Northstar Artists is an agency that is committed to working with quality artists in a professional manner with an emphasis on customer service. We take or return all calls, return all emails and treat all that choose to work with us with respect and a straightforward, no nonsense attitude. Our staff is made up of seasoned veterans who truly care about each other and our artists - and it shows by the way we interact with our buyers.
Kevin Daly - Agent / Owner
Kevin is a graduate of the Colorado College with a degree in Arts Management. He started his first agency, Proton Productions, while in college and never looked back. At Proton, while in his twenties, Kevin ran the agency and specialized in booking major concerts at colleges throughout the United States. He produced shows with Dave Matthews, Live, The Indigo Girls, Blues Traveler, Hootie and the Blowfish, Widespread Panic, Lynyrd Skynyrd and a myriad of other top name artists. He left Proton behind to work at the prestigious Monterey Peninsula Artists & Monterey International from 1996 - 2014. While at Monterey, Kevin was the responsible agent for Cheap Trick, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Blue October, Vertical Horizon, Soul Asylum, Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven, 38 Special, Fuel, Gov't Mule, Bob Schneider, Warren Haynes, Toto, Candlebox, Kevin Costner & Modern West and Chris Whitley among others.
John Lochen - Agent
John Lochen started his agent career with The Rosebud Agency in 1992, working with such legends as John Lee Hooker, Robert Cray, JJ Cale, Los Lobos, Mavis Staples & The Staple Singers, Charlie Watts, Booker T Jones, Allen Toussaint, Albert Collins and many, many others. Over the course of 20 years with Rosebud, John also played a key role in helping establish and build the early touring success of then emerging artists Ben Harper and Trombone Shorty, among others. In 2012 he joined Monterey International, subsequently joining Paradigm Talent after their acquisition of Monterey, all the while specializing in and developing successful booking partnerships with performing arts centers. John is a not too recent graduate of Western Illinois University (BA) and Columbia College (MA).
Rachel Simon - Agent
Rachel's career includes invaluable experience at four of the most well respected Chicago area music businesses. She worked in radio promotion at Jeff McCluskey & Associates, concert promotion at JAM Productions, domestic and international booking at Monterey International, and in the Performing Arts division at The Windish Agency. She brings her broad experience, attention to detail and charismatic personality to her position as the first Chicago based agent at Northstar Artists. Rachel is a graduate of the University of Kansas.
Hendrik Wippermann - Founder / CEO at Eat Music
With a master’s degree in Culture, Communication, Management, Sociology and American Studies and a 10 years career as touring and recording artist, Hendrik Wippermann founded Eat Music in 2007. Since then Eat Music has specialized its international artist services as a modern, cutting-edge and artist-focused independent music agency. Wippermann has worked as European booking agent and artist manager for international artists and brands and has developed a strong business network giving him the competence to establish successful music careers in the highly challenged present-day music business.
Diane Kinnear - General Manager
Diane brings a diverse background in hospitality, sales, education, and most notably meeting/event planning (Omni Hotels, Rupert's, D'Amico Catering) to her role managing day to day operations for Northstar Artists. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota.