Adam Vodofsky knows his way around concert venues. Responsible for booking and promoting shows at the Scranton Cultural Center, Crocodile Rock in Allentown, East Stroudsburg University, Mohegan Sun Arena and more, Adam's love for music doesn't stop here. He also manages some bands in Northeastern Pa. and is constantly on the lookout for new music.
Working for SLP Concerts, owned by New Jersey-based Stan Levinstone, Adam has the opportunity to work closely with national and up-and-coming acts.
What made you choose your profession? I fell into it, actually. I always had a love for music, but I originally started off working as a sponsorship consultant and account supervisor at a sports-marketing firm based in Bethlehem that specialized in NASCAR, Formula 1 and other motorsports. I worked with clients ranging from NOS Energy Drink to Susan G. Komen. When that company went under due to the economic downturn a few years ago, I took the experience I had gained and was lucky to quickly find another job as a marketing director - this time with a focus on music - at a concert venue in NEPA. And ever since then, I've been hooked.
Community involvement: The work I do for SLP Concerts has me promoting shows all over NEPA ... I also regularly work with East Stroudsburg University to book and assist in the production aspects of its campus concerts including the (snow-cancelled) concert with Gym Class Heroes and The Dirty Heads last fall.
I booked the recently announced Big Sean concert for March, plus an additional show in April with Breathe Carolina and The Ready Set. This will be the first time that ESU's Campus Activities Board has had two major concert events in one semester. In addition, I manage some local NEPA based artists including the new band True Sons - keep an eye out for them!
Hobbies: Rooting for the 1st place New York Rangers, skiing and, of course, seeing live music.
Claim to fame: I stood next to Wayne Gretzky once. And that's better than anything else I can think of.
Favorite thing about the area: I love the fact that if you're smart and play your cards the right way, NEPA is a very viable market for live music. I think there's a ton of untapped potential here, and I'm working to try and figure out the right way to make the most of it.
Favorite actor/actress: Hands down, Gary Oldman. His performance in "The Professional" is one of the great evil, crazy-bastard roles of all time.
One thing most people don't know about me: I actually shot for and had my pictures published by the New York Post when I was just 17 years old. I was filling in for the paper's regular New York Rangers beat photographer while he was away on vacation.
One thing I've always wanted to do: Take a ski trip to either Chile or New Zealand. Or both. In succession.
What I wanted to be when I grew up: A sports broadcaster. I even originally went to college for broadcast journalism. That lasted one semester before I switched majors.
Current passion: Discovering new music. I always told myself when I was younger that I'd never get stuck just listening to the stuff I liked as a teenager, and I've been true to that cause. That's not to say I don't throw some Pearl Jam or Less Than Jake on in between new tracks from Of Monsters and Men or M83.