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Jon Halperin Joins From the Roots as Talent Buyer for Poconos Park

Pennsylvania project being launched by veteran executive John M. Oakes.

Veteran talent buyer Jon Halperin has joined the expanding team at From the Roots as talent buyer for its boutique festival site and amphitheater, Poconos Park in Pennsylvania.

From the Roots is a new music real estate development, venue management and independent promoter company founded by veteran entertainment entrepreneur, executive and marketer John M. Oakes


In early 2022, From the Roots acquired over 200 acres of land, including the nearly $40 million development formerly known as Mt. Laurel Performing Arts Center and the Tom Ridge Pavilion.

“From The Roots recognized the venue’s immediate potential, took action, renovated, upgraded and reopened as Poconos Park,” according to a press release.

Halperin has been buying music talent for nearly 25 years for venues like the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, Calif. (where he booked The Mars Volta’s first show), as well as The Glass House in Pomona, Calif.

“It’s great to be working with Jon again,” says Oakes. “Jon has decades of history and knowledge from booking a wide range of talent across genres. We are excited to work with him to curate headliners and continue to foster developing artists on shows as he has throughout his career.”

Halperin will work remotely from Southern California and continues to book the Isle of Light festival in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, as well as the Gridlife and Celebrez en Rose festival brand. Halperin also worked for the Coachella Music and Arts Festival; First City Festival in Monterey, Calif.; All Tomorrow’s Parties; Warped Tour; and Hootenanny.

“This opportunity allows me to continue to expand my talent buying reach,” says Halperin, “while at the same time it is very exciting to be a part of a growing larger capacity independent venue and company!”