues as well as Willie Nelson. Additionally, he develops diverse talent and promotes family programming across the organization’s network of venues.
Milhouse joined Nederlander Concerts in 2016 as Director of Talent. For the organization, he programs and produces at Nederlander’s core venues serving as point director of talent in San Jose at the San Jose Civic and Center for Performing Arts San Jose, as well as third-party facilities.
Most recently, he presented the sold-out Phoebe Bridgers concert at Vina Robles Amphitheatre, three sold-out shows with A.R. Rahman at Oakland Arena, Fox Theatre Detroit, and
Northrop Minneapolis, two shows with Primus at San Jose Civic and Memorial Auditorium Sacramento, and sold-out performances with Hasan Minhaj at San Diego Civic and Bank of America Performing Arts Center in Thousand Oaks, California.
Prior to his tenure with Nederlander, Milhouse was a talent buyer with Goldenvoice, programming talent for Club Nokia (now The Novo), and The Fox Theater Pomona. He also served as talent buyer for other California venues including Belly Up Solana Beach, and The Glass House Concert Hall in Pomona.
Shuhart has more than 25 years of booking live music and has been with Nederlander Concerts twice. During his first stint, beginning in 2008, he booked and promoted live entertainment for the City National Grove of Anaheim, Viejas’ Concerts in the Park, LA’s Greek Theatre, as well as Nederlander’s additional venues and third party facilities throughout the western U.S. He joined Live Nation’s Philadelphia office in 2011 and returned to Nederlander in 2017.
He programs venues across the country in addition to focusing on Nederlander’s core California venues including the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, San Jose Civic, City National Grove of Anaheim, Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles, and Heart Health Park in Sacramento, along with third-party facilities.
Shuhart was also instrumental in Drive-In OC during the pandemic with bookings such as a sold-out 10-show run of Kaskade, Andrew McMahon, Gareth Emery and more. Recently, he is responsible for successful shows at Heart Health Park – the sold-out Swanfest and Punk in Drublic, sold-out performances of Sebastian Maniscalco at the Kia Forum and San Jose
Civic, and sold-out shows at Vina Robles Amphitheatre including Bert Kreischer and Jim Gaffigan.
Huang started as an intern with Nederlander Concerts in 2011 and within months was hired full-time as a talent buying assistant and was subsequently promoted to Junior Talent Buyer followed by Senior Booking Coordinator. In 2016, she booked her first show, Darren Criss at the Crest and in 2017, she booked Trevor Noah in a sold-out show at the Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles.
Since then, she has booked notable artists across California, and has gone on to expand her booking footprint nationally working with Milhouse to secure A.R. Rahman at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Additionally, she remains at the forefront of researching industry trends and has been instrumental in booking nontraditional events and in expanding Nederlander’s comedy bookings with artists such as Hasan Minhaj and Gabriel Iglesias.
In 2020, Huang was named a VenuesNow Generation Next honoree.