Benton Wharton Named Talent Buyer At Outback Presents

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Benton Wharton has joined Outback Presents as a newly-appointed Talent Buyer for the Nashville-based concert promotion company.

Wharton launched his career as founder and co-owner of Mountain Roots Management, an event management company in Asheville, North Carolina. In 2011, Wharton became the Talent Buyer at Pisgah Brewing Company where he also acted as the venue’s Marketing and Events Director. During his eight-year tenure, Wharton became instrumental in curating the Pisgah Brewing Company’s outdoor summer concert series for its 2,250 capacity venue. While at Pisgah, Wharton guided the development of nationally renowned boutique festivals events including The Marcus King Band Family Reunion (2017-present); Jam in the Trees (2016-2018); Leftover Salmon’s Blue Ridge Jam (2017-present); Dark Star Orchestra’s Pisgah Jubilee (2019); as well as the inaugural Strings and Suds (2019).

“We’re stoked to have Benton join the Outback team,” says Louisa Leiser, General Manager of Outback Presents. “He’s bringing in great booking relationships and tons of knowledge from his experience as a talent buyer. I’m excited to see what the future has in store.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to join the team at Outback Presents, and to evolve my career in Music City,” says Wharton. “Aligning with a company that sees the music industry in the same light as I do is beyond refreshing, and I look forward to collaborating with this forward-thinking team.”

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