Dave Calzaretta

Dave Calzaretta

Dave grew up in Northbrook, IL and graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN with a degree in accounting.  He began his professional career as a financial analyst for General Mills in Minneapolis, MN, where he passed the CPA Exam.  He also worked as an intellectual property financial consultant and was one of the original partners in the popular Chicago-based restaurant chain Salad Spinners. 

Dave began his career in the entertainment industry in 1998, when he founded the award winning national cover band Maggie Speaks.  Performing over 2,000 shows over the past 13 years across the globe, Dave gained exposure to all facets of the entertainment community through his work at corporate events, weddings, charity galas, country clubs, festivals and nightclubs. In 2000, Dave left the corporate world to pursue a full-time career in the entertainment industry, founding Magnificent Events.  He quickly established himself as one of the top talent buyers for nightclubs and festivals around the Chicagoland area. With a keen eye for talent and a strong business background, Dave was able to build Magnificent Events into a company that helps clients secure top quality professional entertainment and production for their events.  Magnificent Events currently books over 5,000 dates annually and is the exclusive talent buyer for 7 different night clubs, 15 different festivals and numerous corporate and private clients.  Between 2006 and 2007, Dave added two bands to the Maggie Speaks musical family with the creation of the bands Spoken Four and Final Say.  Collectively the bands in the Maggie Speaks musical family perform over 450 shows a year in the private, corporate, wedding, festival and nightclub markets. 

In 2008, Dave was elected to the Board of Directors for the International Association of Corporate Entertainment Producers (IACEP).  In 2011, he was elected to the Independent Society of Event Specialists (ISES) Chicago Board of Directors.  He speaks nationally at industry conferences on the topic of Emerging Trends and Talents in the entertainment industry.  He is married to his best friend Denise and is the proud father of 4 beautiful children.

Fun Facts:
Favorite Musical Group: The Temptations (my son's middle name is Kendrick after my idol Eddie Kendrick)
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Restaurant: Meson Sabika in Naperville, IL
Favorite Vacation Spot: Charleston, SC
Favorite Sport: Basketball (Go Chicago Bulls!)
Favorite Song Lyrics: "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make" - "The End" by the Beatles from the Abbey Road album (Lennon / McCartney)
Favorite Book: "The E-Myth" by Michael Gerber
Heroes: My Mom, Dad and Grandmother


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