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BBON Q&A with John McEntee – the man behind the curtain at Brea SummerFest

8 years ago by in ( News , Old/New , Schools , Welcome to Brea , Who's Who )


John McEntee

    By Carolyn Campbell

      John’s  celebrity clients he has booked during his 35-year career reads like a list of who’s who of superstars with well known celebrity Terry Fator of America’s Got Talent fame. Currently, he is working with Jeff Tracta, celebrated impressionist/comedian/singer, who recently performed at The Palms in Las Vegas. Jeff is incredibly talented and John is making him shine.  Together they are a great team.  We caught up with John today for our BBON Q&A, and here’s what he had to say:

      BBON: At what age did you catch the entertainment bug?

      John: In 1974, I was 19 years old water skiing at the Colorado River with friends.  While there, we entered the BlueWater Marina located on the river, and I asked Cybil, the Restaurant Manager, how come there wasn’t a band there? I went on to tell her that if I brought a band to play, could I collect the door admission and you keep the alcohol revenue. Without hesitation, Cybil agreed! A 4-piece band played for 9 days, the money was split four ways, making a profit of $2,200 back in the day.

      BBON: Many fans of Brea SummerFest think you are an alumnus from St. Angela Merici Parish School. However, you did not attend the school, but went to church regularly. What inspired you to give back to St. Angela Merici?

      John: I was inspired by the church. I grew up very poor. There were 10 of us in a two bedroom home with one bathroom.  My mom and dad could not afford to send us to a private school.  I made my Holy Communion at St. Angela Merici at age 7. By age 21, I was an alcoholic. I went to the church for inspiration, making a vow to quit. I haven’t had a drink in 36 years!

      BBON: St. Angela’s Brea SummerFest has entered its 25th Anniversary year with your company, TEI Entertainment, providing phenomenal entertainment year after year, tell us one of your proudest moments in running the show?

      John: It was the time when the police shut down three city blocks, due to the massive crowds that gathered at Brea SummerFest to see Peter Frampton’s performance.

      BBON: As with every event, there are always changes in the agenda causing tension. What stands out most in your mind as a time at Brea SummerFest when everything seemed to be going wrong, but miraculously ended great?

      John: The Commodores were scheduled to perform.  Five minutes prior to show time the generator broke.  Luckily, we had a back-up and fired it up within 10 minutes!

      BBON: What is the secret to longevity in running a successful business?

      John: Four things come to mind: Enthusiasm, give 100 percent, love what you are doing, and never give up! The youth of today are spending way too much time on the computer.  In my day you hustled. There was a Tastee Freez in Brea years ago.  I was around seven when I approached the Tastee Freez manager to ask if I could pick up trash for a meal.  He said yes.  At nine years old I was employed there wiping tables.  And at 15, I became the night manager.

      BBON: You and your wife Monica have three children and three grandchildren; did any of the McEntee’s follow in your footsteps in the entertainment industry?

      John: My daughter Nina is a Music/Spanish Teacher at St. Angela Merici.  She is an example of someone who loves what she is doing.  Also, my daughter Melissa is currently assisting a director of an upcoming movie. My son, Johnny, is a college football quarterback and senior at the University of Colorado. You can see him on YouTube, "Johnny Mac Trick Shot Quarterback posted by Hardcore Huskie." And my wife Monica has been making costumes for homeless and underprivileged children for 25 years.

      The McEntee family

Author :

"Thank you" for visiting Beautiful Brea Old & New (BBON). First & foremost, I am a proud mother & wife. I am also a well-rounded freelance consultant. But you can call me an enthusiastic cheerleader, supporting and promoting the city of Brea and its historic iconic Charlie's Clock turned "Charlie the Clock cartoon character!" Click on the front page illustration to read about the beloved time traveling talking clock!!

  • Carolyn Campbell

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