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Familiar Faces: Rick Lopez, disc jockey and karaoke singer

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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Rick Lopez, 46, moved to the foothills with his family in 1978. For many years his family owned the Jolly Burrito Mexican Restaurant at Grass Valley Highway and Bell Road in Auburn. Lopez has a disc jockey business called A Black Tie Affair that takes him to local haunts and weddings. Q: What do you do for a living? A: My main job is communications for T&R Communications. The DJ business is the night job and weekend job. Q: Where do you DJ and sing karaoke in Auburn? A: My main bar is Pistol Pete’s, and I’m there anywhere from three to five nights a week. (I provide) karaoke and then I’ll DJ music if there are no singers. Usually once a month at Pete’s (I will do) DJing on a weekend. I do a couple Fridays at Foothills Bowling Alley. Anywhere from two to three per month. I have done Applebee’s Black Light Parties. Q: What were you first introduced to the idea of being a DJ? A: My cousin had his own DJ business in Auburn back in the late 1980s, early 1990s. It was called Gold Country DJs. I went to a couple weddings with them to see how they were doing, but at the time I was on a traveling softball team that was fully sponsored. It was Cope Softball out of Grass Valley. Q: When did you start your DJ business? A: I started in 2001. Q: When did you start singing karaoke and why? A: I have been singing karaoke for 20 years. I have been singing as part of my business for about 10 years. I like to sing. I got into (karaoke) when I was 26, 27 and liked singing. I sang in high school in the choir. It kind of gave me an out. It’s better than singing in the shower, it’s singing in public. Q: What kind of music do you like? A: Most of the time mainly classic rock and country, some hip hop, not much, but some. Q: Is there any kind of music you really don’t like? A: Not really. The really hard gangster rap I don’t like. I try to stay away from playing that. I really don’t play that too much in the bars, but as a DJ you’ve got to play it all. Q: What else do you do in your free time? A: I bowl. I play baseball, softball and golf. (I enjoy) just being outside. I’m trying to get back into drag racing again. Q: Tell me about your family. A: I’m single. I have two children. My daughter is a junior at Placer High. My son is a seventh-grader at Bowman. He just got done singing in the Seussical Musical they put on, one of the lead roles. Q: What is something that makes you who you are that most people might not know about? A: My upbringing. A lot of people don’t know I was raised Seventh Day Adventist. I was raised with a very close family. Q: What would you say is your greatest accomplishment? A: My children. They are both straight-A students. Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com