Gary LaRue, DJ Unplugged

Gary LaRue adds live music to recorded music for a unique entertainment experience.

Gary LaRue is truly a Jack-of-all-trades. After several years of working in banking and technical consulting, the White Bear Lake native left the corporate world nine years ago to start Rat Pack Entertainment, an entertainment company specializing in disc jockey work and Rat Pack-era songs. “Singing is the only thing I’ve ever known that I wanted to do, or that I’ve ever had any real interest in or passion for,” he explains.

However, a vocal cord injury sidelined LaRue soon after he left his banking job, and he took a job as a co-elementary ministry director at Eagle Brook Church. But the intrepid entertainer jumped back into the entertainment business two years ago after his throat healed.

LaRue describes his brand as a unique one: It’s interactive and combines traditional DJ work with singing to create music that’s suited to a variety of tastes. He performs at weddings and corporate events, as well as at local restaurants—and he loves the career shift now more than ever.

“If I could sing 24 hours a day, I would,” he says. “I get to do something that I absolutely love to do.”