ABOUT US

What can we say?  We love music.  We love food, beer, wine, people, dr. pepper and diet coke.  We love our mothers, our families and our dogs (not equally, but a lot.) 

 

And basically, we love what we do.

MEET THE TEAM

DUFF RICE

Duff Rice is the fearless leader

of Duff Entertainment.  Get the connection?  His real name is Harry, and he can tell you the story on that when you meet him.  And once you meet him, you’ll want to hear the story.  He’s good people – a pure Midwest hard working guy.  No pretense,  just solid, easy going and wicked smart.  All those traits are exactly what he built Duff Entertainment on.  Add a little dry humor, that love of music, and people, and you have the basis of this company that’s been around for over 25 years. 

 

Filling stages with great music, producing exceptional events that bring people together for a good cause or a good time,  is what Duff and his Entertainment is all about.

 

Hope you can meet Duff and work
with him soon.

OMAR GAGAN 

If you have a name like Omar – you’ve got to be pretty cool and confident just to back it. Well he’s got it.  He’s got the cool and the confidence.  A jump-right-in kind of guy, Omar is an Event Manager @ Duff Entertainment.  This dude knows his stuff.  The kind of guy you want and need in your corner or your fox hole, or running your event. C’mon – just check out his picture…it says more than 1000 words.

SUZY LE CLAIR

Suzy has been in the music and entertainment business for 525,600 minutes.. oh wait.  Scratch that.  Those are lyrics from the musical Rent.  She does love a show tune!  And just may belt one out any time.  Suzy also belts out some doozy ideas to generate revenue. She does it for us as our New Biz wiz.  When you need a catchy concept that might just catch on, Suzy delivers. She can’t spell or bake a cookie for love or money. But, when it comes to going outside of the box, any size box in marketing or new biz development,  you’re in Suzy’s wheelhouse. By the way, when you meet her, for everyone’s sake, please don’t ask her to sing.

MELISSA ADAMS

Don’t let the picture fool you, Melissa Adams was once a classical musician on a path of science with her sight set on becoming a doctor (huh?). That all changed when she attended her first rock show shortly after college graduation (Fall Out Boy in Buenos Aires). That summer she moved to Chicago where her love of live music has grown to obsessive proportions. You name the job in the music biz and she’s done it well … sound intern, stagehand, venue hospitality, production management, sound engineer, tour management, and talent buying. Obsession perhaps or just the perfect path to talent buying here with Duff Entertainment. Stand by more to come as Melissa starts filling our stages with your next favorite band!

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BRADEN RICE

Braden Dermot Rice – a key apple on the Duff Entertainment love of music tree. All sorts of music too. The entire gambit from Cheap Trick to Miles Davis.  Now that’s a Spotify soundtrack like no other. And really Braden is like no other.  He’s our part-timer working full-time on making our social media The place to be social. Being in the business his whole life, he can jump in at production, hospitality, load-in load out, feeding the fish (new hobby – so don’t trust him your fish just yet.)  Basically, he’s a multi-faceted Iowa Hawkeye getting ready to take on the world.  Watch out world!

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KATIE STEEL

Hailing from the Great White North and Yes with all of the kindness that comes guaranteed from Canada, 

Katie Steel joins the team with a half a decade of hospitality experience. That’s a lot of kindness people!

She also brings some talent for the annual Duff Entertainment talent show…Katie Steel is a singer. She’s actually been singing longer than she can talk and has played some of Chicago’s cool music venues. So music and hospitality are in her blood. Combine all of that and Katie is the perfect person to curate sweet deals with our sponsors and vendors as our Client Partnership Coordinator. Now, as she enters her 30th year (and proud of it!), Katie is ready to roll from this side of the stage with her kind hospitality front and center!

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JESS MCCAULEY

When you get it.  You get it.  And Jess gets it.  Gets it all.  Put a challenge in front of her, any size really, and she has it covered.  Let’s name a few…talent agent, production, project management, communications, budgets, writing…and so on.  Literally. You know Jack of all trades?  Well we have Jess of all trades. Event trades. So running events as an Event Coordinator is just a natural place for Jess to be.  Add her big love of punk and Stevie Nicks and you can see her versatility in that alone!  Just to prove Midwesterners are open minded – Jess is a proud east coast gal. Blending in our Chicago just perfectly. Can’t wait for you to see for yourself.