Emcee Entertainment started out in 1980 as Rainbow Gold Sound and Lighting, I was in school at the time and wanted to own another business.
I had attended a high school dance that a dj played for two hours and charged $ 40 (about the going rate for most dj’s today). My thought process at the time was to be able to have the largest sound system on campus and have a way to pay for it.
That was the beginning…….! I proceeded to find a store that sold sound gear and The Stereo Shop in Twin Falls, ID was the place to go. The salesman convinced me to buy high end sound gear (for your home). I was able to setup a dance at my high school (after a football game) to perform.
During the two hours of dancing, the amplifiers that we were driving hard (my buddies were screaming to turn it up, Mac) and they heated up enough to trip their thermals and the amplifiers shutdown twice for five minutes each time.
After the dance, I turned to salesman, who had came to see the largest system he had ever sold perform, and I asked him “Find me a system that will endure this kind of punishment night end and night out.”
We found a pair of Klipsch LaScala speakers, Crown DC300A amplifier (150w/side), GLI PMX9000 Mixer, Denon Turntables, Nakamichi tape deck that we thought would handle the punishment. For Lighting, we built borderlights with 16 lights of 4 colors and took a trip to Hollywood, CA to pickup a color organ, to control them.
We also had two dual 4 ft blacklight fixtures, two police beacons, strobes and 8 par36 cans for aiming on our 20″ mirrorball all lighting was controlled by a custom built light box with toggle switches.
The wildest contraption was our homemade dry ice fog machine. We always had to purchase the dry ice on Friday for a Saturday show and over that day would shrink to half the procured amount.
Upon arriving at Boise State, I met up with Salt and Pepper Super Sound, a couple of guys in their forties doing school dances.
Ada County council member, aka; Salt, and the assistant to the dean of Boise State, aka; Pepper, we instrumental in helping me get planted in the area and they taught me how to take my business to the next level.
Pepper has since passed on and they were a big influence at that early stage of my business. I did my share of college parties, after hours keggers, weekend backyard parties, high school dances and a few weddings.
In 1984, I moved to the Seattle area….. more to come!