Our Team

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John Gabrysiak

Production Director/Talent Buyer

Anyone familiar with SEM knows it’s an entertainment-intense company. With more than 250 acts performing at 30-plus fests each year, John is energetically involved in every aspect of the company’s eclectic mix of music. From working closely with performers, bands and their management to staging, sound systems, staffing and entertainer hospitality, John oversees it all.

Q & A with John

What’s your favorite activity to do outside of work?
Going to concerts and dining at Chicago’s best restaurants.

What’s your favorite part of working at SEM?
The diversity of the events that we book. Every event is different!

What’s your favorite event we manage and why?
I was really proud of how well we managed/produced Northcenter RibFest in 2022. The bands I booked went over really well!

What are your three favorite foods?
Tacos, Tacos, Tacos

If you were a superhero, what would your name be?
The Complainer

Would you rather be the funniest or smartest person in the room and why?
Funniest – I love the sound of laughter!

Name the best place you’ve visited in Chicago.
If I told you, everyone would go there.

Cubs vs Sox?

Favorite Type of Pizza
New Haven from Piece Pizza!