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With Events Canceled, Boise DJs Offer A Dance Party On Wheels

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A Sound Wave Events mobile block party

Sound Wave Events in Boise, Idaho, is usually busy with weddings and graduation parties this time of year. But with most gatherings now canceled, the business has pivoted to block parties.

"If you told me a month ago that we would be DJing out of the back of a truck I would not have believed you," said Sound Wave owner Kristin Cole.

She said they've been invited to neighborhoods to DJ birthdays, anniversaries and other celebrations. They show up for about a half an hour, ask everyone to maintain six feet of distance, and then...they boogie. Cole said her employees pocket the earnings from these mobile get-downs. 

"When I look at the number of cancellations and reschedules that my business has had for weddings and private events this year, yeah, that's scary," she said. "But here we are doing block parties, every day of the week, bringing sunshine and happiness to people."

They've hosted about 60 block parties in three weeks. Cole said there's not much you can be certain of these days, but one thing is still true: People love to dance. 

This story was produced by the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration between Wyoming Public Media, Boise State Public Radio in Idaho, KUNR in Nevada, the O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West in Montana, KUNC in Colorado, KUNM in New Mexico, with support from affiliate stations across the region. Funding for the Mountain West News Bureau is provided in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Amanda Peacher works for the Mountain West News Bureau out of Boise State Public Radio. She's an Idaho native who returned home after a decade of living and reporting in Oregon. She's an award-winning reporter with a background in community engagement and investigative journalism.